Trader Joe’s Brussels Sprouts & Caramelized Onion Ravioli Review

Trader Joe's Brussels Sprouts & Caramelized Onion Ravioli

While we’ve never been to Brussels, we have eaten our fair share of Brussels sprouts. We’ve had them sauteed, steamed, and even fried, but we’ve never had them in ravioli. So when we saw Trader Joe’s Brussels Sprouts & Caramelized Onion Ravioli, we were eager to broaden our Brussels sprouts horizons.

Now, you might be thinking to yourself, “Wait a minute, that’s not a frozen food at all! What are the folks at Freezer Meal Frenzy doing? This is a frozen food review site, for crying out loud! What sort of icy cold betrayal is this?” Well, first off, settle down a little. But secondly, you are correct — you won’t find this in the freezer aisle at Trader Joe’s. This ravioli comes in the refrigerated section. However, we’ve been checking out a few of these non-frozen items just out of curiosity, and we thought it wouldn’t hurt to share our thoughts with our wonderful readers.

Anyway, let’s hop to it!

Preparing these ravioli noodles is pretty simple. Since they’re refrigerated rather than frozen, they don’t take too long to cook. All you really have to do is bring a pot of water to a boil, toss in these noodles, and let them cook for about five minutes. Once they’re strained, you can add the sauce and seasonings of your choice and dig in.

Trader Joe's Brussels Sprouts & Caramelized Onion Ravioli

We’re generally big fans of TJ’s ravioli, but we’d say this one is a miss. Brussels sprouts, ricotta cheese, and caramelized onion are all ingredients that can be delicious, but the combination of the three doesn’t really work that well. There are no clashing flavors here, but it would have been a lot better with a different blend of flavors. We know the Brussels sprouts are supposed to be the star here, but we really would have appreciated a different veggie. In our book, Brussels sprouts are best when roasted.

We also had a few problems with our ravioli noodles. As you might be able to see in the image above, a few of our noodles burst open as they were cooking, leaving us with empty noodles and boiled filling. It’s just another thing that detracts from an already mediocre dish. Because both the Brussels sprouts and caramelized onions have a strong flavor, it’s hard to improve this with a good sauce. We wound up adding a bit of butter and pepper, but we think parmesan cheese would work as well.

Unless you’re really in the mood for Brussels sprout-stuffed ravioli, we’d suggest passing on Trader Joe’s Brussels Sprouts & Caramelized Onion Ravioli. Trader Joe’s has better options for ravioli in both their refrigerated and freezer section. We’d suggest cooking up a different ravioli and serving some freshly-cooked Brussels sprouts on the side.

To learn more about the nutrition content, ingredients, or cooking instructions for this Trader Joe’s refrigerated ravioli, check out our package scan below.

Trader Joe's Brussels Sprouts & Caramelized Onion Ravioli
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