“ Brand: Asda / Type: Other Ready Meals „
When I first saw this on the shelf i honestly thought it was more of a party food than a lunchtime meal. I mean, 600g per tub and no fork in the tub? It's not exactly part of Asda meal deal fridge, where you can buy ready to eat meals on the go. It was in fact buried way back at the other end of the store next to the sandwich pastes. So it's not as ready to eat as they claim, but it is rather nice.
The pasta swirls themselves are very soft, well cooked and aren't at all chewy, salty, or dry. I love really soft pasta, but this isn't the stuff that's so soaked with water that it falls apart the moment you pick it up, it has a nice balance and all the pieces are roughly the same length, and were all intact when i opened the tub.
The sauce has a very rich flavour to it, much like a tomato sauce but with a much sweeter taste, and a small hint of some mint spices, and pepper. The sauce has a lot of chopped up veggies in including some sort of pickle, some peppers (red and green) and some weird leafy things, that i can only assume are the mint leaves that are making that nice after taste in my mouth.
The after taste lingers for quite some time after but doesn't leave that bad breath, it does taste quite strongly in my mouth and the mint really has a kick to it, but overall, it really isn't over powering. The annoying thing of course is that the little chunks of mint stick to the roof of my mouth... and my teeth.
The smell is a much fainter version of the taste. They taste and smell the same but the taste is quite strong, yet the smell isn't? You have to put your face close to the tub to smell it, and sitting in the fridge for a while, it wont make your fridge smell.
The tub is easy to open with only a sticker holding it down and this can be easily torn thanks to the perforated edges of the label, and the fact that they don't use super strength glue to stick them down. You can tear the label off completely if you so wish.
Overall it's a great lunch to have or for parties or even to add to dinners but do yourself a favour... check your teeth for bits of mint leaves afterwards.
I'm always looking out for new things to have for my lunch during the school day, as I like variety and if it was sandwiches every day, I would end up not eating anything! I spotted Asda's own make of ready prepared tomato and roasted vegetable pasta in the chiller section, near the coleslaw and picnic items.
It is very convenient as it takes no preparation time, you just stick it in your bag and take it out at lunch time, remember your fork though!
You can get the pasta in two different sizes. One will serve one comfortably for lunch a big snack, and this is around £1 which I feel is good value, especially when you think about how think about how much lunch can cost these days in work/school. Add a bottle of water to your bag, and you'll be saving a lot more! There is also a larger size that will serve around 3 people and this is perfect for either a cheap family lunch or a picnic where everyone can pick at things, this size costs around £1.75.
The tub is filled with fusilli pasta twists, and the sauce thats its in is more of a marinade than sauce which is good, theres much less chance of it spilling everywhere! The pasta twists are quite small, which means you get fuller faster, and there are small chunks of roast vegetable in it - courgette, pepper and tomato which is nice and adds something to the pasta which otherwise might have become quite bland when you reach the end of the pot.
I've found that its a great change from the normal boring things I tend to have for my lunch, and reasonably good value as well. I'll be looking into other ready pastas from the own brand asda range.
I make no big secret of my love of pasta but I do get fed up of making my own so when I saw this ready made dish of the stuff (to be eaten cold) in Asda priced at £1.00 I decided to get it for my lunch to try!
Clear plastic oval container with a light yellow label to the front and the back of it and on the front I'm told it is Asda Tomato & Roasted Vegetable Pasta which is 'Courgette, roasted peppers & onion with genelli pasta in a sun-dried tomato & basil dressing'. I'm then told it is suitable for Vegetarians, that the weight is 400g and the best before date is clearly stamped on. Around the back of the label ingredients are listed along with allergy advice, storage and nutritional information is given, contact details for Asda are also listed and finally there is bar-code on there. It's a nice enough container and simply flips open and closes quite easily and you can of course see the pasta dish through it.
Allergy Advice: Contains gluten and wheat. May contain traces of nuts and/or seeds.
The Pasta Itself:
Well I flipped back the lid and was greeted by the wonderful smell of this pasta. It has a really nice smell of fresh and sweet sun-dried tomatoes and basil to it. The appearance of this dish is also great. Lots of pasta twists with slices of courgette in it along with slithers of red peppers and the sauce is as said is actually more of a dressing, being thin and red in colour.
Taste wise I simply loved it! The pasta was well cooked as was the vegetables. They all looked distinguishable so I knew what I was eating and they weren't soggy or mushy or anything like that. The sauce was really tomatoey and slightly but naturally sweet with a hefty amount of what to me tasted like fresh basil opposed to dried and the whole thing was well seasoned too. This was a tomatoey pasta with depth and other flavourings going on and that dressing didn't detract from that. It was just a really filling, well cooked meal and me, I shall without a doubt purchase this again, I loved it!
Nutritional Information Per 100g:
of which sugars: 4.8g
of which saturates: 0.4g
equivalent as salt: 0.4g
Only available in Asda stores and it's priced at a pound a tub! Bargain and filling!