“ Brand: Asda / Type: Pasta „
Not very often do I buy lasagne sheets. Living on my own I have no need to go to the effort of making a tricky and time consuming lasagne up and find it easier to buy a meal for one of this type if I fancy it however the other day three of my friends were coming over for lunch. I had no idea what to make and didn't want anything too heavy for lunch for us all so decided that I would make a lasagne with a nice salad. I pretty much had everything I needed in to make it apart from lasagne sheets and in the end I nipped into my local Asda store and picked up a couple of boxes of this which set me back only 32p a box (I only in the end needed one box but its handy to keep a box as back up!). The Packaging: The sheets come in a box and on the front of it we are clearly told what they are and who they are by and there is a photograph shown of a lasagne made up and the on the back of the box ingredients and nutritional advice is given as are some instructions for using them, the weight is stated which is 250g and contact details for Asda are given. It is a cheap looking box however to me its always the product that counts as the packaging is easily disposed of after-all! Using The Sheets: Well you get about 14-15 sheets of oblong shaped, dried yellow in colour sheets of pasta. They are not heavy or too thick and easy to snap should you want to. To use them is simple enough and they require no precooking so all you do is cook off your meat mixture (or vegetables as these are suitable for Vegetarians) and layer up with that in tomato sauce and your white sauce and then put it all in the oven for about 30 minutes. I use cheese on the top of mine and found my meaty lasagne to cook very well in that time. However although the lasagne was nice enough I wasn't all that enthralled with the pasta to be honest with you. I found it a little thick in taste and somewhat gloopy and tasteless. My lasagne went down well but I felt that the pasta let it down somewhat....like I say though it went down well and I got no complaints thankfully! The only thing I can say this has going for it is that its cheap, you get loads of it (I found 8 sheets to be enough for four portions) and that it requires no precooking however I found it to be flavourless though it held together well enough within all the other ingredients. So although it did its job at feeding four hungry ladies I wont be buying this again and will fork out for something a bit better tastewise than this in the future without a shadow of a doubt. Only available from Asda stores.
I am not a lover of dishes such as lasagne as I don't eat mince, but I have made a cheesy veg style lasagne for me and my son and whilst using these I decided it was time I gave them a review. *~* Price and Availability *~* As with majority of all smartprice products this seems to fluctuate a lot, I have seen it as low as 19p per 250g box and when I last purchased it a couple of weeks ago it was 39p which is still pretty cheap but I do look out for it being low and stock up. This is available only from Asda stores but other value ranges are available from the other supermarkets. *~* Packaging *~* The packaging as with all value products is incredibly plain and simple with only the bare minimum on it. The boxes are now a little different from the ones shown in the picture above as they are now a green and white colours with a picture of cardboard lasagne on it. The other side has nutritional, contact and ingredients information. It is incredibly simple but for such a small price tag you really cannot complain. I do however like that the cardboard box is able to be recycled as I do like knowing I am able to recycle packaging if it has to be there in the first place. *~* The pasta *~* This pasta is incredibly simple to use, it requires no pre cooking, you simply add to your lasagne cover with the next layer of meat/veggies and sauce and pop it in the oven when you're done. I find around 30 minutes is long enough to cook this well. There is no smell to it, I wouldn't expect there to be either. The taste is something as good as any other brand I have tasted. It is bland which is why the meat and/or vegetables add the flavour but it does do the job. It is easy to chew and swallow, if I am extremelly critical I would say this is a little softer than I would like but it could be solved by a lower cooking heat or shorter cooking time but it's not anything major or even noticeable really. It is easy to swallow and definately good for making those first proper baby meals as it mushes right up perfectly. I have found the pasta to be the perfect thickness neither being too think nor thick and it does cook very evenly. The sheets are roughly 7 inches by around 4 inches with 15 in each box. I find 3 sheets is plenty to make a lasagne for 2 people doing 2 layers of pasta. *~* Overall *~* Overall I am very pleased with this pasta and would definately recommend it to anyone, the packaging is very cheap and almost nasty looking but don't let that cloud your opinion of the inside contents as I'm sure you'll be delighted by the results. 5 stars, they are definately worth a try!
I always buy these lasagne sheets as I find they are perfectly good quality and are obviously much cheaper, being a smartprice brand. They cost about 32p for a 250g box containing around 15 sheets, which I find is enough for one and a half lasagnes, which each serve four, so they are very good value. I always give the box a gentle shake before I buy it to try and avoid boxes with lots of broken sheets, but I find they are generally quite hardy and not too prone to getting broken in the shop and on the journey home. The sheets themselves are quite thick. It can sometimes be difficult to split them neatly to make them fit into the dish and my attempts can end up with the increased pressure causing them to suddenly snap and fly onto the floor! The sheets do not require precooking. For a really quick lasagne you can just mix the browned mince (I use quorn) with a bought sauce, layer with the lasagne sheets and top with a bought white sauce, and cook in the oven. Or you can make everything yourself from scratch. I tend to go for the halfway option and make my own cheese sauce but use a ready prepared tomato sauce. If I cook the lasagne for too short a time the lasagne sheets can still be a bit hard. However, when I cook it for the full 35 mins or so, until it is nicely browned on top, they are adequately cooked. You may find them a bit chewier than other brands but this is not something that bothers me.
When I came across these lasagne sheets are not bad value for the price of 19p for 250g box, in each box there are about 15 sheets of dried past sheets to use in a lasagne recipe. They are not very tasty as with a branded one but if you are on a budget, they are not too bad, I bought them as I had none at home at the time and the shop did not have any of the others in stock, so I thought I would buy these and give them ago. I cannot say I was very disatisfied with them because of the price but they tended to stick together because I had to soak them and boil them in a pan before I used them and it was more hassle to seperate them, than anything else. Each sheet is about 8 inches x 4 inches and they are hard. It is not necessary to pre cook these sheets as they can be used straight from the packet, however if you do find they stick together, as they did in my case, a little trick I learned was to boil a pan of lightly salted water and add a small amount of Olive Oil to the water and then add the pasta sheets and then bring it back to the boil and cook for about 10 minutes and they should be just about right to use with your mince. They are Asda Smart Price range, which is Asda's own lower branded product. They are in a white and red box and the box can be recycleable. These are not bad for the price if you cannot find a branded make but for the price and when nothing else is available they are fine.
As i have now become a fan of Asda smart price range, i decided to try the Lasagne sheets. The packaging is the same as all of asda's smart price range, white box with green writing. (unlike the old packaging pictured above) You also get a picture of a ready made lasagne on the front. The Lasagne contains 250g about 12 sheets of lasagne. It contains glueten and wheat and is 342kcal per 100g. The sheets do not require any pre cooking making them quick and easy to use. You just make up the mince and then layer about 8 - 10 sheets in a 9" square dish. You cook for 30 -35 minutes. This will serve about 4 - 6 people. But can be longer depending on how you cook your lasagne. I find that if im doing a traditional lasagne then this is about right, but when i make a mash potato and fish lasagne (you need to try it, fantastic) then a little longer is needed, due to the juices being socked in by the potato as well as the sheets. I dont find any difference in these lasagne sheets to some other more expensive brands. Nor did my partner. Which is great. They are soft and tasty. They dont taste of flour like my home made ones usually do and they do not go tough and hard when cooked like some others i have tried in the past. Overall there cheap and tasty and are quick and easy to use.
Lasagne Sheets in very basic box but same size box and product as the more expensive versions. I recently actually purchased the asda organics lasagne sheets as they were on a multi buy and could honestly not tell the difference if anything they didnt cook as well as the smart price ones. For the price and the product these are fab. I make lasagne to cook at that time or i sometimes make some small ones up to freeze for my son with the uncooked lasagne sheets and i freeze the leftovers as well. Either of these 3 ways i use the lasagne sheets it always turns out fine and tastes just as good as cooking them straight away. I personally couldnt see the point in paying any more for lasagne sheets when these work so well for a fraction of the price. We do have lasagne maybe once a week so i am definately happy with these!
Asda Smartprice Lasagne Sheets Description: Manufacturer: Asda / Type: Pasta. I quite often make lasagna because it is delicious and also, there is always loads left over (we use a family sized lasagna dish for just two of us) which is great to freeze in individual sized portions and use for lunches. I always make my own lasagna from scratch, which means that I have to buy lasagna sheets. I used to buy a more expensive brand but have recently been converted to the supermarkets own ranges which offer savings to the consumer by spending less on fancy packaging. Previously, I would walk past these ranges in the mistaken belief that chap and nasty packaging meant cheap and nasty products. In fact, many of the products that I have tried have been surprisingly good which has made me keen to try more. And let's face it, the packaging just gets thrown in the bin, so why spend extra on it! I paid just £0.37 for a box of these lasagna sheets. Like all products in the range, these come in plain white packaging with green writing (not like the Dooyoo picture above). All you need to do to use these is to add them to the lasagna ingredients, pop into the over for the required amount of time (usually around 35 minutes for me) and then serve. They don't require any pre cooking. I have to say that these lasagna sheets are just as good as anything else that I have tried. The lasagna is tasty and the pasta is perfectly done each time. It is neither too thick or too thin and always cooks evenly. If you make your own lasagna then you definitely need to try these sheets. They are just as good as anything else that I have used and significantly cheaper. Don't be put off by the cheap looking packaging, this is a great example of an excellent product retailing for less.