Ooops, ok I know what you’re thinking – where the heck is Ready Meal Monday… no… well you should be 🙂 I know I’m a bit late and I apologise for that, I could give you some technical mumbo jumbo about sprites being in my computer and taking over the interweb…. but I won’t! The real reason is I have a limited selection of ready meals in my freezer so the choice was Bisto, Asda or Tesco… As you can see I went with Bisto again! Don’t panic it’s a Lasagne (oh yes, you know… because of the title) lol!
My limited Ready Meal selection is because of my transportation issues, I have to do all my grocery and food shopping online, as do my parents. Hence the sometimes limited selection, however, I will say all the meals I review for Ready Meal Mondays are bought by myself and are not reviewed for or on behalf of anyone.
This was a good one for me because I really enjoyed the Bisto Cottage Pie (see my review here) and was hoping this would be as good. I used to love Lasagne but I’ve had some bad experiences in local pubs and also some ready meals so wasn’t sure what to expect.
I make a fairly mean Lasagne myself and am also very lucky to have two exceptionally good Lasagne makers in Hayleigh and Rhian who both make the most amazing versions of this classic Italian dish, and no ladies I’m not going to choose whose the best… their both special in their own ways 🙂 Ok, back to the ready meal, the box describes this in the following way.
A classic Lasagne made with pasta sheets layered with minced beef in a bolognese sauce, topped with white sauce & grated cheddar Cheese
As you can see above there is also a Quality pledge which states that this ready meal had
- No artificial preservatives
- No hydrogenated fats
- 100% Minced Beef
Three things which are always good to know
The béchamel sauce was tasty and had a nice consistency to it, it had a good flavour of cheese in my opinion. The layers were defined and the meat ragu/sauce between the layers of pasta had a good depth of flavour for a ready meal and had good texture. The problem in my eyes was the pasta. I know pasta is meant to be al dente, al dente is Italian for “To the Tooth” and is defined by Wikipedia in the following way:
In contemporary Italian cooking, the term identifies the ideal consistency for pasta and involves a brief cooking time. Molto al dente is the culinary term for slightly undercooked pasta
I’m all for pasta being undercooked but i felt that this was slightly chewy and almost a bit slimy, if that makes any sense. Now I will concede it could have been a) my microwave or b) my cooking but it’s something to bare in mind. The ingredients and nutritional information can be found below.
I know last week I had a rant about cooking times, well these were plain and simple to understand. I do have to ask the Ready Meal Moguls how much effort it would be to add a column for 700W microwaves, which I have. This surely, isn’t too hard and would make a world of difference….. oh wait, i’m ranting again :)!
Here’s the Lasagne in all it’s glory, on the whole not a bad dish though not as good as home made. Next week we have the Macaroni Cheese off with a review of Tesco Everyday Value Macaroni Cheese
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