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Old 08-02-2022, 11:00 PM
 
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I rarely bought frozen meals until Covid. Then that was the game plan. I found Stouffers wasn't as good as it had been years ago, very short on cheese and kind of soupy. Still it was better than the others I tried, flavor wise. In a pinch I'll make a quick version using cooked egg noodles layered with a ricotta, mozzarella, egg mixture, and sauce. Two or three layers, and baked about an hour. Comes out tasty.
There is NO need to cook lasagna noodles prior to baking. Use the uncooked noodles as called for by the recipe. When you have the entire lasagna assembled, cover the pan tightly with plastic wrap. Then, cover the pan tightly with aluminum foil for about 50 minutes. Remove both layers and then place a layer of cheese and return to the oven about 20 minutes.

I worked in a commercial kitchen where we served 600 servings of lasagna on the days that we served it. We were NOT using cooked noodles and the lasagna turned out just perfect. And it was a hell of a lot better than Stouffer's of 2022. Of course, that is like winning the 6 inch high hurdles.

There was a time when Stouffer's was top of the line product developed in their hotel kitchens. Now, under Nestle, it has been all down hill.
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Old 08-04-2022, 04:47 PM
 
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There is NO need to cook lasagna noodles prior to baking. Use the uncooked noodles as called for by the recipe. When you have the entire lasagna assembled, cover the pan tightly with plastic wrap. Then, cover the pan tightly with aluminum foil for about 50 minutes. Remove both layers and then place a layer of cheese and return to the oven about 20 minutes.

I worked in a commercial kitchen where we served 600 servings of lasagna on the days that we served it. We were NOT using cooked noodles and the lasagna turned out just perfect. And it was a hell of a lot better than Stouffer's of 2022. Of course, that is like winning the 6 inch high hurdles.

There was a time when Stouffer's was top of the line product developed in their hotel kitchens. Now, under Nestle, it has been all down hill.
I didn't know it was associated with any hotels (never heard of a Stouffer's hotel) but I do remember their frozen products being a little better and more expensive brand. Used to get Stouffer's French Bread frozen pizzas. Didn't get them for years, and then when I did again, it was not the same.
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Old 08-04-2022, 06:00 PM
 
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I didn't know it was associated with any hotels (never heard of a Stouffer's hotel) but I do remember their frozen products being a little better and more expensive brand. Used to get Stouffer's French Bread frozen pizzas. Didn't get them for years, and then when I did again, it was not the same.
Stouffer's was a chain of luxury hotels headquartered in Cleveland (which is also the home of the frozen food division). Stouffer's was acquired by Nestle in the 1970s as they wanted the frozen food business. Nestle sold the hotels and restaurant divisions to Marriott and were eventually rebranded to Renaissance Hotels.
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Old 08-05-2022, 12:02 AM
 
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Birds Eye Lasagna (veggie)
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Old 08-05-2022, 11:59 AM
 
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Stouffer's was a chain of luxury hotels headquartered in Cleveland (which is also the home of the frozen food division). Stouffer's was acquired by Nestle in the 1970s as they wanted the frozen food business. Nestle sold the hotels and restaurant divisions to Marriott and were eventually rebranded to Renaissance Hotels.
Ah! I have stayed at a Renaissance for a business conference a couple of times. Pricey, but I didn't have to pay.
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Old 08-07-2022, 02:36 PM
 
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Love Stouffers Veggie Lasagna.....wish it didn`t have carbs
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Old 08-21-2022, 12:14 PM
 
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My own homemade.
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