So I had another change to sample a different Bertolli classic mean for 2 and after following the instructions with a bit of a higher heat than before, this meal was much better.
There were some slices of sausage as well as small chunks of sausage with some red peppers.
The pasta was again al dente but I'm now thinking that must be the consistency they are aiming for.
I would have this meal again in a pinch. It is not as good as pasta made from scratch - even from different bottles and packages of prepared ingredients.