I'm not the primary grocery shopper in my house, but when my dad, who is, started saying we needed to save money on food yet made no effort to do so, I had to step in! We do all our shopping with Tesco online, and one week when the total cost of the shop made me flinch, I decided to scroll through the list and change a few branded products (some the 'standard' Tesco brand, some non-supermarket brand) to their Tesco Everyday Value equivalent. There are some food products which I could not get myself to order the value version of (e.g.cheap chicken screams 'salmanella' to me, even though I know deep down it can't be *that* bad) but with pasta in particular I've always thought 'how different can it be - pasta is pasta and besides, it depends more on how you cook it and what you eat with it, doesn't it?'.
What really made me decide to add it to the list, though, was the almost unbelievable price; 20p for 500g compared to 95p for the same amount of Tesco's standard brand or £1 for the same amount of Napolina's spaghetti. Even if it was terrible, we could almost throw it out for this price.
Luckily, however, it certainly wasn't terrible. If I had to do a blind taste test, I honestly would not be able to tell that this was the cheaper spaghetti. It's unlikely that I could actually tell any difference, as to be honest I think all pasta, if served plain, would taste the same or very similar to me (unless it was wholemeal, which is almost invariably more expensive and which there is, understandably, not a Value version of).
Like most other pastas (excluding quick cook and fresh egg varieties), it will cook in 10-12 minutes in a pan of boiling water. I find that 10 minutes gives an 'al dente' result whilst 12 or longer may make the pasta go too 'floppy'. I love pasta and will eat it in almost any way but for those cooking it for the first time I'd recommend timing it for a happy medium of 11 minutes and adjust if necessary in the future.
Overall, I'd certainly recommend this product, whether you're trying to save money or not, you might as well get this spaghetti rather than a pack of the same size for over twice the price (I have a feeling half the reason behind the modest price tags of the Value range is in the basic packaging) as, in my opinion, the difference is imperceptible!
I totally agree with previous reviews about this product and there are always two or three packs in my kitchen cupboard as it is what I call a stock item and is always available when I need to throw a meal together quickly.
I have foreign students staying in my house every summer from the local language school, which often includes italians and they are always pleased when I serve them a spaghetti dish, whether it be bolognese or carbonara. There has never been a sinle complaint about the quality of the pasta.
It cooks up in 10 minutes in a large saucepan of boiling water, and providing I give it 2 or three strirs during the cooking process, it does not clump together, but sirring is necessary with all pastas, whether cheap or expensive.
This product makes a filling family meal for a ridiculously low cost, I would never buy any other brand.
As a family we are big fans of pasta dishes and after many years of preparing and eating these dishes, I have realised that cheap pasta, is as good and as tasty as branded pasta, that's why I always purchase Tesco value spaghetti.
In a pack you get 500g of spaghetti. I find it too long for our saucepans so I tend to break it in half so it fits better and it snaps well and doesn't leave bits all over your work surfaces. To cook, you simply fill a saucepan with water, bring it to the boil and add your desired amount of spaghetti. The length of time it takes to cook, depends on your hob and how much spaghetti you are cooking, but it takes around 15 minutes on our hob to be fully cooked.
When fully cooked, it is really soft and a tad sticky. I was told by a friend that you know when it's fully cooked if you can throw a strand at the wall and it sticks! This is a very messy way to decide if it is cooked or not but it works.
The price is what makes me buy this brand over others. When it comes to the taste, I don't think there is much to choose between them to be honest, but this brand is much cheaper than the rest and you can get this pack for just 28p which I think is extremely cheap.
This pack is especially good if you are on a really tight budget as it provides a tasty, filling part of a meal for a mere few pence.
There is a lot of emphasis nowadays on recycling and reducing waste, so you will be pleased to know that there is very little packaging involved with this spaghetti. All you get is a clear wrapper that has the logo and the nutritional information on it and that's it. To open, you have to cut the end of the wrapper off and when you are finished, you simply throw the wrapper in the recycling bin.
I have long been using this spaghetti and I will continue to do so as it is extremely cheap, is convenient as it is quick and easy to cook and provides a good, filling meal so this one gets a thumbs up from me.
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Tesco Everyday Value Spaghetti.
Comes in clear cellophane packet with the new Tesco Everyday Value branding of brown and tan coloured images of herbs, tomatoes, sieve, saucepans etc.
Made in Italy for Tesco by Duran Wheat Semolina and Soft Wheat Semolina.
Has a long shelf life - mine is up to May 2015.
Packet has a recipe for Spaghetti Alla Carbonara.
Suitable for Vegetarians.
Allergy Information - Wheat & Gluten.
Individual portions is for 75 grams of spaghetti which equates to 170 grams of cooked weight. A portion is 265 calories and 54 grams of carbohydrates.
To cook - cook in boiling slated water for 10-12 minutes.
19p for 500 grams.
We all know how popular pasta and spaghetti is in Italy and apparently it came about in Sicily from the 12th century. Spaghetti used to always be made in longer lengths of about 20 inches but luckily now it is mostly sold in the more manageable size of around 10 inches.
I must admit I have not really been a huge fan of much pasta over the years, apart from having spaghetti with meat sauce in my younger days before turning vegetarian.
However after being advised a while ago to have a blander diet for a while I bought some of this Tesco Everyday Value Spahgetti for myself. I had been buying it for my son and husband before and found it great value - and if the Value product is good there is no point in upgrading to a more expensive product.
As I was quite unwell at the time I would make myself a plate of spaghetti and just eat it as it was - with no added sauce or cheese or any flavouring apart form a little shaking of salt.
So how does this spaghetti taste? Well for being white and not wholemeal it tastes surprisingly good - it cooks easily and I usually cook it for 12 minutes - but if you prefer a firmer product just cook for slightly less time. It is a nice sort of reasonably nutty taste and not too bland - so I have been able to eat platefuls of it on its own. Now getting slightly better I am branching out and eating it with frozen peas (which I just add to the pot four minutes before it is ready). Or I will add chopped boiled eggs, sliced tomatoes and and sometimes grated cheese over the top. I have now got to like this pasta so much I enjoy it most days and prefer it to other pasta shapes or cooked rice.
Obviously if you eat it with a herby or spicy sauce it will have more flavour but if it can be palatable on its own it will obviously also be good when used with sauces etc.
Definitely one I would recommend and as it is so inexpensive it is a really good value product and as it will keep for so long is a great item to keep in your store cupboard.
Something I will always have in my cupboards from now on.
===Would I Recommend?===
When it comes to pasta it is something I eat very often indeed. I'm not so keen on spaghetti as I tend to get in a huge mess with it especially when I have some sort of sauce with it but the other day in Tesco I decided I really fancied some so opted for this offering costing only 35p for a large 500g packet which I thought had to be worth a go at that price.
This 'Value' range has undergone a slight revamp lately. Its now called 'Everyday Value' and the packaging is less garish and sticky outy in colour. The spaghetti comes in an easy to open see through, long plastic pack and on the front of it there is a cream panel of colour and on that we are simply told what it is and who it is by and there is an at a glance nutritional chart shown and we are told that it is suitable for Vegetarians and then on the back ingredients, allergy advice, and a full nutritional chart is listed and we are told how to cook it (10-12 minutes on the hob), the size is stated (as I have listed already) and contact details for Tesco are also,given. Better, less cheap looking packaging this is though the pack isn't resealable so you do need to find an alternative method really of storing it unless you want it all over the place!
What you get is a lot of yellowish in colour, dry thin strips of rounded spaghetti. Because its long I do have to snap it with my hands to fit into a large pan and add hot water and bring it the boil and simmer for about 10-12 minutes and I find 10 minutes adequate with this one. You can add salt to it when cooking it or anything else you fancy of course and I do find that it doesn't all gloop up and cooks well though I do need to rinse it through before eating it will fresh boiling water.
For me though this is a rather soggy pasta that contains little flavouring really. Its hard to cook it al dente and like I say contains not alot of flavouring. Seasoning it does help or covering it up with a sauce or something which is how I've managed to consume some of it! This though isn't for me due to the very soft and slightly soggy texture of it and next time I will pay more for a better quality spaghetti for sure!
Nutritional Information Per 75g Which Weighs 170g When Cooked:
Energy: 265 kcal
Only available from Tesco's
I've been using this spaghetti for a few years now and can honestly say I can't taste the difference between this and the more expensive brands.
The packaging is nothing flash - the usual cellophane wrapping with the Tesco Value logo. It's a 500g pack and I usually find it's enough to serve 4 people .
For value it can't be beaten. When I first started buying it, it was only 19p a pack, but as with everything these days the cost has gone up and it's currently 39p a pack. However, this still makes it substantially cheaper than any of the other brands.
To me, it tastes great. I use it regularly when making bolognese and have never had any complaints!
It cooks in the usual way, in boiling water on the hob and takes about 10 minutes.
The pack shows all the nutritional information and it's worth noting that the product is suitable for vegetarians, contains no nuts, is low in fat and has only a trace of salt. Once opened, it stores well in cool dry conditions and usually has a best before date well in the future.
I recently tried a more expensive brand of spaghetti as it was on offer, but my husband said he couldn't taste any difference, so from now on I'll be sticking to the Tesco Value brand.
Great spaghetti that does the job at a bargain price.
Tesco Value Spaghetti
Description: Manufacturer: Tesco / Type: Pasta
Anyone reading my reviews will know my feelings on the supermarkets own ranges which aim to offer the consumer savings by spending less on fancy packaging. The packaging simply gets thrown in the bin anyway, it makes complete sense to spend less on it and save your hard earned cash for other things.
There was a time that I walked past these ranges in the mistaken belief that because the packaging was cheap and nasty, the products would be too. Now, I must confess that I have been pleasantly surprised by the quality of many of these products and instead of passing them by, am keen to try them and see what they are like.
A 500g packet of this dried spaghetti comes in plain white packaging with white and red writing (as with all items in the Tesco Value range) and cost just £0.40 which is significantly cheaper than some of the other brands, and more than half price of some of the more expensive brands.
To cook, simply add the the dried spaghetti into boiling water with a little salt. I like to add a drop or two of olive oil too which helps to prevent the pasta from sticking together. Simmer for around ten to twelve minutes until the pasta is ready and then serve.
Now I will be honest, this wasn't the very best spaghetti that I have ever had but it was certainly tasty enough. The texture was firm and the taste wasn't floury as some cheap pastas can be.
I would probably opt for the Sainsbury's Basics version of this spaghetti if I had the choice but if it wasn't available, then I would certainly buy this one again and it was pretty good and excellent value for money too, well worth trying.
Tesco Value Spaghetti........
We do have pasta a lot in our household mainly because it is a cheap tasty and filling food that we really like. I buy a range of pastas but both myself and Jack like spaghetti the most so I tend to buy this most weeks at the supermarket.
I would normally buy the Tesco's Own spaghetti which is the next price bracket up from this value spaghetti but on a recent on line order I decided to give the value stuff a bit of a taste test.
For 500 grams a packet of the Value spaghetti it costs just 39pence where as the Tesco own brand costs 55pence for the same amount. It doesn't sound like a big saving but if it is something I buy every week you take that 16p difference and times it by the 52 weeks in a year and just on swapping my spaghetti brands I am saving £8.32!
This is even more astonishing when I tell you that I really didn't seem to notice that much difference between the two pastas. I was assuming that the value one would be thinner but it wasn't. I thought that maybe it would be puffier in texture but it wasn't. I thought that they maybe some real difference in taste, but there wasn't.
Overall I can say that I cooked the pasta the same as I always do and it tasted just how it always has done. The spaghetti took the usual amount of time to cook and was the same softness that I always like. It tasted so much like the Tesco's Own brand that it makes me wonder if indeed the value and the next one up from Tesco's are indeed the same product but in different packaging!
The fact that the cheaper Value spaghetti has 5 less calories and 0.1 grams of sugar less than the Own brand variety is really the only difference I can see.
With these facts in mind I think I shall now always buy the value stuff. Think £8.32p per year! Well worth changing.
4 out of 5 star rating and the only minus mark is for the bog standard packaging that come with it. Perhaps with my £8.32p I could buy a spaghetti holder and still be in pocket!
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.