Friday, August 17, 2012

Lasagna Taste Test

Recently I was contacted by Michael Angelo‘s Gourmet Foods, which claims to have the best frozen lasagna. To prove it, they offered to provide me with a gift card to purchase one of Michael Angelo’s lasagnas and test it against one of their competitors.

My family eats a lot of frozen lasagna. My siblings love it and they can devour one of those large family-size pans in one sitting. So I was definitely curious to check out Michael Angelo’s lasagna and thought it would be a lot of fun too.

Michael Angelo’s is a family owned company. Michael Angelo is a third generation Italian, and founded the company along with his mother, Sara.

One of the reasons Michael Angelo’s believes their lasagna is so good is that it’s made in small batches. I picked up one of these small batches, and then also a Marie Callender’s one which seemed to resemble it in terms of ingredients, method (small batch), etc. I also picked up a family-size Safeway brand lasagna because that is actually the one my brothers love the most and usually buy.

I invited all the kids over along with their significant others and we had ourselves a frozen lasagna dinner party.

Michael Angelo’s

Safeway

Marie Callender’s

My thoughts: Presentation-wise, I thought the Marie Callender one was the prettiest. But taste-wise, Michael Angelo’s was definitely the winner for me. The Safeway one tasted very one dimensional. Meat sauce, cheese, and noodles. With the Michael Angelo’s one, I could taste the Italian herbs and spices, the acidity of the ricotta. It was much more flavorful and suddenly my go-to Safeway brand seemed dull and bland in a side-by-side comparison. Marie Callendar’s had similar herbs and spices as Michael Angelo’s, but in my opinion, it was too much. Too salty, too many flavors going on.

Here’s a view of the slices:


Afterwards we took a count. Only five people tasted all three so those are the only ones allowed to vote. The final tally: 3 for Angelo’s, 1 for Safeway and 1 for Marie Callendar.  DH, my sister and I prefered Michael Angelo’s. One brother still preferred Safeway. The other brother converted to Marie Callendar’s. So it wasn’t universal and everyone has different tastes, but I really enjoyed Michael Angelo’s and so did DH and we’ll likely be buying that the next time we want frozen lasagna. You can read more about Michael Angelo’s here.

 

4 Responses to “Lasagna Taste Test”

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    Jess — August 17, 2012 @ 11:45 am

    I tried both Michael Angelo’s and Marie Callendar’s before and have to agree that Michael Angelo’s is much tastier!

    • Kirbie replied: — August 17th, 2012 @ 12:54 pm

      I have to confess, I didn’t even know about them until I was contacted. But I’m glad I tried it!

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    Carol — August 17, 2012 @ 7:46 pm

    I don’t care much for Marie Callendar’s but then I’ve been a Stouffer’s fan most of my life. Maybe I’ll try MA’s since I like some of their other frozen pasta meals.

    • Kirbie replied: — August 17th, 2012 @ 9:43 pm

      You know a couple of people mentioned Stouffer’s to me. I should have got that one too for the taste test.

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