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I will confess that I have never really been a big fan of shopping in Sainsbury's, mainly due to the fact that I find there is a huge price difference between this supermarket and other stores like it. I did decide to pick up a few bits and pieces when I was visiting a local Sainsbury's store , although this was more down to being convenient at the time than it being my first choice of store.
One of the items that I bought was a pack of fresh tortelloni pasta from the chiller cabinet in the supermarket. It is a clear see-through oblong packet, so I can see the tortelloni 'parcels' quite clearly in the packaging before I buy it. The packet is 300g in weight and for this I paid around £1.80. From memory though there was an offer on where buying two packs would have made it slightly better value to buy in bulk.
The main thing I like about buying fresh pasta like this variety is the short time it takes to cook. In this instance, a mere two minutes is all that is needed to cook the pasta from fresh. If that's not quick and convenient, I don't know what is!
Another huge plus point is the fact that the fresh pasta can be frozen when purchased and kept until it is needed. This doesn't mean that the cooking time suddenly increases to such an extent that it makes it much more inconvenient to cook or prepare, and in actual fact the time to cook the pasta increases only to around six or seven minutes.
When the cooking time is up, it is easy to tell that the pasta is ready to serve, as it sort of 'floats' to the top of the saucepan of water and bobs at the surface. The appearance of the pasta has swollen significantly and the pasta 'parcels' look to be stuffed with the filling inside. This is a significant point to note because other items of fresh pasta I have bought before have been very measly in terms of the filling. This can lead to the parcels filling with water when they are cooking and I find that they then disintegrate a little, with some of the parcels being broken and the filling escaping into the saucepan. The end result of course, is that when eating the filled pasta parcels, some of them are empty and have no filling at all.
I was very impressed to note that I only had one empty pasta parcel on my plate when I was eating this variety, which I think is a first! I can only assume then that the Sainsbury's filled fresh pasta is of a slightly better quality than other brands I have bought before.
The filling inside the parcels - in this case the filling is tomato & mozzarella - is lovely and soft after the cooking time and I thought it offered a pleasant, well seasoned taste. I can easily taste the sweetness of the tomato in the filling although the cheese is not that easy to detect. That said though, mozzarella cheese would never be the tastiest or most flavoursome cheese in my opinion so I'd have been surprised if I had been able to detect the flavour.
I had served the filled pasta with a small amount of tomato sauce stirred through it and it really made for a quick and tasty evening meal. I found it filling and satisfying and I was pleased that the 300g pack served my partner and I sufficiently with a garlic bread dish on the side. My partner was equally impressed with the filled tortell oni and I would buy it again.
The nutritional information on the reverse of the packaging informs me that half a pack of this pasta will provide 407 calories which wasn't as much as I was expecting! I can also see that the product is not suitable for anybody with a nut allergy, and the product contains gluten, milk and wheat.
I would award this filled fresh pasta full marks and I thought it was a really nice change from regular, dried pasta. I would buy it again and highly recommend it!
I've gone a bit mad on this Tomato And Mozzarella Tortelloni from Sainsburys, I've been eating a lot of these chilled pasta things since Xmas and this is one of the best.
It's fresh pasta wrapped round a tomato and mozzarella filling. The pack serves 2 and to cook it you just put the tortelloni in a pan of boiling water and let it boil for about 4 mins. Dead easy and just enough time to grate some cheese up.
When it's cooked it looks proper boring but all pasta does and there's nothing you can do about that! Eating it is like going to heaven though and I reckon it's proper authentic Italian food, I know Italians will probably disagree but I've never been to Italy and this is wicked for me..... OK???
The pasta is cooked nice, it's soft but has got a bit of bite in it as long as you stick to the recommended cooking time. The filling gets mega hot so watch out for the first few bites, I usually grate the cheese onto the tortelloni and then stab some with my fork to let some of the hot air out! God I sound like a baby now but I burnt my gob on something like this once and it hurt like a bitch so I don't take any chances now! lol
There aren't actual pieces of tomato in it and it's pureed up but the tomato is lovely and sweet with a yummy fresh flavour. It doesn't taste fake at all and I reckon it's got to be fresh tomatoes used in it because of the yummy rich flavour. There's quite a lot of mozzarella in each bit of pasta and it's creamy and yummy, if you bite a piece of tortelloni in half the cheese is a bit stringy like on pizza and that makes them feel even better to eat.
Now I think about it they've got a pizza taste and I reckon some of that is to do with them having basil mixed in with the filling. I think the over all taste and texture of this tortelloni is wicked, it makes a delish meal or quick snack and even topped with plain grated cheddar cheese it still feels majorly special to eat.
Half a pack has got 407 calories and 16.8g fat, that's the first time I've even looked at the nutrition on these and I'm a bit shocked about that actually!
Recommended.... but loses a star for all that fat!!!
SAINSBURY'S Tomato and Mozzarella Tortelloni.
One of my favourite pasta meals, from Sainsbury's. I like to get a few packets for around 99p, i can always pop them into the freeezer and take them out just when i want one.
The Package **********
Comes in a clear see through easy to open, packet and is recyclable. It has a picture of the pasta and a lump of one of my favourite cheeses Mozarella on the packet too, plus some tomatoes as this is what the centre of the pasta contains.
The Taste **********
Well i love it, its got a good filling and doesnt take too long to cook, i pop mine into boiling water in a saucepan and it doesnt take too long, just a few minutes to cook this.
I do also add a tomato sauce, i usually buy one of the pasta sauces tomato sauces in a jar and heat this too, to add onto the top of my pasta.
I love the pasta and i have frozen this and thawed it out, and then heated it up and it makes for a really nice tasty snack, dinner, it is a meal in itself, and the 250grams packet does have enough in it for two people.
I usually like to serve this in little square shaped bowls, with a lovely tomato sauce on top, with a little grated cheese on it, just to look good, and a large chunck of french bread, just to mop up the sauce.
This doesnt come with any sauce, but because it is so cheesy and tomatoy in the middle you could eat it on its own, but obviously i prefer to serve a sauce with it, as its not so dry, then you can add a few bits to a previously heated plate, add a few fresh cherry tomatoes on the side of the plate and a little lettace, then pop some sauce over it, and then add some cheese i love it, and its always looking so home made too.
The Pasta is lovely, wish i knew how to make pasta look like little parcels like they do.
It also comes in a Spinach and Ricotta cheese and thats so nice too.
I recommend this as a lovely started to any meal, and it is so quick and easy to cook.
Its lovely, and i will always be buying this.
Thanks for reading and rating my reviews xx.