“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Other Ready Meals „
I eat far too many ready meals but in fairness they are alright, Tesco do seem to produce a good range of different ones at a good price and of course a great advantage of these microwaveable products is that sometimes within 6 minutes you have something hot and reasonable to consume. You can pick these up for less than two pounds if I remember correctly and ready meals are very often on promotion or part of special deals at the supermarket.
In a 750 watt microwave this meal can be ready to eat within five and a half minutes which includes a minute of standing time, its just the normal procedure where you have to pierce the film covering the item and then heat. If you take this meal on and realise that it won't be like a spaghetti carbonara you could buy in a Italian restaurant or one you might prepare at home from scratch then it is very enjoyable.
This is long strands of spaghetti with smoked bacon all mixed together with a creamy cheese sauce and it is very pleasant, the sauce and the bacon do taste tremendous. This product does contain milk, wheat and gluten so you need to be careful if you have allergies and a complete serving of this which is only suitable for one person really contains 621 calories and 30.8g of fat so probably not ideal to eat all the time as this does suggest it is fairly calorific.
I do suggest this is a quick to prepare meal that you will enjoy if you don't expect it to be what it can not deliver.
I try and cook as many meals as I can myself from scratch but on the odd occasion when time is against me and it's just a case of wanting something quick and easy then this is when I usually turn to a ready meal. The latest was from the Tesco chilled Italian range of ready meals and was the spaghetti carbonara.
The carbonara was priced at £2.10 for a 400g container, or you can mix and match three meals from the Italian range for £5.00.
The carbonara comes in a black plastic tray covered with a clear film lid. The tray is then wrapped in a cardboard sleeve which contains all of the information about the meal. On the front of the sleeve is a picture of the carbonara and a description of what you will find inside 'Italian spaghetti and smoked bacon in a creamy three cheese sauce rich with nutty pecorino and Parmigiano Reggiano'. There is some basic nutritional information on the front of the sleeve but on the back you can find the full nutritional information, ingredients listing and cooking instructions.
This ready meal like many is not the lightest in fat or calorie content, each pack which contains one serving contains the following:
Calories - 621
Sugar - 6g
Fat - 30.8g
Saturates - 17.2g
Salt - 2.4g
You can cook the carbonara in either the oven or microwave, I opted for the microwave as it is a quicker option. To microwave the meal you simply need to remove the cardboard sleeve, pierce the film lid and microwave on full power for 31/2 to 41/2 minutes, depending on the power of your microwave.
I was very impressed with this carbonara, the sauce was cheesy but not too overpowering or sickly. Also there was a nice amount of bacon and even though it was smoked bacon I did not find it too salty. The spaghetti was perfectly cooked, sometimes with ready meals that contain spaghetti I find it is either overcooked or still slightly hard so it was nice to have a meal where it was cooked just right. Overall ready meals never taste as good as real home cooked meals but as a quick alternative this one is worth a try.
I don't eat cheese, I don't drink milk and I can't stomach cream, but I have a thing for Carbonara and this Tesco Italian Spaghetti Carbonara has three cheeses, milk and double cream in!
My boyfriend introduced me to Spaghetti Carbonara before he knew about all the things I couldn't/shouldn't eat and since then it's been one of those meals which I like even though I know it doesn't like me.
Tonight was fireworks night and dinner was meant to be the burger bar, but as the queue was so huge I made a pit-stop to Tesco Express on the walk home. This ready meal was in the chilled section and was on offer for any 3 for £5 - bargain - but I only needed one and so instead I paid £1.87.
The meal serves one and is packaged in a black tray with plastic film on top, slotted into a cardboard sleeve. The sleeve is a nice green colour, it's attractive in that it's bright and light looking. The sleeve boasts an improved recipe but I couldn't comment on that, it also says that there is a good source of protein.
I opted to microwave my meal because I had just 5 minutes until X-Factor and also my oven sets the heat alarm off. So, 4.5 minutes in the microwave with a pierced lid later, and I have my Carbonara. (If you prefer to oven cook you need 15-20minutes on 190 degrees of gas mark 5 - or 30-35minutes from frozen).
The meal is layered, so the pasta isn't visible in its tray, the ham/bacon is plentiful but the cheese sauce is providing a pool for the contents to swim in. As I don't eat cheese I poured some of the sauce away, there just was too much for my liking. However, on putting it all in my bowl and mixing it up I still felt I had too much sauce - it was dripping from my spaghetti.
The pasta was a brilliant texture - none of it went hard unlike some pasta does in the microwave, and I think this was to do with the fact it was kept moist by the sauce when being nuked.
Time for the taste test and yes it's cheesy. The sauce is made of Mature Cheddar, Parmesan and Pecorino Cheese and it has an odd texture that meant when I ran my tongue over my teeth they felt unclean and like they needed brushing.
The ham/bacon pieces were, as I said, plentiful, but also dull. They had no taste and felt like I was chewing cardboard. I really didn't enjoy the meat part of this mean. The bacon is smoked and makes up 9% of the meal. Personally I felt there was more and I couldn't taste the smokiness.
The portion was a good size, I couldn't eat it all but then I never do. There is definitely enough to fill you up but if you chose to add a side such as garlic bread you would definitely have a dipping sauce at the end to mop up.
Overall this is a cheap ready meal and it far outweighed my expectations. I wouldn't buy it again due to the meat factor. For me it tastes a bit like spaghetti in a cheese sauce.
But I would recommend this if you like cheese.
The sleeve is recyclable and has information such as this is nut-free, as is the factory it was made in, but there can be no guarantee that the ingredients haven't come into contact with nuts. It also clearly states that it contains milk, wheat and gluten.
This product can be frozen but should be used within 1 month of purchase.
(The packaging has been updated from that in the Dooyoo picture & it wasn't me who spelt Spaghetti wrong in the product title it was dooyoo)
I really do like my ready meals as I like fast food taking no time and energy to prepare. When I saw this in my local Tesco store priced at £1.70 (or 3 different meals for five pounds) I was unable to resist getting it for my tea that night!
The meal comes in a black square tray with a clear plastic cover over it and a dark green sleeve that gently slides off it. On the front of that there is a photograph of the carbonara and I'm told in light green and orange writing that it is Tesco 'Italian' Spaghetti Carbonara 'fresh egg spaghetti and smoked ham in a creamy cheese sauce' and that it contains no added artificial preservatives, flavours, colours or hydrogenated fat, that it serves one person, that it microwaves in 6 minutes flat, is suitable for home freezing, there is an at a glance nutritional chart shown, I'm told to keep it refrigerated and the display/use by date is clearly shown. Other information on the back of the sleeve includes, cooking instructions (20-35 minutes in the oven from chilled or 34-40 minutes from frozen (or you can use the microwave and that takes 4- 6 minutes), ingredients and allergy advice is given, size is stated (430g) and contact details for Tesco are given. Nice enough packaging that is informative enough and there isn't loads of it!
So when you remove the sleeve you are met with not a very big looking black container but it is quite deep. I microwaved my meal and all I did was pierce the film a few times with a fork, and I cooked it from chilled in 5 minutes. Before cooking it all I could see was a cream coloured sauce and even when I pierced the lid I got no real aroma from it.
I served it onto a plate when cooked and it looked quite a large portion really. The sauce was plentiful but had a nice thick consistency to it and once cooked the dish simply smelt creamy really.
Taste wise well it was ok really. The spaghetti was thin and didn't have a lot of taste to it and it was a little on the soggy side of things. The sauce though really was creamy (there is milk and cream in it of course), smooth and I could taste a hint of cheese in there (which there is). It had a slight seasoned taste to it and a hint of sourness and the sauce was the best bit really. The ham in this although quite large squares of it were not very thick and again due to that fact didn't taste too much but at least that hadn't gone rubbery!
The sauce is rich and tasty although sadly the spaghetti got lost somehow under the flavour of the sauce. To me if your going to put spaghetti in this type of sauce it needs to be a bit firmer and quite a lot thicker to give any flavour. It's an easy to cook dish and it is tasty enough but I can't rave over it personally!
Milk, Wheat, Gluten, Egg
Recipe: No Nuts
Ingredients: cannot guarantee nut free
Factory: No nuts
Nutritional Information Per Meal:
Only available in Tesco stores.