“ Brand: Asda / Type: Pasta „
Both me and my flatmate love pasta. We buy our food together and one of us cooks and the other day this is a pasta she bought and I made the tea with! She bought it as she liked the packaging and I was pleased to see it was Italian pasta and to me that sounded very promising and authentic!
Dark blue, orange and see-through plastic bag and on the front of it I am told that it is Asda 'Authentic Italian Pasta' Vermicelli Italian Pasta and that it is egg pasta and I'm also told that it is 500g in weight and that it simmers in 7 minutes. Other information listed on the back of the bag includes ingredients being listed (this is suitable for vegetarians by the way) and allergy advice and storage instructions are given, there is a nutritional chart listed, I'm given a recipe idea and cooking instructions and contact details for Asda are given. Nice enough bag, easy to open and of course it's as informative as it needs to be.
Light yellow and in small balls this pasta is thin and crispy in appearance and with no aroma to it really. All you do with it is pop the balls (recommended amount of pasta per serving is 100g as stated on the bag) into boiling water for around 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally and then drain it and serve it.
I found this really very simple and straightforward to cook indeed. The balls, on contact with the water fell apart leaving thin ribbons of pasta to cook through and within 5 minutes they looked done and a bit soggy to me so I drained them and served them.
However both me and my flatmate hated this pasta to be perfectly honest with you. Bland and unseasoned (I didn't season it as it doesn't say to do so on the bag) we found this totally flavourless and really soggy although I only cooked it for the minimum time stated on the bag! It looked stodgy and gloopy and really unappetising and the pasta (although drained incredibly well by my own fair hands) was really watery and we couldn't taste egg within it along with wheat at all!
After trying to cook it according to the instructions on the bag the next time I cooked it I added a little oil to the boiling water and some salt. Again though this method made absolutely no difference to the appearance or taste of this pasta and it hit the bin at hundred miles per hour. Disgusting stuff this and I will never eat it or buy it again!
Nutritional Advice Per 100g (uncooked):
Of which sugars: 2.0g
Of which saturates: 1.0g
equivalent as salt: Trace
Only available in Asda stores costing 95p a bag.