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Product Review: Newman’s Complete Skillet Meal for Two

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Newman’s Own Chicken Parmigiana & Penne with a side salad

A few weeks ago I received some coupons for various Newman’s Own products in the RedPlumb weekly flyer, so I decided to give the products a try.

newmans-own2On Monday, I tried out the Supreme Thin & Crispy pizza. I was dubious about it because I prefer my pizza crusts to be thick and bread-y. To be honest, the crust wasn’t too bad, it was just crispier than I prefer. But what lost it for me was the spiciness of the pepperoni — I went to bed with an upset stomach. I’ve never tasted pepperoni so hot!

newmans-own1Then, last night my boyfriend and I tried out the Complete Skillet Meal for Two in the Chicken Parmigiana & Penne flavor. You’ll see how I served it with a side salad and Parmesan cheese above.

World of difference! I would totally recommend this product. It took all of 10 minutes to prepare. The chicken was tasty. The penne was just the right amount of al dente. And the sauce was perfection — and I’m not crazy about tomato-based sauces!

This is a perfect meal for two if you get creative and add on a side or two. I chose to serve it with salad (recipe below) and top it with a mix of Parmesan, Romano and Asiago cheeses. My boyfriend was surprised at how quickly I pulled together a delicious and elegant meal. Thanks Newman’s Own!

== Carma’s Quick Salad ==

1 bag of butter lettuce
1/4 chopped red onion
1/2 cup shredded cheese
1/4-1/2 cup Ranch dressing

In a large container with a lid — a Rubbermaid or Tupperware works (I use a recycled, large lunch meat container) — add in the lettuce, onion and cheese. Close the lid and shake well.

Open the container and add in the salad dressing. Close and shake until well mixed.

Serve in bowls.

Optional garnishes: Parmesan cheese, cilantro or diced green onion.


You can find a good container for mixing salads on Amazon.com. See suggestions here:

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About the author

Carma Spence has been experimenting in the kitchen since she was four years old and loves trying out new recipe ideas. She is the author of Bonkers for Bundt Cakes and Your Perfect Pie, as well as author and contributor to several more non-food-related books. With Carma's Cookery, she is taking her passion for empowering people and blending it with her passion for cooking, gift-giving and entertaining.