Recently I was given the opportunity to sample some new dinner kits by Romano’s Macaroni Grill. Now I love some Italian Pasta, but unfortunately my at-home pasta kit making experiences usually leave much to be desired! And my husband is incredibly, incredibly picky so if he even sees a box kit he immediately becomes skeptical. However it was what I was cooking, so he was getting it for dinner … unless of course he decided to make something all by himself!
It’s described as,
With quick and easy preparation, a Romano’s Macaroni Grill Restaurant Favorites meal is ready to eat in about 20 minutes.
The dinner kits include everything needed to create a high-quality meal in one box including premium ingredients such as vine-ripened tomatoes, select cooking wines, specialty herbs and 100% semolina pasta. All you have to do is add one pound of chicken or your choice of proteins such as shrimp or Italian sausage.
So here’s my verdict:
Quick & Easy Preparation – Check. Check. It took about 20 minutes, give or take. Just long enough for some pasta to boil and some chicken to brown!
Everything is Included – Check again. Now to make it a little less “box like” for the sake of my ever so picky husband, I did take them up on the “Extra Tips” to add some fresh veggies – like broccoli. Mushrooms would have been good to, but we were out. My only recommendation would be you might actually need some more pasta. It was made to feed 3-4, but 4 (especially adults) might be stretching it! There was plenty of the other contents for our personal taste though. So if you know your family really likes pasta & it’s going to be your main course, you might want to break into your personal pasta stash or double on the boxes!
So, the overall verdict – It was really yummy & super easy! Even super picky husband couldn’t find much to grumble about … and he was given a free pass to grumble since I needed to give an honest response for this review!!
So, look for them in the store. At my grocery store they were with the boxed pasta meal making kits (appropriate, huh?). We ate the Chicken Alfredo with Linguine, but they also have Garlic & Herb Chicken Penne, Creamy Basil Parmesan Chicken & Pasta and Chicken Marsala with Linguine. I’m looking forward to trying the others as well!
OR – you could try to win a box yourself! MyBlogSpark is helping to give away one Complimentary Gift Basket to each of THREE of my readers – that means all my readers could win (heeheee)!! The “What’s For Dinner” gift basket includes samples of all varieties, a colander, serving spoon & even a cute little cheese grater.
So, if you want a chance at winning, here’s what you need to do:
1. Leave me a comment – you can just say hi, but if you need some inspiration why not tell me what your favorite pasta dish is or maybe how often you eat dinner together as a family or maybe what color shirt you’re wearing today … I don’t care!
If you want your name in the hat, more than once then you’ll get an extra chance for each of the following – please leave a separate comment for each entry:
1. Subscribe to my blog – because that’s what all the big bloggers say (heck, I barely even know how to subscribe so you could probably just lie about this part, but I’d be really sad if I found out)!
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3. Tweet about this giveaway – because honestly it gives me an extra spring in my step when I see twitter mentions in my TweetDeck!!
I’ll draw all THREE winners on Saturday, July 25th so you have until Midnight EST & post the winners by Monday, July 27th.