Food Review: Michael Angelo's Family-size Meals


*Disclosure: I received a Walmart gift card to facilitate this review. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.

Back in November, I reviewed Michael Angelo's single-serving meals, which are now some of my favorite Italian frozen meals. I was able to review their new family-size portion, and my family and I sat down last weekend to enjoy their Baked Ziti with Meatballs.

Some facts about Michael Angelo's and their new family-size frozen meals:

  • The new meals come in five sizes, are 100% all natural (no additives or fillers), and can be found at Walmart
  • Varieties include Meat Lasagna (46 + 80 oz.), Baked Ziti with Meatballs (44 oz.), Eggplant Parmesan (44 oz. and 80 oz.)
  • Michael Angelo's uses vine-ripened tomatoes, imported Italian cheeses, and fresh veggies and herbs sourced from the best farms in the world, and each ingredient is selected by Michael and his mom, Sara
  • It's owned and operated by a third-generation Italian-American family, and its meals are inspired by the homemade meals of founder Michael Angelo Renna's mom, Sara
  • Their products are shipped to stores within 36 hours through a "made-to-order" process that eliminates the need for a warehouse, and guarantees freshness
  • It was founded in San Diego in 1982 and has been based in Austin, TX since 1993

I headed to Walmart to find the ziti, and found the other varieties in the aisle as well:


The Chicken Piccata looked pretty good too - that's one of my favorite meals - but we were here for the big stuff: the family-sized dishes. The Baked Ziti and Meatballs is 44 oz., and is a bargain at $9.97 - it feeds 5-6 people but my family of 3 demolished it fairly quickly, albeit over two mealtimes.

L: my mom and the ziti, R: our Baked Ziti + Meatballs lunch

I had tried the baked ziti and meatballs dish before, and it was as yummy as I remembered it to be. What's nice about the family-size portions is that we all were able to have a good-size portion for our meal, yet had enough leftovers that I was able to make another meal out of it the next time I was over my parents' house, too.

My dad and I enjoying Michael Angelo's ziti

I'd definitely buy Michael Angelo's again - my mom mentioned that it would be a quick and easy dish to serve during the holidays, too, maybe around Thanksgiving or Christmas, if you're having a bunch of people over; you could even serve it during a BBQ this summer as a side dish.

Have you tried Michael Angelo's dishes before? What family-size meals do you enjoy making?

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