Product Type: Sainsbury's Pasta / Noodles
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Isn't all spaghetti pretty basic?
Sainsbury's Basics Spaghetti Economy
Member Name: leanne8686
Sainsbury's Basics Spaghetti Economy
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 :)
Summary: A great penny pinching product from Sainsburys Basics.
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