“ Brand: Sainbury's / Type: Pasta „
At just 39p for a 250g box of these basics lasagne sheets, making delicious lasagne suddenly got a lot cheaper. 250g of Sainsburys organic lasagne sheets are 71p.
The box has 14 sheets of lasagne in - enough for me to put 3 layers of lasagne into the four individual lasagne dishes I use when making lasagne - with two pieces to spare. If I use my large 6 person lasagne dish I use two boxes of these. The sheets are approx. 8cm x 17cm. They have a nice long expiry date on them so they are always handy to keep in the cupboard. The ones I bought today (03/08/13) say April 2015 on them.
They are packaged in a cardboard box and there is a useful lasagne recipe on the back of the box.
The ingredient list is a short one for these sheets: Durum Wheat Flour
The F.S.A. rating gives an orange marker for the amount of calories; 346 kcal per 100g, but gives green ratings for sugar, fat, saturates and salt.
Using the product:
The lasagne recipe on the back of the box advises you to start arranging the dry lasagne sheets over the first layer of meat in your lasagne as you build up your layers. I have tried building up my lasagne with these sheets as they come from the box and to my mind the results are too chewy. These somewhat less refined, cheaper sheets seem to take longer to cook through than their pricier friends - which tends to defeat the object of buying a cheaper product to try to save money. Hence, I always pre soak them in boiling water for a few minutes before I use them, laying them out on a baking tray so they don't stick together - then in my opinion, the results are just as good as the more expensive lasagne sheets. My family has never noticed the difference and I traded down to these some time ago.
Would recommend as a handy budget ingredient.
I love Lasagne and often make a dish for my family for when I do a family meal, it is a cheap meal to make and it is one that suits all my family. It is a dish I find that I have all the ingredients ready available in my cupboard because I usually make my own white sauce for the dish too and so it cost very little money to make and so when I decided to finally buy these sheets as I had not bought them before and had seen them many times before while out shopping.
They come in a cardboard box of which is very basic looking and it just has the usually colours of orange and white of the Sainsbury's basics range of cheaper items. Nothing special to look at and with the name just on the front of the box.
Inside the sheets are a rectangle shape and they measure approximately 3 inches x 7 inches. A good size for the cheap price of just 31p. There are 15 sheets in the box and so a good amount. They are a pale beige colour and the texture of each sheet is hard to the touch and they are dried pasta sheets. They are quite thick sheets and easy to cook, they are just placed over the mince ingredients in layers and I tend to overlap sheets so that they cover the ingredients completely but it depends on the size of the dish you are making to how many sheets are to be used, I used 5 sheets on each layer as I made a large dish because I was making a family meal.
I made the dish with the sheets straight from the box but when it came to eating the meal I found the sheets were not cooked properly as I have found with a branded one, I found when I served the dish to my guests, the pasta felt hard and crunchy and I was very disappointed with them. I also found that when I did place it onto a plate the sheets looked hard and solid in the layers, not very appetising to the eye for sure. I did taste some of the Lasagne before I gave any to my family and it did not taste very nice at all. The pasta was too hard to eat and felt too crunchy like it had not been cooked very well. It does tell me on the box to place them in this way straight from the box and I have cooked this dish many times with the same method using branded sheets and they have been perfectly fine but with these ones they were absolutely awful and not cooked well enough for my liking.
Since I had cooked it, I asked my family to try some and to see if they felt the same way as I did about the dish and they did thought exactly the same and we all just could not eat any of it as it was with the sheets included. It was a total waste of time and effort making the dish and although I had not wasted much money on buying the sheets but I did with the other ingredients. I did try to salvage the dish but it was just a mess to be honest and not worth it in the end and so I just had to cook something else.
The next day I decided to cook the sheets in some boiling water to soften them just to satisfy myself that they probably would have been better boiled for a little while before placing them in the dish but I found they were all soft and I tasted a little and they tasted just like rubber and so not edible. I thought they had not taste whatsoever and tasted very bland and not the taste of pasta at all.
I certainly do not recommend these sheets as I think they are an absolute waste of money and although they are very cheap, I did expect more from them than what they gave for my dish. I think they are not very good value for money and they are certainly not good quality for my taste buds and that of my family. I would not buy them again in the future as they are not at all what I expect from pasta sheets in my opinion. Total waste of time and money.
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I give them 1 star.
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As a student, lasagne has become one of my regular meals due to the ease of making it. As I am usually on a tight budget when shopping, I have always bought the Sainsbury's Basics Lasagne sheets for about 30p a box.
The sheets come in a cardboard box that is 18cm x 9.5cm x 3.5cm and is in the same colours as the rest of the Sainsbury's basics range, orange and white. The front of the box just has the product name on, which is also found on the sides. The rear has all the product information along with a recipe for beef lasagne
Each lasagne sheet is made from Durum Wheat Flour and is light brown in colour. Each sheet measures 16.5cm x 8cm and is about 0.1cm thick. When you buy them, the sheets are hard and very brittle. This makes them hard to cut when try to fit them in a funny shaped tray. I have found that the best way to cut them is to saw through them with a sharp knife.
Once you cook these as part of a lasagne, the sheets go soft as the sheets and the dish cook through. I have always found that as long as the sheet is covered in a bit of sauce, they never go dry but they cook well and have a nice soft texture. However if the sheet does go dry then they do have a tendency to burn or become very tough.
When made into a lasagne, the sheets have a nice soft texture and a nice taste. Being cheap I would of expected the taste and quality to be sub-standard, however they have always produced a nice lasagne in the past.
Health wise, these sheets are reasonably good for you. Per 100g serving, they contain 346 calories, 3.6g of sugar, 1.8g of fat and 0.2g of salt. They also only have one (listed) ingredient which is good as there is no unnecessary rubbish added!
Overall, I am going to give these 4/5 as the only problem with them is cutting them to shape. I expect this is a problem with all other sheets that you can buy, but as I have never tried any sheets other than value sheets I am none the wiser. I would highly recommend these as they provide a great saving over more expensive varieties and they produce a very nice lasagne. They are also suitable for vegans and vegetarians which is good.
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Review of Sainsbury's Basics Lasagne Sheets.
In line with most major supermarkets Sainsbury's have their own budget range of goods, called 'Basics'. These are aimed at the economy end of the market and can be found across the whole supermarket range, grocery, household, toiletries and so on. I am on a strict budget and consequently have tried many of these products, some are very good, comparable with brand labels, others are not. The Basics Lasagne sheets are definitely in the very good category!
It is always nice to know which of these budget ranges are actually worth trying and I have tried many products that I may have otherwise overlooked as a result of reviews on this and other consumer opinion sites, so I hope that this review will be of interest to others.
I am certain everyone will know that traditional Lasagne is an Italian oven cooked pasta dish made by alternating layers of pasta sheets, white or cheese and Bolognese type sauces. Typical of the cuisine of Italy, many regional variations exist. In some areas, especially in the southern regions of Italy, the sauce is likely to be a simple tomato sauce, whereas in other areas, particularly in Northern Italy, a Béchamel sauce is used.
The word 'Lasagne' applies to both the completed dish and the sheets of pasta used in the recipe.
Sainsbury's Basics Lasagne Sheets come in a no frills style, recyclable cardboard box. The packaging is basically white with the orange font found on all Sainsbury's basic lines. The reverse of the box carries the nutritional information, ingredients and a recipe for beef lasagne along with Sainsbury's contact details.
The box contains 15 sheets of lasagne pasta sheets and weighs 250g. The cost is a minuscule 29p. When compared to other lasagne sheets on the pasta shelf, this price is an absolute snip, most are priced at around 75p to £1 for a smaller box! However, it is true to say that the other lasagne sheets offered by Sainsbury's, contain egg, whereas these do not. I do not find that the lack of egg in the pasta sheets makes any difference to either the taste or texture of the finished lasagne dish.
In the raw state, the pasta sheets are a dull pale brown colour and have no discernible aroma. Once cooked, the pasta changes to a creamy white shade.
As with most pasta, there is actually very little taste to the plain lasagne sheets, the flavours come from the sauces and ingredients cooked with the pasta!
Sainsbury's Basics Lasagne sheets are very simple to use, they require no pre-cooking and you can assemble your lasagne dish very simply by layering your sauces and the pasta sheets. As a vegetarian, I make a basic tomato based, vegetable sauce with whatever vegetables I have in the house and cheese sauce to top the dish off. As I use different vegetables each time, courgettes, tomatoes, peppers, onions, celery and so on, our lasagne tastes slightly different each time!
I do cheat sometimes, when time is short and use a jar of Sainsbury's tomato and herb pasta sauce as the basis of my lasagne.
Traditionally Lasagne is made with beef mince, however if you are open to experiment you can use lasagne with all manner of things. I even make a fruit lasagne with these sheets!
~~Nutritional Values, Ingredients and Dietary Advice~~
I won't bore readers with a long breakdown of the nutritional values of these pasta sheets, suffice to say 100g will provide 346 Calories, 12g Protein, 70g Carbohydrate, 4g fibre and 2g fat.
Durum wheat Flour.
Contains Durum Wheat and Wheat gluten.
Suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
~~Fruit Lasagne Recipe~~
As mentioned in the review I sometimes make a fruit lasagne, this is really simple to do and it makes a different dessert. I'm afraid I am one of those people who never uses a recipe book and rarely weighs anything, so my recipe is somewhat vague!
The base is stewed fruit, apples, plums, blackberries etc. or a mixture of any fruit available. For a fruit lasagne, I boil the pasta sheets first. This is best done by cooking 2 or 3 sheets at a time in a large saucepan of boiling water. If you try to cook more at once, they tend to stick together and are almost impossible to separate! I generally use 6 or 8 sheets for this recipe. I layer the cooked pasta sheets and fruit with ready made custard, ending with a custard layer and then pop it in a moderate oven for 15 minutes or so. Delicious!
~~My Thoughts and Conclusion~~
Sainsbury's Basics Lasagne sheets are aimed at the budget conscious shopper, however the low price does not equate to low quality in this instance.
The pasta does not require pre-cooking as mentioned earlier, so it is very easy to use. I have been very pleased with this pasta and will continue to use it as it is a very good product indeed. The only time I have had a failure with these pasta sheets was when my daughter in a burst of imaginative cooking persuaded me to try a chocolate lasagne. We layered the pasta with chocolate sauce and it was disastrous!.
To my mind, pasta is pasta and I truly do not find these lasagne sheets any different to the more expensive brands I used to buy. At only 29p, it is worth trying, after all, if you don't like it, you have wasted very little money!
To conclude, I would heartily recommend Sainsbury's Basics Lasagne Sheets to others.
Thank you for reading.
©brittle1906 January 2011
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Since being on maternity leave I have recently started to cook a lot more food from scratch.
Over the weekend I had a go at making my own lasagne. After being brought up but my father for the end part of my childhood I never was taught how to cook, but theres no time like the present to learn to cook.
We purchase a lot of own branded products from the 3 mains supermarkets we purchase from, these being Sainsbury's, Tesco and Asda.
This pack of lasagne sheets is priced at only 29p which is excellent value for money as some of the packs on the shelf where around the 80p mark and didn't look like they contained a larger quantity.
When I opened the packet I was slightly surprise that they really did cram in as many sheets as they could. This packet contains 12 sheets, which is excellent for making a reasonable sized lasagne. The one I made fed 2 adults and one child and there were enough sheets in this packet to satisfy us all.
They are easy to cook and cook very well. Once placed in the dish layered with the sauce, mince and white sauce, I placed it in the oven for around half hour and that's when I really realised that these sheets where fantastic value for money.
The sheets were lovely and soft and had a top quality taste to it. Pasta is pasta to me and if we'd of had guests over they would never of known they came from part of the Sainsbury basics range.
I really enjoyed making my lasagne and these sheets made it very easy and really made the lasagne. Overall these were great value for money and something I will defiantly buy again. Now I can't wait to taste the other pastas from the Sainsbury's basic range now.
I tend to always have a couple of boxes of these sheets in my cupboard at any one time, just in case I feel the urge to make a lasagne, they are always there ready.
A box of these from sainsburys costs 30p, and to me that is great value, as lasagne sheets are something that I don't think many people would be able to tell if they were expensive or cheap once they are cooked and in the different sauces. The boxes are 250g and I would say that you get about 10 to 12 sheets in there. which is more than enough for me to make a lasagne for 2 people, but even if you had to buy two boxes to make a bigger one, it is still great value for money.
The box is also made of cardboard so is completely recyclable. Some of the more expensive brands have the little plastic window in the box, which means you can't recycle it.
I have used these sheets ever since shopping at sainsburys, sometimes to be a bit different I buy the green ones, but sainsburys do a basic packet of those too, they are slightly more expensive but a bit more interesting.
These sheets are typical pasta sheets, they are really hard and stiff before they are cooked, and they are a dark yellow, browny colour, then once they are cooked in a lasagne they soften up and become a paler yellow colour, and they taste like any other plain pasta. It says on the box that they are made with durum wheat flour.
These sheets are great, for such a low price, they are excellent quality, and to be honest even if they weren't that great, who is going to know once they are covered in sauce and filling. I would definitely recommend these.