August 19, 2011

Morningstar Lasagna with Sausage-Style Crumbles

This week, another frozen entree: Morningstar Lasagna with Sausage-Style Crumbles. I was looking forward to testing this one out, because it looks pretty tasty on the box. It was as if I've never eaten a frozen entree before.

Once out of the box, the actual food inside doesn't look quite like the picture. Obviously. It looked kind of like a pile of vegetables and sauce on top of a noodle. I think there were a couple noodles in there, but the lasagna was pretty short. No towering stacks of delicious lasagna goodness. But whatever. I cooked it in the microwave, and dug in.

First impressions, there was a lot of fennel in here. I haven't been able to test out the Morningstar Sausage-Style crumbles, because it seems that no stores around me carry them, so I can't say for sure if it was the crumbles themselves or however the lasagna is built. And maybe, for other people, the mega-fennel flavor isn't a problem. Aside from that, and maybe I'm channeling my Italian grandmother here, but I wasn't terribly impressed with this lasagna. There wasn't much to it. I need a big, cheesy, gooey, saucy, noodly experience when I eat lasagna. This was … disappointing. Not bad, but not mind-blowing. Luckily, I cooked up some broccoli and garlic bread to accompany this, so I didn't leave the table hungry.

The experience:
Texture - couldn't really find any crumble texture among the rest of the lasagna
Flavor - very fennel-y, which some people might be into, but I don't really dig

Final grade for this attempt: B-


  1. Yeah, that's definitely the crumbles you're tasting. They have a very acute fennel flavor. I like them, but they just don't work with everything.

  2. I thought so. For some reason, everyone except me seems to equate Italian sausage with fennel-flavored sausage. There are more things in there, people!