“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Other Ready Meals „
The packaging is clearly bog standard and simple, but the taste is far from average for the price and when you consider the fact that it is a low fat option. I wanted a low fat meal that did not take hours of effort to make or cost a bomb and this seemed like the perfect option. Even though it is a "light choices" option the taste is a good 8 or 9 out of 10 which means even if you're on a diet you do not have to sacrifice taste for calories. In future I will definitely be buying more of these because I am a huge tuna lover and I also love pasta too, so the two combined especially with the low fat option is like a dream come true for me! The whole light choices range from Tesco is worth a try because I have found some fantastic meals there, even the desserts in the range taste great!
In the search for edible low fat microwave meals, this week I tried Tesco's Light Choices Tuna and Pasta bake (the pack is different from the picture shown above, as the one I'm reviewing is the Light choices, and the picture is not.)
According to the packet this is Pasta shells, flaked tuna and red pepper layers with tomato and bechamel sauce topped with cheddar cheese. The pack has 400g, and is a cardboard sleeve around a dish with a film lid.
This pasta bake has 30% less fat and 30% less sugar than standard Tesco Italian Tuna pasta bake. It also has no artificial preservatives, flavours, colours or hydrogenated fat.
When you slide the packet out of the sleeve it looks fairly standard for pasta, with sauce and a sprinkling of cheese evident upon the top. It can be cooked either in a regular oven by placing on a baking tray and placing that in the centre of a preheated oven (190degrees C or Gas mark 5) for 20 - 25 minutes, or from between 4.5-7 minutes in the microwave depending upon the wattage of your oven. It should stand for one minute, and then if microwaved the packet says you should stir before serving. I did mine in the microwave. When I peeled back the film lid, I was not particularly impressed, as the sauce had gone watery, and it didn't look particularly appetising. The packet says to stir, which I did, but then you lose the layers. It didn't particularly look appetising, as now it was pasta coated in a sort of pink sauce, and flaky bits of tuna.
I tasted the first forkful. Pasta, tuna, and a bland sauce with not much flavour. No nasty aftertaste, but really not much taste at all. The pasta was nicely 'al dente' and there were a few chunks of tuna in there, but mainly it was pasta with shredded tuna, in a tomatoish sauce that didn't taste of much at all.
I've said before all I ask for in a microwave meal is that it is edible, and this was. Would I buy it again? Possibly, if I couldn't find anything better.
It wasn't a huge portion, (400g) but being Pasta, it was quite filling, so all in all I'd give it three stars.
Nutritional information per packet:
Energy 1610kJ (380kcal)
*Salt Equivalent 1.9g
This product can be frozen, but they say it is not suitable for heating from frozen, but must be be defrosted thoroughly for a minimum of 12 hours in the refrigerator. The allergy advice given is that the pack contains milk, wheat, gluten, fish, mustard. The recipe has no nuts, but they cannot guarantee the ingredients nut free. There are no nuts in the factory. There is a warning that although every care has been taken to remove bones, some may remain.