Product Type: Sainsbury's Pasta / Noodles
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Spaghetti saving (Sainsbury's basic spaghetti)
Sainsbury's Basics Spaghetti Economy
Member Name: Pandora321
Sainsbury's Basics Spaghetti Economy
Advantages: Very cheap - and actually tastes ok; fantastic with lots of different toppings for variety
Disadvantages: Never going to fool a pasta connoisseur (but fine for the rest of us mere mortals)
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....
Summary: Great for cutting back your budget without your taste buds suffering
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