“ Type: Ready Meals „
Lasagne is one of my favourite meals but it takes so long to cook and so many ingredients are needed to make the full meal. It also takes about an hour to prep and cook the lasagne and most of the time I don't have an hour to spare to make the meal. Microwave meals are no substitute for home made meals but for ease they are a great way to still have one of my fave meals.
Morrisons is the supermarket of choice for my parents so when I'm home from university my meals come from here. The ready meal is a meal for 1 and comes in a white plastic try with a cellophane film lid. It also comes encased in a cardboard sleeve with the tell tale white and yellow text and images of the Morrisons own branded items.
Despite being a microwave meal I always oven bake it, the reason for this is because I have tried microwaving it in the past and have found that the pasta sheets go soggy whereas in the oven they are firmer and crispier but this is down to personal preference. I cook mine for 30 minutes (after removing the film lid and cardboard sleeve) on gas mark 6.
The layers of meat between the pasta sheets are quite thin meaning that there is not very much meat inside the lasagne but there is plenty of sauce and the lasagne is appetising and tasty despite this. To make a full meal out of the lasagne I add chips and garlic bread.
The lasagne ranges between 80p-£1 depending if there is any offers on the product (which there is frequently). This is fantastic because as I said the lasagne is very tasty and you get plenty of sauce and 3 layers of pasta which I always find is cooked to perfection when done in the oven for 30 minutes: soft in the middle and crispy around the edges.
I bought a ready meal lasagne as it was on offer at 99p which the store claimed was half price. I thought it seemed good value as I could bulk it out and make a meal for both my son and myself. Each pack contains 400g
I have to state at this point I haven't eaten lasagne since I was fifteen years old and turned vegetarian in the days when there wasn't a vegetarian range in the supermarket so was fed vegetable lasagne every day fro three months and have not fancied it since despite returning to a meat eating over a decade ago.
It was in the chilled meal area but can be frozen and cooked from frozen however I bought it on 23rd October but had use by 28th October so kept it in the fridge but used it one day later.
The package features a picture of the cooked lasagne and states improved recipe. It described the meal as "A rich Bolognese sauce layered between sheets of free range egg paste topped with a creamy cheese sauce."
Contains eggs, gluten and milk
But also should note it is produced in a factory that uses celery, mustard, shellfish and fish.
The pack gives instructions on how to cook in the microwave and in the oven although I can't imagine it would look very appetising cooked in the microwave.
I removed the outer cardboard box to reveal a white tray covered in cellophane and a pale yellow appearance on top which did not look particularly appetising.
I followed the instructions to remove the cellophane placed on a baking trap and placed on a preheated oven at 180 degrees although it states 190 I have a fan assisted oven.
I left it to cook for 30minutes and while this cooked I made chips for my son and opened a bag of salad for myself.
I removed it from the oven and left it to stand for a minute before dividing it in two and serving on our plates.
It did have a golden coloured top and the mince and sauce did ooze out the sides. I served it at the table and my son did look impressed .He actually tried the lasagne before his chips which was surprising as he does usually eat his favourite part of his meal first then rubbed his tummy and said "mmmmm" so it definitely got the thumbs up from my son.
I found that although you could taste the different payers and tastes none of the flavours overpowered each other. I did expect it to taste cheesier .The pasta was not chewy like I expected it to be. The ingredients do state tat it contains garlic puree but this was not noticeable either although we may not smell too pleasant in the morning. This meal did seem to contain the right balance between textures. Despite the ingredients stating that the lasagne is 22% tomatoes and 22% British beef this did not overpower the dish. I was pleased that the mince was not grizzlyor chewy.
As I have no real experience of other lasagnes I am unable to compare but I was satisfied with the meal and would buy it at half price again.
I find the size works well for both my toddler son and myself which leads me to question how it would work for a ready meal for a single person. I also think that the calorie, fat and salt content is satisfactory for a half pack but too high for a complete pack.
This meal is a nice stand by item that has encouraged me to try and prepare my own lasagne.