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I buy this ravioli for lunches and dinners. It's quick to prepare as it just takes a couple minutes in the microwave at 800w. This saves valuable time when doing a large meal.
It serves two people but if you're having just this for your lunch then 1 tin should do you for 1 meal. I recommend microwaving for 1m 30s if you want to eat it immediately, or if not you need to leave to cool for about a minute.
The tin is pretty bog standard really, there's nothing special about it. Its made from a thickish metal but can be indented when dropped or smacked with another object. It does withstand knocks pretty well and isn't thin enough to break or split. The paper can easily be torn off and both the tin and paper can be recycled.
The outer layer of these tastes very bland and dry like eating spaghetti without the bolognese. It's not chewy and can easily be broken up. I must admit it does seem nice in the water like sauce especially since it makes it softer, although I think just sitting around on a shelf waiting to be bought gives it enough time to soak up this surrounding juice.
Inside we find some horse meat or beef. Who knows? This doesn't have much flavour to it and is only in a small quantity. It's not bursting with flavour. The flavour that sticks out the most is the salt, and I don't usually like salty foods and tend to look out for it in foods. This isn't overpoweringly salty but it does stick out more than I'd like it to.
The sauce is a little runny and watery but as much as I expected really. It's not tomato like at all, its like a sour version of the sauce you find in Heinz spaghetti loops. This can easily be drained away if you don't like it.
This doesn't leave a bad after taste and usually within a couple minutes you can get rid of the taste to avoid bad breath. A swig of water will speed up this process, rather than slosh the taste around more. It does help to drain the sauce away first and just eat the ravioli to save this breath problem, but thats quite boring.
Overall it's alright. The sauce is weak and watery, the meat is tasteless and probably horse and a little salty. It's not the healthiest of options either so I'd recommend having this only once in a while, not every day.
Very often I can't be bothered to cook a meal living alone and I look for very simple things to heat up and eat and one of my favourite foods is toast so it makes sense to look for things to go on top of my toast of course!
This I picked up in my local Asda store and it cost me 35p for a 400g size can which I thought offered me good value for money and had to be worth a try for that price!
Well the ravioli comes in a can that holds 400g of it and the labelling is bright green and white and on the front of it we are shown a picture of the ravioli and we are told what it is and who it is by and that it contains no artificial colours or flavours and that it contains no hydrogenated fat, there is an at a glance nutritional chart and the size is stated (as I have listed already). On the back of the can other information listed includes ingredients, allergy advice, cooking instructions, there is a full nutritioanld chart shown and contact details for Asda are liste.
The Ravioli Itself:
Upon opening the can (this doesn't have a ring pull to it by the way) you are met with loads of thin orangy coloured tomato sauce and when you empty the can that liquid pours out followed by lots of smallish and anaemic looking square parcels.
To cook them you can microwave them or simmer them in a saucepan for about 5 minutes and then they are ready to serve!
Taste wise though these didn't delight me at all. The tomato sauce is really, really thin and salty and not really all that tomato flavoured in taste. The parcels are made of pasta and look nice enough with a bump to the middle of them and with slightly fluted edges they still look anaemic upon serving though.
However the pasta is ever so soggy and the filling of beef, carrots and onions is really, really bland and I didn't know without looking at the ingredient list what the filling actually was!
These are not vile and I found them edible enough once I drained off a lot of the sauce offbut I wouldn't go out of my way to purchase these again!
Nutritional Information Per 1/2 Can:
Sat Fat: 0.8g
Only available from Asda and Asda.com
So I fancied a change to beans on toast this week and then remembered about ravioli.
I looked at 3 different brands and after being pleasantly surprised about the nutritional info I opted for Asda Smart Price Ravioli. As i stated the nutritional info was there par for par with Heinz and Asda own brand; generally this is not always the case as I usualy find it better to buy the middle brand on balance.
So for 400g I paid just 34p. As this is Smart Price it's only available at Asda and comes a in tin that needs to be opened with a tin opener and packaged in the standard white and green wrapper (newer version to that pictured). All the ingredients, instructions and warnings are cleary printed on the reverse.
As I was already happy with the price and nutritional info that just left the quality and taste. On opening the tin I was pleased to see that the tomato sauce was the 'correct' colour; I half expected to see it was that ghastly orange shade. I emptied the contents out and heated it up in the microwave for 2-3 mins.
With my toast ready I poured the ravioli on to the plate and noticed straight away that proportionately there was much more sauce to ravioli; although I would point out that the sauce was quite thick and about 20 - 25 pieces of ravioli (yes I counted them after eating a few).
Each piece of ravioli was about an inch square and looked very nice however taste wise all I got was pasta. So I decided to cut one in half to see the contents. Now these were made with a beef filling but unless you knew that you would wonder as the contents were barely a different shade to the outer pasta. I tried another piece and apart from the texture I couldn't taste anything else. Ok so this was disappointing but I have to admit the tomato sauce tasted very nice.
Nutritional Info per 100g:
Calories - 75
Protein - 2.7g
Carbs - 14g
Fat - 0.9g
Fibre - 1.3g
Sodium - 0.24g
Overall I found these to be alot better quality and taste than I thought especially for the price and they made a good filling snack / meal.
I would recommend these but if you really want to taste the beef flavour then you may well be disappointed.
Asda Smart Price Ravioli
Beef Ravioli in Tomato Sauce
Modified Corn Starch
There are minimal ingredients in this tin compared to other more expensive tinned ravioli though this shows with the lower price.
Allergy Advice: Contains wheat and gluten
As with most food items such as this, cooking couldnt be simpler. You can either cook on the hob or in the microwave. For hob heating simply heat for 5 minutes in saucepan. For microwave heating, empty into microwave container and cover (with vented areas so it does not blow up on you). Heat for 2.5 minutes, stir and then heat for another 2.5 minutes. Either way, it is a simple process.
From a childs perspective, this went down well when eaten on its own. From my own perspective, I had it on toast though found the taste very bland and a little mushy with the insides very watery. The ravioli parcels are quite soft and not difficult to eat though I was left wondering where the beef insides were as I could not detect this taste in this meal at all. I understand that cheaper products do not always have the full flavour of the more expensive ones, which is reflected in the price, though I would expect some taste, not a mushy, watery mess in my mouth.
The smell is a normal ravioli smell, not strong, yet not oderless either. It is not a horrible smell though it certainly is not one that would make you rush into the kitchen, eager to find out what is for dinner. The smell of cooking it lingured in the kitchen for a while after too which was annoying.
The tin itself is a usual Asda white and green container, plain to say the least though this is what is to be expected in products such as this. Tin is still of old style where you need a tin opener to get into it.
The ravioli looks better than it tastes, with well formed square cushions with what looks to be a lot in the center, though this is mainly a watery mush rather than what it is meant to be so looks are deceiving here.
The cost of this is much cheaper than other products of this kind at around £0.34p so to be honest I am not worried about trying this and wasting it, though I would prefer not to have to try it again.
The price is cheap though in this case the price you pay is what you get; a watery mushy, tasteless meal. I have tasted other Smart Price foods from Asda and they are not all like this but this is certainly not one I am going to be buying again, cheap or not.
*Where & How Much*
Well, considering this ravioli is branded Asda Smart Price it is unsurprising that it is only available at Asda, in store and on-line at www.asda.com.
A 400g tin of this Ravioli cost me 24p.
Per 100g (1/4 can) provides:
0.6g salt equivalent
*Appearance, Smell & Taste*
Opening the tin is easy peasy with a tin opener.
Approximately 1 inch square of this beef ravioli are floating around in thick tomato sauce, much like the tomato sauce that baked beans come in and smells similar too, like tomato puree.
The sauce is quite thick and tastes okay, generally creamy tomato-ey. The Ravioli is okay, not the best and nowhere near as tasty as handmade ravioli, but this is okay for the price. I have had this a fair few times now and used to eat it when I followed Slimming World (on which it was a 'free food' when I last did it - don't take my word for that though and check it out first if you use SW). The beef is barely there, it may as well be some other stodge in the middle.
For the price, this is a great buy. Its quick and simple to heat on the hob or in the microwave and nutritional. Its low fat too so is ideal for a quick lunch. I serve mine with grated cheese on top which finishes it off nicely.
A 24p tin of ravioli is a winner for me...
I first started purchasing this product when looking for new meal accompaniments for my children to try. At 20p for a 400g tin, I thought that it was definitely worth a try as at 20p it wasnt going to break the bank and if my children didnt like then I just simply wouldnt buy it again. Fortunately my children loved it and they now tend to have some of this product every couple of weeks with a jacket potato and this has become one of their favourite meals.
Like other reviewers have previously said, this ravioli is not served in a bolognese type sauce, but instead it is served in a rich tomato sauce which I actually quite like. It is rich and tastes a little sweet but is not overpowering.
The product is easy to prepare and simply requires heating on a hob over a moderate heat for 5 minutes. I then place the ravioli and sauce into the middle of a jacket potato and sprinkle the top with some cheddar cheese. I find this to be a really nice meal, which costs very little and is very easy to prepare. Granted this is not the nicest ravioli out there on the market but at a cost of 20p I think it is great value and the taste and the quality of the product is reflected in the price. As the saying goes "You get what you pay for".
The product does not contain any artificial colours, flavours or hyrogenated fat and the nutritional values for this product per 100g are as follows:
Energy - 317kj/75kcal
Protein - 2.7g
Carbohydrate - 14g
of which sugars - 2.3g
Fat - 0.9g
of which saturates - 0.4g
Sodium - 0.24g
equivalent as salt - 0.6g
Overall I find this to be a good value product which tastes great served with a jacket potato and a bit of cheese.
I have one hour today between two of my classes, so just enough time to grab a quick lunch and write a cheeky short review too. I had a quick rummage through my cupboards for something that would be quick to make yet enough to fill me up, and came across this tin of Asda Smartprice Ravioli. I bought this absolutely ages ago, as it was cheap and looked like an easy meal, but haven't gotten around to eating it until now as I've never really been in the mood for it. I decided, however, that today is the day, and so this ravioli is now my lunch and the subject of this review.
This tin costs 20p and contains 400g of beef ravioli in a tomato sauce. It can be cooked on the hob or in the microwave, and either way only takes a few minutes. I personally chose the microwave as I'm lazy and can't be bothered to wash a pan up afterwards. Normally food tastes better if you cook it on the hob, but I didn't think that it would matter too much for something as simple as this.
I am glad to say that this ravioli doesn't actually taste too bad. The pasta is fine, and the tomato sauce is pretty nice, and although when I cut into a ravioli the centre looks like it's barely seen any beef in its life, it doesn't taste bad really, though it could be better.. A look on the tin tells me that this food only contains 2.5% beef, which explains the low price, but to be honest I would rather pay a little bit more for a bit higher quality meat content.
In conclusion, this ravioli in a can isn't bad really, and for the price of 20p for a satisfying meal it's amazing value too. I probably will buy this again for a cheap lunch every now and then, though as soon as my budget is a bit higher I don't think I'll be going back to this ravioli. It doesn't taste particularly healthy, despite being in a tomato sauce, so it really will be only for the occasional quick lunch as part of a diet that is much healthier overall. Having said that, since this meal only contains 300 calories, it is healthy in the way that it could help you to lose weight as part of a calorie controlled diet.
Beef ravioli in a tomato sauce.