“ Type: Pasta „
I love Spaghetti Bolognese! It's one of my favourite meals and I do eat it about once a week. However it often costs a lot of money so when I was in Sainsbury's one day io decided to try their Sainsbury's Basics Spaghetti Bolognaise. I've found Tesco value food to be really good and I like Sainsbury's Basics Plain Chocolate so I thought I'd give this a try, thinking that it'd be of really good quality. I must say I was pleasantly surprised to be right, it was very nice.
It comes in a white plastic tray with clear plastic on the top to keep it airtight. It contains 300g of spaghetti and costs 86p. This tray is in a white box with the orange Sainsbury's logo on it. There's a picture of a plate of Spaghetti Bolognaise on the front which looks pretty tasty and is the only thing that isn't in orange and white colours. On the back are the ingredients, nutritional information and cooking instructions.
Cooked Spaghetti (38%), Water, Minced Beef (13%), Tomato (9%), Onion (5%), Tomato Puree, Carrot, Modified Maize Starch, Rapeseed Oil, Salt, Beef Stock, Yeast Extracts, Basil, Oregano, Garlic Puree, Sugar, Black Pepper.
Contains Celery, Wheat and Gluten
Per 100g there are:
5.7g of Protein
14.3g of Carbohydrates
2.4g of which Sugars
3.0 of Fat
Fat 3.0g of which
1.2g if which Saturates
1.4g of which Mono saturates
0.3g of which is Polyunsaturated
2.2g of Fibre
0.8g of Salt
It's really simple to cook this meal, all you have to do is to take it out of the box and put the plastic tray of spaghetti into the microwave for about 5 minutes then eat it.
It smelt really nice, of tomato and spaghetti sauce, it made me very hungry to smell it whilst it was cooking. It tasted great too. The spaghetti was soft, not dried out or elasticy. There was plenty of sauce and a large amount of tomato and mince which was nice. I really liked the tomato as it made the spaghetti more moist and gave it a lovely taste. Plus it had a wonderful herby taste.
Overall I think that this is a fantastic product and is definitely a good choice for those of you who like a bit of flavour.
Sainsbury's Basics Spaghetti Bolognaise.
Thes are available from most Sainsbury's stores and can be found in the chilled ready meal section of the store.
Summary of th Product.
Sainsbury's Basics Sapghetti Bolognaise is a chilled ready meal that gives you a 300g portion of spaghetti and minced beef in a bolognaise sauce, which retails for 86p per portion. The product is suitable for home freezing but must be thoroughly defrosted before cooking following the product cooking instuctions printed on the reverse of the product.
What You Get.
For 86p you get a 300g potion of spaghetti in a bolognaise sauce. It is not a large porion but it is quite ample when served as an accompanyment of a main meal or just as a quick snack style meal for one.
The Product Itself.
Considering it is a Sainsbury's Basics product there is plenty of Bolognaise sauce to equal the amount of the speghetti serving. The spaghetti I must confess extremely surprised me as it is moist, and not at all dry or chewy like I was expecting as it is a value meal. The bolognaise sauce had plenty of minced beef and tomato's clearly visible and generous for a value meal. I was also surprised by the fact that the sauce was not greasy as I was expecting as I assumed they would have probably used fatty mince. It was a lovely surprise not to find the product swimming in grease.
As I have already said providing that is that you follow the cooking instructions you should find yourself as I did with a nice moist soft spaghetti. I was personally extemely surprised at the quality of the spaghetti as I was fully expecting it to be hard and chewy, but was I wrong.
The bolognaise sauce did lack a little flavour and could have used a little more of a tomato taste. On saying that though there was plenty of moist minced beef and tomato clearly visible.
The Smell and Looks.
When cooked the spaghetti bolognaise smelt delicious and had a nice gentle aroma as a bolognaise sauce should. When cooked and served it was not a lareg portion as I have said earlier but on saying that it looks extremely appetising with plenty of mince and tomato clearly visible in the bolognaise sauce. The sauce did not show any signs of being greasy in any way and the spaghetti had not dried up in the microwave.
The Basics range Spaghetti Bolognaise is founf in the chilled ready meal section of Sainsbury's stores and is served in a white plastic ttray that has a clear film covering it to keep it fresh. This is the covered by a white cardboard sleeve with a bright orange band across it with the words Sainsbury's Basic in white on the orange band.
The sleeve front has a picture of the spaghetti bolognaise on it and the product title in orange words printed next to the picture. On the reverse of the sleeve you can find the list of ingredients, storage instructions, cooking guidelines and the Sainsbury's quality check contact details should you have a complaint if you are not satisfied.
The white plastic tray that the spaghetti bolognaise is served in, is fully recyclable either via your local authorities kerb side collection scheme, or at your local anemity site. The cardboard sleeve is also recyclable, however not through the kerbside collection scheme as only certain area's are eligable for this. You can however do as I do and keep all your cardboard dry and stored. Then take all your card that you have stored away for your recycling and take it to the local anemity site once a week, or once a fortnight as I do.
Ingredients. (main only)
Cooked Spaghetti (38%)
Minced Beef (13%)
Modified Maize Starch
Nutritional Information. (per 100g not per packet)
Energy 451 KJ , 107 KCAL,
Carbohydrates 14.3g of which
Fat 3.0g of which
mono saturates 1.4g
Salt 0.8g of which
Do not eat if you are in anyway allergic to Celery or Wheat Gluten, or have any sort of intolerance to any of the ingredients listed.
In my personal opinion this is an excellent value, good quality, nice tasting snack and is really good value for money at 86p. For a Basics value meal I founf it a good sized potion of surprising quality and taste. Although the film that covers the plastic tray is the only part of this product can not be recycled, in my opinion this product is an eviromentally friendly product as well as good value.
I personally give this product an 8/10 and recommend it.