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Sunday, July 25, 2010

Review: Buitoni Riserva Meals

I don't usually do product endorsements or reviews here. However, recently I've received two coupons to try out Buitoni products for free.

Several weeks ago we tried one of the refrigerated pasta dishes. We chose the Quattro Formaggi Angnoli which features whipped ricotta, fontina, Parmesan and Granda Padano along with garlic. It made a very nice quick pasta meal and I served with with a sprinkling of fresh Parmesan. It certainly was among the best pre-made pastas I've used in a long time. The flavor was fresh and the pasta was delicate. The only drawback to it was that it is a bit on the expensive side when compared with some other brands. For the two people, one package probably will do nicely if you don't expect huge portions but serving it for a family or a dinner party could add up quickly. Still, the price beats ordering out from a restaurant and the taste is comparable.

Last night, we tried the Chicken and Mushroom Ravioli in Marsala Wine Sauce. This is one of the frozen meals. While the label says that this serves two, it really was enough for a large portion for one. If you want to stretch this to two people you'll certainly need to beef up the meal somewhat with other side dishes and courses.

However, the entire meal came together in under 10 minutes and the taste was superb. Again, I sprinkled the finished dish with a dash of fresh grated Parmesan and served it with a side of garlic bread. This certainly would lend itself to being served alongside the Tomato and Goat Cheese Tart.

Buitoni also puts out a line of sauces including Pesto. I've found that's especially convenient since they are less expensive than the "house" versions available at specialty stores and I can find them in the same supermarket where I do my normal shopping.

I'll probably be keeping some Buitoni products on hand in the future for those nights when I don't feel like cooking a meal from scratch but want to serve something that is flavorful and well crafted.

NOTE: This blogger received coupons for two free samples of Buitoni products to try at home. Buitoni did not require a review of the product in order to receive the trial offer and this product review reflects this blogger's personal opinion of Buitoni Quattro Formaggi Agnoli and Chicken and Mushroom with Marsala Wine Sauce.


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