A few months ago, I was at the grocery store and came across Red Baron Pan Pastas.
I had just spent $10 ordering pasta from Pizza Hut and was intrigued by the fact I could get something similar for about half the price so I gave their chicken Alfredo a try. I ended up liking it and, last night, when I was looking for something easy for dinner, I decided to give their rotini with meat sauce a try; mostly because I figured it would be the type of pasta dinner I would enjoy even more.
Unfortunately, I was not as impressed with this variety.
One of the first things I noticed when I was in the freezer section was the fact the pan pasta had gone up in price. When I purchased it originally, it was only $5. When I bought it last night, it was almost $7. So, right off the bat, I was losing some value.
When I took the pan pasta out of the box and baked it, I was disappointed to find out the rotini and meat sauce didn’t offer much in terms of quantity. There was enough to cover the bottom of the pan but it was a surprisingly thin layer. As a result, there was barely enough for my wife and me (I’m glad my kids weren’t there to help us with it) and I doubt it would have been enough if I didn’t take the time to make a salad and some garlic bread to go with it.
The one thing I wasn’t expecting to disappoint me was the taste. After all, I usually like Red Baron products. But, while the pasta wasn’t terrible, it really didn’t meet my expectations. The sauce was a bit spicy but didn’t offer anything original in terms of overall flavor. In other words, you could tell it wasn’t homemade. As a result, we ended up doctoring it up a bit by adding a ton of shredded mozzarella cheese to it along with a few other ingredients. At $7, we really shouldn’t have to do that.
As I said before, I did like the chicken Alfredo and (assuming they didn’t change the recipe on that or anything), I would still consider buying that; even at the higher price. But, as far as this particular Red Baron Pan Pasta goes, I really can’t see myself taking the time to buy it again.