I've tried most things in the Tesco Everyday Value range, some are surprisingly good however a lot of the stuff isn't.
Everyday value pizza'a are available both frozen and chilled both are similar, however the frozen one is bigger at 249g as opposed to 150g for a chilled one. They both cost just 60p.
The last couple I bought were frozen, the box is updated and is cream coloured with red pictures on. It's described as a 'Pizza base topped with tomato sauce and Mozzarella cheese', (18% cheese mind you) and is suitable for vegetarians. Half a pizza contains 305 calories so quite good for a pizza, but I'm not surprised as there isn't much topping.
The box is easy to open however I need to cut the plastic wrapper off with a knife that the pizza is wrapped in. It's cook from frozen for 18 mins directly on the shelf, I find they take a bit longer.
This is a very thin pizza with a sparse layer of sauce and a small sprinkle of cheese, but it is value and only 60p so I wasn't expecting more. The pizza cooks evenly but the cheese doesn't fully cover the sauce once melted, it does look similar to the picture on the box. The base is hard, thin and almost crunchy making it difficult to cut. The lack of sauce makes a dry pizza it tastes okay but lacks everything- sauce, cheese and herb flavour.
The next time I cooked one I popped some extra cheese on top, this does improve it somewhat and helps moisten it up.
I don't know whether I'd bother to recommend it and would say the next pizza up for a pound is worth the extra 40p.
3 stars because although it lacks topping it tastes alright.
I quite enjoy cooking and like to feed my family healthy food, however there are times when convenience food is the only option and so I like to keep a few easy quick products in the freezer. On friday I was really pressed for time so decided to have a root around in the freezer and ended up pulling out a couple of these Tesco Value Cheese and Tomato pizza which I had purchased a few weeks ago during one of my weekly shops. I had no idea why I opted for this particular pizza as I tend to buy branded ones, I guess I was swayed by the cheap price.
Tesco must have recently updated the packaging as it is a little different from Dooyoos picture above. The pizza comes in a cardboard box which displays the brand logo and product name along with a picture of the said pizza against a background of small red and purple pizza related pictures.
General information is given on the back including ingredients, nutrition, storage, cooking instructions and details about Tesco. The pizza is suitable for vegetarians and does not contain any artificial preservatives, flavours or colours.
The pizza itself is wrapped in plastic, this is easy enough to remove, but Unfortunately it cannot be recycled so in the bin it must go. My first impression wasn't great, firstly it was quite small and thin, secondly it looked extremely boring. As a vegetarian I am used to having plain cheese and tomato pizzas but never in my life have I seen one quite so baldy, the tomato sauce was layered very thinly and there was just a sprinkle on cheese. I decided to grate some extra cheddar on the kids pizza and crumbled some feta onto mine. I then got a little carried away and began chopping up onions, mushrooms and peppers and bunged them on the pizzas.
I then placed the pizzas in a pre heated oven and they took just under 20 minutes to cook, the pizza was nicely browned and cooked right through without any burned edges. I served the pizza with wedges and a salad.
My children love pizza, so I wasn't surprised that this one went down well with them, they really enjoyed it. I thought it was just okay, the base was very thin and very crunchy. Admittedly for 63p i wasn't expecting a Pizza Hut experience but I think a cheese and tomato pizza should have enough cheese on it so I don't need to add my own. Over the years I have bought countless frozen pizzas some of which have been priced at just £1 and I have found them to be enjoyable enough, so I think its worth spending just a little bit more. I doubt I will buy these again in the future.
My Relationship With Frozen Pizzas.
I tend to avoid buying frozen pizza - not because I don't like them - I love them! They are so processed, so full of empty calories - and the box has probably more nutritional value than the pizza itself - but they are yum! They are cheap and easy (no, Baron Spanielmeister, that doesn't remind me of anyone) and a real guilty pleasure. I get all sanctimonious about supermarket convenience foods and how I buy fresh and cook fresh but of course I don't always do that! So I'm therefore compelled to sneak round the frozen section in a pair of dark glasses and a hat, so that no-one who knows me catches me slipping a frozen pizza into my basket. And I know, deep down, they're not good for me, so after demolishing one, I always pay the price and suffer the post-pizza hangover guilt trip. I don't fall off the wagon often, but I really have to use all my will power to run away screaming "get thee behind me, pizza"!
Here endeth my confession.
You naughty dooyooers had recently put temptation in my way by reviewing Tesco Frozen Everyday Value Cheese and Tomato Pizza, and ignited my desire.
The Tesco Value Version
At just 60p (!!!) it was the cheapest frozen pizza I'd ever found - and yay me, I managed to resist the temptation to buy 2!
As with all Tesco Value items it has been rebranded from the picture above and is now a prettier box and is called "Everyday Value".
The reviews I read warned that the topping wasn't great so I had some stuff in the fridge on standby - and yes I did need it!
The pizza itself is quite small: weight is 249g, and even though the nutritional information is given per ½ pizza, it wasn't big enough for me to share!
When I slipped it out of the box it was more like a pizza base, with a bit of sauce and the tiniest shaving of cheese - so I just treated it like a pizza base, loaded it up with tasty stuff (mushrooms, ham and sundried tomatoes!) and had another layer of grated cheese on the top. The pizza shape was actually quite handy for this - it looked like it had been rolled out in a pan and had a little ledge or lip all around the outside which stopped all of my extras from falling off in the oven.
Cooking instructions say to bake directly on the oven shelf at 190 degrees C for 18 minutes -I did mine for about 20 mins as I like my pizza really crispy and I did have a lot of extra topping too cook also.
I have to say my modified pizza was delicious, and the base was really crispy but not too thin. Not bad for 60p I think - then I remember the cost of the extra ingredients and like some other items in the Value range it is a bit of a false economy.
A Pizza Information
If you are feeding a number of people you'd be better off to buy plain ready-made bases cheaply (two Tesco Everyday Value bases are £1.40) and just do the toppings yourself (I've tried making my own pizza bases, but they always have the look, texture and I suspect, taste of a dustbin lid). However, if it's just you and you want an easy individual pizza the Everyday Cheese & Tomato is fine. Once you add your own stuff, it'll be better for you and nicer than a ready topped frozen pizza, but on its own there's very little to it.
As far as nutritional info goes (taken from Tesco website) half a pizza (118g) contains:
305 Calories, 12.5g Protein, 45.5g Carbohydrate, 7.1g Fat (3.6 saturates), 2.8g Fibre and 0.9g Salt.
As I ate a whole one and added so many extras mine would have been about 1000 calories.
I did enjoy my modified pizza, but I did just use this Tesco Everyday Value Pizza as a base. I'd buy it again as it can be really tasty with a few additions - you can get creative and feel a little less gulity.
I'd give it two stars as a pizza, but five as a base - since it's called a "pizza" I suppose I'll make it a three.
I've had my fix of frozen pizza so won't be sneaking round the freezers in Tesco for a while again!
Thanks for reading.
One think I do enjoy is a nice pizza. I decided to purchase this one as at 60p I thought the first time I bought it that I could pep it up a bit with a few little ingredients I had in my fridge if it was a bit plain for me or eat it as it came!
This comes in a square box and on the front of it we are clearly told what it is and who it is by and that it is a freezable item, suitable for Vegetarians, there is an at a glance nutritional chart show and the weight is stated which is 249g then on the back of the box other information listed includes cooking instructions, the ingredients are given, there is a full nutritional chart listed and contact details for Tesco are given.
The Pizza Itself:
Well its large, thin and comes in see through plastic that you need to rip and get off before cooking it and it needs to be cooked from frozen. The first one I bought of this I simply popped into the oven as it came for about 18 minutes and it browned nicely though I have to admit I was disappointed with its flavour. Before I popped it into the oven it looked like it had plenty of frozen tomato puree on it but it was scarcely scattered in light, cream coloured cheese that didn't seem to cover the pizza base very well at all and so the whole thing lacked a cheese taste to me, it wasn't seasoned very well at all and the base was crunchy and bread like, something I don't appreciate anyway so I wasn't one bit keen!
The second time I bought it (by accident!) I grated more cheese onto it, added some onion and a couple of slices of tomato and I seasoned it with salt quite liberally and it was great and really filling!
For half a pizza being just 305 calories and 3.6g of saturated fat for me this wasn't worth it. It was bland but once I added my own bits and pieces to it, it worked for me great and I think these would be great for entertaining with on a little budget but for me personally I felt that by the time I had added more stuff to it for flavour that really I should have just bought a more expensive pizza and the effort it required I didn't appreciate either!
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It wasn't until recently that I discovered a love of pizza particularly brought about by having to budget a lot more and it usually being fairly reasonably priced when store bought. I don't like many of the flavours on offer, particularly ones like anchoves or pineapple, that you can usually get at Pizza Restaurants or from a takeaway. My favourite flavour is plain ol' cheese and tomato and for that reason I often buy from stores instead as it seems a waste to spend £20 on something I could get for much cheaper.
As I mentioned, I'm on a tight budget so I often buy cheaper options or from the value range. I've been buying this particular pizza for well over a year now and am still in love with the taste. When bought chilled the price of the pizza is only around 60-70p whereas if you buy the 480g frozen its around £1. Depending on when I'm planning on cooking the pizza is when I'll pick either option but usually I'll go for the frozen one particularly if I'm buying it in my weekly shop.
The box I buy is made of cardboard and the pizza is stored inside in a celophane wrapper. Its easy to cut this open and all you have to do is plonk the pizza in the oven. I tend to cook mine on a pizza 'net' which is a black circle dotted with holes that in my opinion makes the pizza a lot more well cooked throughout, and is something I would definitely recommend looking into if you're a big pizza lover. Before cooking I also like to add a bit more grated cheese on to the base as sometimes it can be spread a little sporadic or have lots on one side and hardly any on the other. This means that I get a really cheesy pizza which is just what I like.
When cooked the pizza is nice and crispy if you leave it long enough but the base stil has a chewiness to it that I like. It comes apart easily when you bite, but isn't so bad that its falling apart in your hands. When I add extra cheese its really nice when you take a slice and the cheese stretches and is nice and gooey, however I have found that if I don't add this extra amount the pizza is very simplistic and is a base with only a small sprinkling of cheese meaning you don't get this effect. The pizza takes only around 11-13 minutes to cook so is a great alternative to a takeaway taking even less time than it would to order and wait for the delivery.
They do make for good pizza bases, although personally when I feel like making up a pizza I do just buy a plain base and put some pasta sauce on top. I like to do this (mostly because I can pretend I'm a chef rather than my real lazy self) and I remember doing it with my Mum when I was younger because we weren't apt enough at making the bases from scratch. If this is what you want from the pizza I'd recommend buying the bases themselves, which costs around £1.20 for two bases. Although this may end up being a little bit more expensive if you're planning on putting more than just cheese on your pizza, its a good way to use up all your extra ingredients, which I like to do when I've got a little bit of cheese and meat cuts left over so it really doesn't cost me much.
What you get with this pizza is the great taste of some takeaways but without the extras. It is exactly what you expect. The taste is pleasant enough but I do think without the extra sprinkling of cheese it can be quite plain and you can see the tomato puree underneath highlighting the gaps. Obviously it isn't as nice or high quality as you might get from a pizza in a restaurant but it definitely isn't low quality either. You get a nice tasting, simple pizza that you have the option to add any ingredients you want to (but obviously this will increase the cooking time) and can eat quickly after just popping into the oven. I like that it gives me that versatility especially if I'm feeling a bit lazy when I come in.
My son LOVES pizza, whenever he has a choice of what we have for dinner he will choose pizza and is not in the slightest fussed which brand or make as long as he has a cheese pizza he is happy. When browsing the pizza's in my local Tesco I came across the Value brand and thought it was worth a try to see if he liked it.
*~* Price and Availability *~*
This pizza as it is a value product is only available from Tesco stores, I would also mention that I have been in smaller stores and the Express ones attached to petrol stations don't stock them (well the ones I have looked in anyway) so if you are on the hunt for this then it's best to go straight to a larger store. If you shop online then this product is also available to purchase from the website for a cost of just 63p which I personally think is a bargain, especially in comparison to the larger brands where they cost upwards of £1.50 for a plain cheese pizza to give this a go even just once is a good idea as you really don't have anything to loose.
*~* Packaging *~*
The pizza comes shrink wrapped in cellophane which is easy enough to remove with scissors, and is then placed inside a cardboard box. The decoration of the box is nothing special, definitely no bows and ribbons here but for the price you really can't complain. The box is plain white with a red strip along the bottom and the obligatory Tesco Value label in the top left hand corner and a picture of the cooked pizza.
The back of the box alerts us to the ingredients:
Tomato Purée (27%)
Mozzarella Cheese (14%) ,
Vegetable Oil ,
Starches (Potato Starch, Wheat Starch) ,
We are also given nutritional information, contact details and told that this pizza is suitable for vegetarians.
*~* Cooking The Pizza *~*
This pizza is frozen and we are told it is best cooked from frozen however I can say that I have cooked this also from partially defrosted and fully defrosted and despite having to adjust the cooking times slightly there is no difference in the taste or the quality of the pizza. I place the pizza on a baking tray and pop it into the oven at 190 degree's for around 18 minutes however I don't follow this to the letter and generally tend to whack it in and pop the oven on at 180 and keep an eye on it and it's cooked within around 15-20 minutes so it is definitely quick and easy to prepare and cook.
*~* The Appearance Of The Pizza *~*
When I used this pizza the first time I didn't modify it in the slightest and when I removed it from the oven I realised this was more a pizza with a scattering of cheese rather than a "cheese pizza". The base is just a regular base that is soft and chewy and rather nice. I find if you leave it in a tad longer the edges can go a little crispy and give it more of a crispy base feel. There is then a spreading of tomato puree which has the added spices and herbs. Atop the puree is the cheese which is just mozarella and is spread very thinly across the top. On opening the pizza I was sceptical that the cheese would melt enough to coat the top and once cooked I was correct in that there wasn't enough but did this detract from the overall taste? Personally I feel that the pizza with the smattering of red poking through the cheesy top makes it look cheap and of lesser quality but it's not all in the eye it's in the taste.
*~* Eating The Pizza *~*
Out of all the cheap pizza's we have tried I have never been disappointed to the point that I would never buy one again and this pizza was exactly the same. Despite being able to see the herbs in the puree I felt that they weren't strong enough to alter the taste and as for the spices if there were any added I seen no indication of them in either appearance or taste, however this is a good thing for children I suppose. The base is soft and chewy but doesn't have a doughy taste that pizza's can sometimes have, when cooked just a smidge longer making the edges crispy they are not too much so that they are brick like and would be likely to break your teeth! Moving onto the puree which I found had an almost metallic after taste to it, if you had the cheese to mask this it was pleasant but with just the puree I felt it wasn't unpleasant but it definitely didn't add any stars to it. The cheese had a good taste to it and melted well and combining all the elements it was definitely nice tasting. My son was a huge fan and he seemed to have no problems polishing a good portion of the pizza off which is good I feel.
*~* Overall Opinion *~*
My overall opinion of the pizza is that this is really good value for the money. I personally think it needs more cheese but again for a quick snack or served with salad as part of a meal it is substantial enough. I find that when I make this there is not enough cheese and as it is just cheese I tend to use these pizza's as a ready made base and add toppings on. I always have a selection of peppers, mushrooms, pepperoni and the like in the freezer and so with this frozen pizza it is extremely easy to pop it on a tray, take out some frozen prepared toppings and pop them on top with a smattering of cheese and it makes it taste more home made and generally just up's the quality but I do think that using this pizza as a base or as a quick snack is perfect although I prefer to add something extra on top as it is is definitely palatable and definitely worth the money.
I recently purchased this item from Tesco's in Scarborough for 63p
The pizza weights 268g which is not bad for a relatively light pizza, and with the less than generous toppings it makes this a relatively light choice for pizza, certainly lighter than some that have over 300 calories per quarter.
The taste is average with no extra toppings it is fairly dull although it is not too bad, but it is a solid taste for the price. i think that the non frozen Cheese & Tomato pizza tastes better than the frozen and they are a similar price so my advice would be to go for just the chilled.
The biggest problem is that for 99p you could have a 'Discount Brands at Tesco' Pepperoni which is larger more tomato and more Cheese plus a generous helping of Pepperoni for just 99p which is only 36p, and it tastes significantly better so my advice would be to go for the Pepperoni option.
I am going to write a review on the Tesco Value fresh cheese and tomato pizza. The picture above shows the frozen one.
The pizza can be found in the chilled ailse in Tesco along with the other pizza's and costs only £1 for a large pizza weighing 480g. When sliced I manage to get 8 decent sizes. The packaging is simple it consists of a celophane wrap and a blue and white label giving a brief description and nutritional information.
The pizza needs to be cooked in the oven, from fresh it needs to be placed on the middle shelf of a preheated oven (200 degrees) and cooked for around 11-13 minutes.
The pizza comes on a relatively thin base, I prefer a thinned based pizza as I find the deep pan are too doughy for my liking. The pizza has a healthy sprinkling of cheese which melts to cover the base sufficiently but without being too cheesy. The tomato sauce is simple it is just a basic tomato puree with a hint of basil. It is actually really nice.
I also like the fact that this pizza is simple so you can add your own extra toppings, I like to add a little ham and mushroom.
The nutritional information;
One-third of a pizza (160g) contains
Energy 1838kJ (436kcal)
Mono Unsaturates 3.2g
I would definately buy this again you can't go wrong admittedly it's not a Pizza Express pizza but for the money you can't complain!
=== The product ===
This is a frozen cheese & tomato pizza.
=== The packaging ===
This pizza is wrapped in cellophane and provided in a cardboard box. The box is recyclable and contains all the usual product information and the cellophane wrapping helps to ensure that this remains clean and hygienic even if the box gets opened or damaged.
=== Ingredients ===
Wheat Flour, Tomato Purée (27%) , Mozzarella Cheese (14%) ,Water ,Vegetable Oil ,Yeast ,Sugar ,Salt , Starches (Potato Starch, Wheat Starch) ,Spices ,Herbs.
=== Nutritional Information ===
One half of an oven baked pizza contains:
45.1g carbohydrate (of which 4.9g sugars)
8.9g fat (of which 3g saturates)
0.4g sodium (1g salt equivalent approximately)
=== Where can I buy this and for how much? ===
This can be purchased from Tesco stores and www.tesco.co.uk for £0.63.
=== Product quality ===
This pizza isn't too bad at all. The base is not very thick but it's a decent enough size. The sauce is spread, fairly thinly, to the edge of the base and there is a scattering of grated cheese, not a huge amount but enough to lightly coat most of the base. For the low price you get quite a lot of ingredients really.
=== My overall opinion ===
For the price this pizza really isn't bad at all. I like that it's already frozen, boxed up and I can just throw it in my freezer when I get home. The base is nice and crisp and it takes about 16-18 minutes at 190C to get the base as crispy as I like it, obviously you can cook it however you like really. I find that the sauce is spread well out towards the edge of the base so there is just a small dry crust which I usually end up dipping in sauce.
The main reason I buy this pizza really is so that I can use it as a base for more luxurious tasting pizzas. I like to chop up some meats (usually chicken, ham, pepperoni and salami) and throw them all on, then I will top off with a little garlic powder and some more grated cheese before I cook. Obviously it takes a little longer to cook with more ingredients piled on the top but it's much cheaper than me buying bases and sauces separately and making them up myself.
This isn't the best tasting pizza ever but I've definitely had worse. I do eat this plain, as it comes, on occasion and it's not bad at all with a bit of sauce spread on the top. The cheese sprinkling is just enough so that most of the pizza is covered but it's easy enough to add some more really if I want to. The base tastes a little chewy in places, the sauce is tomatoey and rich and the cheese is your standard mozzarella really, not particularly loaded with taste but it's stringy and cheesy when you cut in to it which the kids always love.
I will continue to buy these pizzas again in the future as I can leave them in my freezer for months on end without it affecting the quality and my nieces and nephews love having a nice treat when they come to my house.
This is my first food review of many I think...
During my time as a student,I did try not to fall into the stereotype of always buying supermarket own-brand low price stuff.I believe that you can eat well for little money,and that some Value/Smartprice/whatever products are a lot better than others. This cheese and tomato pizza is one of those things that's better.It is what it is,a basic pizza with (most of the time),not very much cheese on it.But what can you expect for under a pound? Add a bit more cheese from the fridge if you need to,customise it with a bit of torn up ham or salami if you're not a margherita fan.To me the taste is just as good as any other brand of pizza,though of course it would never beat a proper Italian-restaurant pizza fresh from the oven.
Don't be put of by the packaging or price though.Unlike some of Tescos Value meals which are all watery sauce and tiny bits of fat masquerading as meat,this pizza is tasty and good value for money.It also makes catering for a party very cheap and easy :)
Currently we are trying to make the pennies eek out, so one of the areas to cut back on is our grocery purchases. Most of the time i make my own food from scratch, but sometimes i am feeling a bit shattered after running round with the kids all day. Rather than splash out on a takeaway, i feel an acceptable option is to buy something quick to cook from the supermarket. The value pizza falls firmly into this category.
The picture above is a frozen version, which i don't tend to buy. Instead i look in the chilled section. They sell a large 480g version for £1. This is a large thin crusted pizza base with a thin topping of tomato and a grating of cheese over the surface of it. It looks basic, and it pretty much is. It tastes ok, but in our house we all prefer a bit more variety in our pizza topping so i tend to add stuff to it. Depending on what we have in, a bit of ham and tinned pineapple make it hawaiian style, or some peppers chopped up, or an extra tomato all add that bit of extra something to it.
So why do i bother if i have to add some bits anyway?
Well, look in the chiller section and you will notice that apart from Tesco value, the other pizzas in there are somewhere around the £3 level, so buying this for £1, adding a pepper (say 50p) and a bit of something else to your taste, and you still come in under the £3 mark. Also, i can customise this to our tastes and be a bit in control still about what we are eating. Ie, it may not be the healthiest option but it is healthier than a deep pan pizza, or a meat feast made with really cheap cuts of meat. I guess it is only if you feel the need to add extra cheese that you would find that you were making it more expensive than the other pizzas in the chiller.
I also like the fact that they do a 95g version of this pizza for 50p or 3 for £1.30. My kids can then eat pizza at a different time to us on a weekday if i make this choice. A whole small one is a good size meal for them.
If we are eating just pizza then we will share a large pizza between my husband and myself, and i find that this is rather filling. If we are having a large one with the kids i would maybe serve some vegetables, or chips and beans, or perhaps garlic bread with it to make it serve us all.
Nutrionally, one large pizza is i assume to feed 3 people as that is what the information on the pack gives as a serving.
1/3 of the pizza contains 436 calories, 11g of sugar, 11.5g of fat, 5.6g of saturated fat, and 1.6g of salt. The ingredients are mainly as to be expected. Mostly wheat flour to make the base, then some tomato puree and a bit of mozarella and a bit of cheddar on top.
I would put this one into the category worth a try even if you aren't on a budget. It is a nice tasting, quick (11-13 minutes in the oven) meal that will not break the bank.
It's not dominoes pizza, but we think it is alright, and it has less grease than some takeaway versions. I'm going to give it 4 stars, removing one as i think it is best if you add extra ingredients to it.
I have to say I am a great lover of that great circular food that is pizza and have experimented with both branded and supermarket own. Whilst in Tesco a while back, feeling in a particularly lazy mood, I decided to save myself some hassle and buy a pizza. However, when looking at what was available to me, my heart sank.... all that was there was Tesco own cheese and tomato or thin crust Hawaiian. I have a distrust of fruit on a pizza, so I opted for the other.
When I got it home, the first thing I discovered was that they seemed to have forgotten to put any cheese on my pizza. I was disappointed, but not defeated, as I had cheese in the fridge and could finish the job for them. Once I added the cheese, I thought I might as well add whatever else I could find in the fridge that could possibly go on a pizza.
Once cooked the pizza was surprisingly good!
The credit to its niceness, however, does land squarely with the added extras! I have since had another Tesco cheese and tomato pizza (still they forgot the cheese!!) and not added anything. The pizza on its own is eatable, but nothing to get too excited about. The base is nice, but a bit to doughy (even after cooking thoroughly it was still a tad too soft), and there is a plentiful amount of tomato paste throughout. However, it is still simple, a bit bland and leaves you longing for some cheese! In my opinion, the Tesco cheese and tomato pizza is little more than a pizza base. As a stand alone pizza, it's a bit boring.
That said, if you don't mind adding a little culinary magic, it's well worth the effort and much cheaper than anything out there (£1 for the 480G, easily large enough for 2), even with the added cost of extra ingredients.
One-third of a pizza (160g) contains:
Energy - 1838kJ (436kcal)
Protein - 19.0g
Carbohydrate - 64.0g
Sugars - 11.0g
Fat - 11.5g
Saturates - 5.6g
Fibre - 3.0g
I'm all for budgeting where I can and will regularly try value products as in my opinion, some are just as good, if not better than the premium brands.
My latest superb value find was that of Tesco Value Cheese and Tomato Pizza, which I initially purchased from the freezer section approximately four months ago. As the price was only 62p, to be honest, I was really not expecting any quality whatsoever and envisaged that it would be end up uneaten and discarded in the bin.
Whilst I am now reviewing an empty box and discussing the actual product from memory, I would advise that the 268g pizza is approximately 20 cm in diameter and is contained within a cardboard box with a circular opening slightly off-centre. The familiar Tesco logo is located in the upper left hand side and underneath we are advised that the pizza base is topped with tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese with no artificial preservatives, flavours or colours.
The image of the pizza appears simply delicious as we see a slice being removed from a wooden tray. When removed from the box the pizza was tightly packaged in a sealed protective cellophane cover. My initial thoughts were that there was very little cheese covering and as someone who adores their cheese I was rather disappointed.
I removed the packaging and decided to add a few of my own toppings and placed a little extra grated cheese and a few slices of ham, which I cut into small squares. I placed the pizza directly onto the middle shelf of my pre-heated fan assisted oven at 190°C and waited the 14 - 16 recommended cooking time.
After approximately 10 minutes I peered through the glass door of my oven and could see the top of the pizza, which was bubbling nicely and slightly browned, so I decided to remove it. Whilst it was cooked beautifully on the oven's middle shelf, Tesco advise to cook near the top of the oven. However, as my oven cooks rather quickly, I decided against this and I'm glad that I made this decision, as otherwise I suspect the pizza would have been somewhat charcoaled.
Now for the big test - the taste! The base was simply perfect and was neither too soft nor crispy. I simply cannot bear crunchy or soggy bases and this was cooked to perfection. The tomato sauce was extremely rich tasting and was plentiful, which surprised me somewhat, as premium brand pizzas generally tend to skimp on the tomato sauce, which in my opinion, is the making of a good pizza.
I was astonished to see that the sauce had been generously applied to almost the edge of the pizza base, which is a first experience for me, as normally you receive a good half an inch of plain boring pizza base. As I had added additional cheese and some ham, the topping was plentiful, but had I not added these extras, I feel the pizza would most definitely have been missing something.
The pizza was simply delicious and whilst some people may favour added herbs, it was perfect for the taste buds of hubby and I. We were also pleasantly surprised to discover that this pizza was also very filling, as with some brands we always tend to feel hungry again shortly afterwards.
Even hubby enjoyed this pizza and normally he is a very fussy eater and turns his nose up at most things! In my opinion, this pizza beats all those that we have ever eaten, including the brand names such as Dr Oetker, Pizza Express and Tesco Finest.
As with most food products, Tesco cannot guarantee that this product is nut free and for those who suffer with allergies, I would advise that it contains milk, wheat and gluten.
I've given you the positives of this pizza, now for the negatives, namely the nutritional values; some of which I will list below based on half of the pizza:-
Energy 315 kcal
Protein 13.5 g
Carbohydrates 45.1 g
Of which sugars 4.9 g
Fat 8.9 g
Of which saturates 3.0 g
Fibre 3.1 g
Salt 1.0 g
Would I buy this product again? Most definitely yes and I already have. In fact, since our initial experience of eating this gorgeous pizza, I have probably bought a two dozen (bang goes the diet)! As previously stated, this pizza can be found in the freezer section and should not be mistaken with the chilled value pizza, which in our experience, does not match the quality of the frozen, as it is severely lacking in tomato sauce.
We will never return to other brand pizzas and for the really low price of 62p why would we? If I were to rate this pizza on its' tomato sauce it would receive 5 stars, but as I have to rate it overall, it receives 4 as I had no choice but to remove one due to its' insufficient cheese.
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I love pizza but get fed up with the toppings that are available. I don't like onions, sweetcorn, tomatoes, peppers, chillies or any meat that's too spicy on my pizza, so whenever I decide to try anything different it's always got something on it that I don't like. This is how I first tried this pizza, I wanted something cheap and cheerful so I could spend a little bit more on the topppings.
I'll be honest and didn't have high hopes for the pizza but I was pleasantly surprised by it. The tomato sauce is just the right amount so that you can taste it but it doesn't smoother the flavours from any other foods I use as toppings. The amount of cheese used I think is on the stingy side, but I like a lot of cheese so that may just be me. The base is perfect, it's thin but not that thin that it ends up on the burnt and crusty side. I find with my poor cooking skills if a pizza is very thin I always end up burning it. In fact the first time I ever bought this I didn't tell my boyfriend that it was from the Value range or that I'd put the toppings on myself and he had no idea. He even commented that it was great tasting and he'd eat it again next week.
This is something that I buy regularly as it is a great standby food to have in for emergencies like unexpected guests. Plus it makes me feel like I'm cooking as I'm doing the toppings completly from scratch. Yes, I know it's sad, but as I said my cooking skills are bad
It currently retails at 62p for 268g, which is enough for two people. Although I always have it with some garlic bread and wedges, one because I'm greedy and two because I want to! It can be found it the freezer aisle, and it is best cooked from frozen
My fave toppings for this are -
Ham, mushroom, pepperami and, for indulgence, mozzeralla
Chicken, mushroom, grated chedder cheese and copious amounts of BBQ sauce
Bacon, mushroom and black pudding
I'm now off to buy myself a pizza, yummy!
My other half is away this weekend on a stag do in Nottingham so before he left we went to Tesco just to stock up on the few essentials. To be honest I hate cooking for one as I find it a real waste of time so trying to think of quick and easy options to cook I found myself next to the readymade chilled pizzas. I couldn't believe the cost of some and thought it was slightly ridiculous. So, I opted for the Tesco Value Cheese and Tomato pizza (150g) as I thought I could a few more toppings to make it more interesting.
*** Packaging ***
As with all the Tesco Value range the packaging is pretty minimal. The pizza comes on a cardboard base and is wrapped in a thick cellophane clear cover so you can see the pizza easily. The label is in the typical Value blue and white which gives you a list of ingredients and cooking instructions.
*** Cooking ***
A good thing about these pizzas is that they can be frozen so they are probably a handy thing to have the freezer. Whether you cook the pizza from frozen or from chilled Tesco claim it doesn't take any longer than 10 minutes by using an oven (this is the only method).
Cooking from frozen apparently takes around 9-10 minutes and cooking from chilled takes around 7 minutes. However, if like me you have a gas oven you will find that it takes more like 10-12 minutes to actually become edible which isn't the end of the world!
*** The Result ***
After I had taken my pizza out of the oven I was pleased so far with the result. The cheese had gone slightly crispy on top with a slight browness to it which is always nice and the base was firm but not rock solid. When cutting it into quarters I found that the sound from cutting it was like slicing toast but not to be put off I did continue to eat it!
Here is the slightly bad part. I found the base was very dry and a bit too hard including the base it reminded me of melba toast's texture, far too crisp and crunchy for a pizza base as I think a pizza base should be soft but firm. But with this hard base I found the middle of the pizza stayed quite doughy and almost seemed undercooked. As for the topping there was certainly not enough tomato sauce/ puree as the pizza was quite dry and certainly didn't taste of tomatoes! As for the cheese Tesco claim they use a mix of cheddar and mozzarella but I couldn't tell the difference and it all looked the same (cooked and uncooked). I know this is a Value pizza but they could of used a bit more cheese as my pizza was quite patchy.
Overall the pizza was pretty tasteless and the texture left much to be desired as I felt like I was eating something that had gone stale as it was quite crispy. The pizza sauce had no seasoning whatsoever but then again you didn't really notice the pizza sauce other than it gave the pizza the classic red look to it!
*** Ingredients ***
Wheat Flour, Water, Tomato Puree (13%), Mozzarella Cheese (13%), Cheddar Cheese (3%), Vegetable Oil, Yeast, Salt, Sugar, Thickner (Cornflour) , Basil, Oregano, Garlic Powder, Chilli Powder, Onion Powder, Flour Treatment Agent (Ascorbic Acid), Cayenne Pepper.
*** Nutritional Information ***
Calories - 389
Sugar - 8.3g
Fat - 8.6g
Salt - 1.4g
Fibre - 2.4g
Allergy Info: contains milk, wheat, gluten and soya.
*** Price ***
The Tesco Value Cheese and Tomato pizza (150g) costs a bargain 50p.
*** Overall ***
Definitely not something I will be buying again. It lacked taste and the cooking of it is a bit hit and miss which led to a hard, crispy base and quite a doughy inner. As for the toppings it is minimal which is what I expected with the value range but it tasted of nothing, no flavour whatsoever. For me I'd rather spend a little extra and get an enjoyable meal. Not something I would recommend.