What you would never find in my freezer is a frozen entree meal. Afterall, I cook, I eat, I microwave only to reheat. But, when I received a coupon for a free Bertolli frozen meal, I decided to give it a try. And this brings us to an evening when I was too tired to cook, and too hungry to wait for Thai take out. So instead, I reached inside of my freezer and grabbed a bag of Bertolli's Mediterranean Steak, Rigatoni & Portobello Mushrooms.
It was off to the skillet, to be cooked, covered for 4 minutes. Disclaimer: I decided not to use all of the noodles, so the photo below is representative of mostly steak and vegetables.
At the end of 4 minutes, I gave the pasta a stir, added sliced onions, a healthy pinch of red pepper flakes, and continued to cook for 6 more minutes.
It smelled quite delicious. Upon immediate inspection, I think there was too much sauce for the amount of food. But perhaps, this was because I didn't cook all of the pasta.
I was surprised how tender the steak was and how well the pasta came out. The overall taste of the sauce, unfortunately was a bit bland and needed some tweaking. I added fresh Parmesan cheese, julienne of basil, and freshly ground pepper. This seemed to help a bit.
Will I buy more Bertolli frozen meals in the future? I think unlikely - I do enjoy cooking, and usually have the means, the know-how, and the time to do it. But, if you are short on time, and have to go frozen, this might be a good option for you. Bertolli really does beat a compartmental frozen TV tray meal. Let me know if you have tried this before or if you plan on trying it in the future!