“ Pasta Salad „
I have eaten 1 tub a week for around 2 years but recently it appears the ingrediants have changed, it used to taste great but today I had to throw most of it away, I hoped last week was a bad batch but now I know it wasnt as its the same once again. It has now changed to deli style pasta and the box has slightly changed, such a shame. A word of advice if its not broken dont try to fix it!
I went to Tesco with the intention of buying my usual tuna pasta premium tesco pot. However, I noticed this was on special offer and worked out cheaper and was bigger. Winner all the way I thought!! However, the pasta was quite hard for starters. I like it to be quite tender and usually find it's hard with cheaper products so maybe this was to be expected. The mayonaise was like no other I had tasted - tasted being the operative word. It was simply to add moisture and certainly not for flavour and whatever the hearb was didn't add a great deal to the taste either. The bacon was the only part of the meal that was tasty. The chicken was just plain chicken which again did not add much flavour. However, it was real chicken and not overly processed. In all honesty I didn't bother finishing it and regretted being swayed by special offers.
In my last job I always used to walk past a Tesco Express on my way into work and, on the occasions when I couldn't be bothered to make myself lunch or just fancied something different, I'd always go in and buy myself this chicken and bacon pasta salad. This is one of those types of pasta that are perfect for buying for a lunch at work or just when out and about as they're a great size to fill you up nicely. It comes in the usual see-through plastic pot with a little plastic fork inside which makes it great for eating on the go. This isn't really a salad at all as there are no salad ingredients in it, but is purely a pasta dish. The pasta is short spiral shapes and is mixed with chargrilled chicken, bacon and sweetcorn. The entire dish is then covered in mayonnaise. I always go for a chicken pasta and this one has all of my favourite ingredients included which is probably why I like it so much. The chicken pieces are fairly large so I like to cut them up into smaller bits with the fork but there is plenty enough to eat with every forkful. The chicken is perfectly cooked and tastes very soft and fresh. There are never any fatty bits of bacon but only the good bits and then the sweetcorn is nice and crispy. The mayonnaise makes everything very moist and there's just the right amount so that it isn't at all dry but not completely soggy either. This is so nice to eat on a hot day if you have it as soon as it comes out of the fridge as it's lovely and cool and seems like a proper summer lunch. The cold mayonnaise makes it very refreshing too. A big tub of this pasta, which is the perfect amount for a nice lunch, costs £2 and they also do slightly smaller pot which costs around £1.25, but I'm greedy so always buy the bigger one! I do think this price is pretty expensive for a pasta especially as it's not even in a meal deal where you can buy a couple of other bits to have for your lunch. However, as this is the best pasta that I've ever had from quite a few different supermarkets and shops, I don't often worry about the price as I think it's totally worth it. I don't work near a Tesco or Tesco Express anymore which means that I don't often get to have this pasta now. Whenever I do pass a Tesco though, I almost always end up either buying on or just wishing that it was lunch time so that I could buy one because it really is so tasty!
Today when I was out shopping in my local Tesco store I was starving! Terrible time to be out food shopping.... I know this now since I spent a fortune in there and I'm sure it's down to that fact lol. Anyway I decided to get myself some dinner and I quite fancied a ready made pasta dish and when I saw this sat on a shelf with other varities it looked nice and was as I said ready prepared so I bought it and rushed home, plonked it on my plate and was ready to go! How easy is that!? lol. The Packaging: See through oval and quite deep see-through plastic tub with a brown sticky label that goes down the middle of it and around the back of the lid holding it together. On the front of that in white writing I'm told it is Tesco Chicken & Bacon Pasta Salad 'No artificial flavours or colours', that it is 400g in weight and there is an at a glance chart on there and the best before date is clearly stamped on as is a bar code. Other information on the backside of the label gives a list of ingredients and allergy advice and a full nutritional breakdown and contact details for Tesco are given. Nice enough packaging this is and I was impressed with the amount you get in the tub for the money and it all looked nice. If I was to have one complaint (although it didn't affect me) this is to be eaten cold so I think a handy addition to this would be to give a little fork with it! The Pasta Salad: Disgusting , avoid and I feel like leaving it there. It's simply awful! What you get is lots of creamy coloured pasta tubes of a decent size that are well cooked and totally bland. The pasta seemed to have no flavour, was a bit rubbery and didn't taste one bit seasoned. The sauce on this is a light mayonaise which is rather runny and like it's got too much water in it. Again no real flavour there just a hint of sourness really. I could see dried parsely... you won't be shocked to again hear that didn't taste much either! Then there were about 4 lumps of chicken. Yep they tasted ok though not much is in it but it tasted better than it looked. It looked anemic and uncooked (though it was)! There were plenty of bacon pieces in it which tasted to me like cheap ham and they're small and a bit rubbery but really this is where most of the flavour came from in my opinion. The whole thing to me really lacked flavour and didn't taste seasoned. All I can say is that for £1.29 it fills your tummy and it doesn't taste enough to be described as vile! I wouldn't buy this ever again though! Nutritional Information Per Tub: Calories: 450 Sugar: 1.4g Fat: 29.0g Saturates: 3.8g Salt: 0.8g Only available in Tesco stores.
I love it when I go to Tesco at lunchtime cos I can get a chicken and bacon pasta salad. It's dead nice and lovely on a hot day like today cos the mayo is cool and fresh. There is loads of chicken and bacon and they taste great. The chicken is fresh and tender, you can't taste teh bacon exactly but its nice and crispy and thats nice cos the pasta and chicken is soft. The mayo has got herbs in it and they make it more tasty then a plain mayo on the pasta. The pasta is soft and hasn't stuck together like happens in pasta salads from Asda. It costs about £1.50 and is worth the money cos its so tasty and filling. If I have one for lunch i usually eat it all in one go but sometimes I can't manage the whole one and it keeps fresh as long as I put it straight back in the fridge. It's better than the rest of the salads in Tesco and is one of the cheapest so give it a go.
When it's really hot like it has been the last few days, I actually find it quite hard to eat a substantial meal at lunchtime more than anything because of preparing it in the heat, so I tend to opt for a bowl with a bit of mixed salad in it. This is quite difficult to do however if you know you're going to be running around a lot during the day, and it's maybe not as substantial as a sandwich or something like rice or pasta. I happened to be in Tesco on Tuesday morning and spotted this salad and thought umm that might be a good idea for tomorrow. The reason - I knew I was going to be running around a fair bit trying to get things done, and having something ready made to just stop and eat would be really helpful. If it had been cooler weather I'd have picked up a pasta snack pot - you know the sort where you add hot water, but in this heat eating hot food is just a bit much for me. This salad comes in an oval sort of container made of clear plastic. It has a lid of the same material and just to be certain that it's not been tampered with they also put a piece of clear plastic over the container under the lid to seal it. The salad inside is quite clearly visible and actually looked rather appealing to me which is why I chose it. I like chicken, bacon and pasta, so the combination sounded pleasant. When I ate this, I have to say I was fairly tired, but some how, this did a fairly good job of helping me feel a bit more lively for the afternoon. The mixture is quite simply chunks of chicken, smaller bits of bacon and curls of pasta all dressed in a herby mayonnaise dressing. The flavours do go rather nicely together, and I have to say it was a good sized portion for me for a lunch. I actually get the feeling that this might be better split between two people with some salad leaves and tomatoes etc. on the side, but I'm afraid my desire for quick and easy at the time meant I ate it straight out of the tub all by myself. I have to say I did enjoy this, I rather like the combination of chicken and bacon together (like in a chicken New Yorker - chicken breast, covered in a piece of bacon and then some cheese and baked in the oven). The crunch of the bacon bits and the softness of the chicken and pasta was great, and I have to say the dressing was rather nice if perhaps a little heavier than I'd normally go for. It did coat everything very well being reasonably thick, I ate it with a fork not a spoon, and nothing dripped on me, and there seemed to be quite a bit of dressing left round the edges at the end even though I'd had plenty on the pasta. I don't think I'd buy this on a regular basis, for a start, at £1.20 for a 450g container I know I could make it a lot cheaper at home myself. However, for something that was pre-prepared I could have done a lot worse and spent a lot more, so I'll certainly be remembering it if I do ever need to grab something to eat on the go again.
**Introduction** We all know about the vast selection of packed sandwiches you will find in all the major supermarkets with a range of different fillings and breads to suit a range of tastes but there are also a number of different snacks and meals you can pick up in your local supermarket, This one is from Tesco and can be found in the same fridge as all of their packed sandwiches. The Tesco Chicken and Bacon Pasta salad is one of my favourites from Tesco. **Tesco Chicken and Bacon Pasta Salad** The Chicken and Bacon Pasta salad is housed in the same shaped tub as the rest of the pastas on offer which include Tuna and Sweetcorn amongst others. You get chunks of Chicken and Bacon which are mixed in with the Pasta and is dressed with a tasty Mayonnaise and Hurb dressing. You get 450 grams in each container which means that it is more of an accompliment than a lunch as at 450 grams it is packed with calories. **Taste** This Chicken and Bacon Pasta salad from Tesco is really tasty and combines the taste of the Chicken really well with the different texture of the Bacon. The Pasta is also really nice and the Mayonnaise and Hurb dressing isnt bad at all. I'm not all that keen on Mayonnaise dressings myself but this one works well. As long as you keep the container in the fridge with the lid firmly closed the Taste will stay fresh for a few days. **Best For** Pasta is known as quite a versatile food and can be used with other things, As you get 450 grams in each container which works out as 1010 calories it is best to use some of this Pasta salad as an acompliment with a bit of salad or it is great to share as the calorie content won't matter as it will be shared out evenly amongst the other people. It can also be used as a snack but obviously not if you plan to eat it all. **Overall** As a big fan of Pasta I like trying new Pasta salads and this is one of the nicest I have had. It's strengths are that it goes well with a variety of different foods and also another strength is that it is relatively cheap at just £1.19 for a 450g container. Now to the biggest downside, The calorie content is pretty high for a lunch and that's probably why it has no plastic fork with it. But if you are looking for a versatile Pasta Salad then this is it.
Since Tesco have gone all 'We are the nations biggest discounter', I noticed this crop up in my local Tesco store, priced at just £1.19 (was formerly £1.59 apparently) for a 450g pack. The salad comes in an oval plastic container with a fully removable lid sealed just by the plastic label that covers it. There is no plastic fork, but then I don't suspect that Tesco anticipated people like me eating the whole thing in one go as lunch! Yes, it is meant to be shared as part of a ploughmans or salad I expect, but for a hungry guy it serves as a complete lunch on the run pretty well. The price is also brilliant seeing as the pasta's in their 'take away lunch area' are more pricey. For example Tesco's chargrilled chicken pasta (300g + fork) costs £1.48. There seems to be plenty of large chunks of chicken and bacon and comes in a mayonnaise and herb dressing. It is actually really tasty and I have had it a couple of times in the last week or so. The product needs to be refrigerated and has a short shelf life and needs to be eaten in a couple of days. The only problem is of course the calories! If you ate the whole thing, you would consume 1010 calories which is half your daily allowance. It is certainly very tasty and filled me up for the rest of the day, but the calories are extreme! You are also taking in 65.25 grams of fat. If you're hungry, and you want something delicious to really fill you up for cheap, go for this. (of course it makes a lovely side to a green salad - not that I'd know obviously) but bare in mind the fat content and calories! Also, don't forget the fork.
Complete with mayonnaise and herb dressing.