Product Type: Sainsbury's Ready Meals
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Easy peasy just not so tasty
Sainsbury's Basics Pizza
Member Name: historywitch
Sainsbury's Basics Pizza
Advantages: Cheap, no additives, quick to cook, non greasy
Disadvantages: Bland, salty, thick bready crust
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?
Summary: Pizza on a budget.
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