“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Pasta „
My boyfriend likes me to make him a lasagna from time to time. By "time to time" I pretty much mean once a month or so!
When we first got together, keen to impress, I used to buy the best of the best ingredients to make his favourite dish for him. But now, not so much!
I made a lasagna last night using these Tesco Everyday Value lasagna sheets. A 250g box of this will set you back about 35p! For comparison, Napolina brand next to it on the shelf was about £1.
I normally boil my lasagna sheets first before assembling my layers of meat, vegetables, pasta, white sauce, but when my boyfriend advised that he always just puts the sheets in dry, I decided to give that method a go.
So I cooked up some mince meat onions and celery, stirred through some Ragu red lasagna sauce and then put a thin layer in my lasagna dish. I was a little sceptical but I put the lasagna sheets in dry, straight out of the box, as my boyfriend had suggested. I carried on layering pasta, meat and white sauce, and then chucked the whole thing in the oven for 45 minutes.
And the result? Well it was delicious. I was worried that the pasta wouldn't cook through properly but boy was I wrong! And now I just feel like I've been wasting my time the whole time boiling the sheets first!
The pasta sheets were soft and smooth and helped create a great lasagna. I will definitely use these again as you cannot taste the difference between these and my normal Napolina brand, but they are a fair bit cheaper.
Both me and my Husband enjoy eating lasagne, its not something we have on a regular basis but when we do I prefer to make it myself rather than buying a ready made version so I know what has gone into it. One way I try to save a bit of money when making lasagne is to buy Tesco Everyday Value Lasagne Sheets, I started using these a few months ago and have been using them ever since.
Appearance wise there is nothing fancy about the Tesco Everyday Value Lasagne Sheets, they are rectangle sheets of dried pasta and measure approximately 6 inches in length and just over 3 inches in width. The pasta sheets are quite thin, but are within keeping of similar products, for us the thickness is just right as it means you can layer the pasta nicely without ending up with too much pasta in comparison to the other ingredients.
The pasta sheets are a sort of dark yellowy colour and are pretty much the same colour as most dried pastas. The allergy advise that is written on the box states that the Tesco Everyday Value Lasagne Sheets contain both wheat and gluten so you do need to be careful if you suffer with food allergies when buying these.
Tesco Everyday Value Lasagne Sheets do not need to be precooked and can be used straight from the packet, however if you do wish to pre cook the lasagne sheets first you can simply boil them in water for a few minutes. Personally I prefer to use the sheets straight from the packet without precooking them, I simply layer the sheets into my lasagne dish as they are and cook them with the other ingredients.
The sheets are simple to break in half if needed when using a smaller dish, again this is something I have to do when I am making lasagne for just my Husband, I find that the lasagne sheets cook and taste just as good when cooked straight from the packet without precooking them.
This product is only available from Tesco as it is part of their Everyday Value range and the 250g packet costs just 32p, personally I think this is excellent value for money and I can get several meals out of one packet.
As I have mentioned I have been using Tesco Everyday Value Lasagne Sheets for a while now and have been very pleased with them. The pasta sheets have a lovely taste to them, they taste just as good as other more expensive brands of this product, the texture is good and they do not go hard when cooked.
The sheets are of a good thickness, I use them as layers in homemade lasagne straight from the packet and again they cook just as good as more expensive brands.
The lasagne sheets are excellent value for money and are of an excellent quality despite the cheap price they are sold for. Since discovering these lasagne sheets I now always use this brand when making this dish whether its for myself, my Husband or even if we have family over, I will definitely continue to use this product and would certainly recommend it.
I love lasagne but always have been scared to make it myself though I like cooking. But a few months ago at Tesco I noticed Tesco Value Lasagne Sheets. And decided to try to make lasagne!
Tesco Value Lasagne Sheets come in a packaging similar to all Tesco Value range: white front with Tesco Value logo, product name in white letters, am image of a piece of lasagne and a foil window which allows You to see the sheets. All nutritional and additional information is stated on the back of the rectangular cardboard box which can be widely recyclable. The packaging didn't look very appealing (just as all Tesco Value products) but the most important thing is what's inside of the box!!!
Wonderful news for those who don't know how to cook lasagne - there is a recipe suggestion on the packaging. It is clearly explained what ingredients to use, how to make sauces, the Lasagne and how long to cook.
APPEARANCE AND TASTE
As You may see Lasagne Sheets through the foil window, You exactly know what You are buying! The colour of Sheets is yellow/brownish just as of most pastas'. The size - 16 cm x 8 cm. The Sheets are very hard, quite thick and only once I found one broken sheet. All other times they were in perfect condition. As it was mentioned on packaging that this product was made in Italy, it was obvious Sheets were of the highest quality!
In each box I found 13 Lasagne sheets (250 g). First I was irritated a bit as I have been using 12 Sheets per Lasagne (4 layers of 3 sheets) so I always had one spare sheet that I didn't have where to storage. But now each third time I put 5 layers - make a super big Lasagne! Or if You were unlucky to find a Sheet badly broken - You didn't have to worry as there's always one extra Sheet in a box.
My oven proof dish is a bit bigger than 3 pasta Sheets that I use for a layer. I was thinking to break one sheet into small pieces and to cover the dish evenly. But Sheets are so hard! It was almost mission impossible... So I gave up same minute and simply put sheets leaving even spaces among sheets and dish sides. It appeared that pasta absorbed liquid and sheets got slightly bigger while cooking. So there are no reasons to worry if Sheets don't cover Your dish perfectly!
The most off putting thing about lasagne to me seemed pre-cooking of Sheets. But these Tesco Value Lasagne Sheets can be used straight from the box. I of course didn't bother to boil them. Why to waste time and energy??? But if You want to pre-cook sheets, add sheets to the boiling, salted water, when water starts to boil again, cook for 10 mins, then drain and immediately make Lasagne.
First time I was actually worried about those uncooked pasta Sheets. But I simply made a bit watery meat sauce that pasta could absorb liquid and would be soft after cooking. Cooked in preheated oven with a fan to 175° for about 30-35 mins. And it really worked! I made Lasagne more than 10 times already with Tesco Value Lasagne Sheets now. And every time it was a pleasure to eat my lasagne as it tasted great, sheets were soft and thick. Well once we were in a hurry so I cooked Lasagne in a hotter oven that usually and for an eventually shorter time (. Then sheets were a bit hard but half of Lasagne was left for tomorrow and then it tasted better as pasta has softened.
INGREDIENTS AND ALERGY INFORMATION
Tesco Value Lasagne Sheets are made from Wheat Semolina so contain Wheat and Gluten - avoid if You are allergic!
100 g of pasta as sold contains: Energy - 1505kJ/ 355kcal, Protein - 12.5g, Carbohydrate - 73.0g of which sugars - 2.4g, Fat - 1.4g, of which saturates - 0.3g, Fibre - 2.6g, Sodium - trace, Salt Equivalent - trace.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
Tesco Value Lasagne Sheets are Tesco's own brand product. So You may buy these only from Tesco stores or from Tesco website. Price - £0.29 per box of 250g. Real bargain comparing with other Lasagne sheets available to buy as for example Tesco Lasagne 500g costs - £0.91, Napolina Lasagne Egg Pasta 375g - £0.92, De Cecco Egg Lasagne 500g - £1.64.
I think Tesco Value Lasagne Sheets are a fantastic product. They are easy and quick to prepare, taste good and so cheap! I am really happy with the product so will continue buying it in the future and recommend You to try! I don't see any reasons why You should pay more?!
5 stars out of 5 to Tesco Value Lasagne Sheets!
Thanks for taking time to read my review! Hope You'll find it useful!
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Teso Lasagne sheets from the basic range are just that.
Very basic no frills and simple to use.
I have used these when not able to afford the much better buttoni variety.
Result pretty much the same but flavour lacking substance.
I make my own bolognaise sauce and white sauce to top it with and used them in both methods.
1. Used dry as the meat and tomato sauce generally makes the pasta soften in cooking.
2. by boiling them first and trying to unpeel them to use in layers with again a meat sauce and white sauce to top off.
works reasonably well if the meat sauce is liquid enough and you give the cooking process about 45minutes to cook. Can leave you with crunchy bits around the edges, try not to over do the layers as this can be detrimental to the finished product. So this method is a bit hit and miss in my opinion.
2. The boil first method is the best way of doing it if you can keep the sheets from sticking together. Can be tiresome.
But a better alround result from this cheaper brand of lasagne sheet.
My conclusion is you get what you pay for and providing you don't mind a bit of faffing about they are ok to use and pretty cheap. Flavour not that great but when mixed with the tangy meat and tomato sauce I make it doesn't make that much of a difference.
So if you want cheap then give them a go.
I usually cook at the weekend to give my wife a little break and I love to cook and bake and I can be very adventurous at times and sometimes do it in bulk and freeze it for a later time.
I recently made a Lasagne for my family and invited the whole gang around to my house to have a dinner party and we all had a brilliant time and had fun.
These Lasagne sheets come in a cardboard box from the Tesco Value range usual colours of red and blue and the box has a little plastic film window and for 250g it cost only 35p, which is an excellent price.
Inside there are 10 rectangle hard baked lasagne sheets each measuring approximately 4 inches x 10 inches, they are a dried pasta and they do not have to be pre cooked as they can be used straight from the box, but if you prefer them cooked they can be placed into a saucepan of boiling slightly salted water, cook for around 10 minutes and use immediately to you dish.
They are a nice size to place over minced beef and onion and they can be overlapped to cover the meat fully, depending on the size of the dish being used, a box can be used for up to 3 dishes, depending on the dish size and I usually use 5 sheets with a 12 inch square dish and it is enough to cover the meat but sometimes I use a larger dish or make 2 layers of sheets and then the 10 are needed and topped with grated cheese they taste delicious.
I have used these sheets with fish and white sauce occasionally instead of meat for a change and a different variety and they work just as well, but my family prefer the meat with these sheets but I like both.
The texture of the sheets when cooked is nice and smooth and nice tasting, and for a lower brand I think they are excellent and I recommend them for anyone to give them a try and see if you like them too.
I rate this product 5 stars.
I'm always looking for a cheaper way to do the tescos shopping. One of the best ways to save money I have found is to substitute named brands for supermarket own products. Sometimes Tesco do value brand products and sometimes they just do tesco own products, but either way I have always found them to be pretty good. When I saw Tesco value lasagna sheets I thought I would give them a try. They were so cheap that even if they were rubbish I hadn't really lost anything.
The lasagna sheets come in a cardboard box with a plastic front. The great thing is it was completely recyclable, so great for the environment. Inside the box some of the sheets had smashed, but this was not a product of them being a value, just how they have been handled in the supermarket, and it didn't really matter as they were still useable they just had to be pieced back together.
I layered them in my lasagna as usual and noticed no changes as I was making the dinner. I put them in the oven (pre heated) for the usual time to cook. I checked them occasionally and they seemed to soften up OK, if anything taking a small amount extra to soften up, but it wasn't a problem as it didn't make the rest of the dinner overcooked.
The lasagna sheets tasted good, they didn't taste any worse than the more expensive brands. I didn't tell the others eating my lasagna that I had bought different sheets until after when I told them they were different but didn't say how, and I asked them to guess, but they said they honestly couldn't, and that is the true test.
The lasagna sheets were so much cheaper that you would be crazy not to buy these instead. They were just as good but cost less, a super bargain, and I will always buy these from now on.
Tesco Value Lasagne Sheets
Once again me the big food snob has decided to give another tesco value product a try, i love making lasagne as i think that all the ready made ones that you can buy from supermarkets just taste pants compared to a good old fashioned home made one!
However making a lasagne can be pretty pricey as you have to buy your, cheese, all the ingredients to make your white sauce, your meat, your pasta sheets, you ingredients for the red sauce etc. so if there is anyway to save some cash on this im willing to give it a try and that is where this product comes in.
The packaging is a plain white box with a cellophane window so that you can see the product, there is also the usual tesco value colours and logo dotted about the box. It tends to retail currently for about 35 pence and that is for a box containing about 12 sheets, you are usually looking at about a quid with other brands.
The sheets them selves i am glad to report are great, just what you would expect from the more expensive brands, the only thing i have found is that they are slightly thinner, but no so much thinner that id rather pay more.
an all round great tesco value product and one that can now be found in my own lasagne each time i make it :)
I love lasagne and always make own from scratch, after all ready meals and ones from the supermarkets etc... are expensive and taste pretty crap.
I see nothing wrong with buying the cheapest I can get when it comes to grocery items including pasta and always buy the Tesco value lasagne sheets now. They cost an amazing 35p for a pack of 12 sheets and taste fantastic in a home made supper. Why you would want to pay over double the price for a branded type of lasagne sheet when you can have these is anyone's guess!
Being bargain bucket cheap you might think this pasta is full of nasties and strange ingredients to pad it out, but no, the only ingredients are durum flour and egg, nothing dodgy whatsoever so you can fill your store cupboards and your tummy for just a few pence and not have to worry about the consequences.
The only bad thing about these is that they can be very difficult to break, I have a lasagne dish that isn't quite the right shape to hold the sheets in neat rows so I have to try and snap them in half, I've tried using a knife and also whacking them on the sink but no matter what I do they tend to shatter instead and leave shards of pasta all over the kitchen! certainly makes my cooking sessions interesting!
You also don't need to pre-cook these sheets, which is just as well as I hate trying to cook them without having them stick together. Once layered up with meat sauce and cheese they cook and soften nicely and taste soft and not chewy at all.
Don't even think about spending any more, these do the trick in your lasagne quite nicely thankyou very much!
At little over 24p a packet, you can make at least 2 and a half medium sized lasagnes with them.
I think this review will be quite short as there's not a lot to say about pasta sheets!!
Simple red and white typical vaule packaging, so stands out on the shelf. Ingredients and calorific values obviously at the back.
How to use=
No boil required just bang them in the recipe, cover generously with chosen sauce and bang in the oven usually about 40 minutes for most oven bake recipes.
Well, just like pasta! I can't tell any difference between brands, shapes, strands etc I can not tell the difference between any of these types and they all taste the same pretty much. When baked in the oven I've never had crunchy lasagne it's always been lovely and would also work well in cannelonis, etc.
There are loads of lasagne recipes on the net. If you don't really cook it's a good beginners meal, brown off 400g mince, add a jar or red sauce (many people make their own or can use pasta sauce, avoid Dolmio lasagne sauce way overpriced same goes for their white lasagne sauce too!), heat up, alternate layers of mince with pasta sheets in your shallow dish, finishing off with pasta sheets and whack some white sauce on top quite thick (I use half white half cheese sauce, if you don't make your own go for the Bisto tubs, much more better value than jars or sachets!) and bake for 40 minutes at 200, that's how I do mine anyway.
Always keep a few in as they are so cheap!! Don't bother with dear brands.
I have bought Tesco Value Lasagne Sheets on a number of occasions over the past couple of years, and I have found that they are as good as more expensive brands. They currently cost only 30 pence for a box containing 250g of dried lasagne sheets. I have found that one box is enough to make two fairly large lasagnes, so it lasts a while.
The box is the usual Tesco Value plain packaging, in white, blue and red. The cardboard can be recycled. The lasagne sheets contain wheat, are suitable for vegetarians and cannot be guaranteed to be nut free. They can be used dry, without cooking first, though the back of the pack does give information about how to cook them on the hob first, if you wish to do this, though I never have, and the results have always been fine.
The lasagne that I usually make is based on a recipe that I saw Simon Rimmer do on Something For The Weekend a while back, and uses cottage cheese, instead of making a sauce. The recipe should be available on the BBC Food website. It is also easy to make lasagne wth soya mince and vegetables, or just with vegetables.
A 75g serving of this lasagne when cooked, contains 265kcal, 9.0g of protein, 54.0g of carbohydrate (1.9g sugars), 1.1g of fat, 0.6g of fibre and a trace of sodium, making it pretty healthy. The only thing I would say, is that as it is not wholemeal pasta, the fibre content is not very high. I haven't noticed any pastas in the Value range that are wholemeal. It seems that you have to spend a little more to get wholemeal pasta.
Overall, these lasagne sheets are fantastic value, and I shall continue to buy them regularly.
Currently, at Tesco, a packet of these lasagne sheets cost 30p! This is amazing. It is not a junk product either, having a very simple ingredients list: Durum Wheat Semolina
Each packet has around 10 sheets and weighs 250g. They come in a very plain 'value' cardboard box with a cellophane window in the front which shows the product through. You can see that the sheets are a pale yellow colour and are not wholemeal.
Generally, I like to use wholemeal products but the vegan lasagnes I create are choc full of roughage and vegetable protiens - so I think the lack of wheatgerm in these sheets is not too much of a disaster. However, if Tesco was to bring out a wholemeal lasagne, I would choose that one.
Many choices in the supermarket are price driven - and these lasagne sheets enable people who need to be thrifty to buy a product that can be part of a nutritious and filling meal for only a few pence. It may not be a luxury product (there are many more expensive lasagne sheets out there) but you can make a fantastic meal with them!
The sheets can be easily used straight out of the packet and placed on the sauce and fillings in your dish and layered accordingly. The trick here is to make sure you have a greater amount of sauce so that the sheets have a chance to hydrate without sucking up every bit of moisture in the dish and leaving you with something resembling a cake. I sometimes have difficulty in estimating this when I an concocting my own lasagne but usually manage to get a decent lasagne. If this is too much of a worry, however, you can pre cook your sheets for a few minutes until they soften and use these in your cooking.
Another issue I sometimes have is how to break the sheets so they fit the size of my bowl. My household is not huge and therefore I do not use a massive dish. It usually takes one whole sheet and half a sheet. I hold the sheet firmly, take a deep breath and snap. My results are always varied and I mostly end up using the pasta a bit like crazy paving in the dish! Luckily, this is NEVER distinguishable in the cooked article.
Actually eating the lasagne sheets is easy after all this. It adds bite to the dish without detracting from the flavours and other textures in the meal; It is there, it holds it all together in that lasagne structure but it does not overpower it. What more could you ask for a lasagne sheet?
Buying basics or value items in a supermarket is a varied experience but I would certainly recommmend this budget great buy. It is a useful item to have in a kitchen cupboard - especially when you can also buy ready made pasta sauces (both tomato and a white sauce). This means that with some filling (some diced vegetables in my case) from the fridge - a meal can be assembled in minutes.
Since I got married and had to learn to cook for both my husband and I, I have been using these Tesco value lasagne sheets every time I make lasagne.
This 250g pack of lasagne sheets from the Tesco Value range, currently cost 32p. On the reverse of the pack, Tesco states that these are 'dried lasagne pasta sheets made from durum wheat semonlina'. It also claims that there is no need to pre cook these Tesco lasagne sheets, and rather they can be used straight from the packet. Although it does note, that pre cooking is possible and can be done with these sheets.
These lasagne sheets are also siad by Tesco to be suitable for vegetarians and have a low Gi. Like other pastas, the calorie count is pretty hefty, with each serving of 75g weighing in at 270 calories. On the plus side, there is only 1.1g of fat in each serving, and only a trace of salt.
I have previously tried other Tesco value products, and found that they can be rather hit or miss. Some have been terrific, others I would never use again - these lasagne sheets fall into the category of terrific. At 32p, these are unbeatable value, and although I do love the fresh egg lasagne sheets, and would still use those if I was cooking for guests, having these dry lasagne sheets in the cupboard is particularly handy, if I just decide to have lasagne a night. Like a lot of other lasagne sheets, they can be difficult to break, in order to fit them into your lasagne dish in layers, however I don't find this a major problem.
Although I have never pre cooked this sheets before, I have noticed a few times that the edge of the lasagne sheet has still been a little hard after coming out of the oven, but again, not a huge problem, and I usually just don't eat that little edge. If you don't like this, as I said, Tesco give instructions on the reverse of how to pre cook these sheets.
All in all, I love these lasagane sheets and have never bought any other dry sheets since I learnt how to make lasagne. They taste great, they generally cook very well, and they offer great value - I wouldn't choose any other dry lasagne sheet.