Product Type: Tesco Ready Meals
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A winter warmer - one for the hikers
Tesco Value Meatballs In Tomato Sauce
Member Name: MisterReview
Tesco Value Meatballs In Tomato Sauce
Advantages: Cheap, filling.
Disadvantages: Not that tasty
I was served up a bowl of meatballs, pasta sauce and spaghetti recently and really lapped it up. I normally have my spaghetti bolognese with something like a ragu sauce and either minced beef or something like TVP mince.
But one day the 'body' of the bolognese was served up to me in the form of meatballs. With the meatball spaghetti experience, I found there was a lot more flavour happening - you can actually taste the meatiness rather than ocassionally notice it in between mouthfulls of pasta and spaghetti sauce.
My meatball bolognese left my mind for a while until I was in Tesco one day and my eye caught the words 'Meatballs' on the side of a tin, with a picture that was not unattractive.
Not just meatballs, but meatballs in tomato sauce. Instantly my mind was transported back to that day, when a well meaning relative served me up something warming on a freezing winter's day. Eureka moment!
I got these home and got the boiling water on for the pasta. In with the salt. In with the pasta. Right thepasta is nearly done. Into the microwave with the Tescos meatballs in tomato sauce. Hummmmmmmmm, went the microwave, whilst I drained the pasta. Plop, the pasta went onto a warmed plate.
I retrieved the meatbally, tomato sauce micture from the microwave, and plopped that on top of the pasta, sat down in front of the telly and got stuck in.
First thing to strike me was the tomato sauce. I had got it into my head that this was going to taste like a lovely Italian pasta sauce. Wrong. It was more like the sort of sauce you might get in a tin of baked beans in tomato sauce, or spaghetti hoops, you know the sort of thing.
Now the meatballs themselves, they weren't dissimilar to Campbells meatballs, but they definitely didn't have that nice soft texture that Cambells have.
Now I am not going to say I was disappointed with these, because they filled a hole and didn't make me go 'yuk' anywhere along the line. All in all they tasted 'cheap' - perhaps because they were, but at the same time they weren't nasty. These will go down a treat on those days when you are starving, say when you have been out on a nice invigorating walk on a cold day. They will be useful in your food kitty if you are off on a camping trek. They do have that particular enjoyability quality about them for these sorts of situations.
As for a nice evening meal, I would give these a miss, but they are a definite keeper for the kitchen cupboard for those times when you need a quick food fix.
Summary: Worth the money
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