Fettuccine alfredo has, and probably always will be, one of my favorite foods. The heavy cream sauce, the thin noodles, the feeling that you can drop dead at any time from all the cholesterol…mmmmmm, just a match made in heaven!
Of course frozen entrees can never match the ‘real’ thing, and Bremer’s attempt at alfredo is certainly no different. The most notable surprise for me are the noodles, which go for a thicker, home-made style, rather than the thin fettuccine noodles that I’m used to. While these noodles are much thicker, and somehow make the meal feel heartier, they totally negate my preferred method of eating by spinning them around on the fork, which kind of depressed me a lot more than it should have.
The sauce is more or less what you would expect from a frozen meal, and my wife summed it up almost perfectly by referring to the taste as “garlic milk”, something it also resembled as it was super-thin, even after sitting for a while (but I’m going to chalk that up as a mistake during the cooking process and give the fine folks at Bremer the benefit of the doubt). There is definitely some garlic in there, and it has a slight hint of richness in it, but it almost seems as if heavy cream was substituted for skim milk…the usual ‘punch’ of a really good sauce is nowhere to be found. I also detected no parmesan.
I also take umbrage to the serving sizes, which (no offense to anyone) always seem to be aimed at dieting women. The bag boasts four servings, which for $5 isn’t bad at all. Except that as a growing young man, I only got two servings out of it. $2.50 per serving still isn’t bad, and is way cheaper than you will pay at a restaurant, but I just thought I should mention that you might not be getting as much as you think you are.
That’s not to say any of these quibbles are surprising–they’re more or less exactly what I was expecting as I picked it out of the frozen case at my local Aldi store. It’s not bad, nor is it anything to write home about; it’s fettuccine alfredo made safe for the majority, like every other mass-produced, heavily-processed food out there. If you’re looking to throw together a quick meal for a decent price, this could definitely be an option for you.
Overall: 5/10. I wasn’t a big fan of the “home-made” style thick noodles, which aren’t as conducive to twirling them around a fork like the thinner fettuccine noodles. The sauce is just typical pedestrian stuff, a thin blend of garlic and cream that, like many frozen foods, strives only to appeal to the masses. There’s nothing to write home about here, and nothing that stands out, but if you’re just looking for a quick meal to whip up, this could be for you.