The pros: Trader Joe's Mushroom Risotto is out of the microwave in about 6 minutes. Lots of mushroom flavor here.
The cons: This still ended up a bit watery, not as al dente as I was looking for and I wished this was a bit cheesier.
The verdict: For $2.99 , this is still a good deal compared to making it for yourself and not needing to stand around a stove for a good 20 minutes or so. True arborio rice is also not cheap in the grocery store either. That being said, this disappointed me in terms of texture. I really wanted something more al dente. What came out of the microwave was not al dente at all. It was rice, but I missed out on the texture. It ended up tasting more like regular rice than arborio, which is too bad. Would I buy this again? It's only a maybe for me.
Here is the visual rundown of what you get if you purchase this product. My final thoughts follow.
The bag of Trader Joe's Mushroom Risotto:
The nutritional information:
How to prepare:
Out of the package you get:
After 3 minutes you get:
After being fully cooked you get:
Would I buy this again? For me this was only a maybe. It wasn't inedible as somethings once in a while are at Trader Joe's. It cleared my definition of good but was nowhere close to being great. The mushrooms in this were good, I had a problem with the level or how parcooked the rice was. For me it came closer to being a rice dish rather than a risotto to which there is a fine line. If you are going to buy this, and yes, I think this is worth a try at least once, please get some parmesan cheese. It needs its that true cheesy flavor as well.
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