Banquet Spaghetti Meatballs Box Vs Reality

On the left is a box of Banquet brand frozen spaghetti and meatballs. On the right is what is inside. Disappointed at the lack of visible meatballs, reader reader Sonia snapped the photos and sent them in. On the one hand, that’s what you get for eating $1.00 Walmart frozen pasta and meatballs. On the other, well, couldn’t they have left at least one in?

According to the ingredient list on, there’s meatballs in it.

Spaghetti (Water, Enriched Durum Semolina [Semolina, Niacin, Iron {Ferrous Sulfate}, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid], Egg White Solids), Water, Meatballs (Beef and Pork, Water, Textured Soy Flour [Caramel Color], Soy Protein Concentrate, Bread Crumbs [Bleached Wheat Flour {Enriched With Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid}, Durum Flour, Leavening {Sodium Bicarbonate, Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate}, Yeast] Salt, Caramel Color, Garlic With Citric Acid, Monosodium Glutamate, Sodium Tripolyphosphate, Spice, Flavoring), Tomato Paste, Onion, Fructose Corn Syrup, Anchovies, Water, Onions, Salt, Garlic, Tamarind Extract, Cloves, Natural Flavoring, Chili Pepper Extract, Hydrolyzed Soy and Corn Protein), Spices, Flavoring, Hydrolyzed Plant Protein Blend (Hydrolyzed Corn Gluten, Soy Protein and Wheat Gluten, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean and Cottonseed Oils), Citric Acid. Contains: Wheat, Milk, Soy, Eggs, Fish (Anchovies).

Heat Eat Review tried Banquet spaghetti and meatballs back in August ’07, and he got SIX meatballs. Could meatballs be the latest grocery shrink ray victim?

Sonia says that when she called the customer service number, no one picked up. No doubt the company website photo for the customer relations area shows desks with people sitting at them.

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