“ Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Other Ready Meals „
While my daughter had her nose deep in history text books, revising for imminent A/S exams, I thought I'd cook her a pizza. I had a large Sainsbury's Thin & Crispy cheese and tomato (Margherita) stonebake pizza in the freezer. She said she couldn't manage one by herself so I could have a couple of slices. Generous or what! Really, this suited me as I had something else in the fridge that was getting near to it's use by date. The pizza, or as much of it as she wanted, would be for her to keep her strength up!
This frozen pizza was priced at £2.00 but had an offer of buy one get second at half price, which I did.
It comes in a (311g)cardboard box which shows the pizza plus a small cut out section so the pizza can be viewed. The pizza is wrapped in plastic inside the box. I considered by the section shown that the pizza looked pretty good. It appeared to have plenty of grated cheese and small circles of mozarella cheese and slices of tomato dotted around.
As my microwave is a combination, having a convection oven, I cooked it for sixteen minutes at 190o. It can also be cooked in a conventional oven at gas mark 5 or electric 190o for the same amount of time of sixteen minutes. I am known for overcooking pizzas but this looked perfect after that time.
The cheese had bubbled nicely and the mozarella was blending in. It smelt inviting, definitely of garlic. The outer edges were crisp but the inside was soft. It was sprinkled lightly with parsley-just the right amount to add a subtle flavour of herbs without dominating.
My daughter used the pizza cutter and divided this into eight pieces. She then offered me three slices but looked as if she was wavering so. as I feel she needs to eat more I informed her that two was enough for me. My mouth was watering at the time!
She ate it all and she often leaves something so I judged this a success.
This pizza was very good for the price. It tasted and looked like a high quality product. Even at two pounds I would buy this again but would be especially likely to purchase often if the offer remains or is repeated.
Half pizza provides:
sat fat- 6.7g
total sugars- 4.5g
This is suitable for vegetarians.
* ALLERGY ADVICE: Contains milk, wheat gluten & barley gluten.
The card from the box is widely recyclable but the plastic is not currently recyclable.
Last night I was feeling tired, so decided my Friday night treat would be a pizza. I don't normally buy them ready-made as I'm never impressed, but I decided it would be fine with a load of toppings. The pizza I'd bought was a 'thin and crispy' cheese and tomato pizza from Sainsbury's, which I believe was cheap at around £1.50. I have to say that this isn't normally the kind I'd go for as I like thick bases with proper crust, but I was in a rush and just picked it up.
The pizza can be kept in the fridge or freezer, and doesn't contain palm oil. It can be cooked on gas mark 5 for just 15 minutes from frozen, which makes it a nice quick meal. At over 400 calories and 12g of saturated fat it's not the healthiest of options, but for a main dinner meal that's not too bad. I think a serving is more like half the pizza, which would be fine with a salad or chips or garlic bread to bulk it out a bit.
Upon opening the flimsy cardboard box I wasn't too impressed. The pizza comes wrapped in plastic, and doesn't look that appetising - you get about five slices of mozzarella and a few cherry tomato halves scattered unevenly on top of the cheese and tomato base - think they need to sort their factory production line out! However, I got chopping and added lots of green peppers and mushrooms which made it look really good.
The pizza cooked well in the suggested time frame and wasn't burnt or undercooked. It fit almost exactly onto one of my dinner plates, and the whole pizza was enough to make me full when I was really hungry. I'm not sure where the 'crispy' bit comes from - maybe I should have cooked it slightly longer - as my pizza was soft and doughy. It tasted delicious, and I was surprised at how soft it was and the lovely taste of the mozzarella and tomato that had looked so cheap and nasty before. I would be happy to serve it to one of my friends because it tastes much nicer than all the expensive supermarket pizzas I've tried, including Pizza Express and Weight Watchers. Unfortunately they only do this in two varieties - this cheese and tomato one and a pepperoni one - but it's easy to add your favourite toppings and have exactly what you want.
No complaints here, as this pizza is cheap, quick and easy to cook and tastes surprisingly good. Definitely worth having in for those lazy/busy days.
After going to the cinema on Friday night me and my friend got in and we were pretty hungry to say the least. We found a couple of pizzas in the fridge so we put them both in the oven so my mum and dad could have some too, they cooked really well and the smell was delicious, they didn't last long either!
Price: These pizzas are £2 each but at the moment they're 2 for £3 which is really good value as they're a pretty decent size. I'd say that one pizza would feed 2 but if you have a bigger appetite a few chips of some salad on the side would accompany the dish well.
Packaging: The pizza comes in an almost flat cardboard box with a window so you can see your pizza inside, the box has a picuture of some pizza slices and the nutritional wheel. Inside the pizza is cling wrapped which as always pretty fiddly to get into but something that is in any pizza so I suppose there's no avoiding it.
Cooking Instructions: We put this in the oven at 180 degrees, they recommend you cook it for 12 minutes but just keep and eye on your pizza as we cooked ours for 10 minutes and it was well done in parts
The Pizza: The pizza smells absolutely delicious when you get it out of the oven and it looks really tasty too, with cheese and tomato pizzas I often find myself adding extra cheese but found I didn't need to with this one. The base does go very crispy so you'll need a sharp knife and a firm cutting technique to get through this one! The base isn't too crispy when you're eating though and the flavour of the base is balanced nicely with the topping. The tomato sauce wasn't too thick which I like but had a really nice, rich flavour, the cheese was plentiful (a mix of mozzerella, montery jack, edam and cheddar) and had a nice flavour unlike the plastic cheese which is often on pizzas. There are also half cherry tomatoes on the pizza which gives a nice sweet taste.
Nutritional Information: Each half a pizza:
Sat Fat: 5.3g
Contains milk, wheat gluten, barley gluten and soya.
Overall: I really enjoyed this pizza, it had a lovely pizza and was very generous with the toppings for a quite reasonable price, especially when it's on offer. It's easy to cook, literally just a case of putting it in the oven although you have to be careful it doesn't burn. Nutritionally, it isn't too bad, especially eaten as part of a main meal, all the values are either green or orange on the nutritional wheel. I'll definately be buying these again and with be stocking up while they're on offer as they're also freezable.
Having just bought one of these and eaten it, I thought it best to review it while it's fresh in my mind.
Mine was on offer so I can't recall the exact price but I believe it was somewhere in the region of about £1.50, it comes packaged well and kept fresh, it's also freezeable if you choose to eat it at a later date.
It tastes delicious and there's an ample amount of cheese and tomato in order to satisfy your taste. There's a lot of nutritional information on the back as well so you can decide beforehand if you're going to get your GDA's and additives for the day.
I did think there was a number of criticisms though. Firstly, thin is an understatement. It's virtually a paper thin base and incredibly hard to slice up once it comes out of the oven, it tore about three times and if you're going to be putting this on display at a party for example, you might want to think again before doing so.
Secondly, the cooking times in no way reflect what goes on in the over. it states to cook for about 12 minutes from chilled but I found my oven, at the temperature specified on the box, took more like 8 minutes and my advice is that you really do have to keep an eye on this to ensure it doesn't come out burnt and that it tastes nice. For me too, its bad research like this that makes me sceptical about the nutritional guidelines as well and I think a little more testing would have put far more confidence into the product.
That aside, if you don't overcook it and you're having it for yourself only, by which you shouldn't mind so much about the pizza tearing, it does taste delicious and is a fulfilling and easy meal to make, leaving you happy and satisfied with the result.
I am always the first person to say that a GOOD margarita is hard to do, but when done well, can taste amazing. Sainsburys, I have to say make a pretty good effort with this.
As one would expect, it is a plain cheese pizza BUT, very nice considering the price.
As described on the box, is thin and crispy - however, this can often mean flat and crunchie, not in this case, its a really nice tasting base and very discreet so that the bread does not over power the taste of the cheese. It does not break and crumble or go hard at the edges the way some value pizza bases do.
What I like about this pizza is that they do not over do it on the herbs, its seems fresh with a light herby hint rather than an overpowering flavour.
The best bit, a generous helping of tasty cheese which, if left in the oven long enough, bubbles just like it does in the photo. It is defintely a good mozzarela as is goes all stringy when you eat it - delicious.
I love these pizzas and one thing i do is to jazz them up with extra ingredients you find in the fridge such as mushrooms, peppers or jalepenos
A thin & crispy pizza base covered with a rich tomato sauce, a blend of mozzarella and cheddar cheeses, and finally garnished with parsley.