“ Brand: Birds Eye / Type: Pasta „
Both me and my mate who I am staying with at the moment love pasta dishes so the other day when we spotted this in Asda on offer and at a pound at a bag we couldn't resist purchasing it to try, it simply sounded lovely to us and we hadn't ever seen it before!
Orange, green and see-through plastic oblongish bag and on the front of it there is a photograph of the tortellini and I am told that is is Birds Eye Cheese Tortellini 'In a spicy tomato sauce with green beans, red onions & peppers' and that it is a complete meal in minutes (8), and that it contains no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives, there is an at a glance nutritional chart on there too along with contact details listed for the Birds Eye company. Other information on the back of the bag includes being told how to cook it, ingredients and allergy advice is given and there is a best before date clearly stamped on and a full nutritional chart is stated. Nice enough and informative bag this is and easy to open etc.
Well you have a couple of ways to cook this. You can place the bag in the microwave for around 8 minutes or place the contents of the bag in a saucepan and cook it on the hob for 6-8 minutes if you'd prefer. Either way isn't rocket science!
For easiness and the fact I'm a lazy so and so I shoved our bag in the microwave. It cooked in 8 minutes and came out piping hot with a slight aroma of tomatoes given off that smelt rather nice.
I shared our bag in half as it was a meal accompaniment for us and there really wasn't alot of it however as a portion for one it is generous enough.
What you get are soft, plain off yellow coloured and obviously filled parcels. Well cooked, those are and they are filled with ricotta, cheddar and a small amount of nutmeg. They cooked well enough and they wernt soggy or anything like that and looked entirely pleasant and held well through cooking however flavourless...they really were. You could see the cheese when you bit into it but it was mushy and not at all seasoned and we didn't like those at all! The tomato sauce this came in, on the packet is described as spicy, again not to us. There was plenty of it to be fair and within that there were some rather tasty and well cooked green beans and some small slithers of yellow and red pepper but we couldn't see or taste any red onion this is said also on the packet to contain!
Overall this is a simple enough to cook dish but in our opinion all round it simply lacked flavour and it's one of them types of foods that look impressive enough on the plate but just lacked taste! It was odd. Not for me or mate any time again in the future as we don't like cardboard food thank-you very much!
Nutritional Information Per Bag:
Can be found in all good supermarkets etc and if not on offer (like we purchased it) expect to pay about £1.67 a bag.