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      03.06.2010 19:37
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      A great cost cutter

      Sainsburys Basics Spaghetti in Tomato Sauce is a stupendously cheap 14p for a 410g tin. As far as I'm concerned that is cheap as chips!

      As you would expect, the spaghetti comes in a standard can which you can open with a can opener (no ring pull for 14p I'm afraid). This minor inconvenience aside, the packaging is perfectly sufficient and contains all the pertinent nutritional info you would require in an easy to read and clear format.

      Taste wise it is not amazing but neither is it inedible. The Spaghetti has a nice soft texture and the tomato sauce is rich and flavoursome. It lacks the tangy zip of the Heinz variety, but you would expect that seeing as this is about a third of the price of the branded varieties. Suffice it to say that this made a perfectly good spaghetti on toast for a net cost of less than 20p (especially when using Sainsbury's Basics bread aswell).

      This isn't Sainsbury's Basics finest moment but it is a really good value product that is perfectly acceptable in the taste department. It is probably best to avoid serving this at your dinner parties but if you are just slumming around the house and fancy a quick snack, it's great!

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      21.03.2010 00:34
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      Sainsbury's basics range Spagetti.


      I have been spending quite a bit of time in my local supermarket, because of the hours that I work I love Sainsbury's because they have a tendancy to stay open until quite late at nite, which is great as sometimes im not getting out of my workplace until really very late.

      I have been buying the Sainsbury's range (Basics) because they are a little bit cheaper and save me quite a bit of money. I have purchased the Basics range of Spagetti which I brought for less than thirty pence, which is great.

      This product comes in a tin, which doesnt look too fancy but is great value for money. This comes in a can and has a orange and white label on it, nothing too fancy but thats probably what makes their products so cheap is the packaging, being simple and basic obviously saves a bit of money.

      The spagetti comes in a tomato sauce, and it comes in a can containing four hundred and ten grams, and is suitable for vegetarians too.

      Half a can of this spagetti im told contains just under a hundred calories, so even with eating the whole can thats not too bad. I find that this spagetti tastes great, and does have a tomato sauce, and thats ok too.

      I like to have a bit of spagetti with my toast as a snack but also I like to have it on the side of my plate especially when having fish fingers or burgers or sasages with chips or mash, which can be a bit dry on their own, so I like this spagetti because it offers a nice addition to any meal.

      I find that this is also great if you pop this in between two slices of bread, buttered sides up and pop it into a sandwich toaster, makes a nice piping hot filling for your toastie, and also I find that this fills me up to.
      Contains fat at 0.6grams, total sugars at 8.2grams, sat fat at 0.2grams and salt at 1.0grams. Contains protein, Carbohydrates. Fibre and a little salt too

      I liked the taste of this spagetti, not the best but really tasted quite good and I am happy with the can I brought, and I will be buying this again soon.

      Try it for your self and see what you think .

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      20.03.2010 19:30
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      For the price it still is a good buy I think. But tip away some of the sauce.

      ** Sainsbury's Basics Spaghetti In Tomato Sauce **

      As part of our weekly grocery shopping we tend to buy quite a lot of supermarket cheap home brands as they can often represent good value. Sainsbury's cheap own brand product range is called basics.

      I like a lot of egg based meals and snacks so we picked up a few cans of Sainsbury's Basics Spaghetti In Tomato Sauce for a mere £15p last week.

      When I'm cooking or to be honest snacking for myself I almost always use the microwave to cook. So I opened my 410 gram can of Sainsbury's Basics Spaghetti In Tomato Sauce with a can opener as there is no ring pull on top of the can to open it. But at this price that is not something I would criticise Sainsbury's for.

      I poured the contents into a microwavable dish and was greeted by a nice sweet smell rising from the un-warmed spaghetti. The spaghetti itself looked perhaps a tiny bit limp but not unappetising.

      The thing that didn't impress me was the huge amount of tomato sauce in the tin. The tin was choc full to the top with tomato sauce and although the tomato sauce looked fine the actual spaghetti occupied far less space in the can. I'd estimate that the spaghetti in a tin of Sainsbury's Basics Spaghetti In Tomato Sauce probably only actually filled up two thirds of the can.

      After 3 minutes in the microwave I poured the spaghetti on my plate with my poached egg and let it cool for a moment. The aroma was more intense after heating, as you would expect. The spaghetti still looked a bit limp and in danger of being outnumbered by the quantity of tomato sauce even though I left some of the tomato sauce still in the microwave dish to be discarded later.

      Taste wise Sainsbury's Basics Spaghetti In Tomato Sauce was actually quite nice. Maybe not as flavoursome as Heinz but not bad for 15p at all.


      ** my conclusion **

      For the price it is hard to find too many faults with Sainsbury's Basics Spaghetti In Tomato Sauce. The taste is quite good and the only mistake I made was to not tip away more of tomato sauce before serving it. That would have stopped my poached egg on toast getting so soggy for one thing. But as long as you think of Sainsbury's Basics Spaghetti In Tomato Sauce as being 2 thirds of a can of spaghetti with lots of extra tomato sauce you won't go far wrong.

      Thanks for reading my review.
      Mike xx

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      19.03.2010 09:42
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      Overall a great snack or as a part of a main meal.

      Sainsbury's basics spaghetti in tomato sauce is priced at the extremely low price of 14 pence. When I added these into my basket while doing my weekly shop online I was yet to find out what they were really like.
      The next day when I receive my products, I really fancied some spaghetti on toast. Once I opened the can I was slightly shocked at that it looked more like tomato soup than it did spaghetti. After then pouring the tin into a pan I popped it on the hob and gave it a stir to find that the can was only three quarters full with spaghetti and the rest was sauce.
      The spaghetti its self taste nice on toast and was a big hit with my daughter. The only fault with it was the lack of spaghetti within the tin. It is full with tomato flavours and doesn't taste bland like i thought it would off.
      I've very easy to cook you can either pop it on the hob for 3 to 4 minutes or in the microwave for 2 to 3 minutes.
      Half a can of spaghetti contains 99 calories and 0.6grams of fat.
      Overall this is a product I would purchase again I was just slightly disappointed that the can wasn't full. But my daughter loves them and priced at only 14 pence I suppose I can't really complain.

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        18.02.2010 01:42
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        Not recommended.

        I thought tonight I would treat you to a review of Sainsbury's Basics Spaghetti In Tomato Sauce, this was not something either my wife or I chose to buy it was in fact in a hamper my son won just before Christmas at a charity fund raiser.

        I guess Sainsbury must have donated the hamper as it was mainly full of Sainsbury own brand goods, many of them very good I am sure but this spaghetti was not one of them.

        I have checked up on the price and can tell you that it apparently costs only 14p per tin and I have to say that is very noticeable when eating it.

        The sauce is the first thing I noticed to be very different from Heinz; it was very watery and very sweet.

        The strands of spaghetti were very small as if they were mainly broken pieces and also very thin, taste wise there was very little of the rich tomato taste you get from the Heinz version, there was just an odd and rather sweet fakeness to the whole affair.

        I had mine on toast and once I decided to grate a little cheese over it then it was just about edible but on its own it was a very poor tasting spaghetti that I certainly would not buy nor recommend.

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        18.02.2010 00:15
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        Highly Recommended

        Sainsbury's Basics Spaghetti In Tomato Sauce costs only 14p per standard sized 410g can. That's the same as most of the value brands offer their tinned spaghetti in tomato sauce for. This comes in an old fashioned style can which has to be opened using a tin opener. No ring pulls in this price range I'm afraid.

        Tinned spaghetti is a big favourite with the grandson, so from time to time I pinch a can to have as a quick, hot snack. I've tried the Asda version, the Tesco version and this Sainsburys version to date. Obviously I've also had the premium stuff like Heinz, but I'm focusing on the value brands here. I've not been a huge fan of the other value versions, but this one is different.

        The first thing I noticed when I opened a can of this stuff was that the sauce was thicker and darker than it is in the Tesco and Asda versions. It's a lot sweeter, saltier and has a stronger tomato taste than the other versions are, which probably explains why it looks thicker and tastier. The spaghetti is soft and plentiful, and complimented perfectly by the tasty tomato sauce.

        For 14p you have to try this if you usually like this sort of thing. To be totally honest, I can't taste the difference between this and a can of Heinz, and yet I really could do when I ate the Asda and Tesco value versions.

        This isn't just cheap and tasty, but reasonably healthy too. A can of this contains around 200 calories, 1g of fat and 16g of sugar. That's really quite acceptable for a meal. The only thing to be wary of is the salt content, which is around 2g per can. That's not too bad for an adult, but that's something to think about if you're giving this stuff to a small child.

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        17.02.2010 20:00
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        A great tasting product, cant spot the difference

        I am now a Sainsburys basics convert and am trying a number of products over the coming weeks.

        This one was a surprise, it cost 14p for 410gram can. Its suitable for vegetarians and is low fat for all us weight watches.

        It comes in the basics tin and the packeraging is quite boring. On opening I was surprised to find the spaghetti upto the top of the can, usually with lesser brands you have at least an inch of tomato sauce.

        The spaghetti strands are about an inch long and the tomato sauce is thick , red, rich and creamy.

        On pouring out it has a thick consistancy, and when heating through it maintains this. It advises heating with a saucepan on the hob or by popping into the microwave for 5 minutes with a 650w or 4 minutes with a 800w.

        It smelt devine and on the initial taste test, it wasnt any different from premium brands, the spaghetti was soft and the tomato, not over tomatoey.

        Each half of can has inside

        99 calories
        0.6g fat
        8.2g sugar (which is a little high) but that includes natural
        1g of salt
        0.2g sat fat

        So its not calorie ladened and makes a satisfying , filling meal on toast at any time of day.

        Now for the ingrediants.

        Tomatoes 48%
        Cooked Spaghetti 42%
        water
        Sugar
        Glucose Fructose Syrup
        Modified Maise Starch
        Salt
        Acidity Regulator
        Citric Acid
        Ground Paprica
        Wheat flower
        Onion powder
        Flavouring

        Word of warning : contains wheat gluten for you allergy sufferers

        My son and I shared a tin between us and I know some brands you cant replace but at the moment, this is a replacement that we`re sticking too because, its not noticeable the difference to other brands until you look at the packaging

        For more information www.sainsburys.co.uk/health

        Thumbs up from me

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          14.09.2009 18:14
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          I decided to try this after reading a review by xxfoxy-redxx - check her out she's good! Anyway isn't it odd I decided to try this after someone said it wasn't very good? Probably, but I do like to try things and see if I like them. After all it is Spaghetti in Tomato Sauce, is it that hard to get wrong?

          This is part of the Sainsbury's Basics range, which is the cheapest range in the shop. It is a budget brand, but i've found some good things in the cheaper ranges. This cost me 14p for a 410g tin. Since I had this on Toast for my lunch, then I can write about it now.

          The packaging isn't that exciting. It is a tin which has a white label going all the way around it. The writing is in orange and it doesn't even have a ring pull opener - how bad! So it was off to dig the can opener out from the back of the drawer. There is always some odd squiggle drawing on the Sainsbury's Value products, and this is of a fork on the front.

          You can cook this in a pan which doesn't take long, but I normally pop this in a bowl and put in the Microwave for 3 minutes. That is long enough, and you will see the Sauce bubbling around the side and the product is hot all round.

          The 2 things that stood out when I put this in a bowl to cook. The strands of Spaghetti were quite small. I don't care much for the huge long strands which heinz has. I get all messy over my face, so it wasn't a problem that the Spaghetti from here is pretty small. It did seem quite thin through, and pretty floppy, but again i'm sure I was looking to pick fault with this anyway, as Spaghetti is normally floppy. The Sauce was runny and looked light orange instead of having a bit deep orange colouring to it. The sauce did thicken slightly after cooking, but not that much. As a result I found that the Sauce soaked into my Toast pretty good which I like, but left behind bits of Spaghetti with no covering.

          Also the Sauce did taste a little Tomato-y, but there wasn't the nice herb-y, rich Tomato-y taste you get with heinz. I think this also tasted a bit unflavoured and a splash of Salt and pepper would have made all the difference to this. Yes, I could have added it myself, but i'm not used to doing that with tinned Spaghetti.

          It was perhaps edible, but the brand name wins the contest this time, as it had a lot more positive points!

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            09.09.2009 17:30
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            Not for me I'd rather pay alot more for Heinz and not insult my tummy!

            Anyone who regulary reads any of my reviews will be very much aware that A) I am a lazy cook and don't eat properly and B) I love toast. Because of my love of all things toasted I always look for toppings when out shopping. When I saw this spaghetti costing 14p a can in my local Sainsbury's it seemed a bit of a bargain so I decided to try a can!

            The Packaging:

            410g in weight the can has a white and orange label around it. On the front of it I'm told it is Sainsbury's 'Basics' Spaghetti (there's a scribble of some spaghetti hangiing off a fork) Spaghetti In Tomato Sauce 'Different sauce, same on toast' and there is an at a glance nutritional chart on there and I'm told it is Vegetarian. On the back of the can other information includes a full nutritional breakdown, ingredients and allergy advice is given (contains wheat gluten), I'm told how to store it and heat it through and contact details for Sainsbury's are given. Cheap looking can this is but it's informative enough.

            How To Heat:

            In a saucepan on a hob for 5-6 minutes or in a microwave for 4-5 minutes.

            Me And The Spaghetti:

            Well I opened my can up to be greeted with an orange juice and in that small strands of spaghetti. It smelt like canned spaghetti usually smells (of tomato sauce and spaghetti really lol) and I actually put mine in a dish and cooked it in the microwave. It cooked through well in the time stated and the thin orange sauce I'd originally seen (when not heated through) did appear to thicken up ever so slightly.

            The problem with this spaghetti in the main was that the strands were so small they went incredibly soggy and tasted that way. The whole thing didn't really taste seasoned and the sauce...well although it wasn't awful only had a hint of tomato flavour to it. It was edible don't get me wrong but in the taste stakes you really can tell it's economy. In my house my Mum only buys Heinz spaghetti and if I got this and heated it up instead of that and not let her know there is no doubt in my mind I'd get it thrown back at me because you really can tell!

            Not bad for the price and please don't get me wrong it isn't vile and is worth the money but it's not for me unless starving. I'm not into soggy bits of spaghetti I'm afraid lol.

            Nutrional Information Per Half A Can:

            Calories: 99
            Fat: 0.46g
            Saturated Fat: 0.2g
            Salt: 1.0g
            Total Sugars: 8.2g

            Only available in Sainsbury's stores.

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