Product Type: Sainsbury's Ready Meals
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A good pizza if you like to add your own toppings
Sainsbury's Basics Pizza
Member Name: graceyyxx
Sainsbury's Basics Pizza
Disadvantages: lots of salt and saturated fat
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!
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