Guest Review by Cathy Bloedorn
Smart Ones Ravioli Florentine
"Tender ravioli filled with creamy ricotta cheese and tossed in a hearty spinach marinara sauce"
Calories - 270
Fat - 5 g
Sodium - 860 mg
WW Points - 7
First impressions — Those folks at Smart Ones sure like to use fancy-dancy descriptive adjectives when writing their description. The prep on this was easy, but I was preparing one for me and one for my almost 2 year old son, so having to do it twice was annoying. Also, I did not follow Terry’s instructions about checking the wattage on my microwave, and it ended up being like the surface of the sun. It didn’t really look like the box art, though the six ravioli shown are indeed how many you get. The sauce was MUCH thicker than the picture would have suggested, though I do agree with the characterization of it as “hearty.”
Gustatory impressions - Not bad! Not bad at all! It actually truly tasted like something I might make myself—take some cheese ravioli, grab packaged sauce, and add some canned spinach to it. The only thing that was at all off-putting was just how “hearty” that sauce was. There was too much of it, and it didn’t really coat the ravioli the way a thinner sauce would. You ended up having to eat the ravioli, followed by a forkful of sauce. I did consider getting a piece of bread for the sauce, but it was thick enough to eat the extra on a fork, and I didn’t want to sully the purity of the experience with random bread. The cheese in the ravioli was creamy and ricotta-like. The sauce was pretty tasty, for packaged tasting sauce. The pasta was done to a nice level of doneness—I don’t like my ravioli al dente, so Terry might think they were too soft. (For the record, other pasta should be al dente, but not ravioli.) I ended up eating one and a half of my son’s ravioli, but he happily ate the rest, plus a couple of forkfuls of sauce, so it is definitely to the taste of a toddler. (Is that a recommendation, or not?) However, for those of you preparing food for the itty bitty set, it was VERY hot coming out of the microwave, especially since ravioli become little pouches of molten lava. I cut his in half and put his plate in the freezer. When it came out, it was tepid, but he didn’t mind. Toddlers do not have very discriminating palates.
Summary - Tasty! I will definitely be seeking this one out again as an emergency dinner to have lurking in the back of the freezer. I liked it, my son liked it—what else can I say? I just wish the sauce had been a) thinner and b) slightly less plentiful. Maybe one extra ravioli could sneak in if you reduced the amount of sauce.
Rating: 4 out of 5 plastic forks
I tried this one today, and I liked it. 4/5, I didn’t mind the thickness of the sauce, but I do wish the pasta was just a smidge less soft. ;p