October 11, 2011 - Fearlessly Archived - Still a fun read, price & availability may have changed.
New! Improved! Honest!
We really don’t like it when advertisements say "New & Improved," because in our experience, that usually just means they changed the recipe to save some money, rather than actually improving the product. We can say without reservation, however, that the new recipe used to make Trader Joe's Lobster Ravioli was not developed to save money (though somehow it has), and does, in fact, vastly improve the product.
Don't get us wrong; we liked our previous Lobster Ravioli. We just didn't love it as much as we wanted to. So our tasting panel went back to the drawing board to make it better. And we have. Our New! Improved! Lobster Ravioli contains actual pieces of lobster meat. Are they huge pieces? No. Huge pieces wouldn't fit inside the delicate pillows of pasta. But you can see them. You can taste them. They're delicious. The lobster is combined with a sherry-based sauce, making the flavor slightly bisque-like – robust, but not heavy. And did we mention these Ravioli are striped? The yellow stripes are simply semolina pasta-colored, and the red stripes come courtesy of a bit of annato in the pasta. When you cook them, the cooking water will definitely take on some of that color; surprisingly, though, the pasta doesn't appear to lose any of the color in the process.
We like our Lobster Ravioli drizzled with just a bit of Organic Garlic Extra Virgin Olive Oil and a toss of our Shaved Parmesan, Romano & Asiago Blend. We really like their price of $3.49 for each nine ounce package. This is a tremendous value for fresh, filled (with lobster, no less!) pasta of this quality. You'll find them in our refrigerated case.