“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Tinned pasta „
The one thing that I like to have in my kitchen is canned foods. With an eating disorder and an eating plan to stick to quite often I forget to eat and have to play catch up with a quick meal. Living alone means that often I can't be bothered to cook and so when I' m out shopping I will pick up things topop on a bit of toast and the likes.
One of the things recently I bought was a can of this from my local Tesco Express. It cost me just 62p which I thought was a decent price for a decent sized can.
Well the can is as shown on the photograph on the top of this page. The front of it has a photograph on it of the Ravioli and we are clearly told on that what it is and who it is by and that there is an at a glance nutritional chart shown then on the back of the can other information listed includes ingredients and allergy advice being given as well as a full nutritional chart being stated and cooking instructions given (this can be microwaved or cooked on the hob in a saucepan), the size is stated which is 400g and contact details for the manufacturer are clearly given.
Well there is no ring pull to the top of it however most of us own a tin opener so I had no issues with that at all and I simply popped mine in a dish and in the microwave for about 4 minutes (same as hob cooking it). You get lots of thick orange tomato sauce with bits of brown mince beef scattered throughout and lots of fairly large and plump looking 'cushions' of pasta. Once cooked the ravioli smelt rich and tomatoey and looked nice and I put the whole lot on a piece of toast as I was starving (you do get loads!).
Well heating it through couldn't be simpler and it looked nice sat on my plate on top of my toast. Taste wise though I really liked this. The tomato sauce was just that and it was plentiful, smoothish and nicely seasoned. There were a couple of bits of the minced beef in the sauce and of course the ravioli contained that along with tiny bits of onion, carrot, basil and other bits and bobs. The minced beef mix tasted nice as did the pasta and really I have no complaints about this at all! I've never tasted fresh ravioli but as far as canned goes this was really tasty, filling and good quality!
Half a can contains 180 calories and 1.3g of Saturated Fat which I thought was good and for me stodgy tasting food is a a no go area due to my eating problems and this simply wasn't stodgy, greasy or anything else adverse. It was a really nice ravioli and one that I will certainly buy time and time again in the future!
Only available from Tesco stores.
For some reason I have trouble with the word 'Ravioli.' Not that it sends my skin out in blotches or anything, I simply have trouble in spelling the word. It usually comes out as Raviola or Raviolla. Maybe it is the Viola thing? Or maybe I just think that Raviola is better than Ravioli?
Whatever the reason, I guess I have liked Ravioli for as long as I can remember. I am not saying I am addicted - I can quit anytime, honest... Truthfully, though, I have enjoyed a nibble intermittently over the years and now that I have two young children my excuses for buying it are pretty valid!
Luckily, both the younger Borgs (or Borgs the Younger) like Ravioli too, so I am alright. They love the stuff. Don't get me wrong... I am a healthy eater, and I make sure the younger Borgs (who I call Borgeth and Borgette... it's not their real names, I am not that weird) eat well too. We eat plenty of the good stuff, but it is always nice to tug out some of the easy tinned (bad? Worse for you?) stuff now and again, ain't it?
Tesco Ravioli comes in at about 3o odd pence per 400g can. I go for the 'in tomato sauce' version, but one can opt for the beef flavour if they so wish. Mine has some meat in it, but there is a meat free version as well. It does contain wheat and gluten, for those who may have such allergies, but we have no nuts. Other ingredients include pasta, tomato paste, sunflower oil, oregano and black pepper.
You can cook it on the hob, or in the microwave. It is made from recyclable steel...
You get what you pay for, let's face it, and in my opinion the Heinz version is better - as well as more expensive. But this Tesco make is not too bad at all. I find that the pasta is soft, well constructed and pretty flawless, the inside bits are also nice, but perhaps a little bit bitty, if you know what I mean? Lacking a certain something. The sauce hits the spot okay, but I feel there is a little bit too much of it and it does not seem thick enough.
Overall, okay - great for the price, well worth it, in fact.
Where to put it?
Newcomers to Ravioli may wonder what to do with their newly bought tin of the stuff? Well...
Tesco Ravioli is great on toast for lunch and that is usually were Borgeth, Borgette and I sample its taste. A quick and easy meal, and a tin will do all three of us.
Have it with chips, perhaps? I have in the past and it is a very quick dinner. (Don't forget the salt and vinegar and slices of bread..!) Probably do three of you here as well.
Or as a very quick dinner (perhaps at the end of the month when you have no money left and this is all that is in the cupboard) try a whole tin upon a pie (chicken is good). Just slam your pie in the oven and your Ravioli in the pan and check the football as you wait. When done, serve and eat.
There must be millions of ways to eat your ravioli... How do you eat yours?
I suffer from several health problems, one of which affects my appetite. This means that a lot of the time I prefer to eat small portions of food instead of full platefuls, which can be quite off-putting if your appetite is not what it should be. For my evening meal for example, I often just have toast and beans or toast and tinned spaghetti as I am not hungry enough for an actual meal.
During one recent shopping trip to my local Tesco supermarket, I was feeling rather uninspired by the tins of spaghetti and things on offer, and decided to look around for something a bit different for a change. I decided to try the Tesco tin of Beef ravioli and I paid around 50 pence for the tin which is 400g in size.
I decided to try out this ravioli last night for supper, and made some buttered toast to accompany it. The metal tin can be recycled and there is no ring pull on top of the can, so I had to use my tin opener to open up the tin.
When I opened the tin I could see that the tomato sauce looked to be a lovely orange colour and it looked quite nice and appetising. I also noticed that there were lots of little bits of minced beef sitting in the sauce which suggested to me that at least one of the little pasta 'parcels' of ravioli had burst open and its contents had emptied out into the sauce. Upon further examination of the tin's label however, I can see that the ravioli is actually in a 'tomato and minced beef sauce' so this would of course explain this.
The ravioli can be cooked by one of two methods, either in the microwave which is usually my preference as I find it convenient and quick, or if you prefer you can empty the contents of the tin into a saucepan and heat it on the stove. However, whichever way you choose to cook the ravioli, it is important that you do not let the sauce overheat as this may cause it to spoil. I popped the bowl of ravioli into a microwaveable bowl and microwaved it for a minute at a time, stopping to stir the contents of the bowl after each minute until the ravioli was nice and hot throughout. This only took 3 - 4 minutes so I tend to think this snack is very quick to prepare as well as being convenient as there is very little cooking time needed.
When I poured the ravioli parcels over my toast I thought that the meal looked really quite attractive, and the sauce in particular looked to be very appetising. The plate of food smelled quite tasty and I was looking forward to getting stuck in.
The taste of the beef ravioli was very nice and I was quite surprised at how tasty it was, given the low price of the tin. The tomato sauce that the ravioli was in had a fairly rich flavour to it and again this surprised me. I did think that I'd have preferred there to be a little more sauce than there was, but I am probably nit-picking a bit with that point.
The texture of the ravioli pasta parcels were all lovely and soft and likewise the beef inside the ravioli parcels was pleasant to eat and had a nice soft texture. I didn't find that there were any gristly bits of beef among the mince when I was eating it and I thought also that there were a lot more ravioli parcels in the tin than I had first expected. The tin of ravioli would easily feed my husband and myself for a lunchtime snack, when served with some toast.
I can see from the nutritional information given on the can's label that half a tin (200g) of this ravioli would contain 5.4g fat and 180 Kcal. As the ravioli is made with minced beef, it is not suitable for a vegetarian diet. I can see also that there is sufficient allergy advice listed on the label in relation to things such as gluten and wheat.
All in all, I was quite surprised by how much I enjoyed the tin of Tesco beef ravioli and I will definitely be buying it again. I thought that it was a very quick and convenient meal which was a very good value price. I thought also that the taste and texture of the ravioli was spot on and I will be giving it full Dooyoo marks as a result.