Amy's Light & Lean Pasta & Veggies Review

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Tasters liked that this "simple, but good" dish featured "actual broccoli chunks," saying the "corkscrew pasta works better" than some of the filled ravioli-style offerings of other frozen meals. "Perfect texture" and a "healthy taste" won this pasta contender the approval of our entire panel.

At $3.84 for an 8-ounce meal, Amy's Light & Lean Pasta & Veggies was the highest-priced frozen meal that we fed to our review panel. Despite the relatively expensive price tag, this low-cal lunch at a cost of less than four dollars remains a solid alternative to restaurant meals and fast food. With only 210 calories and 5 grams of fat, it's safe to say it's a healthier option, too. Most Amy's Light & Lean Pasta & Veggies review panel members had good things to say about this frozen pasta dish. They praised its simplicity, "good taste," and the mixed-in vegetables, including identifiable pieces of asparagus and broccoli. This isn't to say that the frozen pasta meal pleased everyone. One taster liked the "good smell" while another asserted it "smelled funny." And while some said the "pasta was tender" with a "perfect texture," others complained that the "noodles were soft."

A scan of online Amy's Light & Lean Pasta & Veggies reviews, such as this feedback from Good Housekeeping, reveals similar findings. The review at PopSugar Fitness heartily approves of the vegetables in Amy's Light & Lean Pasta & Veggies ($3.84/8 oz., Amazon) and expresses pleasant surprise at how filling it is.

In addition to the calorie and fat content noted above, the nutritional label on the Light & Lean pasta states it provides 3 grams of fiber and 10 grams of protein. Diners will also get 30 percent of the recommended daily allowance of vitamins A and C and 15 percent of the suggested calcium intake. In comparison with our top pasta pick (Weight Watchers Smart Ones Ravioli Florentine), Amy's contains about half as much sodium, at 470 mg, which equates to 20 percent of the average daily allowance versus the 36 percent packed into the Weight Watchers entree. When choosing between the two frozen pasta meals, consumers will have to weigh salt intake over wallet drain.

Gina Briles

Gina K. Briles writes family, household, and shopping-related product reviews. She is a displaced Jayhawk and a coffee addict living in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, two small children, and Vizsla dog.

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