Not very often do I find myself in Sainsbury's however often I go out with my parents and can end up in all sorts of places and with not having transport usually I will browse and pick up bits and pieces when I can.
I don't usually buy pizzas preferring to if ever I want one to buy one made and ready to eat, so that isn't often!
However I spotted this in the freezer section costing just 65p for a large box and although the box appeared very cheap looking I decided to try one!
As I have just mentioned the box does look cheap and that's due to the orange and white colourscheme that it has however we are clearly told what it is and who it is by on the front of it and there is a photograph shown of the pizza on there too and then on the back of the box other information listed includes being told how to heat it up, the ingredients and nutritional information is given and contact details for Sainsbury's are clearly stated. Inside the box the pizza is sealed within see-through plastic.
To heat this up in the oven takes less than 20 minutes and frozen it looks rather pale and uninteresting to be honest. The base is a thickish bread one, the tomato puree doesn't quite go the edges of the pizza and the mozzarella cheese is grated though looked really scarce. This is simply a cheese and tomato pizza and very basic to look and to taste however....
You can always get creative as I did. I added more grated cheese, some sliced tomato, mushrooms, onion and bacon and have to admit that I was impressed though I wasn't as it came and felt that it would have been rather plain and boring to eat!
The base is crunchy and a bit hard in my opinion and the cheese added wasn't enough but by the time I finished with it I did really enjoy it however if you need to add your own ingredients then you may as well really buy a pizza for a pound to be honest!
Easy to cook though and being 243g in weight it is a large pizza and half of it only contains 305 Calories and 3.8g of Saturated Fat which isn't all that bad for a pizza however then you do need to remember to add more calories and fat content if your adding to it.
Not a bad pizza but juries out whether I would buy it again!
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The packaging is minimalist white with the orange Sainsbury's basics logo. This is a frozen pizza so it will be found in the frozen section next to the microwave meals and other frozen pizzas. I find it on the bottom shelf, so have a dig around. It is currently on sale for 70p and it is about the size of a medium pizza. It fits nicely on a standard-sized dinner plate. The weight is 243g.
It cooks from frozen in 18 minutes at 190 degrees. Which is great because you'll get it faster than you can order and receive a takeaway.
The pizza itself has somewhere between a thin crust and a deep pan. It is a nice medium between crispy and soft when cooked. Personally, I hate cripsy pizza bases. The tomato taste is noticeable and not overpowering or tangy. The only problem I have with this pizza is the lack of cheese. I cannot complain, though I just did, because this is what makes it less fattening than other pizzas. I sprinkle a little bit of Sainsbury's basics mozzerella on the top.
It is far healthier, for want of a better word, than other frozen pizzas, takeaway alternatives or takeaway pizzas. Most pizza boxes lure you into a false sense of security by printing '1/6 of the pizza contains' underneath the nutritional information in small print. Thsx box clearly states that ONE HALF of the pizza is 298 calories. The health wheel is orange and green; who would expect that from a pizza?
It is also a fantastic base for your own pizza creation. You can easily add some pepperoni, mushrooms, herbs, peppers and/or sausage onto this pizza. I have come across simple pizza bases without cheese or tomato on them that cost more than this pizza.
When I take into account the price of ordering takeaway from a well-known chain or my local takeaway, this option is still cheaper, healthier and I get to see it cooked. My husband and I can spend up to £15 on ordering a takeaway pizza, a 1.5l of pop and possibly a dessert. Instead, nip to Sainsbury's and get some of their basics fizzy pop (some of it is better than branded pop), get some soft cookies and one of these pizzas! This option will set you back less than three quid.
Fat 8.4g 12%
Saturates 3.8g 19%
Protein 10.1g 22.4%
Carbohydrates 45.5g 19.8%
Salt 1.04g 17.3%
I consider food to be one of the most important things I buy, so I buy organic food and not Sainsbury's Basics. However, I was in a rush the other day and rather than heading back to the fridge aisle to pick up pizza bases, I just threw a couple of these in the trolley instead and decided I'd add toppings and top up the cheese and tomato as needed.
These pizzas are 65p each, and they're pretty small, so they're not that much of a bargain compared to making your own or buying premium brand large pizzas when they're on offer. For kids or dieters, they're probably pretty good, although I know my housemates who polish off a large 14" pizza each for a meal would be very disappointed because this is probably about a 7-8" pizza at most. The advantage is that you shouldn't have too much trouble fitting it in the freezer. The ingredients aren't worrying, and half a pizza is around the 350-400 calorie mark. For this reason I tend to have half a pizza for one meal; however I was still hungry after so I had to have another quarter.
After removing the cardboard box and plastic packaging, you put the pizza in the oven for around 18 minutes. I was quite surprised that it took this long as they normally take 10-12 mins, but it does have quite a thick base. I was pleased to see the cheese was evenly spread, as was the sauce.
Checking the pizza halfway through cooking, I wasn't impressed by the oily film that covered it like water. However, after the pizza had fully cooked it seemed to go away - although it had already put me off. With the extra toppings I added, the pizza was ok. The biggest let down was the sauce, which was incredibly watery and quite artificial tasting (when you could taste it that is). This did ruin the taste for me quite a bit, as it's not up to par with any kind of pizza, even an own brand, non-Basics Sainsbury's pizza. The crust was quite nice, although it was crunchy so if you like soft crusts this isn't the pizza for you.
I had the other quarter of pizza for lunch today, and it did taste nice cold. The toppings held well, and it wasn't greasy or soggy even after carrying it to work in just a sandwich bag, so that's a big plus point.
If price is the main factor for you or you're buying them for, say, a kid's party or a quick lunch, then you could do a lot worse and you'll probably see them as a bargain. I'm lucky enough to have quite a big food budget and I wouldn't buy these again. Although to be honest, I wouldn't buy a £4 frozen pizza either when it's so cheap and easy to make your own, particularly if you buy premade bases.
Overall, I can see these are good in several ways, but the sauce is too much of a disappointment so I'll give them 2 stars.
Sainsburys basic cheese and tomato pizza
== How I came by it ==
Well I have recently changed my monthly shopping from Asda to Sainsburys due to problems with Asda home delivery (which you may have read about in my Asda home delivery review!) and general quality of the food.
Last month I was doing my monthly shopping when I spotted these frozen pizzas in the Sainsbury's basics range, I have had the Asda fresh Smart Price pizzas, and although we often add our own toppings we enjoyed them, so I thought I would give these a go.
We have a chest freezer and we tend to have selection of "proper" food and quick junk food for every occasion. And as my other half works night this seemed ideal for him to grab something quick and easy to munch on before work and when also when I am alone at night rather than cooking a huge meal for my self and I don't like ready meals finding them very bland and untasteful, so I do like quick easy meals when my hubby is out at work!
== What is it ==
Well as the title may suggest it is not a tin of custard it is a Sainsbury's Basic cheese and tomato pre-frozen pizza.
You can either eat it as it is or create your own toppings from what you find in the fridge. It is also a great activity for kids to do without much mess to be given these simple pizzas and a range of toppings to choose from and make their own lunch!
The pizzas are very simple cheese and tomato pizzas.
== What is it like ==
Well first impression it's frozen, ah that's right I've got to cook it first- so gas mark 5 and 18 minutes later I have one pizza.
First impressions it smells good with plenty of cheese on it. The first bite was great the tomato sauce is lovely and has a great basil taste to it not sloppy not over powering just a nice tomato sauce, not just a simple tomato puree which you usually get on cheap pizzas. The base has a lovely crunch to it as well.
The base is not thin crust, but is about 1.5-2cm deep, I myself prefer a thin crust pizza, but this went nice and crunchy unlike many deeper dish pizzas, so I was very happy!
We added ham and extra cheese to our pizza, though in the future, I don't think I would bother with the extra cheese unless it was Mozzarella as it just didn't need it.
== Price comparison ==
At the minute this pizza is priced at 78p per pizza so not hugely expensive. Asda has one in for 78p as well and Tesco has one in for 78p. So the 3 major supermarkets have them in for the same price within there basic ranges, we have not tried either Asda or Tesco frozen varieties of pizzas, so I cannot compare them, but this one is definitely well worth the price!
== Ingredients ==
Pizza Base; Tomato Sauce; Mozzarella Cheese (from Cows' Milk) (18%).Pizza Base contains: Wheat Flour, Water, Rapeseed Oil, Dextrose, Yeast, Salt, Flour Treatment Agent: Ascorbic Acid.
Tomato Sauce contains: Water, Tomato Purée, Maize Starch, Basil, Sugar, Garlic Purée, Black Pepper, Cheese Powder (from Cows' Milk).
Basics Pizza is good value, in that it is so cheap and you do get a pretty big pizza for your money!
However, it wouldn't be my pizza of choice. If you want a plain cheese and tomato, then I would pay a bit extra and choose a different brand, or get a frozen one. I find the base is slightly 'doughy' and they are very stingy on the cheese. You will definately need to add some more - especially if you are like me and love cheese.
On the other hand, if you are someone who likes to add lots of toppings to their pizza, then this is probably the best option for you as it is so big, meaning you can add more to it and the lack of cheese isn't a problem - nor is the lack of flavour!
This is probably also a good bet for those nights when you're having friends round and just want some quick snacks as you can slice this up into several small slices and it works out cheaper than other brands - especially if you're drinking and don't really care about taste!
Ehhhhhh! Well. I love pizza. I always used to eat a whole one to myself every Wednesday or something. Alas, I am now fat, and thus I do not have them often. However, I decided to buy a Sainsbury Basics pizza because it was at the very reasonable price of £1 and it was big enough to share with my father also - half each, you understand.
The pizza looked very nice on the front. The pizza looked very nice when I took it out. The only problem as far as I could see at this point is that the cheese was a little sparse, particularly as you got close to the edges. I was going to add more cheese but I left it so I could try it as-is. It takes about ten minutes to cook which is very convenient - I think it's only two minutes longer if you've frozen it as well, which is also awesome.
When it came out, the quantity of cheese was, as I expected, insufficient. The problem with this pizza is that the base isn't exactly gorgeous - it's fine, I mean, but it's not a pizza base you'd enjoy eating on its own; I think that's a trait reserved to homemade pizzas, but it's not really good in any now I think of it... Anyway, it's certainly not pleasant with this one, because it's really just a round bit of dough. There's nothing special about it. It's thin and flat - end of. There was so little cheese when you got to the edges that you were just eating dough, essentially, and you were just like, er, chomp chomp...this is...not exactly what I imagined pizza to taste like. Because it's crunchy, but it really tastes of nothing.
Otherwise, the cheese & sauce combo is awesome, particularly in the middle because there you get a lot of cheese and it's all bubbly and nice. The sauce is very simple (you can tell by the ingredients) but it's quite good. I do think it's a bit plain and, again, not enough of it, though. I'm ashamed to say I put a huge dollop of tomato ketchup on my plate and dipped it in that. Then the whole pizza tasted amazing and I had no complaints. Without the ketchup, though, I think I would have been a bit disappointed.
Another problem with this pizza is that it's not filling at all. Neither my father or I were even remotely filled after this pizza, despite the fact that we ate half each. I think it would make a good snack but then you have to consider the minimal nutritional value of this snack...I mean it's quite high calorie so it would seem like it should be a dinner. I think it's a bit messed up that you can consume so much nutritionally speaking yet still feel empty afterwards.
The next time I tried this I added more cheddar cheese from my fridge on top. This pizza then came out awesome, so I recommend this. However, I still needed tomato ketchup. Or maybe I just like tomato ketchup and pizza now. Who knows?
I think this would be good for children but it's not really suitable for an adult's meal unless you served it up with something else.
As I am on a mission to save on my food shopping I have decided to give up snobbery and try some of those products that come in less appealing packaging. The pizza retails at 78p.
As with all of the Sainbury's Basics range the packaging is white with orange and unlike a lot of products this comes with a picture of the food on the front.
Here is some of the basic nutrional information, half a pizza will give you 298 calories, 8.4g fat, 3.8g saturated fat, 1.04g salt and total sugars of 3.9g.So if your into your health wheel thingy none of those values are highlighted in red, all are orange apart from the sugars which is a green.
So to the taste, this pizza was ok but not the best, there isn't enough cheese on the top so make sure you have some cheese in to sprinkle on the top. There was a lot of tomato sauce on the base which is usually a winner with me, but it had a tangy taste which was quite artificial even though I know Sainsbury's don't use any artifical colours, preservatives or flavours. The base was good though, turns nice and crispy when oven cooking, I do prefer less crisp but know from experience I tend to be alone in this.
This is a good pizza for the price and you can always jazz it up adding your own cheese and toppings.
I usually buy a few things to pop in the freezer for when I'm short of time so I can just pull them out, put them in the oven and not worry about them. Sainsbury's Basics are usually really good for this, they produce a good range of ready meals so I though I'd try their pizza, especially when looking at the price of the other pizza's next to it in the freezer.
Price: This pizza is 78p for 243g which is really good value, I think the average person could probably manage this on it's own but I was being good so I decided to have half the pizza (which is the recommended portion size by Sainsbury's) and some salad.
Packaging: The packaging of this is the usual Sainsbury's Basics white and orange (to keep costs down), with a picture of the pizza on it looking rather nice and a plate and pizza cutter drawn around it. Inside the box the pizza has plastic shrik wrap around it and the carboard base it comes on.
The product out of the box: The pizza looks really unappetising when it comes out of the box, I was disappointed by the amount of topping, especially the cheese, but for 78p I suppose you can't really complain so I was happy to add some extra ingrediants myself.
Cooking Instructions: The pizza takes about 15 minutes in the oven, however I added extra ingrediants to mine so finished it off under the grill to melt the extra cheese. I will say the pizza smelt lovely when it was in the oven!
Taste: I added ham and red onion to this pizza for extra flavour, I didn't think the tomato sauce was very tomatoey at all but it wasn't too bad, I found the mozzarella like plastic, but I suppose it is just cheap cheese. The crust crisped up nicely though, and it was quite thick, which I like but I think many people might find it abit stodgy. The pizza isn't too bad, it's a good base for other flavours to be added, which, when you think about pizza's you have made to order in the supermarkets will still work out alot cheaper
Nutrition: There's 298kcal in half the pizza, which is plenty if you're having it with a salad, I don't think this is too bad at all, especially compared to other pizzas. There is 17.3% of your daily salt intake though, which is quite high for half a pizza but the pizza doesn't taste salty. There is also 19% of your daily intake of saturated fat and 12% of your daily intake of fat, both of these in half a pizza, so not too great nutritionally.
Overall: I was hoping for a meal I could just put in the oven but due to the lack of toppings it wasn't, although it didn't take forever to chop an onion and abit of ham. It's a good pizza for those who don't like conventional topping combinations as it's a really good base for flavours, however as it's not that good nutritionally anyway you'd have to be careful what you put on top else this could result in a very unhealthy meal. For 78p though a good buy, just be prepared to add more toppings!
There are times when my budget is a little limited or I know that I just can't be bothered to make a meal from scratch so for these occasions I have some convenient dinners or snacks in the oven and the basic or value pizza is always a staple in my freezer.
This pizza comes wrapped in plastic and then packed in a cardboard box which is very basic with a picture of a pizza and a cutter as well as displaying all the usual nutritional information, ingredients etc but I don't care that it looks basic as I just throw away the packaging once opened anyway so it don't matter really does it!
The pizza itself is 243g in weight so really is the ideal pizza just for one person as I have a big appetite and half of one of these will only fill me up if served with chips or onion rings and garlic bread. I have a very big appetite but this would be ample served between 2 or 3 children as they are the ideal size for little apetites.
The pizza is nothing special to look at as the base is a round uniform shape, there is a spread of tomato sauce and then there is a smattering of cheese all over the pizza, generous considering the cheap price.
This pizza is very simple to cook and just needs to be whacked in the oven for around 10-12 minutes or until brown and this will depend on the heat of your oven, I cook mine at around 200 degrees with chips and other things so it doesn't take as long.
The pizza lets off quite a nice cheesy smell when cooking and goes a lovely brown shade. There is just enough cheese to give the whole thing a nice light coating and this pizza crisps up very well. The base is lovely and crunchy and has a nice bread type taste to it. The tomato sauce has a fairly rich taste to it and does taste like tomatoes, it compliments the base well and works with the cheese. The cheese is not the most luxurious or tasteful cheese ever but it all turns out the same when you bake it anyway so who cares!
Per 1/2 pizza: 298 calories, 3.9g sugars, 8.4g fat, 1.04g salt.
Ingredients: Pizza Base; Tomato Sauce; Mozzarella Cheese (from Cows' Milk) (18%).Pizza Base contains: Wheat Flour, Water, Rapeseed Oil, Dextrose, Yeast, Salt, Flour Treatment Agent: Ascorbic Acid.Tomato Sauce contains: Water, Tomato Purée, Maize Starch, Basil, Sugar, Garlic Purée, Black Pepper, Cheese Powder (from Cows' Milk).
Overall I would say that this pizza is yummy for the price and even better if topped with meat and vegetables as it makes a real meal out of this pizza and with it costing just 78p it really is a fantastic basic item. I am rating this pizza 4/5 as a little more sauce & cheese would round it off really well but it is a fantastic freezer staple for the nights when you just can't be bothered!
Since having my son 10 weeks ago I have been relying more heavily than usual on convenience food to feed us all. After a couple of memorable evenings when due to the baby screaming we didn't eat until 7pm (two hours later than usual for my daughter) I have made sure that I always have something in the fridge that is easy to cook and requires minimal preparation. Convenience food being so much more expensive than my usual home cooking I have been looking at all of the budget and value ranges in the supermarket..which how I ended up with this pizza which retails in my local Sainsburys for the bargain price of 99p (and a smaller one for my daughter which retails at 49p).
The ingredients didn't reveal any lurking horrors, 20 % mozzarella cheese, a base made with all the ingredients I use to make pizza (water, flour, salt, yeast) with added wheat protein (no idea what this is) and the tomato sauce with 97% tomatoes plus named mixed herbs and flavourings. The traffic light food information makes it green for calories (303) and total sugars, with three reds for salt, sat fat and fat per quarter of a pizza so not exactly a salad...but fine for a one off.
Packaging is basic, just a cardboard circle under the pizza and shrinkwrapped plastic over the top, but its very easy to open and all the information is clear and easy to read. Cooking instructions are on the underside of the label which drives me crazy as I like to know how long things will take to cook before I buy; in this case just 14 minutes.
The pizza looks pretty unprepossessing when you remove it from its packaging, very unexciting and the thick base looks quite unappetizing. I quickly covered it up with some extra toppings and slammed it in the oven quickly so I could get back to jiggling a whingy baby. It did smell good when it was cooking and looked more appetizing once cooked as the base crisped up and the cheese had a nice bubbly glaze to it.
Tastewise I found it to be very bland and I was very glad that I had added on extra toppings. The mozzarella was quite plasticy and the tomato sauce didn't really come through at all, they sort of melded together into a tomato scented playdoh on the top of the pizza. To be fair though the advertising on the packet says 'dinner is easy peasy, just a little less cheesy'...I was disappointed with the tomato sauce though as with all those extra flavourings listed I thought it might actualy taste of something. It was edible though when combined with the salami, onion, pepper and mushroom I put on the top, but I certainly would have struggled with this had I cooked it on its own. The base was the worst bit though being thick, very bready and dry with quite a lot of added salt. I had to have two glasses of water whilst eating it and even though I can usually put away a whole pizza by myself there is still half sitting sadly in the kitchen waiting for breakfast tomorrow. It isn't at all greasy though which is a redeeming feature, some supermarket pizzas can leave me feel like I have sweated grease on my face..yuk. My daughter loved her smaller one but I don't think I will be buying it for her again, I would be concerned about the amount of salt she was taking in as she is only 4.
So, in conclusion I would say that there is nothing essentially wrong with this pizza, it has nothing nasty added to it, its not too greasy and even though its quite bland and salty it is better than many of the similar supermarket pizzas on the market. I would be happier if the base was thinner but having eaten a Tescos thin crust pizza recently that tasted just like cardboard I would take this thicker crust anytime. However it isn't exactly a treat to eat and is nothing like a proper Italian pizza but for 99p what do you expect?
SAINSBURY'S BASICS PIZZA
cheese and tomato pizza.
I always buy my pizza bases from Sainsbury's the ones i buy are not frozen, as i like to buy mine and then stick them in the freezer so that they are redily available when we need one.No picture corresponding was found.
There usually comes a time when one of my children especially my eldest son pops in, and says you got something quick and easy to make me please mum.
You can then take one of the twelve inche bases already coated in a tomatoe puree paste, and Mozerella covering, and i think that the coverings are ample as they are, but the reason i buy mine like that are
I can freeze them myself, and they are larger than the boxed frozen ones pictured above, and they are large enough to share between a few people.
Nowdays for 99p,the price of the basic range tomato and mozarella pizzas,is excellent value but you can just add your own toppings, then you get to choose what you like, ive even made pizzas before with this basic cheese and tomato topping, then added a different selection of toppings to the two halfs, especially if you are cutting this in half and then you dont get arguements.
The Pizza comes on a white plastic tray which obviously you throw away, the pizza is covered tightly with a plastic cling film, to keep it sealed and fresh until you want to eat it, i have kept these in my freezer before for approximately four weeks before having gone un noticied, and they are still great to eat.
They only take an average of 6 to 7 minutes electric oven 180, and as mine is a fan assisted oven it can sometimes cook quicker if the oven is preheated.
You can judge a pizzas cooking time for yourself.
I usually add slices of red onion on mine, not the hard skinny bits just the soft fleshy bit inside, as thats the sweetest part of the red onion, and a few mushrooms, i buy the basic ones for this, which incidentally onced clean i freeze mine to add to things like pizzas, and they always taste great.
I like sunblush tomatoes extra on top as well as never think i get enough tomatoes on mine, and then a few pieces of thick ham off the bone, i usually buy the odd bits from the meat counter they are called ham ends, and also add an extra shaving of mozerella cheese, i love a slice of pizza, then you can truly call that home made, and all my family love the different ideas i can come up with for extra toppings too.
I always buy two at a time, and sometimes in our local Sainsbury's supermarket they may have a few reduced ones too which is great especially if you are going to eat them that night.
Yes I do Love Basics range of cheese and mozerella pizzas.
Thanks for reading and rating my reviews. x
*I am actually reviewing the basics pizza from the chiller rather than the freezer (the picture is the freezer version*.
Me and the other half are massive fans of pizza, if we had our way we would be eating dominos every night! However, this gets quite expensive and we've been trying to find a cheaper alternative. In our village we have 4 shops for food, one being a Sainsburys local. When looking for a pizza a while back our eyes fell on this. A massive pizza for 99p-certainly worth a try!
So as I said it cost 99p for a 12 inch pizza, weighing 495g. In larger Sainsburys the pizza is also available in the smaller size of 7 inches for 46p. The pizza is placed on a polystrene board and then wrapped in clear film. On the film is a large sticker telling us it is a Sainsburys basics pizza. There is also a traffic light for the nutritional values.
Opening the pizza you can see that its not absolutely covered in cheese, however compared to a number of other supermarket 'value' options, I think this one contains the most cheese! Under the cheese you can see a deep red sauce and the base is deep pan and is quite pale in colour. The cheese used is Mozerella.
You can freeze this pizza on the day of purchase, making it a great purchase. To cook from chilled it is very easy, preheat the oven to 200 degrees and cook for 12-14 minutes. I always find it is usually ready by 12 minutes with the cheese bubbling and looking ready to eat!
When biting into the pizza, you do notice that the base is quite soft, and softer than a number of branded pizzas. However, it is not soggy like a number of other 'value' offerings and has a good flavour to it. On top of the pizza, there is plenty of cheese. The cheese has a good flavour to it, complementing the base well. The sauce is recognisable but not overpowering, it works really well with the cheese and all 3 ingredients combined together give a really nice tasting pizza. The pizza is really filling and will easily feed 3 people or 2 adults and 2 children as part of a main meal.
TIP: To make it more interesting, add a tin of baked beans!
For a pizza, I think that the nutritional values are actually ok. A quarter of the pizza provides you with 303 calories, 2.5g sugar, 6.2g fat (3.7g saturates) and 1.06g salt.
I would recommend anyone to buy this pizza as it tastes really nice. I prefer chilled pizzas to frozen and this one lived up to all expectations and more. I found it so much nicer than the Tesco alternative and now we often have one of these for tea. It is a great easy part of a meal because it is so quick and easy to prepare. Kids will love this and its not too messy either!