“ Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Pasta „
I like to try out new things in Sainsbury's so when I ran out of my original Italian spaghetti I bought a pack of Sainsbury's Quick Cook Spaghetti.
Price and package
These spaghettis come in a transparent wrapper so you can see the pasta through it. The left side of the wrapper is red and white coloured and there you see the Sainsbury's Quick Cook Spaghetti label. There are two kinds of them: the 500 g pack costs 0.56 pounds while the 1 kg pack costs 1.09 pounds. I usually buy the bigger one because I have a bottle I store spaghetti in and I like to have it filled. My sons love them.
I won't write a paragraph about the origin of the spaghetti we all know that it origins from Italy and is a long, thin cylindrical pasta. This one is a quick cook version which means that the cooking time is 5-8 minutes if you drop them in boiling water. This spaghetti is made of Durum Wheat Semolina. The Durum Wheat has higher protein and gluten content then the normal one so it can be used to prepare spaghetti and macaroni. The energy content of 100 g spaghetti is 357 kcal which is about average. I think this is counted for the dry pasta, so when you cook it is a bigger quantity. I use about 125 grams per person.
How to prepare it?
I put a large bowl of water to boil. I put a tablespoon of salt and a tablespoon of olive oil in it. I like to prepare it al dente which means that I stand there and taste it and when I feel that the pasta is soft already in the interior as well I get it out of the water and use it for the purpose I cooked it. I like to feel that the pasta has a texture I have to bite it.
Spaghetti with tuna
Ingredients for 4 persons: 2 cans of tuna, spaghetti for 4 persons, 1 medium chopped onion, 200 ml double cream, 100 g grated cheese, salt, pepper and nutmeg according to your taste. I cook pasta as usually to al dente. If possible I use a part of the oil of the tuna can (or olive oil) to sauté the chopped onion on it. Then I add the tuna and stir until it gets hot. I add the double cream. I use about 200 ml but it has to cover the tuna. Add the spices. Stir until it boils then add the cheese and the cooked spaghetti. Mix them carefully. I serve it immediately. It's easy and filling.
I prepare it with ham as well. The difference obviously is that instead of tuna I use honey roasted ham and instead of nutmeg I use garlic. The rest is the same, the taste is completely different.
I like Italian cuisine and I have several Italian dishes I prepare from time to time. The two quickest recipes I shared with you in my review. Besides these ones I prepare Spaghetti Carbonara and Spaghetti Bolognese. The Sainsbury's Quick Cook Spaghetti is perfect for these recipes. I don't use any kind of pasta but this one is of high quality so I highly recommend it. I never cook by only watching the clock so when cooking it I recommend you checking it from time to time not to overcook it.
Thanks for reading!
Sainsburys quick cook spaghetti is a vital addition to any pasta loving household. Pasta is one of my favourite meal accompaniments with spaghetti being a particularly well loved.
The majority of the spaghetti i eat sits snuggly underneath beef mince with the spicy dolmio variety poured on and a handfull of scotch bonnet chillis thrown in for good measure.
This spaghetti really is quick to cook, the packet reccomends 5 minutes cooking time but i find around the 4 and a half minute mark is spot on, giving a slightly al dente feel.
In our house spaghetti is plonked in a little plastic pot with the wrapper being tossed into the bin. I'd been cooking with this spaghetti for ages and without telling me the spaghetti was swithched to a non quick cook variety.
Now usually i do test my pasta to make sure it is just so but i was so used to using this variety that i didnt bother. So i served the spaghetti and smothered it in dolmio and dug in. Long story short, crispy is not an adjective i never want to use again to describe spaghetti. And my familys faces were priceless as they tried their hardest not to offend me.
Personally i reccomend heaping in loads of salt and one of those chicken jellified stock cubes, let the water come to a rolling boil before you drop any spaghetti in then serve with your favourite accompaniment.
The spaghetti is made from 100% durum wheat and comes in a 500g pack (this is roughly 8-10 servings).
On the back of each packet is a simple recipe which is a great idea, I think these change with each pack with the last one i saw being spaghetti with ham and red peppers.
The mould used to shape the spaghetti is number 6. While this means nothing to me it might to some of you, its a nice thickness, not too thick and not too thin.
Sainsbury's quick cook spaghetti cooks quickly.
There you go, a perfect review in half a dozen words!
Oh all right then! You want a bit more information....
It costs about £1.40 for a kilo pack. It's very straight and thin and is made of durum wheat. (That's Durum in India, not Durum in the North East of England!)
It cooks in about 4 minutes which is around ten minutes less than normal spaghetti and about half an hour less than wholemeal spaghetti, which you probably wouldnt want to eat anyway because it is horrid!
I think it cooks so quickly because it is so blooming thin! It's not rocket science is it?
You make the spaghetti thinner you get a quicker dinner.
You make the spaghetti tubby you're waiting for your grubbi! (Sorry!)
It tastes exactly the same as any other dried spaghetti, not better, not worse. It's nowhere near as good as fresh spaghetti but it's a lot more convenient, less expensive and there's less waste.
I always add a little dash of good olive oil to the boiling water before I add the spaghetti, this stops it sticking together when serving and gives it a nicer appearance.
It is a really useful item to have in your store cupboard, served with the right ingredients you can have a hot meal on your table (or plate really) in less than ten minutes. I always have some in stock.
~~~~A bit of spaghetti related silliness for you~~~
I have a large tall spaghetti jar, you know, one of those with a big cork stopper. My husband didn't want me to put the new packet of spaghetti in until we had used all the older stuff out of the jar. I wanted to put it away so I got the old stuff out, (about 50 strands) put a rubber band around it, (so he would know what to use first) put it back, then filled the jar with the new packet. I thought that was really sensible and would keep us both happy. Now my husband won't use the older spaghetti because what I did amused him so much and it proves (so he says) that his wife is crackers!
Aren't men strange?
~~~Back to the Sainsbury's spaghetti~~~
It comes in a sturdy see through plastic pack which tells you all the nutritional details and how long to cook it for.
Carbohydrate: 73.1g - of which sugars: 3.5g - of which starch: 69.6g
Fat: 1.7g - of which saturates: 0.5g - of which mono unsaturates: 0.5g - of which polyunsaturates: 0.7g
~~~A bit more daftness~~~
Did you know that you can throw a bit of spaghetti at the wall to see if it's cooked? If it sticks it is cooked. If it falls off, it isn't cooked. (If it bounces off you have forgotten to put it in the pan.) I prefer to just look in the pan, I hate cleaning walls.
~~~Would I recommend it?~~~
Yes I would! It's a reasonable price for a basic foodstuff and the thinness doesn't affect the taste.
It has a long shelf life if stored in a dry place.
It's always useful to have in stock!
SAINSBURY'S QUICK COOK SPAGHETTI
COST: £1.15 for 1kg : 64p for 500g
Calories: 357 (dry weight)
Kj: 1,515 (dry weight)
- of which sugars: 3.5g
- of which starch: 69.6g
- of which saturates: 0.5g
- of which mono unsaturates: 0.5g
- of which polyunsaturates: 0.7g
Sainsbury's Quick Cook Spaghetti comes in a clear cellophane pack, on the left-hand side of which is a white and orange design, with the name of the product in orange letters, the standard Sainsbury's logo, plus a claim that the product is "quick cook" and is made from 100% durum wheat - and apparently perfect with a carbonara sauce. There is a small drawn image of a few strands of spaghetti, and two circles, each containing a number representing how minutes the product should be cooked for (incidentally they are both the same, and I'm not sure what both the symbols are intended to represent as regards methods of cooking).
On the right hand side of the front of the pack is a small square, which repeats the recommended cooking time - only one circle this time though - an image of an Italian national flag with a statement that the product is made in Italy, and advice that the spaghetti is suitable for vegetarians/vegans.
The rear of the pack contains detailed nutritional information, basic nutritional guidelines, cooking instructions, a statement from Sainsbury's saying that the product contains no GM ingredients, and manufacturer's contact details. There is also a serving tip, which recommends boiling for 5 minutes then draining and tossing the spaghetti in butter, plus a recipe for "Quick Spicy Spaghetti With Red Peppers & Ham" - which to me sounds disgusting, as I hate red peppers; but that's just a personal thing.
I don't know if it's my imagination.....but it appears to me that over the past year or so, spaghetti of whatever brand, seems to have thinner strands than it used to - even when following the cooking instructions to the letter, it comes out more like vermicelli than spaghetti, and Sainsbury's Quick Cook Spaghetti is no exception.
The strands of spaghetti are about a foot long, and I usually take a handful and break it in half (forming approx. 6" lengths)....bring a pan to the boil then add the spaghetti, stirring a few times. I then turn the heat off under the pan, cover with a lid....and leave it to stand on the hotplate for 3 minutes, which is 2 minutes less than the recommended cooking time - it still occasionally overcooks though. I use electricity for my cooking, and I find the hotplate stays hot enough to keep the spaghetti on a very low simmer; I also find that by turning the heat off instead of keeping it on low, to some degree lessens the risk of it over-cooking and turning out like vermicelli.
Well what can I say about Sainsbury's Quick Cook Spaghetti specifically? Not too much more than I could say about any other brand, as I find them all pretty similar, though I do find the colour of the raw product is slightly different from brand to brand. Sainsbury's version is a sort of a pale beige colour, lighter than a few other brands, and when still raw, breaks in half rather nicely. It doesn't swell up much during the cooking process, and that for me is a good thing as I prefer it on the "al dente" side....but even a few seconds over the recommended cooking time can turn it into mush.
Sainsbury's Quick Cook Spaghetti is high in "good" carbohydrates, low in fat, and not bad news for dieters; when it comes to any kind of pasta if you are a weight watcher, it's not the pasta itself that causes calorie problems.....it's what you put on it that can make it very fattening.
Sainsbury's own make of spaghetti is between 12p and 25p cheaper than other brands that usually tend to have Italian-sounding names, yet aside from it being a slightly paler colour, I honestly can't see, smell, feel or taste that it's any different to all the other brands - so my theory is, why pay more when you can have something that's exactly the same for less?
This spaghetti doesn't get the full quota of stars, because of the vermicelli consistency of the cooked product when the pack instructions are followed - but that isn't a criticism targeted specifically at Sainsbury's, as I find all brands of spaghetti to be like that of late.
A good buy....cheaper than the other brands, yet this isn't a Sainsbury's "basics" product - the "basics" variety is even cheaper still, but I haven't tried it yet so can't comment on it.
Thanks for reading!