When I went to Trader Joe's before 4th of July, I was really there for a different frozen item. I was actually there to pick up the now returning frozen Mac and Cheese Bites (review to be updated soon). But right next to it was an unexpected sight: Trader Joe's Shrimp Scampi Lasagna.
Priced at $5.99, it is on the higher end of things, but nothing that would break the bank either.
So into my cart, it went. Now, I know the packaging says 3.5 servings. If you are a normal person, this is maybe 2 servings at most.
Unlike some items, I think it is a bit debatable what makes something a lasagna. This qualifies under the most narrow of margins.
Every time I've made lasagna, I layer things until I've pretty much hit the top of the pan.
This seems to be about 2 layers. And when I say layers, I mean this is pretty flat when you plop it on a plate. You have about 3 layers of noodles and in between is an alfredo-like layer and then the scampi layer.
Now the scampi is a bit debatable too. The butter came right through on this as did all the other flavors of a scampi from the wine to the garlic. However, the shrimp seemed chopped finely and seemed to get lost in the breadcrumbs.
But in the end, it was a bit of an oil slick on the plate, and in the pan, it came in.
So while this tasted good, the execution could have been better. And to be clear, I made this in the oven and it did take the full 50 minutes.
I've complained previously that there aren't enough low-carb items out here. But here you also have the foundation of a low-carb dish. If they could have swapped out the pasta, which did not add much in my opinion, with say zucchini, this could have been much better.
Or better yet, make this into a rollatini so when you bite into it you feel like you are getting more layers than you actually are. Or at the very least add a few layers of veggies to balance the richness of this.
Would I buy this again? While I liked the taste of Trader Joe's Shrimp Scampi Lasagna, the execution of this had me not wanting to buy it again.
Did you try it? Let me know what you think in the comments section!
The box of Trader Joe's Shrimp Scampi Lasagna:
Ingredients and instructions
Out of the package you get:
Out of the oven:
After being cooked you get:
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Trader Joe's Shrimp Scampi Lasagna
Product Name: Trader Joe's Shrimp Scampi Lasagna
Product Description: Trader Joe's Shrimp Scampi Lasagna is a frozen layered pasta with shrimp scampi in between
Trader Joe's Shrimp Scampi Lasagna is a food mashup between a lasagna alfredo and shrimp scampi.
- Taste was good
- Becomes quite oily when lifted out of the pan
- Not enough layers and sits flat on a plate
- Not much in the shrimp department