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Heinz Big Eat Tortellini Spicy Chicken

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      03.05.2009 19:36
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      An average lunchtime snack that I will not be eating again in a hurry.

      This 'big eat' pasta is provided in a plastic pot, just remove the lid, remove the foil top, place the lid back on and microwave for 2-3 minutes (depending on microwave) making sure to stir it once or twice throughout the cooking process just to make sure that everything is mixed up and heated through thoroughly.

      There are nice big pieces of pasta and they are covered in a tomato based 'spicy' sauce which was not very spicy at all and almost a little too mild for my modest tastes, there really was not much of a cheese taste to the sauce and there was a disappointingly small amount of cheese present anywhere in the pot. There are some small pieces of onion within the sauce but these definitely needed to be cooked for longer. The chicken does not appear to be whole chicken breast and I found that to be the most disappointing part of this snack pot. The pasta was lovely and soft and well cooked and was the main part of the meal so thankfully it was definitely edible and my lunch wasn't completely ruined. I would eat this again if I had nothing else available or they were ridiculously cheap but they would not be my first choice or even my tenth choice if I had the option!

      I paid £1.17 for this from Tesco and these are frequently on special offer in Tesco & Asda so if you do want to try this or any of the other flavours in the range then keep your eyes peeled.

      Heinz Big Eat Tortellini Spicy Chicken is advertised as being 'Real Food, Real Fast' and whilst it is fast and it is food I wouldn't call the chicken within the pot 'real'. It was perfectly ample for filling me up and was certainly edible but I am only rating it 2/5 as the sauce was a little too thin, there was not enough chicken (and what there was wasn't very nice) and the onions could have done with more cooking. I like the idea of it being so quick and simple to prepare and this is great for my lunch but at 409 calories and 21g of fat per pot it is not something that I will be hurrying to buy again, especially when it's not filling enough to be my dinner.

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        25.03.2009 17:00
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        Someone at work recommended the Heinz Big Eat Chicken Tortellini, and despite initially dismissing it as rubbish, I then ended up purchasing one when they were on special offer. Well it's a woman's prerogative to change her mind I suppose!

        The product is described as spicy chicken tortellini - tortellini being sort of rings of pasta stuffed with chicken, if you're not familiar.

        The product comes in a small black plastic pot which goes directly into the microwave. You simply remove the plastic lid, peel off the film, put the lid back on and microwave for one minute. Take the pot out, stir and put back in for a minute and that's it, cooked. So in that respect this is great for taking to work or for having as a quick snack.

        When I first peeled off the film, I can't say I was very impressed by either the appearance or the smell of this product. It looked very watery and orange - actually a bit like curry, but the smell was like tomato soup!

        I found the sauce was quite runny and mostly smooth, but there was the odd piece of onion in there too. The taste of the sauce was OK, but given that this is supposed to be spicy, I was surprised at how mild it was. It was mainly a tomato flavour, and the pieces of onion that were in there tasted quite raw and gave a very sharp edge to the taste.

        The actual tortellini was a good size, nicely cooked and not at all soggy, but the chicken in the middle was very strange. The consistency reminded me of the meat you get in the middle of cheap tinned ravioli. It was sort mashed up rather than being whole pieces of chicken. I didn't think it had any taste at all, and I certainly wouldn't have been able to identify it as chicken.

        These pots cost £1.28 each from ASDA, although I bought this and another flavour when it was on a 2 for £2 offer.

        Per 350g Pot:
        404 calories
        10g protein
        39.2g carbs
        23.1g fat (yikes!)

        They contain no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.

        Overall this was OK but I won't buy it again. It was more than edible and both the pasta and sauce had a pleasant flavour (even if the sauce was a bit watery) but the chicken was totally tasteless. These are handy for a hot snack as they are so quick to make and I did feel full after eating it, but it's also full of fat and a bit pricey given the size of it, so it's not for me.

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