Unlike most, I wasn't really subject to tinned pasta as a child. Maybe due to "health implications" of "tinned meals" is what kept me away but on my own accord I was more than curious to try.
I like all Heinz tinned pastas, they are of a good quality and the conventional tomato sauce they come in (as with alphabetti, numeretti, spaghetti hoops etc) is the tastiest one on the market, in my opinion.
I must admit, I do adore the taste of the soft pasta in the sauce, which on its own can be a tasty meal or as I often find, very nice to be eaten with toast, or on some chips etc. The taste goes well with the usual staple items this can be combined with.
As for nutritional value, though I wouldn't be recommending this to the extreme dieters but I believe it is a perfect "easy" meal for kids, as it manages to be fuss free and filling in small amounts.
Due to this I personally find the smaller cans work for me, the pastas come in two sizes (205g and 400g) and the larger size I often have to split them in two and store the other half in the fridge for a later date, however this depends on how much you prefer to eat.
All of the tinned pasta are extremely good value for money. I usually pick my tins up from asda, where the smaller tins are 5 for £2, and the larger ones are also quite cheap, so its definitely a cupboard filler for rainy days.
The pasta is very easy to prepare - just follow the instructions on the tin, but I often pour the tin's content into a bowl and heat up for about 3 minutes, till its piping hot and ready to enjoy! I find this extremely convenient when I have many other things to juggle at once.
However, I must admit the alphabetti on it's own can seem a little boring compared to some of the other tinned pastas Heinz offers, such as the mini meals or tinned raviolis.
In case you had a deprived childhood and never had the joy of sitting at the table on a Saturday night to a plate of Alphabetti Spaghetti, this product consists of lots of small pieces of pasta in the shape of letters swimming about in a tomato sauce similar to the one Heinz use for their Baked Beans. The pasta shapes are pretty mushy - not exactly the al dente morsels that you'd get in Italy - but somehow their mushiness goes really well with a thick slice of brown toast with plenty of butter.
Heinz first brought out Alphabetti Spaghetti in the forties and saw fit to discontinue it in the nineties. They saw sense a few years ago and reintroduced it.
Nutritionally, it has changed over the years. It is now made from wholewheat pasta (good for your fibre intake) and has added minerals (similar to breakfast cereals). This is great if you have toddlers who refuse to eat the delicious fresh food you prepare for them and goes some way to assuaging the mum-guilt at serving them tinned food (I speak from bitter experience - can you tell?)
One of the best things about Alphabetti Spaghetti when you are a kid, is that you can make rude words with it round the edge of your plate when your mum isn't looking. In fact this shouldn't just be limited to kids - using your dinner to spell 'bum' is funny at any age.
This is actually a review on numberetti by Heinz- the same as Alphabetti but numbers!!
This is quite a new product out on the market and it makes me wonder if children actually learn from these. I know when I was a kid I used to take ages cutting the carrots for a Sunday dinner because I would cut them into the alphabet. So, this has made doing that a lot easier!!
They are made by Heinz and they are MULTI GRAIN!!
Numberetti come in a metal can with a pull hook to get the contents out a lot easier.
They have the Heinz logo with Numberetti 3+2=5 . There are also lots more numbers round the logo in the form of sums.
This tastes just like the Alphabetti but obviously it has different shapes. All they are is pasta in a tomato sauce...I like the taste of them because the tomato sauce is quite sweet which makes it taste lovely when it contrasts with the pasta which is more savoury.
To cook these, all you have to do is put them in the microwave for around 2 minutes on full power and make sure they are steaming hot before you eat them.
You can buy these from supermarkets and some bargain stores for less than £1.00. Asda have an offer on at them moment which is three cans for £1.00 which could make every can 33p or there about.
The reason I like these is because they give off a nice smell- not too sweet, they taste delicious with toast and pasta and they are not too expensive. They make a great lunch and one that is well deserved! 5/5
Heinz Alphabetti, or alphabetti spaghetti as we sometimes call it is an alternative to baked beans in my household. We use baked beans as a quick alternative when we dont have time to cook vegetables, or when our food is a little dry and we need a moist accompaniment. Sometimes I get bored of baked beans and these are a great alternative.
Heinz alphabetti come in a tin. I have seen them in two sizes. small (individual portion) or large for a couple of people. The tin is recyclable, which is a great bonus in my opinion and keeps the insides fresh. The wrapping is bright yellow and orange and attracts children as it is fun looking. Some of the letters of the name are replaced with letters from the product.
In my opinion this product tastes great, it is thin spaghetti strands in a tomatoey type sauce. For some reason, that I have never figured out, strands taste so much better than hoops!
The great fun thing about this product is that you can have fun spelling out peoples names and words.
This is a great product, reasonable priced, reasonably healthy and tatses great on toast!
When it comes to food my 3 year old daughter can be one of the fussiest eaters out there. Just to keep meal-times fun I have tried serving up varieties in the past. Some few weeks back while shopping at Tesco she showed me this small tin of Heinz Alphabetti pasta/shapghetti in sauce, saying she had it at school and could she have it again.
I have to mention here that I don't generally buy tinned ready to eat food just because I personally don't like the tinny/artificial taste and can be very choosy and buy only that what I have already tasted at someone elses house. So I just bought the small tin (200gms) for 38p. There is a larger 400gms tin too at 50p or so .
Few days later when we had a bit of time to include play in our mealtime ... I heated half of the tin up by microwaving it for 2-3 mins (as per instructions) and stored up the rest in an airtight container in the fridge(again as per instruction..it can be stored for upto 48 hrs in the fridge once opened).
My daughter is at that stage where she can spell a few two letter words and her name so we had fun pulling out alphabets and spelling , which were both in capitals and small cases .I was amazed that there actually were a lot of alphabets in half the tin of contents.
I was just having the a salad and when my daughter insisted that I should try out her pasta too...and the two mouthfuls it had dissipated my doubts that it would have an artificial taste . The label actually boasts of being free of added sugar, artificial flavouring and colour being made of only durum wheat in tomato sauce.
I am not that fussed over calories as my daughter is skinny and very active , but I think those who look into calories and fat content would be pleased to see that it is very low in these . For the first time though she did not run away in the middle of a meal and had so much fun with the alphabets .Whenever I serve this up she does eat a bit more as she is engrossed with fishing out alphabets.
I did have to change my daughters clothes after lunch , as playing with these letters had made her splatter a lot of the ample red sauce all over her top and cardi (gosh gives me an excuse to read up dooyou reviews on stain removers out there...lol!!). I don't think I will be serving this to her if I am about to rush out staright after lunch or if I am out of stain remover as the sauce does stain clothes.
I am thinking of taking these tins for the children when we go on a camping/caravan tour later this summer . There is always a tin of alphabetti in my cupboard these days.
I cant remember how many times my mom would used have to sit me and my brother and sister down and literally force us to eat what was on our plate because we just was not having none of it. But if she put something down like Alphabetti, we'd eat it up in an instant! Kids dont want boring food, they want something entertaining and fun!
Alphabetti couldnt be better for kids and is a good way at introducing new food to children. Although it may not be the best, most healthiest food out there it allows children to try and find new food and tastes! It does get messy though, the red sauce means their left covered!
It comes in two tin sizes. There is a 200g tin and a 400g tin so you can get just as much as your going to need, if they like it you might be back buying more tins!
Alphabetti Spaghetti has long been a store cupboard staple for those of us with children. In fact, I vividly remember being served up Alphabetti on toast for lunch at my Nan's house when I was very small.
My 2.5 year old daughter, like most other toddlers, loves spaghetti and particular those in shapes. She will NOT eat own brand spaghetti - believe me, we have tried them all!
Alphabetti is great for toddlers, as it holds it shape really well and is easier to pick up on a spoon when you aren't very experienced at it, than some other spaghetti - notably Hoops.
Alphabetti has the distinctive Heinz tomato sauce, which is rich, tasty and tomatoey! My daughter never lets me take her plate until she has finished the "juice".
An added bonus of the Alphabetti Spaghetti is that it has been fortified with added vitamins and iron and is made from wholegrain flour - all of which are an extra bonus when your toddler is going through the very fussy stage!
Alphabetti can be very expensive - on average £0.55 a can, but it does work out cheaper than Hoops some of the time, and can often be found on offer - look out in your local supermarket!
I am definitely a little kid at heart, and I just love different shapes of spaghetti - Disney Princess, Thomas the Tank Engine - you name it, I'm there!
I went through a phase a couple of weeks ago of having mini cans of spaghetti for lunch, and one of the ones I picked out was Heinz's Alphabetti Spaghetti. The reason for this is because I love words (in fact, my manager suggested I write copy with it, which scared me a lot, but also intrigued me).
The spaghetti tastes just the same as any other spaghetti - it's pretty much just a gimmicky marketing ploy to excite kids or mislead their parent into thinking they can make food educational. So the taste depends really on how much of a Heinz spaghetti fan you are - I personally like it much better than any of the other brands out there.
It's pretty much like what you'd expect from the tin.
The alphabet shapes, however, are a bit of a let down - they aren't like what's shown in the product picture on this review, but more just a crumpled mass of bits of letter - you can't really tell what anything is and for all I know could just have been misfit regular spaghetti in a tin. However, I only had one small can so maybe I got a bad one, I'm not sure.
Heinz Alphabetti Pasta shapes are yet another delicious creation of Heinz who have bough us many delights such as baked beans and tomato sauce. Heinz has a reputation of making very good quality tinned food. When bout Alphabetti I wasn't disappointed, it lives up to the Heinz standard very well.
They are very simple to cook, you just have to open the tin, tip them out into a bowl and put them in the microwave for 2 - 3 minutes. Although you may also like to make some toast to go with them or if you're serving them as part of a main meal you could also cook sausages and mashed potato or as I used to have as a little kid with fish fingers yum.
They taste very nice, the spaghetti tastes the same as all Heinz spaghetti does and it's in a delicious tomato sauce. It has a very tomatoes taste to it which is really quite pleasant. The sauce is neither to thick or to runny, it seems Heinz have found the perfect recipie. The spaghetti itself is very soft and therefore easy to break up and swallow, this makes it perfect for small children or for adults who have sore throats.
As soon as I opened the tin I could smell it, it seems so good that you wonder if it actually needs to be cooked (it is possible to eat them cold but they're better warm). Once they are cooked the smell can fill a few rooms, it's the sauce that you can smell the most and it made me feel very hungry.
The Alphabetti is as you might have guessed spaghetti in the shapes of letters of the alphabet, this might have been a warning to me that its meant for kids but I think that anybody can eat it, it's fun and you don't have to spell out words with it if you don't want haha. The sauce is a red colour, not nasty like blood but a more orangey version of tomato. The Alphabetti is a whitish to yellow colour, like normal spaghetti.
It comes in a tin which has a large yellow label around it. The label shows the Heinz logo and pictures of Alphabetti letters around it. Plus all of the necessary nutritional information.
They are quite low in fat because they are made from durham wheat. There are only 122 calories per can which is good news, especially for me as I like to eat this almost everyday!
You can buy a 400g tin for just 48p from Tesco! So they're also really cheap too.
I think that Alphabetti is not only a lot of fun, even for adults but it also tastes amazing!! I really do recommend it.
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