“ Type: Vegetarians „
In my ongoing hunt for a cheap tasty easy veggie meal I came across Heinz cheese and tomato ravioli in Sainsburys.
For a 410 g can it cost 79p which for a meal i didnt think was too bad. it states on the can that it is low sugar and low in fat which is always a bonus. It gives a serving as half a can but to be honest that would really only be enough with a meal and not as a separate snack.
To cook the ravioli you can either empty into a saucepan and stir while heating or microwave for 1 1/2 minutes,stir and then heat again for 1 minute. I chose the microwave option.
After heating i tipped the contents of the microwavable container into my bowl,the ravioli is in squares about 1 1/2 inches in measurement and there were about 20 in my tin, they are swimming in a thick tomato sauce.
Biting into one i found it quite slimy, there isnt a cheesy taste to the filling at all,just very tomatoey and it isnt really distinguishable from the pasta as that is quite soggy. The sauce is very similar to tomato soup but a bit thicker.
I did finish the bowl but felt a bit sick at the end-it was very mushy, almost like baby food and the sauce was so sweet. I must admit i don't really like Heinz tomato soup so i think that put me off a bit that it tasted like it.
I expect it would be better to serve half the can with some toast or bread to break up the flavour a bit.
I'm a big fan of Heinz products in general because I feel they produce high, good quality products and am a fan of the meat ravioli for a quick snack or light dinner so when I saw the meat free variety or cheese and tomato flavour I decided to give them a try.
Heinz was founded in 1869 my a German man by the name of Henry John Heinz in Pennyslvania, USA. Their 57 varities is kind of their trade mark and actually came from the fact that the numbers 5 and 7 held special meaning for him and his wife, not the amount of products they produced because at that time already they were producing over 60 different products.
The Heinz cheese and tomato ravioli cost me £0.80 for one tin so the same price as the meat variety but a little bit more expensive than say just the spaghetti. It comes in the smae yellow tin with Heinz on the front and 57 and a picture of ravioli so you do have to be careful and read the tins to make sure you get the flavour you want.
Unfortunately I was let down by the taste. The meat ones are great as they have a nice flavour but I felt these cheese ones were rather bland and I also did not like the consistency of the cheese. The ravioli comes in the usual tomato sauce which was fine.
Each can contains 410g and they say that a serving is half of the can. Well, that is not very much and I always eat a whole can myself. The calories are fairly high. Per serving (205g) it has 147 calories so if you eat the whole can it is 294 calories for something that really does not fill you up fully. They also contain 1.9g of fat per serving (half the can)
All in all if you are looking for a ravioli snack I would stay stick with the meat variety.
Sorry for not being around for a few days but seeing as my computer had the nerve to explode I have been rushing around trying to have it fixed. £350 and buckets full of tears later and I'm back online thank god. Well, here I am again with one of my famously dull grub opinions but I have to earn some Dooyoo cash from somewhere. Most of you Dooyoo folk out there will know that I am a huge meat freak, apart from my daily chocolate fix I love nothing more than chomping my way through vast amounts of meaty treats (No, before anyone comments, not the long meaty treats that you females tend to enjoy, my spanner doesn’t go in that direction) <<spanner, lol, I wish>> Anyway, as a couple of esteemed members will know, I am not a huge fan of vegetarian food and often leave sarcastic comments on opinions about such dross. However, after sifting through my grannies cupboard yesterday, I came upon something new AND vegetarian. A tin of Heinz Meat Free Ravioli in tomato sauce, what the hell I thought, I don’t have to pay for it, it’s free so why not give this veggie pasta stuff a try. (I know I constantly raid my Grans fridge and cupboards but I am nice to her too in my own special little way). Anyway, here are my findings. ~~~PACKAGING~~~ This stuff comes in a tin can (of course) and has a ring pull for easy opening, hence you shouldn’t cut off your little finger with the tin opener and turn this veggie feast into a meat platter. The label is simple, bright yellow with the large Heinz logo and food title encased inside a green box to the center. The label boasts that out of the recommended five portions of daily fruit and veg you must eat, there is one portion to every half can of meat free Ravioli. As the slogan for your daily intake of fruit and veg on the tin says – Five a day, the healthy way (Tut! What nerd made up that crap? Probably wears a dull brown jump
er or something similar) ~~~COOKING INSTRUCTIONS~~~ How simple is this? Pour the Ravioli into a pan and gently heat. LOL Alternatively, you can whack it in the microwave in a covered container, heat on full power for 2 minutes, remove and stir and heat on full power for another 2 minutes, then Serve. ~~~NUTRITION INFORMATION~~~ Per half can serving. (Half can serving? How the hell, is half a can supposed to fill you up unless your name happens to be Kate Moss or Victoria Beckham? In which case you’d be stuffed on one Ravioli piece) Anyway, per half can contains 153 Calories, 1.7g of Fat and 4.8g of Protein. Heinz also Pride themselves on not using any artificial colours, preservatives, flavors or GM ingredients. (A safe treat for the kids then without them growing three heads) ~~~TASTE AND SMELL~~~ The smell of this stuff is not unlike the aroma from your average tin of baked beans, it doesn’t look all that appetizing either. The thick gloopy red slime or sauce that it comes in looks rather, errm, UGH! You figure it out. (Clue: End of the month) <<<Ducks as a used tampon missile flies past his ear>>> Surprisingly though, despite the obvious lack of meat inside the small Ravioli pasta parcels, they do actually taste quite nice. They have a strong tomato flavor after spending god knows how long drowning in a vacuum packed tin of tomato sauce, but they are nicely spicy as well. Not too spicy you understand? More on the mild side and rather tasty with it. I have had the normal Heinz tinned meat Ravioli and to be honest, there isn’t a great deal of difference taste wise, so if you do like the normal stuff then chances are, you’ll like this too. The bonus being that you won’t be having guilty visions of a tiny spring lamb once bouncing round a green meadow that now sits inside a pasta parcel covered in tomato sauce. <
br>~~~M Y FINAL THOUGHTS~~~ Although I didn’t buy this myself, I do believe that the 410g tin costs around 56p, (or even cheaper in some supermarkets), quite good value for a quick and tasty snack or an equally good meal accompaniment. I’m not a huge fan of tinned foods in general but I would quite happily munch my way through another bowl of this meat free Ravioli. I don’t quite understand where they get that half a tin would fill you up though. Maybe they should change their name from Heinz to Stick insects anonymous or something similar. I could have eaten two or three cans of this with the minimum of fuss. Being suitable for vegetarians and low in fat means that this stuff is also quite versatile and will appeal to a wider range of people. Finally, I am not a veggie nor will I ever be one but if vegetarian grub that tastes as good as this stuff keeps finding it’s way into my Nan’s cupboards, then I will gladly pour it into my grub sack. (belly) ~~~CONTACT INFORMATION~~~ Any complaints should be sent to> H.J.Heinz co Ltd Hayes Middlesex UB4 8AL You can also visit their website at> http://www.heinz.co.uk Thanks for the read. DEANO!