I am a Stouffer’s fan. One of my favorite treats is the Stouffer’s Spinach Souffle. I keep some in my freezer for the special occasions when I want to indulge. It’s flavorful, light and delicious, as are many of the Stouffer’s entrees that I’ve tried.
So when Stouffer’s asked if I’d like to try the new line of Stouffer’s Farmers Harvest entrees, I jumped at the chance. I got to try three different varieties: Lasagna with Meat Sauce, Macaroni & Cheese, and Spaghetti & Meatballs with Vegetable Medley.
I made both the Lasagna and Macaroni for dinner for my family. They were both family sized portions, so there was more than enough food for the four of us. Since both entrees could be baked or microwaved, I decided to do one of each.
The Lasagna baked easily in the oven for about 75 minutes. It took awhile, but the result was delicious. My kids weren’t interested in trying the lasagna, so that meant more for me and my husband. I kept comparing it to something that you might see at The Olive Garden. Hearty portions, thick noodles, a nice sauce and a good amount of cheese. I would definitely have it again.
The Macaroni & Cheese (which I microwaved) did not win us over. It wasn’t bad, but I honestly can’t say that it was good. Neither of my kids ate it and Macaroni & Cheese is one of their favorite foods. I ate it, but it was bland. The noodles had a good texture, but it needed to be doctored. If you’re someone who likes to work with a prepared dish, this would be a good one for you. Add some pepper, some bread crumbs and a little something else and you might have something better. I also don’t think it would have been any different had I baked it, so I’m glad I went the faster route.
The last entree that I got to try was the Spaghetti & Meatballs with a Vegetable Medley. This was great. It was a single serve entree and just the right size. The meatballs were extremely flavorful and the noodles al dente. The medley was full of peppers, carrots and asparagus (yeah for asparagus!) and covered in a light butter sauce. I could have eaten a lot more of those if they’d been included (even though I was full!). You don’t see many frozen meals that include asparagus, so I was pleasantly surprised by that inclusion.
Overall, I like what they’ve done with this new line. The Italian themed dishes are delicious and I would both recommend them and buy them myself in the future. The Macaroni & Cheese I could do without, but I’m sure that there will be many other great options to choose from instead.
If you’d like to try the Stouffer’s Farmers Market entrees for yourself, use the $1/2 from 2/6 RP or $1 from 3/13 SS or April All You.
*Fine Print – I was given three Stouffer’s Farmers Market entrees to review, but I was not otherwise compensated for this post. All of the statements and opinions stated above are my own.