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This is a tough one and I might have been avoiding it for a while. I love Fettuccine Alfredo and I suppose that I didn't want it spoiled for me by bad frozen versions. We've reviewed two in the past on separate occasions with a split decision.
The Michelina's Lean Gourmet Chicken Alfredo Florentine is a pretty good product. Not a great product, mind you, but good enough to eat. Faint praise, but the main downfall is the noodles. Where manufacturers got the idea that egg noodles had anything to do with fettuccine I don't know. It simply doesn't work well. The problem is that they are limp and lifeless (especially compared to the Michael Angelo's). The sauce is pretty good -- a bit heavy on parsley and not much spinach. It has a more salty flavor, but altogether a good enough product to keep in the freezer for emergencies.
While the Weight Watchers Smart Ones Pasta Primavera is not exactly Fettuccine Alfredo, it is pasta in a creamy parmesan sauce. It uses bow tie pasta and this works well. They are not limp or gummy like the Michalina's. The veggies are, however, crisp and flavorful. All of this is served in a slightly thin parmesan cream sauce. Again, not a great product but not a bad one and good enough to keep on hand if you can't find the Michael Angelo's.
The big drawback to both of these is the amount of sodium -- the Michaelina's has 690 mg per serving and the Weight Watchers 700 mg. That's too much for those who are very salt sensitive.
The Lean Cuisine Fettuccini Alfredo is quite a disappointment. Pretty awful really.
Gummy egg noodles in a thin, bland but very salty sauce just doesn't measure up to a good Alfredo in any way.
See also our review of the Healthy Choice Fettuccine Alfredo.
Michael Angelo's Italian Natural Cuisine Chicken Alfredo with Broccoli is quite simply one of the best frozen meals on the market.
The sauce is rich and creamy and the pasta al dente. Amazing!
No kidding, there's actually some firm texture to the fettuccine. The chicken is good with a fresh roasted flavor and the broccoli (even though there's not much of it) is fresh tasting. The flavor of the sauce actually tastes like a pretty good homemade Alfredo. This is one to keep in your freezer for sure.
Even the numbers are good -- 370 calories, 11 grams of fat, 2 grams of fiber and (amazingly) only 550 mg of sodium. A bit pricy at $4.99, but worth every single penny and a whole lot cheaper than fast food.
Another good Fettuccine Alfredo frozen meal is the Glutino Chicken Pomodoro and Chicken Penne Alfredo.