Recently Foodbuzz and Buitoni sent me a coupon to try one of Buitoni's new Frozen Meals For Two. Being a 'I'd rather do it myself' kind of gal, I wasn't quite sure what I would do with it. Sometimes, however, I am a 'I'm really busy and don't have time to cook' kind of gal so this frozen meal proved to be very handy!
I didn't want to just make it and serve it as you would with ravioli; I wanted to do something special. I happened to have some grilled vegetables left over from my fantastical open faced veg sandwiches so I thought I'd use that along with the pasta.
Note: the frozen meal options are very limited; I decided to go with the shrimp and lobster combo because chicken is out of the question. The sauce was a garlic butter sauce so I made this meal for Honey, aka the sauce hound.
1 package Buitoni Frozen Meal For Two (I used the shrimp and lobster)
1/2 eggplant, sliced thin
1/2 yellow squash, sliced thin
1/2 zucchini, sliced thin
Now, for those of you that read this blog, you know I am not grilling the veg fresh for this meal; actually, even if you don't regularly read this blog you know that because I said it up above. I have one of those fantastical bamboo steamers; I just popped the grilled veg in there and gave it a light steam. I am going to go thru the grilling though, because if you're reading this as a recipe, it's just the right thing to do.
So... grill your vegetables!! I used the BBQ grill but you could roast them in the oven too.
Bring a large pan of salted water to a boil and pop in the frozen Buitoni pasta and bag o' sauce. Yes, you put the bag of sauce in the boiling water; very handy. Let pasta and sauce cook.
When ravioli floats, that means that it's done! Strain and watch out... that bag o' sauce is hot!
Now, for plating... I used a regular plate and put just a bit of sauce right in the middle. On top of that I started with one ravioli. Then I stacked a slice of eggplant, another ravioli, two slices of zucchini, another ravioli, bell pepper and another ravioli.
When I was done stacking I put a little more sauce (just a little) on top and around the stack. It was pretty to look at!
Now, for my review... I did taste a teensy bit of the sauce, and for y'all regulars you know I don't do butter and other things like that. I figured though, that I was reviewing the meal and was eating some amount of eggs in the pasta so I may as well taste the sauce. I tasted the sauce and it was ok. I will say, however, that I am not a sauce girl and this sauce is very saucy. Plus, they give you SO much you would have to teach your raviolis to swim if you used all of it for two people. I used far less than 1/4 of the package and there was still plenty of sauce on the plates. Oppositely, Honey, my sauce loving husband loved the sauce. He said it was flavorful and rich. All in all, if you like sauce you will like it, if you're not huge on sauce, just be careful!
The pasta: I liked the pasta. I mean, it's commercial pasta so how can you mess it up, really... but I liked the convenience of being able to throw it all into a pot and think about plating as it cooks. You don't really have to keep an eye on it, it cooks fast and tastes good. Our flavor, the shrimp and lobster was quite tasty. The filling was cooked well and had good flavor without being overboard.
If you're in a pinch, too tired to cook or want to get creative with something commercial, I do think it's a good option.