“ Manfuacturer: Asda / Type: Ravioli „
I start work at 2pm so I like to have something filling to eat before I go but I don't have time to stand cooking things from scratch so I am always on the look out for something new to try. I have been enjoying the pasta from Sainsburys for a while now and saw this one in Asda last night so I had to buy it. I really love spinach and ricotta. I bought two 300g packs for £2.50. The pasta starts off as quite a yellow colour with a big bubble of filling in the middle. The filling portion looks a generous size and the squares of pasta are a good size too. These ravioli are suitable for vegetarians and for freezing which is always useful. They do contain gluten, milk, wheat and eggs and may contain traces of nuts. You cook the pasta by adding it to boiling water, bringing back to the boil again and simmering uncovered for 4-5 minutes. I simmered min for 4 minutes and the pasta gets lighter in colour. I did find that I had to keep stirring it as the pasta tends to float on the top of the water. About halfway through the heating time, I began to smell the cheeses and they smelt lovely. I found the pasta drained well and didn't end up as a soggy mess. The pasta was soft and had a nice almost nutty flavour which really complimented the filling. The spinach, ricotta, mascapone and nutmeg blended really well togther and I couldn't taste any of the individual flavours but the combination was really nice. The flavour was not over powering in any way but it was still strong enough to be able to taste it. I found the pasta quite light to eat even though it did fill me up. The packet recommended serving these ravioli in a sauce such as a tomato based one but I just covered them in thai sweet chilli sauce and this gave the pasta an added kick and tasted really good. The serving size for the pasta is half the pack which will give you 332kcals, 13.5g of protein, 39.3g of carbohydrates of which a trace are sugars, 13.4g of fat of which 6.9g are saturates, 2.7g of fibre and 0.48g of sodium. Although they are not the healthy choice of pasta on the market, I really enjoyed this spinach and ricotta ravioli and would recommend it. I can't wait to eat my other pack and will buy it again in the future.
The other night it was my turn to cook for me and my mate who I am staying with at the moment. She is a Vegetarian and likes pasta and so I got this to tempt her taste buds with as neither of us had seen it before and she thought it'd be nice with some baked salmon (she does eat fish but nothing that makes animal noises apparently lol). The Packaging: Clear plastic carton with a peel back lid being see through and green in colour to the top of it. On that we are told that it is Asda Spinach & Ricotta Ravioli 'Creamy spinach, ricotta and mascarpone cheese parcels with a little nutmeg, made with fresh Italian egg pasta', the best before date is clearly stamped on, I'm told the weight of the product which is 200g in this case, that it is suitable for freezing and for Vegetarians and there is an at a glance nutritional chart on there and I'm told that it is free from artificial colours, flavours or hydrogenated fat. On the bottom of the carton other information listed includes ingredients and allergy advice, storage detail and a full nutritional rundown chart is given along with cooking instructions and contact details for Asda being stated. Nice enough easy to open carton this is and it looks nice through the see thoroughness of it all! The Pasta Itself: All you do is cook this in a large pan of boiling water for 4-5 minutes and that's the only way we are told how to cook it. Appearance wise it's a very light yellow pasta, in square shapes with a slightly rounded middle section (where the filling is stored) and the edges are pinched to look home made and they are a good size. Cooking it was easy though my water went a bit murky looking as some of the pasta sort of melted within it and so the whole lot looked a bit scummy and when I got them out on a draining spoon they looked really floppy and soggy like I'd overcooked them when I really didn't and watched them like a hawk! Taste wise to us they carried little flavour really. The pasta needed seasoning which I didn't add as I wasn't advised to on the carton so assumed they already were. The pasta had no flavour really, the filling, as you cut open the parcel went into a light green and herby looking water on the plate and we couldn't taste cheeses one bit within these, and search for it we did! All in all this was a watery, soggy and bland pasta best avoided. Sure I could see the spinach in it as it splashed all over our plates but if I didn't know what these were I wouldn't of known at all apart from that sure it was ravioli of some kind! Not nice this and sadly it looks very nice in the container but not something that me or my mate ever want to consume again. It's lack of texture and being a watery mess has actually put us both of pasta for a while! Nutritional Information Per Pack: Calories: 422 Sugar: Trace Fat: 17.8g Saturated Fat: 9.2g Salt: 1.6g Only available in Asda stores priced at 1.17p for 200g or £1.42 for a 300g carton.