- HORMEL COMPLEATS
Also tastes like mint
Tasty and better than I expected for a shelf-stable product
Others have commented about the contents matching the pix on the packaging. Pretty much it looked the same to me although the penne pasta and chicken are mixed well within the marinara sauce.
>>Ease of use: slit some holes, pop in microwave for about 1 minute, 45 seconds. Take out, wait a minute or so, peel off top and eat. (Peeling it off took awhile. It seemed to have some sort of glue that stuck to the sides of the plastic container.)
>>Flavor: The marina sauce was tasty and quite a bit better than some of the bottled marinara sauce I’ve had. Chicken tasted like chicken and penne pasta was firm (but not break your tooth firm) and not mushy, which is important to me.
>>Nutritional Content: If the label is correct, this isn’t too bad at all if you’re looking for both good fiber and protein without exorbitant sugar or sodium. And with only 5% saturated fat, that’s good for fresh or packaged.
>>Great item to store at the office or a second home or anywhere else where food may not be readily available and/or you need some backup.
This should not be viewed as a substitute for making your own pasta to order and using a homemade or other sauce, but it’s not bad when you’re starving and literally want to eat in three minutes.
>>Price, which varies depending on where you buy it. Amazon has good prices with subscribe and save but at the $3 and up that convenience stores that seem to stock it charge, not such a value.
>>Availability. Not always easily found in our area. If you like this, amazon subscribe and save is probably the best way to get it fast, in quantity and at good price.
I’ve looked online at the others in the compleats line. Not impressed due to very high sodium (why can’t companies understand that most of us want low sodium. Really low. Folks who want more sodium will just add salt. Good spices and other flavorings can give us the taste we need.).
I suspect that the appeal of this will depend entirely on your own tastebuds. If you’re someone who regularly eats homemade pasta sauce with fresh pasta, this will be a tough substitute. But if you use bottled pasta sauce and packaged pasta, this is akin to a prepaid version of this. You can always rev it up by adding your own veggies (steamed or heated up frozen ones) with it.
If this didn’t require a microwave to heat it up, it would be a perfect item for an emergency food kit.
Quite a rich flavor
These are very light snacks, at just 10oz. That may or may not be what you want. I find I need to heat them for 2 minutes, rather than the recommended 90 seconds. This particular variety has a somewhat spicy taste, due to the peppers it contains. It has a rather unappetizing, muddy appearance. You also need to stir it before eating.
If you use convenience meals like this every day at work, then you need some variety. This one is worth a try, especially if you are looking for something with a fuller flavor than most chicken meals.
Misleading Picture On Package
The stuff has some taste, but has no resemblance to the pictures and needs bread or some other medium to digest it. I won’t try it again.