“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Pizza „
Pizza is probably my favourite junk food. It is bad for you in the best and most tasty way possible! I prefer plain-ish pizzas without too many toppings, and this Spinach and Ricotta pizza looked right up my street. This is part of the Pizzeria range which is a Tesco's own brand creation. The RRP is a very reasonable £2.00 and this pizza can only be bought from Tesco's supermarkets. Look out for special offers as they seem to crop up quite often. You are given plenty of choice as there are also other pizzas in this range with different toppings.
This pizza comes packaged in a cardboard box with cooking instructions on the back and the pizza itself is wrapped in a plastic covering which must be removed before cooking. The pizza inside doesn't look particularly special or appetising at this point, as it's mainly plain pale colours with a scattering of dried up green bits!
Product description: "A thin and crispy stonebaked pizza base with tomato sauce, spinach, ricotta cheese sauce and mozzarella."
Frozen pizzas are incredibly easy to prepare. For best results you should always cook from frozen. It takes just 14-16 minutes to bake this in the over at 220 degrees C / 425 degrees F / Gas Mark 7. This is perfect for a quick meal when you're pushed for time or lacking energy. I normally have pizzas stocked in the freezer ready for when I need a quick meal in between finishing work and going out later in the evening. After cooking when I removed my pizza from the oven the cheesy topping had a gorgeous melty appearance and was much improved from my first impression.
The pizza weighs in at 406g, and the base is quite dense even though it is thin. I managed to munch my way through the entire pizza and thought it was really filling as a meal in itself. If I was being a bit healthier I might have half and some salad on the side, but sometimes you just want a nice pizza! The base felt solid and well cooked, but still had a lovely doughy texture to it. The stonebaked base was different to the ordinary deep pan base that I would usually choose, and I really liked it.
The tomato sauce was hardly noticeable as the toppings spread over this had more prominent flavours. The blend of cheeses in the ricotta cheese sauce was a delicious mix, I absolutely love cheese and this tasted great. It had cooked through nicely in the oven and has a nice soft melted consistency without doing that annoying stringy thing when you bite into it. The ricotta cheese is not something that I'm very familiar with and I particularly liked the texture of it, it was sort of soft and spongy and worked really well on top of the nice doughy base. The spinach was very nice as well, not strongly flavoured, but enough to provide a bit of variety and interest without overpowering any of the other ingredients. It has a nice consistency to it which was a relief as sometimes I find that frozen spinach can go a bit soggy once it's been cooked through. This Tesco's Pizerria Pizza is a step up from your ordinary cheese topped pizza and had a lovely unusual flavour that I would definitely like to eat again. Added bonus points to this pizza are that it is suitable for vegetarians without being boring, and it contains no artificial flavours or colours.
I think this is a great tasting pizza that is a lovely change from plain cheese toppings without being too fussy. Great for a more interesting vegetarian offering and one that I would certainly recommend. I'll be buying this again in the future, as well as checking out others in the Tesco Pizzeria range.
Ingredients: Pizza Base, Tomato Sauce (19%), Spinach Leaf (18%), Ricotta Cheese Sauce (12%), Mozzarella Cheese (11%),Vegetable Oil, Herbs, Spices.
Pizza Base contains: Wheat Flour, Water, Yeast, Vegetable Oil, Dextrose, Salt, Sugar.
Tomato Sauce contains: Tomato Purée, Sugar, Garlic, Herbs, Spices.
Ricotta Cheese Sauce contains: Ricotta Cheese, Water, Vegetable Oil, Medium Fat Hard Cheese, Salt, Garlic, White Pepper, Wheat Flour, Potato Starch, Wheat Starch, Nutmeg.