“ Brand: Asda / Type: Other Ready Meals „
When it comes to pasta dishes I'm quite a fan of the stuff. I love of course making up my own dishes when time permits but with moving into a new flat and in a new town I've been run ragged trying to get new things for the place and to organise everything so time to cook has virtually been none existent. Nipping to Asda one night I decided just to get some convenience foods. Things to heat in a microwave and pot noodles and the likes when I spotted these Pasta Snackpots and I decided to purchase a couple of the tomato & herb flavour ones as I really thought I would love that flavour! The Packaging: White plastic round pot which is rather deep and it has a pull off lid plastic lid to the top of it. On that there is a picture of the snackpot made up and I'm told that it is Asda Pasta Snackpot, Tomato & Herb and that it is low in fat, suitable for Vegetarians and that the contents weigh 66g. Around the pot again I'm told what it is, ingredients and allergy advice is stated, I'm told how to store it, I'm told how to prepare it and there is a fill line clearly visible to let me know how much boiling water to add to it, there is a full nutritional chart listed and contact details for Asda are given. It's a nice enough robust pot, the lid is easy to pull off and dispose of and the directions for preparing it are easy enough to follow. The Snackpot: Well peel off the lid and you are met with very thin and small, yellow but transparent pieces of dried spaghetti looking pasta that is covered in dark red powder mixed with plenty of dark green herbs. It smells of tomato, dried herbs and a bit of onion and there isn't very much content in the pot at all, what I could see was more powder than anything else. All you do to make this up is to add boiling water to the fill line and stir it well and then recover the pot with the lid (which is hard to do cos it's simply a peel off plastic lid) and then after 5 minutes eat it. In that time the pasta had swelled up slightly though not very much and the sauce had gone from red water with green specs in it when initially the water was added to a gloopy and thickish sauce. Sadly though although it smelt nice enough and didn't look too bad it tasted really strange to me and my taste-buds! The pasta although I left it 5 minutes and felt it was still hard and so I left it a further couple of minutes was still hard and snapped in my mouth in places and was gritty. The sauce was unnaturally sweet and the herbs within it didn't taste of anything but were simply there to give colour I reckon thought the flavour was tomato. Although I stirred it incredibly well some powder was stuck to the bottom otfthe dish still and all in all it was horrid and inedible! I threw mine away. Verdict: A complete and utter waste of my pennies this was! Not only could I not eat it, it was a really small portion and sure I know it was a snackpot and all that but really there was only a couple of tablespoons in the whole thing and not my idea of a snack at all! Nice concept, but rubbish foofd and I won't be trying any other flavours from within this range again! Nutritional Information Per Pot: Energy: 259Kcals Protein: 8.5g Carbohydrate: 52.7g Of which sugars: 9.5g Fat: 1.6g Of which saturates: 0.7g Fibre: 4.5g Sodium: 0.63g equivalent as salt: 1.6g Only available in Asda stores costing 61p a pot.
I like many other working people in Britain some times get bored with sandwiches and the likes for lunch time at work. I get a thirty minute lunch break which means if i do fancy some thing warm/hot its got to be some thing quick and easy with as little fussing and bowls and microwaves as possible. I found myself looking down the noodle aisle in Asda when I came across a row of pots , these pots are sort of like a plastic bowl with simple packaging which stated the name of the snack pot with nutritional information and instructions on the side. I decided that 3 pots of 1.50 it worked out so much cheaper then pre packed sandwiches and the likes. Also the instructions said fill to the fill line with boiling water from the kettle leave for 5 minutes , stir and eat. Basic , fast , hot food , i liked the idea of this. So the next day I took my pasta snack pot (Tomato and herb pasta) to work and as lunch time rolls round I do what the instruction say go to the staff room wait 5 minutes stir and eat. I will say the sauce is quite nice , quite a rich taste and yes it does (for me) taste like Tomato and herbs (just like it said on the pot) but every 2 or so mouthfuls i crunched a hard bit of spaghetti which made the whole thing a bit unpleasant . At first I thought I had not let it soak long enough or filled it to the line properly (the line on the outside of the pot can be hard to see whilst pouring the hot water in) so i tried the same snack pot again and again and unfortunately although the snack is quick cheap and easy fairy tasty the hard pasta has put me off and i can not (unless desperate) see myself buying more , i have put extra hot water in , let it soak longer , everything i can think of but the pasta just does not go completely soft and each bit seems a different taste due to the density of the pasta itself.
Sometimes during the day I just fancy a warm snack, something that takes a few minutes of effortless work and it's in my mouth. As such I always end up with a few microwavable meals or noodles that just need hot water adding to them, something quick and easy where I don't care too much about the taste, its to fill a little hole. I came across Asda Tomato and Herb Pasta Snack pots during my weekly shop and so at 3 for £1.50 I decided to take a punt on them. They come in a little bowl like plastic pot with a plastic film lid over the top that's east to peal off, as it's not stuck down over the handles. The packaging is nice and simple, white pot with a red label and a picture of pasta in a tomato sauce. Inside the pot there is hard dried spaghetti pasta and a red powder. All you need to do is fill the pot with boiling water, stir and wait your 5 minutes. The water fill line is hard to see but it's on the outside of the pot about three quarters of the way up, a tiny white line. Once your 5 minutes are up stir again and it's ready to eat. Taste wise its surprising as the pot does pack quite a good flavour of tomato and herb, if you blindfolded someone they would guess the flavouring no problem and its quite nice. The pasta itself is rather rubbery though, which is a big shame and I find that some of the pasta stays hard and crunchy no matter how long its soaked in water. Like I said the sauce itself is nice but the pasta falls short here so after eating my way through all 3 of these that I bought I haven't gone back unfortunately. If you are looking for an alternative I enjoy the Asda Mash pots, which can be found with these Pasta pots. The mash with suede and carrot is very nice for what it is.
Asda Pasta Snack Pot were on offer at 3 for £1.50 when I bought these (I think that this is a standard offer in Asda and not a special offer) and thought I would try them as an alternative to Pot Noodle. The first one that I tried was the Chicken and Mushroom version I also bought the Tomato and Herb version. The first difference between these and the other brands of pasta based quick meals is the selection of flavours but don't let this deter you. The instructions on the pot tell you to fill the pot with boiling water up to the line, stir and recover with the lid for 5 mintues. The line isn't very clear and there is nothing to say fill here so I just guessed as to where this was when I made the pot. After you have waited the 5 minutes you have to re-stir the pot and then eat. The sauce itself is very thick and you can see the dried mushroom pieces very clearly in the sauce. The pasta itself had clearly changed from the dried mix you started with to "cooked" pasta. The flavour of the snack was very nice but I did find some of the pasta was still a little but crunchy but this could be down to the fact that I had to guess where the line was when I first put the water in the pot and not down to the quality of the product itself. Overall I was pleasantly suprised by the taste and quality of this pot and was a nice change from the normal pot noddle that I have occassionally when I don't have time to make lunch for work the next day. I am willing to try the other pots that I have bought and will try putting more water in these to see if that cooks all the pasta. For £1.50 for 3 these are good value for money and make a quick snack and do seem to pack a bit more flavour than other brands in the pasta/noodle snack section.
I've had an ASDA Carbonara Meal pot in my kitchen cupboard for absolutely ages, but never really felt like eating it. In fact when I did eat it I didn't really feel like eating it, however I was waiting in for a plumber and I didn't want to cook something that would leave dirty pots and pans all over the kitchen or have any strong cooking smells, and this was the only thing in the cupboard I could really eat. This is basically a pasta in a carbonara (cheese and ham) sauce that comes in a plastic pot, to which you add boiling water, a lot like a pot noodle really. The packaging of this is pretty awful to be honest. I ordered it online, but I think had I seen it in the shop I wouldn't have purchased it. How shallow of me! This comes in a far too big white plastic pot, the only colour really being a picture of the product on the peel off lid. I don't know why the pot is so big, because there's around a 2-3cm gap above the fill line, so I'm sure they could make it a lot smaller if they tried. Once the boiling water has been added, you simply stir, cover back up and leave for 5 minutes. The finished product is short lengths of spaghetti in a watery looking sauce with green flecks of herbs. It didn't particularly look very appetising, but when you're hungry you're hungry, so I went ahead and ate it! It states on the pot, that the sauce is supposed to be creamy. Creamy is not a word I would have used to describe this product as the sauce is so watery. It had a mild cheesy taste to it, and was actually quite pleasant. The pasta itself was lovely too - it had a nice texture, and wasn't as soggy as I expected it may be. The herbs that were in this added colour but little taste, and the ham pieces were almost none existent. The overall taste was a pleasant, yet mild carbonara dish, and despite the salt content (which I'll get to) it didn't actually have a salty taste. Nutritional Info (Per Pot): 455 calories 14.3g protein 73.8g carbohydrate 11.5g fat 1.1g sodium, which is equivalent to 2.8g salt The recommended daily intake of salt is 6g, so this little pot of pasta contains nearly half of your daily allowance. I've eaten a few of these sorts of products recently, and to be honest the salt content is disgustingly high in all of them, but this is by far the highest, and I find it a little bit shocking really. A 105g pot of this costs 77p from ASDA. Overall, I was surprised at how nice this tasted, but despite the fact I've been eating a hell of a lot of rubbish recently, I'm trying to be more healthy, and there's no way that I'll buy this again, unless they can change the recipe to make it lower in salt.
I got this in a three for £1.50 whilst doing on online shop and browsing the mulitibuys. I had never really noticed them as I tend to be a little lazy and just go straight for the products I know or something I recognise when I am actually shopping in the store. As I am trying to be more sensible with money I thought that these would be useful for lunches at work and also simple enough for even my husband to prepare. To prepare you have to peel back the lid and pour in boiling water and this is the only major problem I had as the lid did not peel easily for me the first few I had. My husband did not have this problem so may just have been me. You leave for five minutes and then stir it. I was suprised how much I enjoyed the tomato and herb flavour as for the price I really was not expecting there to be much flavour. I have not tried the others yet which are chicken and mushroom and also cheese and broccoli. These are low in fat which did not particularly influence me to buy them but I know some people look for this. They are a good size as they are quite neat and will fit easily in with your lunch. But they really are filling which I was not really expecting from a small pot. There is quite a bit of pasta and the sauce is not too watery, there is a line to tell you how much water to put in. So overall I would recommend this as it is filling for the price and easy to prepare with no major disadvantages.
I tried these as an alternative to pot noodle as it looked a bit different and was cheaper. They are only £1.50 for 3. As far as I know there is a chicken and mushroom version or a tomato and herb version. They come in a plastic bowl like container so it is ok to eat out of. You make them by adding boiling water striring them,you have to give them a good stir or all they powder stays at the bottom,then you let it stand . You need to recover it with the lid or they can stay hard and go cold. After 5 minutes its ready. I think that these taste nice and have quite a bit of pasta in them. They do taste like chicken and mushroom and its is like a thin sort of soup sauce that isn't too watery. You can tell they are dried food as the mushrooms are really small and stay hard. Apart from this though I would recommend giving these a try. Ihaven't tried the tomato and herb one yet but I will up date this when I have.
I recently decided that spending £3+ a day o sandwiches etc at work was a waste of money and that I should become a bit more money savvy and start taking in my own. Problem is I'm inherently lazy, and getting up even 5 minutes earlier to make a sandwich does not appeal, so I thought I'd get some snack pot type affairs to take in with me, pop them in the bag, add in hot water, and munch, money saved. So Asda had on offer 3 for £1.50 some pasta snack pots. I opted for two chicken and mushroom and one of the tomato variety. I took a chickenm one in with me, and I've got to admit I was quite looking forward to being all virtuous. On attempting to peel off the top label (as instructed) it didnt peel off in one whole piece, instead it came off in slivers and pieces which annoyed me. So I added on my boiling water to the fill line, and watched it bubble a bit, and then gave it a stir. The instructions say to leave it for five minutes. As its all dried product inside, it needs rehydrating. Five minutes was definitely not long enough, and after I gave it a really good stir, the liquid in the pot bore an uncanny resemblence to wall paper paste! Consistency wise it wasnt much better. By the time I finally got round to eating it, about 8 minutes after adding in the hot water, it had gone cold, the liquid was congealing, and the pasta was still hard. It wasnt exactly large pasta shapes either, so I couldnt quite figure out why it hadn't absorbed the water. It was really hard trying to eat it not knowing when the pasta I popped in my mouth was "cooked" through or if I was in from some crunchy wall paper paste! Flavour wise, there wasnt much to write home about. It did taste like chicken and mushroom but it also tasted very chemically, and the pieces of mushroom in the pot had that "I've been freeze dried" taste and texture to it. There was no redeeming qualities about the product. Hard to make well, lacking in taste, went cold quickly, weird texture and came out nothing like the picture, and the most disappointing thing...... I've still got two more of them in my cupboard!!