We bought the Rana Chicken Pesto Lasagna at Costco for my daughter’s graduation party. The main dish was steak but there were a few people coming who didn’t eat red meat so we figured a chicken lasagna would be a great secondary entrée.
The chicken pesto lasagna was good, but not great, and only about half of it got eaten. The lasagna looked and tasted exactly as pictured and described on the packaging, it just wasn’t a hit at our party.
The lasagna appears to be fully cooked and simply needs reheating to an internal temperature of 160F.
The packaging gives two sets of heating instruction, Oven and Microwave.
Oven Heating Instructions
- Preheat oven to 375F
- Remove carton and plastic film
- Place tray on a baking sheet
- Bake for 20 minutes
- Let stand for 2 minutes before serving
Microwave Heating Instructions
- Remove carton and plastic film
- Place the tray in the microwave
- Microwave on High for 8 minutes
- Let stand 2 minutes before serving
I followed the microwave instructions but had to add two extra minutes (10 minutes total) to reach an internal temperature of 160F.
The lasagna came out with a slightly browned top and the alfredo sauce was bubbly hot. The lasagna did not look bad but it also did not look appetizing which I think is the main reason more people didn’t try it.
I heated a slice up the next day and gave the chicken pesto lasagna a try when I wasn’t distracted by being a host.
My immediate impression was that the lasagna was extremely rich. The combination of the alfredo sauce with the pesto was a powerful, flavor packed pairing.
The lasagna was a little short on chicken but the meat that was there was flavorful and tender. The pasta was perfectly acceptable.
The basil pesto sauce was “meh”. The pesto wasn’t particularly fresh and vibrant which shouldn’t be a surprise given that this was a processed frozen lasagna.
This lasagna reminded me of Rana’s Short Rib Lasagna in that it is an interesting idea that doesn’t quite deliver. That being said, I bought this because I needed a quick and easy chicken dish and this lasagna fit the bill perfectly.
There are six servings of lasagna per tray, one cup each, with a single serving having the following nutritional information:
- Calories = 340
- Fat = 16g
- Cholesterol = 95mg
- Sodium = 650mg
- Carbohydrates = 26g
- Protein = 20g
Overall this is healthier than Costco’s Frozen Italian Sausage and Beef Lasagna with less fat, sodium and cholesterol.
Rana’s Chicken Pesto Lasagna cost me $13.99 at Costco.
Since you get 2.5 pounds of food this works out to a price of $0.35 per ounce. By comparison, Costco’s Ravioli Lasagna, which is absolutely incredible, costs $0.31 per ounce.
So, the Rana lasagna appears to be fairly priced.
The Chicken Pesto Lasagna from Rana is fairly priced at Costco and tastes decent enough.
The lasagna is nothing that me or my guests got excited by but it was fun to try something different. I can’t imagine that I would ever buy this product again but I am glad that at least I gave it a try!
Rana Chicken Pesto Lasagna
- Microwave Oven
- 1 tray Rana Chicken Pesto Lasagna
- Garlic Bread
- Take the lasagna out of the carboard packaging and remove the plastic film.
- Place the tray in the microwave.
- Heat the lasagna on High for 8-10 minutes until it reaches at least 160F.
- Let the lasagna cool for two minutes.
- Slice the lasagna into six servings.
- Serve the lasagna with a salad and garlic bread.