“ Brand: Weight Watchers / Type: Pasta „
While perusing the chilled pasta aisle in Morrisons recently I noticed a new range of filled pasta made by Weight Watchers, at £1.78 for two individually sealed portions I thought this represented good value for money so popped a pack in my trolley.
I forgot all about it actually until I was looking in the fridge last night in search of inspiration, when I remembered I still had this Spinach & Ricotta Tortelloni I decided to have it with a fish cake and sweetcorn for a fairly low calorie but very tasty dinner.
Cooking this filled pasta is simplicity itself; bring a pan of lightly salted water to the boil, tip the contents of one half of the packet in and time three minutes once the water has returned to the boil. One I had drained the pasta and arranged it on my plate I was rather impressed with the appearance of it, the parcels are slightly larger than I would expect Tortelloni to be yet they look extremely fresh and flavoursome.
I sprinkled a little cheese over the Tortelloni, although in hindsight that was rather a waste of calories as the pasta has a rounded enough flavour that I didn't need the extra cheese.
I honestly would never have guessed this was a lower fat and calorie option had I not seen the packaging for myself. The pasta has a wonderful texture and a very fresh flavour; I was actually surprised by both the taste and texture of this pasta and it certainly holds its own amongst filled pasta which has double or more calories.
There is quite a lot of filling in each parcel and it's compacted down to such a degree that you will definitely need to chew it well, of course all meals of this type need chewing but some have a very loose filling that it's entirely possible to swallow whole. I would imagine this would also be possible here, but using your teeth to break open the parcel allows the full flavour of the filling to come through.
Despite the fact that the filling looks decidedly green, I found the taste of the spinach to be rather lacking. The main flavour I could detect in the Tortelloni is definitely the ricotta cheese, there's a vague herby flavour which marries the rest of the ingredients together and also lends the Tortelloni a more robust Italian flavour. I would imagine the spinach is what gives the filling its slightly peppery flavour, and frankly I was rather relieved about this as I am certainly not the biggest fan of spinach per se.
I found this Weight Watchers Tortelloni to be an extremely filling component of my meal; it tastes wonderful, uses good quality ingredients and left my appetite so satisfied that I actually left part of my fish cake as I simply couldn't manage it.
As I mentioned, this packet of Tortelloni will serve two but rather usefully Weight Watchers have sealed it in two portions and it's simply a case of cutting the package in half to use one portion at a time. This is an excellent idea not only for people like myself who live alone, but also dieters who live with Skinny Minnies and do not need to cook low fat meals for their entire family.
Each portion of Spinach & Ricotta Tortelloni contains 4 1/2 Weight Watchers points. To put this into context I am currently 'allowed' 20 points per day, with an average serving of a similarly flavoured Sainsbury's Tortelloni containing 8 points. Quite a saving, I'm sure you'll agree.
For those of you who are not following the Weight Watchers plan, but still want to enjoy their ever-improving food range, a portion contains 255 calories and 3.1g of fat (including 2g saturated fat).