When I think of lasagna, I think of Sunday dinner. I think of thick dreamy layers of deliciousness interrupted by a single layer of pasta between the dreaminess. To this point, Trader Joe's has not knocked it out of the park with their lasagna offerings.
And their Roasted Vegetable Multi-Grain Lasagna didn't knock it out of the park for me either.
Now, I've never found any frozen lasagna that can even remotely compete with Nonna's lasagna. You'll have to go in deep into a solid Italian grocer for one of those.
However, if you are shopping at Trader Joe's you have options, but none of them are that great. The refrigerated lasagna had the single strangest meat texture I've ever encountered. It reminded me of how finely processed Taco Bell's meat is but with an extra bit of rubberiness that really should never be experienced.
And then the other option I've tried is the frozen lasagna. It too makes for a mediocre meal.
And then there was the seasonal and now discontinued Shrimp Scampi Lasagna which had some potential to be a delicious dish but was just strange in execution.
Now, rounding out the last of the lasagna options is Trader Joe's Roasted Vegetable Multi-Grain Lasagna. However, it seems I saved the worst for last.
For the most part, this looks exactly the way it is pictured on the box. However, it is still deeply flawed.
This lasagna is more pasta than filling. Never a good sign in my book.
And as for the veggies, it seemed that every imaginable variety that was leftover got dumped into this dish. I had everything from broccoli to cauliflower to peppers to carrots and zucchini. None of which are bad on their own.
But randomly dumping them between sheets of pasta is a bit of an injustice to both lasagna and the veggies themselves. You can make really flavorful layers with veggies, but that just wasn't the case here.
But this ended up tasting like some cafeteria lady's veggie lasagna surprise.
And despite me following the "preferred method" of cooking aka the microwave even the pasta was lackluster and total mush.
For $5.99, please do yourself a favor. Make your own. It will cost just about as much as this did but will be exponentially better in quality.
Would I buy this again? Trader Joe's Roasted Vegetable Multi-Grain Lasagna is a big no from me. With a jar of sauce, no-boil noodles, and some creativity for the middle layers, you'll get the same result for about the same price.
The box of Trader Joe's Roasted Vegetable Multi-Grain Lasagna:
Calories and ingredients
After being cooked you get:
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Trader Joe's Roasted Vegetable Multi-Grain Lasagna
Product Name: Trader Joe's Roasted Vegetable Multi-Grain Lasagna
Product Description: Trader Joe's Roasted Vegetable Multi-Grain Lasagna is many layers of pasta with veggie surprise between the sheets.
Trader Joe's Roasted Vegetable Multi-Grain Lasagna is a long standing frozen item.
- Trader Joe's Roasted Vegetable Multi-Grain Lasagna can make for a quick meal.
- The pasta was mush
- There was more pasta than filling
- It just wasn't delicious or worth the carbs
Dang! That's is disappointing. Lasagna is not that so hard with advance prep. I like make mine roll up style which meaning rolling up the pasta sheets with the filling in it. Making it easier to serve and portioned out.
Wow-this sounds so not appealing. I have never cared much for most of their Italian type meals but this one sounds like the worst one ever. Interesting it was made in Canada. Thanks for taking one for the team in giving it a go.
I guess I'm in the minority but I like it. So does my husband. It's a good option for a quick and easy meal and nice to have a meatless main with a decent calorie count. We like it much better than some of the other TJ meatless options.
I did not mind this at all. But I am an old tired retiree who does not cook much anymore. Homemade is always better for sure.
Thanks for sharing Joyce!
I had this today and we all liked it a lot. I limit fat due to gallbladder attacks and this fits in my limit. I could tastes feel and see ricotta and the cheese on top. We give it at least a 7 out of 10, but we added more sauce to it. I will be getting more or I might try make one similar it's packed full of vegtables and they made it taste great. Trader Joe's is sadly a 45 min drive to area I dont go much.
Thanks for sharing Jamie!
Yes it was really good lots of veggies and the ricotta and cheeses was good. I am super happy about it I think they did a great job filling it with so many veggies and keeping it low fat. I don't worry about carbs tho more worried about fat lol.