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Stouffer's Lasagna with Meat and Sauce

Stouffer's Lasagna with Meat and Sauce

I love any dish with tomatoes--whether it's lasagna, spaghetti, pizza--even a can of Beefaroni. I can still remember the time when I was a kid, I spent the night at a friend's house, and they had lasagna. The next morning we had leftover lasagna for lunch. I was hooked.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size   1 cup (about 3 servings)
Calories    260Calories from fat    80
Total fat    9g
    Saturated Fat 4.5g
    Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 30mg
Sodium    690mg
Total Carbohydrate    28g
   Dietary Fiber 3g
   Sugars 6g
Protein    17g
Vitamin A 4%
Vitamin C 4%
Calcium 15%
Iron 6%

Stouffer's offers their lasagna in a 21 oz package. According to them, it serves three people. Who are we kidding? To me, if it comes in one box, it's for one person, so it comes out to 780 calories total. That's not bad for a meal, and it really is a hearty meal.

I microwaved it, of course, rather than putting it in the oven. It probably would taste better prepared in the oven, but I don't want to wait that long. There's plenty of meat in this lasagna and a decent amount of chewy cheese on top. I found the tomato sauce somewhat bland tasting though. The pasta itself was kind of soggy and limp. That may be the result of microwaving it.

Stouffer's advertises their lasagna as containing three kinds of natural cheeses, although I couldn't detect them. In fact, it looks like they scatter a few flecks of cottage cheese--I'm not sure what for--they don't affect the taste at all. I think perhaps they were going for a ricotta cheese look.

It is a solid if not spectacular offering. I would rate it a B-. Marie Callender's Meat Lasagna

Marie Callender's Meat Lasagna

Hands down, Marie Callender has the best frozen lasagna on the market. I microwaved this as well, and it still came out perfect. The tomato sauce is rich and flavorful, and the basil and garlic flavors are readily apparent. The pasta came out firm and tender, not waterlogged. It had a good amount of meat--perhaps not as much as Stouffer's--and also plenty of cheese on top. However, what really makes Marie Callender stands out is the use of ricotta cheese in the lasagna. This wasn't some token amount put it--lasagna should have ricotta cheese in it, plain and simple, and Marie Callendar accomplishes this.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size   1 cup (about 2.5 servings)
Calories    240Calories from fat    80
Total fat    9g
    Saturated Fat 5g
Sodium    950mg
Cholesterol 45mg
Total Carbohydrate    24g
   Dietary Fiber 2g
   Sugars 9g
Protein    14g
Vitamin A 8%
Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 15%
Iron 10%

There is one strange difference between Marie Callendar and Stouffer's--both packages are 21 oz, and both say a single serving is 1 cup. Yet Stouffer's says it has 3 servings while Marie Callender says it has 2.5. I'm not sure where the discrepancy is coming from. Also note that Marie Callendar has a significant amount of sodium more than Stouffer's. I don't know--maybe that's one of the reasons why I find it more flavorful than Stouffer's.

Marie Callender always has good products, and they don't disappoint with their frozen lasagna. I give this an A.