“ Type: Pasta „
Sainsbury's basics spaghetti 500g is currently (18/07/13) just 39p per pack. This is cheap - really cheap. Napolina spaghetti 500g is £1.55 per pack; Sainsbury's Taste the Difference spaghetti 500g is £1.25. I find a pack of this easily feeds four- six people for a spaghetti Bolognese or cheesy spaghetti. (Pack advises 75g-100g per person for a main meal.) It's a great value for money buy.
The (dry) spaghetti has 311 kcal per 90g serving, protein 10.8g; carbohydrates 63g, of which sugars 3.6g, starch 59.4g, fat 1.8g of which saturates 0.4g, mono-unsaturates 0.4g, polyunsaturates 0.9g, fibre 3.6g, salt 0.2g of which sodium 0.1g. Quite simply, its ingredients are: durum wheat flour.
But surely it compromises on taste? Not that much actually. When cooked this tastes perfectly satisfactory. It seems slightly mealier than the more expensive spaghetti's but when it's covered in meat and/or sauces you can't tell that much difference. Certainly not enough to justify spending four times the price on a better quality brand.
The pack advises that 1 litre of boiling water is used per 100g of pasta. A large pasta pot avoids the problem of dry spaghetti sticking awkwardly out of the pan - if you don't have one, the spaghetti is probably best broken up. The packs advice to stir occasionally is best heeded. I find that this cheaper spaghetti sticks together more than it's more expensive cousins. The spaghetti takes 9-10 minutes to cook. (Some of the more expensive ones cook slightly faster - but this isn't bad.) Cooking time will depend to some extent on how you like your pasta - soft or al dente. When cooked, drain off the majority of the water and serve. The pack advises that a little water is left to stop the spaghetti from sticking. And serve as appropriate.
This is a reasonable budget buy. A trade down which you won't notice too much and doesn't make you feel disadvantaged. Would recommend.
One of the things that I buy weekly is pasta. I simply love the stuff and like to have it a few times a week so cos I get through so much of the stuff if I see some cheap I will buy it and this I bought this in my local Sainsbury's store for just 39p for a large pack of 500g's of the stuff which I initially though was excellent value!
The packaging of this is cheap looking with it being a see-through plastic wrapper and on the front of it we are told what it is and who it is by in orange and white colouring then on the back of it ingredients are listed, nutritional details are also stated, cooking advice is given and the likes and contact details for Sainsbury's are clearly given. The packaging of this tears off easily which leaves us with a slight storage problem so mine gets stored in an airtight container otherwise the packaging is informative enough.
The Spaghetti Itself:
Dry to the touch, long and thin with no fragrance to it, its a sort of light yellow colour and all you do is pop it in a pan with boiling water and salt if desired. Its easy to cook through this one andI found mine to cook in about 12 minutes from the boiling point.
Made from Duram wheat this has little flavour to it. It looks ok and didn't clump up through cooking though I didn't appreciate the lack of flavour although I added salt when it was when cooking, even black pepper didn't help bring any flavour to it! It was a bit soggy as well as being rather flavourless however mixed into other food I.E bolognaise it wasn't too bad and it does offer value for money but the lack of flavour for me was a no no and so i won't be buying it again.
Only available from Sainsbury's stores.
I am a huge fan of Sainsburys, one of the main reasons for this is the fantastic basics range that they sell.
The spagetti is a prime example of this. I would challenge anyone to tell the difference between this and any leading brand on taste alone.
Price wise you can save a substantial amount. If, like in my household pasta is something served up most weeks and something that is always in the cupboard it would cost a fortune to remain stocked up with the leading brands.
To me, spaghetti is spaghetti, the basics range tastes great and it a great accompaniment to any pasta based dish.
If like me, you love basics price but not their packaging buy yourself a nice pasta jar and you wont have the tell tale "I'm a bit tight with money" stigma hanging around in your kitchen.
I would encourage anyone to give it a go, at the price it costs even if you buy it and dont enjoy you wont have lost much!
I am always looking for ways to make the same meals, to as good a quality as normal with cheaper ingredients in this time of credit crunch, and spaghetti bolognaise is one of the meals I have been cooking frequently at the moment, so I was really pleased to see Sainsburys bring out a more bargain version of Spaghetti. Now obviously my plan to replace my more expensive brand for Sainsburys own would be flawed if it didn't actually taste as good...
Sainsbury's basic spaghetti comes in packaging alike to the rest of the brand. It is very basic (as the name may suggest) and is white and orange with minimal writing on, just enough to tell you what it is. The packaging is kind of plastic, I am not sure if it is recyclable or not.
Once opened the spaghetti strands are just like normal! They appear no different in look, colour or smell!
The strands take the usual 12 minutes to cook in boiling then simmering water. For some reason as they were cheaper I was expecting them to take longer to cook. They do seem a little harder towards the end than normal spaghetti, but only if you are looking out for differences and being super critical.
Once the spaghetti was mixed with the bolognaise mixture you could honestly tell no difference. I didnt tell the family we were eating different spaghetti at first, I just asked them what they thought afterwards and then told them how much cheaper it was than the brand we normally use.
One thing is for sure. We will be sticking to Sainsbury's basic spaghetti in future!
Sainsbury's Basics Spaghetti Economy
Description: Dried Pasta
Anyone reading my reviews will know my feelings on the supermarkets own ranges which aim to offer the consumer savings by spending less on fancy packaging. As the packaging simply gets thrown in the bin anyway, it makes complete sense to spend less on it in my opinion.
There was a time that I walked past these ranges in the mistaken belief that because the packaging was cheap and nasty, the products would be too. Now, I must confess that I have been pleasantly surprised by the quality of many of these products and instead of passing them by, am keen to try them and see what they are like.
A 500g packet of this dried spaghetti cost just £0.39 which is significantly cheaper than some of the other brands, and more than half price than some. Like all products in the range, the spaghetti has cheap and functional packaging, a clear cellophane packet with a white label and orange writing.
To cook, simply add the spaghetti to boiling water with a little salt. I like to add a drop or two of olive oil too which helps to prevent the pasta from sticking together. Simmer for around ten to twelve minutes until the pasta is ready and then serve.
The pasta was great, it was slightly firm and had a decent texture, providing the perfect accompaniment for bolognese sauce. I have tried loads of different brands of pasta and will definitely be buying this one again because it was just as tasty as any other that I have bought.
In summary, this spaghetti is another excellent example of the major supermarkets saving us cash while still selling goods on a high quality. If you are currently buying more expensive pasta then I recommend that you save the extra money for something more exciting and switch to this brand!
My mum did a wicked bolognese for tea last night and she laughed when my dad said how nice the spaghetti was because he always moans that she puts too much spaghetti on his plate because he's not mad keen on pasta but today she'd used the cheapo Sainsbuys Basics spaghetti he loved it!
I hadn't noticed until then that there was anything about different about this pasta so that shows how nice it is because my mum usually buys one of the brand name spaghettis and this ones loads cheaper. A 500g pack only costs 39p and that's exactly half the price of Napolina for the same size pack.
My mum said she cooked the spaghetti for 10 mins and I reckon she got it just right because it was soft and hadn't gone soggy or stayed hard in places like happens with some other cheap pastas. The bolognese sauce coated it just right and I could still taste the wheaty taste of the spaghetti. I found a bit of it that hadn't been soaked in the sauce and it was just like any other spaghetti and the only thing that made me think it was cheap was the way the spaghetti was a bit stuck together even though my mum put oil in the water as usual.
It has got a nice firm texture and isn't slippery like other cheap spaghetti and it's soft and easy to wind round my fork with the mince and sauce. I think it's brill and no-one else complained either so I reckon this will be the one we buy from now on because my mum's trying loads of the Basics products at the minute and she loves it when she gets a proper good bargain like this.
I think I like it a bit better than the Napolina spaghetti because it doesn't go as soft when it's cooking and it tastes as good as the spaghetti that costs a lot more money and anyway my mums bolognese sauce is that thick and rich that the spaghetti is more there to bulk the meal out.
Pasta is the staple food of our household. We eat it almost every night, so I felt I had sampled enough by now to have a decent opinion on whether the Sainsbury's basic spaghetti is worth downgrading to during the current economic climate. It seems that most of us are now on a mission to cut back on our household outgoings, and cutting our food budgets is an easy and productive step in the money-savers arsenal.
The 500g pack of Sainsbury's basic spaghetti is made from transparent plastic, with the typical 'basic' orange and white Sainsbury's branding and the long spaghetti clearly visible through the pack. On the back of the pack, as with most pasta, we're told how to cook the stuff (9-10 mins of boiling) and that pasta contains wheat and gluten so is not suitable for those with intolerances. I have to be honest and admit to being shocked that apparently 90g is a normal size serving - my husband and I usually have most of one pack between us each night (and no, we're not fat; just hungry)! As a complete aside, I find the serving size suggestions on most foods completely unrealistic, leading me to really wonder who was at the sitting where the scientists worked out average portions? Certainly not me, or anyone else who needs to eat like a horse to avoid fainting, anyway (I joke not; last time I fasted (for a paid experiment) I ended up in A&E!! But that's a whole other story).
Moving back to the review... After cooking up the pasta as directed (and it does cook in the allotted 9-10 mins) to the correct al dente consistency, I add some sauce (tonight it's white sauce with bacon and veggies), chuck on the obligatory grated cheese and get to work doing what I do best - eating - and it has be said that the Sainsbury's spaghetti does 'exactly what it says on the tin'. It's not the best pasta I've ever tasted, but it's certainly passable for evening meals at home with my husband and tastes fine.
A point to note, if you do decide to go for this pasta, is that I do find that it can tend to clump while cooking, so just remember to stir a fair few times while you wait to make sure you don't get those horrible uncooked lumps of glued-together pasta strands.
The best thing about this pasta, however, is the price. At 39p per 500g pack this is a significant saving over the 4-6 packs we get through each week (I admit it, we're pasta addicts). There are some things you just can't go 'basic' on without seriously sacrificing taste, but this is one 'basic' I'm happy to downgrade to while I'm trying to save money on my food shop. Highly recommended, particularly with basil and olive oil, or carbonara sauce, or spicy tomato sauce and sausages, or....
for 39p for a packet of Sainsbury's basic Spaghetti i don't think that you an go wrong. I first started to buy economy ranges of food over five years ago when i was a student and don't think that i can taste the difference. For the money that you save it is worth not having nice packaging and having your cupboard look a little strange.
I think that the only difference between this and some other branded spaghetti is that this is taking longer to cook as the branded veriety have a quick cook option. I tend to think that the quick cook option tastes strange as it is scored into to make it cook quicker which takes away from the flavor. I think that spagetti should be ust cooked and the quick cook one always seems to be over cooked - as soo as it is done it is literally seconds before it spoils itself - i would much prefer to pay less for this and know that it is easier to cook it and will have a better end flavour!
Spagetti is rarely something that you eat on your own so i think it is one of the thingst that you can buy the shops own brand without worrying.
I have been using Sainsbury's Basics Spaghetti more or less since it was introduced into the range, long before arch meddler Martin-bloody-Lewis started telling us all we've been shopping wrongly for years!
Spaghetti Bolognese is one of my signature dishes, I've always found it an incredibly easy dish to cook and luckily everyone in my family enjoys this meal. What I cannot understand is why people insist on paying up to £2 for a packet of dried spaghetti when this 39p pack does the trick wonderfully, yes it might have a slightly more watery taste but if you think about it you'll most likely be drenching the cooked spaghetti with a rich tomato based sauce anyway so who is really going to notice?
This is a standard 500g packet which is enough for several meals, perhaps it's not quite so good for a cold spaghetti dish as it becomes quite sticky after cooling but for a hot meal with sauce it's perfectly adequate. The spaghetti takes around 10 minutes to cook once you've popped it into boiling water, it's quite a soft spaghetti once cooked so don't be afraid to adjust the cooking time if you feel it necessary.
Taste wise, well, it tastes like any other spaghetti on the market! It has a good wheaty taste and the same well rounded flavour I would expect from more expensive brands, as I mentioned earlier it has a rather watery taste when eaten without sauce but this can easily be helped by pouring some mixed herbs into the cooking water before it boils. You could always experiment with different additives to your cooking water, perhaps crumble an Oxo into it before adding the spaghetti and this will help to counteract the watery flavour.
I cannot fault this spaghetti at all, for 39p you can't go wrong with it. Spaghetti is one of those foods where pretty much every brand will taste the same so why throw your money away just for a more attractive looking packet? At least try it, if for some reason you hate it then you'll have wasted 39p but if you like it then you could save yourself a fortune over the period of a year!
In this credit crunching times we are all being encouraged to shop '1 brand lower' meaning looking down a shelf in the supermarket as the premium brands are at eye-level, the cheapest stuff on the bottom shelves so hopefully lazy people can't be bothered bending down to save a few pence!
I have tried my fair share of the Sainsburys Basics range (the cheapest things you can get in Sainsburys) and some are ok, some really do taste cheap but one I have settled for using is Basics Spaghetti, not the tinned stuff in tomato sauce, the dried strands for spag bol etc.
I used to eat normal Sainsburys Spaghetti which cost 56p for a 500g packet which was considerably cheaper than the branded versions which cost at least double that; Napolina costing £1.28 for 500g.
One day doing the normal shop I noticed I could get an even cheaper version in the Basics range, 39p for 500g so a packet went in my trolley.
For me spaghetti packaging doesn't matter, A. I'm not a snob and B. the spaghetti comes straight out of the packet and into a glass jar anyway once I get home!
It is simple and no frills as you would expect, see through plastic with a little white label on; orange writing tells you this is Spaghetti with a little simple drawing of some strands too. There is an orange band across the top of the white label and on this is the Sainsburys Basics branding. I am also told it is suitable for Vegetarians as I would expect from spaghetti!
On first impressions through the clear plastic wrapping the spaghetti looks exactly the same colour and size as normal Sainsburys and most of the other brands too.
As the packet is the standard size, it will last just as long as any other so you're not losing out there either. For the two of us a packet of spaghetti usually lasts about 8 meals, which at 39p is 5p per meal for two!
So you drop this into a pan of boiling water as you would any other dried spaghetti (a good tip is to twist it as you drop it in and then it won't stick together) The cooking instructions say to simmer it for 10-12 minutes, the norm for spaghetti I think.
This is usually a bit soft for my tastes so I always reduce this to around 8 minutes so did the same for this version, I tested a bit after this time and it was perfect, softening but still al dente; perfect.
If you'd rather it was soft I'm sure it would be cooked like that in around the 10-12 minutes as instructed.
The spaghetti at this point still looks like normal spaghetti, there is no difference in colour or texture and from the bit I tried it tastes fine too.
The taste test
Spaghetti obviously doesn't taste that exciting on its own, I threw in a tin of condensed mushroom soup to add a bit of a taste along with some onions and chilli's and stirred it in a pan for a few minutes, the spaghetti seemed to soak up some of the flavour nicely and changed colour slightly with the sauce.
So does it taste nice? It tastes like any other spaghetti which is a bit wheaty I suppose...lol. I think the most important thing about any pasta is the texture as it is usually a pretty bland flavour on its own and just a good base for other ingredients, the texture is perfect, I really can't tell any difference between this and the other brands I have tried.
I tested it out on my very fussy fella the next night and cooked him spaghetti bolognese, he was more than satisfied and I asked what he thought, he said its gorgeous as always...only when he'd finished did I explain the change in brands of spaghetti and he said he'd never have noticed so this is a winning product, I know you only save 17p per packet but every little helps (oops wrong supermarket motto)....try something new today, thats the Sainsburys one :)