“ Manufacturer: Sainsbury's / Type: Pasta „
This pasta is the ultimate in student food. Each parcel is full of delicious cheesy goodness, and the only extra ingredients I use are a little bit of salt, pepper and butter. This stuff doesn't even need a sauce - the butter takes away any dryness and makes this pasta an absolute pleasure to eat. Because this pasta is pre-cooked, it takes about as long to prepare this meal as it does to make a cup of tea, and the only washing up is a fork, a bowl, a colander and the pan you prepared it in.
When I eat this I use about two thirds of a pack for one nice, filling meal for myself, but I am a fairly large and manly man and so need extra food to promote healthy beard growth. Most women and smaller men would probably be fine with only half a packet.
This pasta is pretty inexpensive too, and there have been times when my entire University household has eaten little but this and its tomato and mozarella/spinach and ricotta brothers for days. This is, in my opinion, the tastiest of Sainsbury's filled pasta range, though the tomato and mozarella is also excellent, and none of them are poor - I simply found the spinach and ricotta not to be to my liking, and the meaty choices were quite low on flavour and would need a sauce to complete them.
I usually cook spaghetti bolognese on a Friday night, mainly because it's something easy, that everyone likes. Now that I only have one of my children living permanently at home (I have one at university and two very grown up now) things are changing and also getting easier. Much quieter too! Because there's only one meat eater in he house I make two bologneses-one with meat for hubby the other with either Quorn or soya mince. My daughter, and my circle of friends will know this, has stopped eating meat recently and she used to count bolognese as her favourite meal. Now, although she quite likes Quorn bolognese I feel she isn't as enraptued as she was with the real mince version. Because of this I've started to introduce other pasta type meals sometimes, rather than the usual Friday treat of bolognese, as it isn't as much of a treat any more.
I first served her this five cheese tortellini a few weeks ago and she loved it and has now eaten it on a few occasions. I really enjoy this as well.
It really is so extrememly easy to cook. In fact all you have to do is heat a large pan of slightly salted water( I don't think the salt is crucial and the pack also says to add oil but I remember hearing a television chef saying this is a waste as the oil only floats to the top) to boiling point, add the tortellini and then simmer gently for about five minutes. You can then drain and add a warmed pasta sauce of you choice. What I prefer to do though takes slightly longer but makes a delicious and easy meal. It also has the appearance and feel of being home entirely home cooked
For this meal I used two packs of tortellini which gave two generous portions, with some over. For a lunch one would be enough or, if serving with something else ( A nice salad would be ideal). It is quite filling. Cook the tortellini as previously stated and then drain gently in a colander or sieve. When drained place into an ovenproof dish and pour over a mascarpone sauce. I also added just a splash of olive oil and then grated some cheddar cheese on top. Place in a hot oven or under a grill for approximately five minutes or until the cheese bubbles. Grind a little black pepper on top. This makes a filling and tasty meal in little over ten minutes.
Sainsbury's Five Cheese tortellini pasta is from their Italian range. It is a blend of ricotta, Emmental, Edam, GranaPadano and Gorgonzola cheeses contained in a fresh egg pasta.
It is housed in the chilled pasta and sauces section of Sainsbury. I purchased a 300g plastic pack which is mostly recyclabel (not the film) and it needs to be stored in the fridge or it is also freezable. It was priced at £1.50 or two for £2.70.
*ALLERGY ADVICE: Contains milk, egg & wheat gluten. This product is NOY suitable for nut or celery allergy sufferers.
Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy Sainsbury's Five Cheese Tortellini.