“ Type: Ready Meals „
I try to cook most of my meals from scratch and often like to try and avoid ready meals as some of the varieties are very heavy on calories, fat and salt. However there are some occasions when I just want something quick, without using up my recommended daily allowance of calories, fat and salt and this is where Sainsbury's Basics Beef Lasagne comes in handy!
I first came across this ready meal in the frozen section when it was selling for 24p; I was quite surprised by how cheap it was as it was not on offer. It was selling for 24p for quite a few months in my local Sainsbury's before the price was raised to 76p. Nevertheless at 76p, it is still a bargain as it is pretty filling with some vegetables or salad at the side.
On first appearance, the packaging in white and orange symbolising the Sainsbury's Basics brand. It states on the pack that it is 283 calories, 7.0g of fat and 1.5g of salt for the entire lasagne. Whilst the calories, fat, saturated fat and sugar is under the green traffic light labelling, the salt content is under amber. However at 1.5g of salt for the packet, it is much lower than other ready meals.
As you remove the lasagne from the packet, you can see that it is in a black plastic tray with a film lid and you can see some of the tomato sauce around the edges of the pasta sheet. On the top layer, there is a tiny sprinkling of grated cheese. Although frozen, it can be microwaved or oven cooked without defrosting. I usually pierce the film lid and microwave it for 10-12 minutes on the highest category as I like the lasagne to be quite crispy. However the instructions recommend cooking it for around 8 minutes, but at this stage I find the sauce to be too watery still.
When it is halfway through microwaving, an appetizing aroma of lasagne always lingers from the kitchen. You can also see that the grated cheese has melted after it comes out of the microwave. I like to scoop the lasagne out of the tray onto a plate and serve with either salad or vegetables and often sprinkle with chilli flakes or pepper.
On first taste of the lasagne, you can taste a subtle hint of cheese, which compliments the mild tomato sauce. The pasta is well cooked - it is not too hard nor too soft and the white sauce is creamy and smooth. My only fault with this product, is the fact that there is not enough meaty pieces, however for the price I cannot complain. Overall the flavours compliment each other really well and though you may get hungry soon after if you ate this alone, it is filling with vegetables or salad on the side.
I would definitely keep this as a staple for times when I don't have time to cook; the fact it is reasonable in calories, fat and salt makes it a winner, as well as the great price! Though nothing beats home made lasagne.
This is one of Sainsburys basics range. The beef lasagne is a frozen ready meal. The pack is 340g and contains 283 calories. As this is a basic product there is not a huge amount of pasta or beef in here but it is quite tasty.
I went shopping in Sainsburys and saw this product in the freezer. The price on the ticket was 24p. At first I thought this must have been on special offer but it was not, this is the normal price! I have since bought around 5 of these and I can't believe that this only costs 24p!
As it is a Sainsburys basic product there is not a lot of product there, compared to other ready meal lasagnes which contain over 400g of product. However, if you add some vegetables and chips to this it should be enough for your meal.
It tastes really delicious. The sauce is realy tomatoey, the pasta nice and soft and the beef not grissly or bumpy like you can get in some cheaper products. There is no way you would guess this is a basics product. The only thing that could make this better would be to make it a bit larger. I suppose at 24p you could buy two for your meal...but that's taking it a bit to far!
I got this Lasagne on my way to work on Sunday for something quick to have for lunch and I saw this in the freezer section, I also noticed a meat lasagne, as apose to the beef one, which is slightly more expensive but after looking on the Sainsbury's website I also noticed it has a higher meat content and the beef lasagne did me nicely for a light lunch.
Price: This lasagne is only 24p for 340g! The meat one is 75p for 300g, so the Beef Lasagne is really good in comparison and well worth the money. Sainsbury's also make a Meat Lasagne for 4 which costs £2.98 which is also really good value.
Packaging: The usual Basic's packaging applies, white and orange, and like many Basic's products a photo of the Lasagne is on the packaging surround by a drawn on plate and lemon wedge. Unlike many ready meals where you can remove the sleeve to have a look at the meal inside Basic's Beef Lasagne is just in a box, but I thought I'd risk it seen as I'd always been pleased with Basic's in the past and it really in very cheap.
Cooking Instructions: This product only contained instructions for the microwave which is unusual but how I wanted to cook it anyway so I wasn't too bothered. You simply pierce the film lid and cook it at full power for 5 minutes. You then take it out and let it stand for a minute, put it back in and re- heat for another 4 minutes, it does get hot, the plastic especially so make sure you use a tea towel to get it out and leave it for another minute before eating.
Taste: I wasn't expecting much for the 24p I paid, I was surprised though, it was fairly meaty and the sauce on top was nice and creamy. I did put my own cheese on the top but I usually always do this with ready meal lasagne's anyway. Now I aren't going to pretend it tastes as good as home made, it doesn't but I wouldn't expect it to. It's a really good lasagne though, the bolegnese sauce is tomatoey and meaty and it all works really well together. The pasta was the only disappointment it has become abit crisp and hard, it didn't ruin the dish though and it was just the right size for a quick lunch, served with salad and some garlic bread this would make a nice main meal.
Sat Fat 3.7g
I think this is quite good overall, especially the calories, it means you don't have to worry if you decide to put a few chips with it to fill you up and it isn't too calorific to have for lunch.
Overall: I really would recommend this Sainsbury's Basic's Beef Lasagne, it's 24p price tag is the main selling point for me, along with the ease of cooking and great taste. However, it was let down by the pasta but I think this could be overcome by cooking it for less time, but as I followed the instructions and the pasta is a main componant of the dish it has to lose a star.
I love a bargain, and as this Lasagne was under a pound,so i considerer it as one. It was the quick and easy option for me, as i was going to be busy, and fancied something cheesy...
You only had to pop this in the microwave[ for 5 mins or so i think] and stir ad shake it when it tells you to. It was in a plastic container, with a sealed plastic cling film type lid. The slid of cardboard across the tub told you about the product and clearly showed that it was Lasagne. The coulor were not anything special, but at the end of the day, this is the basic range, and basic IS basic!!It clearly stated most of the info i need to know on the box.
The Lasagne was surprising not to bad, the pasta layers were cooked quiet well and where chewy, but quiet had to cut up. The meat, there wasn't much of this, but it was queit nice, apart from some small pieces around the edges of the tube which were only slighty over done, and again they were chewy. The sauce i enjoyed- there was plenty of it and was creamy and the thickness was about right.
The value for money was very good, and i would probably have it again. well done basic Sainsburys, you amaze me again!!!
I love nothing more than buying some bargains in my local Sainsbury's and I recently found a 'Basics Lasagne for just 17p (usual price 75p) and for this I received a 300g portion which is ample as a decent sized lunch. I have had one of these for dinner before and just had some nice garlic bread with mine.
This lasagne is provided in a plastic tray with no frills and the top is sealed with clear cellophane to keep everything in and there is a cardboard seal over the top which contains all the usual information, nutritional information, ingredients etc and everything about this product shows that its cheap but for under £1 I wouldn't expect anything more!
This lasagne is like any other meat lasagne I have purchased in the past and is made up of layers of beef mince in a Bolognese style sauce and layers of lasagne sheets and then the whole thing is topped with a béchamel sauce and I usually top mine off with some extra mature cheddar as it brings a lovely crispy top to this dish.
The meat is fairly well chopped up and in a nice, rich ragu sauce. The béchamel sauce is quite thick and has a fairly creamy texture to it. The layers of pasta are quite chewy but still fairly tasty. The whole dish works well together and what I do is just cook mine in the microwave (6-7 minutes with one minute standing time halfway through and at the end) and then once its done I mix the whole thing up so that all the creamy béchamel sauce mixes with the massive amount of mince and then there is a nice mix of everything.
Per 300g meal there are 286 calories, 5.2g sugar, 11.2g fat 4.6g saturated fat, 3.5g fibre and 1.51g salt so even if you had this as your lunch it could comfortable fit in to part of a healthy diet.
Overall this was quite a nice meal and was far tastier than I expected it to be. Obviously I was very please with the 17p I paid but I would also be happy to pay 75p for this as I think this is fantastic value and the portion size would suit a little one at teatime but just be cautious of the salt. 5/5 from me as the taste was lovely and this was the ideal portion for lunch.