“ Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Pasta „
I love fresh pasta and Sainsbury's have really surpassed themselves with this one. For a mid-range item the Walnut & Gorgonzola tortellini is really impressive. Although I'm also a big fan of their 'Taste the Difference' range of pastas.
The pasta comes in the trademark clear plastic packaging and can be found in the Italian section in the supermarket. The pasta costs £1.50 which is a fairly standard price for fresh pasta across the supermarket chains. I've found they often offer promotions where you can purchase two packets for special price, which are usually very worthwhile.
This product is deal for the time-strapped as it takes only a few minutes to cook on the hob (be really careful not to overcook as it turns to sloppy mush!). The quality of this pasta is excellent, firm to the bite and the filling is delicious and well-seasoned.
Sainsbury's offer a range of accompanying sauces, but I've found what works best with this one is a little olive oil, some parma ham and a few shavings of parmesan (the filling is very salty so you don't want to overseason).
I'll definitely continue to buy this product, without a doubt the best supermarket fresh pasta there is.
My Nan buys this pasta for me from Sainsburys for my lunch as I have my main meal then before I go to work. It costs £1.50 or you can currently get 2 for £2.70.
It comes in a plastic packet with a picture of gorgonzola cheese and walnuts on the tp7op. The bottom half of the top of the packet is see through so you can see the product inside. This pasta is actually made in Italy and is described as rich creamy Gorgonzola and crushed walnuts in fresh egg pasta. You can freeze this product too which I think is useful as you can buy two on offer and put one away for later. The pasta contains nuts, milk, egg and wheat gluten so is not suitable for anyone with allergies to this product.
Fresh Egg Pasta; Walnut & Gorgonzola Filling (42%).Fresh Egg Pasta contains: Durum Wheat Semolina, Wheat Flour, Pasteurised Whole Egg (21%).Walnut & Gorgonzola Filling contains: Ricotta Cheese (from Cows' Milk), Breadcrumb (Wheat Flour, Water, Salt, Yeast), Gorgonzola Cheese (from Cows' Milk) (14%), Edam Cheese (from Cows' Milk), Mascarpone Cheese (from Cows' Milk), Chicory Fibre, Lactose (from Cows' Milk), Walnut (5%), Whey Powder (from Cows' Milk), Full Fat Soft Blue Cheese (from Cows' Milk), Rapeseed Oil, Palm Oil, Salt, Natural Flavouring, Sodium citrate.
Half a pack of this pasta will give you 388kcal (19.4% of your recommended daily allowance), 17.6g of protein (39.1% of your RDA), 51.9g of carbohydrates (22.6% of your RDA) of which 6.5g are sugars (7.2g of your RDA). 12.2g of fat (17.4% of your RDA) of which 6.3g are saturates (31.5% of your RDA), 5g of fibre (20.8% of your RDA) and 1.58g of salt (26.3% of your RDA).
It is not the healthiest option available as it is high in salt and fat but it does contain a lot of protein. A packet of this pasta could be used as an entire meal or split into two as an accompaniment to a meal. It is quick and easy to cook as you just need to boil it for 4 minutes before draining it. The cooking instructions say that if you wish, you can add 1 tbsn of olive oil and salt to the water while cooking but I don't feel the pasta needs it. The Tortelloni themselves are a decent size and you do get quite a lot in the packet. They are very yellow in colour before you cook them, but fade down to a pale yellow when cooked. You can really smell the cheese with a hint of nuttiness when you are boiling the pasta and it tastes gorgeous. The two flavours really complement each other as does the creamy texture of the cheese with the chunks of walnut. This is one of my favourite pastas and I love it each by itself with sweet chilli sauce poured on it or with chicken in a tomato sauce. Definitely recommend this one as long as you are not on a diet.