Marie Callender’s Old World Rigatoni Bolognese

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Marie Callender's Old World Rigatoni Bolognese

Looks: The noodles are right, but the sauce is all wrong. Instead of being a thick and hearty tomato sauce with chunks of beef, it consists of some dried-up pieces of meat and a scant amount of liquid. It really makes the difference in how edible the dish looks, wouldn’t you agree? 2 out of 5

Taste: The taste mirrors the looks: the noodles are ok, but the sauce is just meh. The different parts of the sauce never seemed to coalesce, but rather just separated into tomato and beef and liquid. Not only did the sauce not form one mixture, but the different parts of the sauce didn’t stick to the pasta, further separating the dish into “noodles and tomato and beef and liquid” instead of Rigatoni Bolognese. 2 out of 5

3 Comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    Yuck, I wouldn’t eat it if it looked like it does on the box .. I wouldn’t feed this to a dog either.

  2. John says:

    I don’t think the dish looks all that bad. Granted, the dish on the box looks much better. Bolognese is a meat sauce with tomato, not a tomato sauce with meat, so the chunks of beef and a minimal sauce approach should be expected. That said, it doesn’t look like they did too great of a job trying to pull it off. Hey – it’s prepackaged and microwavable. Can’t expect the same thing you’ll get in a restaurant.

    You missed the Parmesan cheese sprinkle and basil sprig! On more serious note, what do you think about a placemat or silverware? Something for scale. Just a thought.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I have a very good hunch that this food was tampered with by the consumer to make it worse than it should have. The meal in the picture looks as if it was stirred about by a child leaving much of the display hanging in chunks from the bowl.

    I have tried this before and would personally rate it at least a 3.5 out of 5. I would recommend this to others seeking a good tasting frozen meal and I encourage others to give it a try despite how it appears in this submission.

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