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  • - This sauce could use a little bit of love.

  • Could use some salt.

  • The meatballs are actually surprisingly really good.

  • Hi everybody, my name is Jessica Luevano

  • and I'm a demi chef at Disney's Club 33.

  • And today, I will be reviewing pasta.

  • (cheerful music)

  • So I've been in this industry for seven years now

  • and I will say, I've had my fair share of pasta and carbs.

  • And I absolutely love it.

  • While being a college student and whatnot,

  • I did enjoy a lot of these.

  • And now I've had my taste of fresh pasta

  • and I absolutely love it.

  • But it doesn't mean that once in a while

  • it's not good to try these guys out.

  • So first, Lean Cuisine with Swedish meatballs.

  • The box says, "Cook for three minutes on high,

  • stir it around."

  • Okay I'm gonna put it back into the microwave

  • for another minute and 30 seconds.

  • Empty all that steam.

  • Gravy, noodles, and Swedish meatballs.

  • The gravy consistency's really nice,

  • there's no breakage of the sauce, which is nice.

  • Because when sauce breaks, it tends to look really nasty

  • and it just, I mean, you want food to look good

  • in order for you to eat it.

  • They got a nice flavor.

  • Not over the top.

  • The sauce could use a little bit of love.

  • It could use some salt.

  • The noodles aren't overly mushy,

  • but they definitely are overdone.

  • It's not messy either, which is nice.

  • The sauce isn't syrupy, it's a nice consistency,

  • it seems to sit on the noodles really well.

  • I'd give it like, give it like a four.

  • Because seasoning is kinda lacking

  • and the noodles are overdone.

  • You know, you have to consider

  • when you're putting stuff in there with sauces,

  • that that sauce is gonna continue to cook.

  • I like it, it's okay.

  • So for our next pasta, we've got Smart Ones.

  • So this one does have cheese.

  • It's gonna take a little bit longer in the microwave

  • so it's gonna be another three minutes.

  • There's a tomato-based sauce

  • unlike the gravy one from earlier

  • so hopefully this one doesn't overcook the noodles

  • and they still have a little bit of bite and life in them.

  • (microwave beeping) Oh, my pasta's ready.

  • So I'm gonna stir it around.

  • You've got tomatoes, you've got cheese.

  • Flavorwise, just typical tomato sauce with cheese.

  • So all in all Smart Ones,

  • decent tomato and cheesy consistency.

  • Nice little bite to the noodles.

  • Not too mushy.

  • The cheese definitely hangs onto the noodles

  • really well with the sauce.

  • I give this one a five, just because the noodles

  • were a little bit more enjoyable than the last.

  • Next up we have Amy's Bowl tortellini pesto.

  • This one calls for about a five minute cook and prep time.

  • Got a pesto sauce, tortellinis, and ricotta cheese.

  • So I'm gonna give this a try without burning my mouth,

  • cause it's very, very, very hot.

  • The noodles are like, chewy.

  • Pretty chewy.

  • Not in like a al dente kind of way.

  • Almost like the dough was really wet when they made it.

  • It absorbed a lot of this liquid.

  • And I feel like that's the trouble with frozen pasta is that

  • you're freezing them with these sauces.

  • So it's like, it's obviously gonna continue to cook them.

  • But it can also overcook them.

  • Personally, I think I would've liked

  • the tortellinis to be filled.

  • I don't think these are filled.

  • It's kinda just flat.

  • Maybe a little bit more herbs.

  • Maybe a little bit more basil.

  • It just needs a little bit of life,

  • just kinda like mm, like just flattens out.

  • I think it kinda goes with the first one

  • and I'm gonna give this guy a four.

  • Just a teeny bit disappointed, Amy.

  • Next up, Healthy Choice.

  • So this one is family favorite, spaghetti and meatballs.

  • What I wanna look for here

  • is the doneness of the meatballs,

  • once they're done, you know, cooking in the microwave,

  • I wanna see the bite on the spaghetti noodles.

  • I wanna taste how good the sauce is,

  • I'm looking for a flavor.

  • We'll see you guys in four and a half to five minutes.

  • Traditional spaghetti and meatballs.

  • Oh my god, I feel really silly.

  • The sauce steams at the bottom

  • and you pour your noodles and meatballs in.

  • Okay, that's pretty cool.

  • I'm not gonna lie.

  • And now I can mix my sauce into my noodles.

  • It smells good, I've had some time to cool it down

  • so I don't burn my mouth.

  • Kinda reminds me of the packaging I would get,

  • no offense to this company, but it's very nostalgic

  • and it reminds me of when I would get food

  • back when I went to school in Boyle Heights

  • and they'd give us like these pre-packaged lunches

  • and you could tell they just steamed them out.

  • And you were just so happy to have a really warm meal.

  • That's what this kinda reminds me of.

  • There isn't a lot of flavor.

  • It could definitely use some seasoning to it.

  • These noodles are definitely really soft,

  • not too much of a bite to them.

  • And let's see about our meatball.

  • The meatball's actually surprisingly really good.

  • I think that's like the savior here.

  • And you get five of them, so that's nice.

  • Really do make up for the lack of seasoning in the sauce.

  • I would probably give this, because the meatball,

  • (sighs) like a five and a half out of 10 on this one.

  • The meatball really saved it.

  • I wanna give it a six.

  • I was a little impressed with the bowl.

  • It was kinda cool.

  • Okay, we'll give it a six.

  • The meatball and the bowl saved it.

  • Just a bit more love in the seasoning,

  • that's all I could really say for this one.

  • Okay up next on our list,

  • we have family favorite Stouffer's.

  • This one is a Stouffer's bowl with chicken, bacon and ranch

  • with medium spice heat.

  • I'm Mexican so I absolutely love spice

  • so every opportunity I have to throw some chili flake

  • or some chili oil into my pasta, I'm there 100%.

  • This one's got a six minute prep time.

  • Six minutes later, we have pasta.

  • So this one is definitely very cheesy.

  • Got bacon, you can see the steam.

  • And a little bit of mild chili inside of it.

  • It smells really good.

  • What I'm noticing right away, it's very, very cheese-heavy.

  • Like when I stirred it around,

  • I almost had to look for the pasta,

  • because it just got completely lost in the sauce.

  • Your teeth just break through it right away.

  • So when you're stirring these things around,

  • per instructions, be careful,

  • 'cause you don't wanna go and break apart your pasta.

  • Let's try a piece of chicken.

  • Chicken's okay.

  • It's cooked all the way through

  • which is like, number one, very important.

  • I believe that what they did here's

  • relied a lot more on the sauce to be its flavor.

  • You've got a lot of cheese going on in here.

  • And if you're into these super cheesy pastas,

  • by all means you're really gonna enjoy this one.

  • But everything kind of just gets lost.

  • You know, but all in all it's okay,

  • I probably give it, I give it a six

  • just because the sauce and the cheese

  • really does save it for the flavoring.

  • The chicken could've used some more flavoring

  • and the noodles are well overcooked.

  • So yeah, I'll give it a solid six.

  • This is the Stouffer's lasagna.

  • And this is the family size one.

  • And you can do it in your oven

  • or you can do it in your microwave,

  • it's really just a matter of preference.

  • Takes about 34 minutes from cook and prep time.

  • This is our finished product.

  • So as you can see,

  • it's cooked a little bit extra on the sides,

  • you got some hardened cheese here.

  • That's because it had to cook without the lid on top of it,

  • so it can fully cook all the way through.

  • You've got lasagna, the meat sauce,

  • and of course you've got cheese on the inside.

  • Herb-seasoned tomato sauce and real, real mozzarella cheese.

  • So let's go ahead and see how real this tastes.

  • Hot, very hot.

  • Not terrible at all.

  • You know, I could probably eat this.

  • The noodles are cooked well.

  • There's a lot of cheese.

  • I like the ratio of meat in there.

  • Even in that small bite that I got,

  • I got a really good amount of meat.

  • Flavorwise, I'm thinking it's good.

  • Like, you know, for lasagna.

  • You've got the tomato flavor.

  • I do taste the herbs.

  • You do get the cheesy stringiness inside of it.

  • And the meat is seasoned well, you know, as well.

  • I can actually see bits of it

  • and I can taste the herb inside of it.

  • And the noodles definitely hold up to the sauce.

  • I do see the cheese on the inside

  • which is really nice as well.

  • I think I can give this one,

  • I can give this one a solid eight, yeah.

  • It just took, for such a small package,

  • it did take quite a while to cook.

  • What I would recommend when doing something this large

  • when you're trying to feed your family at a fast time,

  • take it out ahead of time and let it thaw.

  • All in all, I think these were all really good.

  • They do have different flavor profiles for sure,

  • and it's always nice to go back and try the frozen meals.

  • And then go ahead and taste the fresher versions

  • of these things and see the differences for yourself.

  • (light music)

- This sauce could use a little bit of love.

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