Product Type: Trattoria Verdi Ready Meals
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A taste of Italy for 95p!
Trattoria Verdi Lasagne
Member Name: Bela_Legge-osi
Trattoria Verdi Lasagne
Date: 11/05/09, updated on 02/07/09 (80 review reads)
Advantages: A bargain at 95p a pop.
Disadvantages: Having to wait for it to cool enough for you to eat while the smell is enticing you!
According to Bridget Jones, chick lit and girly mags, the frozen lasagne has come to be seen as the symbol of the sad and terminally single. Nothing more than a load of dubious, cat sick looking gunk, sandwiched between some bits of soggy cardboard.
However, those at Trattoria Verdi (and ultimately, Tesco) have blown shown that this is no longer the case. I don't usually buy microwave ready meals, due to their usual tastelessness, suspicious looking ingredients and puzzling textures. (Although I do buy them if I am anticipating being too ill to cook-well, since illness kills your taste buds, I always think the flavour-or lack of-doesn't matter in that case!) So I was surprised to find myself looking at one (partly to do with being drawn in by the nice coloured packaging) and thinking that it looked a bit of alright.
As you may or may not know, although I'm not a vegetarian, I don't like meat that cannot be defined-the thought of eating a meat lasagne and potentially chomping my way through eyes, lips and bumholes all minced together doesn't particularly get my mouth watering, but the idea of a plain vegetable lasagne definitely did.
Apart from the bright and environmentally friendly packaging, it is a mere 95 pence! So I decided to throw caution to the wind and buy two.
I forgot that I'd bought any for a while, but when I did, I just chucked it in the microwave and when it was done, I was pleased to find that unlike my experiences with other ready meals, I wasn't trying to peel scalding hot cellophane that was relentlessly sticking to my skin away, or forced to drop molten plastic containers (that had inevitably broke in transit causing lava-like sauces to ooze out and strip my skin to the bone) It looked good. It SMELLED good.
Basically, it's your usual lasagne thang-layers of pasta (not the stodgy variety) interspersed with a gorgeous rich (but not too rich!) tomato-y sauce, the aubergine, courgette and red pepper were nice and chunky and put in more than a small guest appearance. Then, of course, comes the cheese and white sauce layer, which is melt in the mouth and has a few more larger still chunks of veg on top and a sprinkling of herbs.
It's a winner on all counts in my eyes-the veg remains juicy, the pasta doesn't seem to crisp and the cheese is the right side of cheesy and filling too. In fact, I have bought several since and after waxing lyrical to my boyfriend about them all weekend, I'm about to go home and make some with a nice salad so he can see what the fuss is about...I know I'm pleased to have found them, but I think he may miss my home cooking after a while ;)
Thanks for reading :)
Summary: Looks/smells/tastes fantastic-good value for money.
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