Product Type: Quorn Ready Meals
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Perfect for Spaghetti Bolognese
Member Name: MamaLar
Date: 31/05/13, updated on 31/05/13 (107 review reads)
Advantages: Perfect in Spaghetti, Cheap, Long Lasting, Healthy and Vegetarian.
Disadvantages: Doesn't go with gravy
I was brought up in a family who all ate meat and one of my favorite meat dishes was my mothers mince and potatoes. The mince would be browned and boiled in a beef flavored gravy with a raw onion and the potatoes would be boiled and mashed with butter and a little milk to make them creamy. It was perfection! I hadn't had mince in roughly five years since i became a vegetarian but that was up until a month ago when i decided to give Quorn mince a try. I didn't dive straight into the deep end and attempt mince and potatoes i decided to use it in spaghetti bolognese.
Appearance - Quorn mince can be bought frozen or fresh. The fresh kind comes in a tray with a clear foil wrapper on top and a cardboard sleeve that covers it. The frozen kind comes in a bag much like the kind used for frozen chips. On both the fresh and the frozen packaging it has the Quorn logo on front with some information on the product. On the back it has nutritional information, storage information and cooking instructions.
Price - Prices vary from shop to shop and i find the fresh Quorn mince to be more costly coming in at anything between £2.38 - £3.00. The frozen kind can be bought for as little as £1.00 when on offer and £1.89 at it's highest which isn't at all bad as i used it in 4 different meals.
Nutritional Information -
Typical values Per 1/4 Pack
Energy -kJ/kcal 331/79
- of which sugars 0.5g
- of which saturates 0.4g
Salt equivalent 0.2g
Cooking the product -
The packet states you can microwave the mince by placing the required amount into a microwaveable dish with the sauce of your choice for 4 1/2 minutes followed by another 4 1/2 minutes and then allow to stand for 1 minute. The other option is to cook the mince using the hob. Simply add the mince to the sauce of your choice and let simmer for 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally. I did neither these options as i was afraid my sauce would burn so i decided to covered the mince with water and let it boil for 10 minutes. I then drained the mince, left a little water in the pot with it and mixed in some tomato puree and grated cheese. Once the cheese had fully melted and i was happy with the thickness of my sauce on the mince i added it to my spaghetti.
Eating the product -
The dish itself looked lovely and smelled great so i finally plucked up the courage to try it and on first impressions was amazed at the similarity in texture that it has to real mince. It didn't really have a taste as the tomato puree sauce is quite overwhelmingly strong. It isn't chewy or fatty but breaks up like well boiled mince.
I'd 100% recommend Quorn mince to anyone for dishes like spaghetti bolognese and pasta bakes as they tend to have strong sauces to accompany them. But since trying it with vegetarian gravy and potatoes i was let down as it tasted and smelled like dog meat. It was chewy and left a lingering taste in my mouth. I won't be using this product again with gravy, but i will continue using it in spaghetti bolognese and pasta bakes. For this reason i'm only rating it 3/5 stars.
Summary: Amazing in Spaghetti Bolognese
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