“ Brand: Giovanni Rana / Type: Pasta „
As a single person i tend to buy food that i can cook quickly and easily as well as divide into portions. Pasta always comes into this category and filled pasta is even better. I came across Giovanni Rana Filled pasta in my local Spar and it caught my eye as it was two for £3 in the range. Always love a bargain! I have to say i was a little sceptical because i have tried quite a few brands of filled pasta and am always disappointed by the lack of flavour. I opted for the Prosciutto crudo and cheese capalletti as ham and cheese is always a winner with me, and also bought the spinach and ricotta because i am a lover of spinach also. It also hit my spot because it claims it cooks in a minute. Just one whole minute....
Prosciutto crudo and cheese capalletti....well i was astonished. I did believe in the one minute claims because fresh pasta is pretty fast cooking, but what really blew me away was the flavour. It actually looks in the packet jus a tiny little smidge of filling amoung a big pasta circle and it is...just a smidge in there. But it had so much flavour! I could taste the ham and the cheese separately. Slightly sweet, slightly salty, but really lovely. I told my friend about it at work the next day and she said she was the same...tried many and no flavour, but this one was lovely. Really yummy.
Spinach and ricotta - also nice, flavour a little like pesto, more filling less pasta. Didn't blow me away like the other but still a nice taste and would need something more in the sauce or accompaniment, but still a good pasta, nice taste and cooked lovely, in just a minute. I would recommend this to anyone and have done so.
Next time i shop, going to hit the sauces.... yummy!
As a student I eat so much quick food its unbelievable and pasta is by far my favourite food. When I saw the Giovanni Pasta range advertised on tv I thought it would be far too expensive for a student on a tight budget and there is no way on earth that you can cook pasta in a minute... how wrong I was!!!
I figured I had to do the weekly shop the other day so I went to Sainsburys and found out that Giovanni Rana was half price at £1 which was a shock for me anyway because I thought it was more expensive than £2 normally. The packaging is a see-thru rectangular container with ridges to make it easier to hold. It also shows a picture of Givanni Rana himself and images of the ingredientsin the pasta. You can see the pasta through the packaging and the fact that the raviolli was quite large pieces really made me want to buy it.
I brought two packets, Proscuitto Crudo and Cheese and Fresh Ricotta and Tender Spinnach. On the way home I was concerned that the pasta was quite large and that I'd have difficulty cooking it. The pasta was thin but the raviolli was deeply filled so this made up for the thin pasta. I also think it would be much more difficult to cook if the pasta was thicker.
When it came to cooking the pasta it was so simple. I boiled the water in a kettle before pouring it over the pasta and within 60 seconds the pasta was done. I was so impressed with this that I tried it again today with the other packet and I can say the pasta does actually cook in 60 seconds.
The average price for the pasta is £2 which is phenomenal value as each pack serves 2 people. Other flavours in the range include Sun-Rippened Tomato and Mozzarella, Italian Basil pesto, Rich italian Beef Bolognaise and Chicken with a hint of Rosemary.
I will deffinatley be trying out the other flavours and Ive found the perfect pasta for student.... step away from those pot noodles!!!!
Usually I am not one for easy cook, ready made food; being a student my food budget is limited and I find it hard to justify spending 99p(ish) on one meal when the same amount will buy me a big bag of pasta that will last me several. But, from time to time there is nothing better than a packet of Giovanni Rana Pasta.
One great thing about it is that it is usually on offer; typically 2 for 1, meaning that a packet can cost about 99p depending on where abouts in the country you live. This makes it an easily justifiable treat. But which flavour to go for? The four available are Prosciutto Crudo & Cheese Cappelletti, Rich Italian Beef Bolognese Tortelloni, Fresh Ricotta & Tender Spinach Tortelloni and Sun-ripened Tomato & Mozzarella Tortelloni. Usually I only ever see Prosciutto Crudo & Cheese Cappelletti, but luckily this is my favourite flavour.
Despite there being a huge range of easy cook pastas available, Giovanni Rana is one of my favourites. The pasta pieces are smaller than in other brands and I find that this gives each one a stronger flavour. One minute of cooking will give an al-dente experience, which I think is more flavoursome, but should you want the pasta pieces to melt in your mouth then another 30 seconds to one minute will do.
I am sick of food reviews simply given recipes, so I will refrain from this and simply say that Giovanni Rana is highly versatile pasta and can be used in a wide range of dishes. Given this it is nice to have a packet or two tucked away in the fridge.
I'd never heard of Giovanni Rana pasta before but in Sainsburys at the minute the range is only 99p, I love filled pasta so thought I'd give it a shot because I've been mega disappointed with other brands.
The one I got was Rich Italian Beef Bolognese Tortelloni and it's absolutely delish. On the packet it says it uses thinner pasta so that you get more filling and that's true but even though the pasta is thinner than usual it's still got quite a strong and yummy flavour.
The best thing is that this pasta cooks in just 1 minute, you have to boil a pan of water and then add the pasta and as soon as the water has started boiling again just set the timer for 1 minute and after you've drained it it will be perfect.
The pasta does look a bit stuck together in the packet but it loosens itself as soon as it hits the boiling water so don't worry about that. When mine was cooked I just sprinkled some grated cheese on the top to bring the meaty tomato flavour of the filling out a bit more.
I think the flavour is definately of bolognese, it's not mega strong but I thought it was quite rich and deffo tastes meaty. The beef is minced and mixed with tomato, grated cheese, breadcrumbs and other stuff so it's compacted down like the filling you get in ravioli. The flavour goes proper nice with the fresh pasta and the whole thing taste mega fresh and full of flavour.
This pack serves 2 so I had half yesterday for my tea and the other half today for a snack. Half the pack is definately enough and because it's pasta that's a very filling amount to have on the plate, the weird thing is that it's very light to eat and doesn't seem like it's going to be as filling as it is.
Half the pack contains 337 calories and I know that sounds high but this is so filling that you won't want anything with it and won't feel hungry for ages after. I deffo recommend this to anyone who likes pasta and even if this flavour doesn't appeal to you then there are a few different ones you can try so you're bound to find one you like.
Sometimes convenience is king. In our hectic lives there are always times when we could do with an extra five minutes and, for me, that time is often needed around lunchtime. With a pre-schooler in the house lunchtime can often be a stressed affair with his idea of lunch and mine rarely coinciding no matter how "strict" I am. One lunch that we both enjoy, however, is filled pasta.
There are many "fresh" filled pastas available in the supermarkets these days and believe me when I say that they vary wildly in quality. My usual trusty Waitrose doesn't seem able to produce good filled pasta whereas cheap n cheerful Morrisons' offering is actually rather good. In terms of branded products Giovanni Rana pops up in more than one chain of supermarkets. It's one of those products that is eternally on offer with BOGOFs and Multibuy offers predominating. Single pack discounts do pop up from time to time but as you can freeze the pasta it matters not what kind of offer is running - just don't buy it full price!
The filled pasta is available in four flavours although two, Prosciutto Crudo & Cheese Cappelletti and Rich Italian Beef Bolognese Tortelloni seem more widely available than the other two, Fresh Ricotta & Tender Spinach Tortelloni and Sun-ripened Tomato & Mozzarella Tortelloni.
The individual shaped pastas are on the small side making this pasta ideal for children who are not yet that adept at cutting their own food (although as with all foods, care should be taken over allergens and certain ingredients - particularly for children who are unwell to whom you might not want to give cured meats or unpasteurised cheeses.
Creating a dish using these filled pasta shapes couldn't be simpler - boil a pan of water, salt if you desire, add the pasta and a minute later drain and serve. I like to serve mine with a home made tomato and vegetable sauce (great way of sneaking some extra veg in) but my son will also happily eat this pasta with a drizzle of olive oil (and, of course, the obligatory lashings of parmesan cheese).
The pasta is light and, after a minute just slightly al dente. Boil for an extra minute for a melt in the mouth experience (also ideal for little ones). The fillings are perfectly acceptable and don't taste as processed as some. You can clearly identify the flavours used and there is a good balance between filling and pasta. Textures are well balanced and these do not suffer from that "slimy" feeling that pastas such as those from Waitrose.
A standard pack will serve my son and I - if my husband is home then I will cook two packs which will produce two slightly, but not overly, large adult meals alongside my son's. As an alternative, I'll cook 1 2/3 packs and freeze the remaining 1/3 for a quick snack for my son - simply add 1 minute to the cooking time if cooking from frozen (or defrost as per the packet instructions). For us portion sizes are for lunch, not a main meal although individuals vary and you might find it sufficient for a main meal.
As a rule I don't like pre-prepared meals but in this case I'll happily make an exception! Averaging around 99p for a packet this is quick, cheap and tasty!
Giovanni Rana Pasta
I love pasta and apart from in a restaurant this is the best pasta I have ever tasted so I feel compelled to tell the world about it. This review reffers to the Rich Italian Beef Bolognese Tortelloni variety.
Just Who Is This Giovanni Rana?
Giovanni Rana grew up in Verona, Italy and started out as a delivery boy at his father's bakery. When he was 20 he decided to go into business making fresh pasta even though most Italian families were still making their own pasta at home. He decided to combine his own recipes with those of some housewives he knew. Slowly as more women began to work and had less time to cook his client base grew. That was 40 years ago now Giovanni Rana's pasta is the number 1 pasta in Italy and is now being sold around the world.
Rana also patented a pasta processing machine that imitates a pasta maker's hand movements so that the pasta's texture will be a similar to hand made pasta as possible.
Put the pasta in a large pan of boiling water. Add salt and cook gently for 1 minute. Drain thoroughly and serve with a drizzle of olive oil and grated cheese or with your favourite pasta sauce
Keep refrigerated and eat within 3 days of opening. Suitable for home freezing. If freezing freeze on day of purchase and consume within one month. Defrost before cooking.
Pasta (45%): wheat flour, eggs 25%, durum wheat semolina
Filling (55%): beef 18%, tomato 16.5%, grated cheese, sunflower oil, breadcrumb (wheat flour, yeast, salt), pork meat 7%, processed cheese (curd, palm oil, rapeseed oil, milk proteins, salt, emulsifier: sodium citrate), carrots 6.3%, onion 5.3%, dehydrated potatoes, potato starch, natural flavourings, wheat fibre, whey powder, milk, celery 1.4%, tomato powder 1%, butter, yeast extract, salt, sodium bicarbonate, rosemary, salt, sugar.
Contains: milk, egg, celery and wheat gluten.
Not suitable for nuts and mustard allergy sufferers.
The packaging is quite simply a plastic tub with a film lid. A picture of the great Giovanni Rana adorns the lid. Rather than a picture or the actual finished product or a serving suggestion the lid also has a picture of the ingredients that go into the bolognese filling.
The bottom of the pacK has Rana's mission statement on, the cooking and storage instructions and all the ingredients and nutritional information
Each pack contains appox 250gms and each pack serves two people.
As you may or may not know (if not have a look at my op on it) I work on the checkouts at ASDA, it's a great opportunity for spotting new products. These first caught my eye after christmas, I scanning through a customer's shopping when I noticed these. I said " they look nice" he said "they are delicious and they only take one minute to cook" I didn't believe him so read the pack then it also turned out they were on offer so after my shift I clocked off and went and bought some.
I'm quite a pasta fan and usually buy the Asda's own brand of fresh filled pasta but the fact this claimed to be cooked in 1 minute made it much more appealing. I have to say I was impressed.
As I'm so impatient rather than wait for the pan to boil I boiled the kettle, transferred the water to a pan and then added the pasta and the salt. After 60 seconds of cooking all the pasta had floated to the top of the water so i drained and served with a little oil and grated cheese as suggested.
Usually with supermarket own brand filled pasta I have found that it's quite easy to under cook or over cook it and the texture of the filling always leaves a lot to be desired but this was perfect, the texture of the pasta and the filing were restaurant quality. I was a bit dubious about not having any sauce on it but there was no need to worry the bolognese filling is so tasty I could of eaten it without any oil or cheese either.
I have now tried a few varieties of Rana's pasta and have never been disappointed even my kids love it and so does my boyfriend.
The kids do prefer a bit of a tomato based sauce with theirs, my boyfriend prefers it on it's own but I tend to eat it with a little green pesto but I eat green pesto with anything I can even on toast.
My only warning is keep an eye on the time cos if you do over cook it, it still tastes good but a lot of the filling will spill out into the pan.
Rich Italian Beef Bolognese Tortelloni (see review this one is my boyfriend's fave)
Prosciutto Crudo & Cheese Cappelletti (this is mine and my kids fave)
Fresh Ricotta & Tender Spinach Tortelloni (this is my mum's fave)
Sun-ripened Tomato & Mozzarella Tortelloni (have yet to try this variety)
Giovanni Rana also makes individual lasagne which can be cooked in microwave or oven.
This pasta now seems to be available in all the big supermarkets. It is generally the same price between £1.70 to £1.80 but ASDA often has it on offer at 2 for £1.50. Tesco often puts it on a 3 for 2 offer and Morrisons often have it on a BOGOF. I'm sorry I don't know about the other's as these are the only 3 near me.
It's brilliant, tasty and diverse, very convienent and cooks in a hurry what more could you ask for.
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