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Schwartz Lasagne Mix...............
I have to admit I am a little bit of a cheat. I love to make home made things such as spaghetti and lasagne but often I can never get the mix of herbs, garlic and the like to taste as good as these packet mixes. Therefore I have now resigned myself to the fact that I will probably always buy the lasagne mix from Schwartz as they really are very tasty and make cooking up a lasagne very quick and easy.
They are cheaper than buying a jar of sauce and take up less room in the cupboard and create less waste so for 75pence per packet you really can't go wrong. The packet instructions are basically that you need to fry up the mince and the onion until cooked then mix this packet mix with the right amount of water and them pour over the mince and onions and cook for a further 20 or so minutes before layering it between lasagne sheets.
I however always do it my own way and tend to add more things than stated on the packet. I do always like to add a can of chopped tomatoes to give it a stronger tomato flavour. I also add a few teaspoons of tomato purée (I do love a strong tomato flavour). I also shove in come extra garlic and often will chop up a pepper or something like that to add into the mince.
I also don't mix the packet up with water because I have added the tin of tomato's this usually makes enough liquid for the powder of the Schwartz mix to dissolve easily and use up this juice wisely. It is does become a bit gloopy looking a will water it down a little buy adding water from the kettle but more often than not I like it a firmer consistency.
The mix itself is a rather pale colour but you can see all green herbs mixed up within the chalky powder. The aroma that comes from when the packet is ripped open is rather strong but this soon goes once the mix is added to the pan and the smell is not quite so strong.
The final taste of the lasagne really is wonderful and like I said before one I really cannot beat (yet I have tried many times). The flavour is something I would think you would find when eating at a proper Italian restaurant although I am sure they wouldn't dare use a mix such as this!
The ingredients of the mix is fairly simple and it includes bay leaves, pepper, salt, garlic basil and oregano. Also there is only 106 calories per serving which is not too bad (but of course where I add lots of extra bits I can never work this out right).
However I really think for the price and the taste what you are getting is really of a very good standard. I love the taste and I love the ease of it. I would have to say this is a five star product and one I am going to use until I have perfected my own lasagne mix!
I do hope this has been of some help/interest to you.
Thanks for taking the time to read.
I am generally a creature of habit, but I also like to experiment with my habits! For example, Monday night is pizza night, but some days its a pepperoni, other days its a ham and pineapple. Friday night is wine night but it could be red, white, rose or sparkling or even a glass of each.!I guess you get the idea. Now I know you are hooked on the sad mundanity of my life, but I am only going to reveal one more...Wednesday night is pasta night! It maybe spag bol, tagliatelle or lasagne and one particular lasagne night is how I came by this little packet of magic.
The instructions on the packet recommend adding the mix to mince, with water and tomato puree. I followed the instructions but to be honest I was a bit disappointed with the colour of the sauce, it was a bit on the brown side, so I also added a tin of tomatoes along with some mushrooms and onions. This obviously increased the volume of the sauce and I found that I had enough to make 2 lasagne's and each one easily fed 4 of us with some to spare.
The packet cost 74p and contains 106 cals. The ingredients on the packet include salt, garlic, black pepper,bay leaves, marjoram, oregano and basil. It smells really pungent when you first open the packet. In fact I think when I use this again I think I will only use half of the packet. I know that italian aficionado's (not sure I spelled that correctly) will poo-poo the idea of adding a sauce mix to lasagne, but I am not promoting authentic italian cuisine here. If you want a tasty lasagne with a bit of a kick this can only enhance your dish and make it into something a little bit different!