“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Other Ready Meals „
When I can't be bothered to cook something from scratch I usually opt for a ready meal, I can be a bit of a food snob at times and usually don't expect much from value brands but when I tasted this I was pleasantly surprised.
The packaging to this pasta isn't going to win any prizes as it's rather plain but it does have a clear picture of what the pasta looks like when cooked. The packaging is what catches our eye and it can be very misleading! I know in the past I've picked up ready meals that look so scrummy on the outside, I've been very disapointed when my meal looks nothing like it was pictured on the box. I think in the case of this pasta the packaging doesn't try to fob us off as when cooked my pasta looked the same as on the packet.
You can buy this pasta for 28p from Tesco which I think is a bargain. In each packet you get 110 grams which is enough for two servings and it's also vegetarian. One thing I'm not keen on about this product is the amount of salt and fat, per portion it contains 1.6 grams of salt which is 26% of your recommended daily intake. The fat is over 7 grams and 4.5 grams of that is saturated fat - I never thought pasta and tomato was so deadly!
This pasta can be cooked in the microwave or on the hob, in the microwave it takes 14 minutes and on the hob it takes around 12 minutes if my memory is correct. I always recommend keeping an eye on it and cooking it to your personal preference.
The actual taste of this pasta was better than I was expecting and with a lovely tomato flavour. However I do think it tastes better with a sprinkling of cheese on the top to make it more interesting and liven it up a bit. This pasta is filling so great if you just can't be bothered to cook a meal, you could also add other ingredients if you were feeling adventurous! This is one of those items you should always have at the back of your cupboard, you never know when it will come in handy.
I like to make sure that I always have something filling for lunch as some evenings I don't get my own dinner until well after 8pm once the children are in bed and everything is done again around the house. I like to have lots of variety to keep my taste buds tantalised at lunchtimes and when I spotted these Tesco pasta & sauce packets I decided that one of these would be nice and convenient as I could just put in on to simmer on the hob whilst getting a few more chores done around the house. I paid around 30p for a sachet of these pasta & sauce and was very impressed with the bargain price. I have noticed that when I order online I'm no longer able to find the value one on the website but there is a Tesco standard version for 66p which appears to be an identical product.
The packet is nothing special as it's from the Tesco Value range but I don't care about things like that and I am happy to have some of these in the cupboard as I'm not a food snob.
The pasta & sauce is very easy to make as I can just pour the contents in to a saucepan, add some water, butter and cook for 15 minutes or so. It's easy to bring this to the boil and then leave it to simmer in a pan while I am getting on with the housework. The watery sauce will simmer down too and becomes quite thick and lovely. The pasta is nice and well cooked and tender although you can stop cooking it a little bit earlier if you like something a little firmer. My personal preference is to have my pasta lovely and soft and this way I can even share a little bit with my daughter if we are pushed for time and need something quick and simple. She seems to enjoy it just as much as I do!
There is a nice smell of onion & tomato from this pasta and while there aren't massive pieces of either vegetable in the packet I was quite impressed with the flavour of the sauce. There is a fairly nice taste of onion and tomato to the sauce and I prefer it not having lots of bits in it as I don't have to worry about my daughter choking on any awkward shaped pieces. When I first opened the packet I thought that the pasta pieces were tiny but by the time they had expanded I was pleased with the very generous portion of pasta. There are around 250 calories per packet so this isn't too bad as something at lunch and I do usually end up sharing mine with my daughter as well so it's not completely bad really.
I felt that this was the perfect serving size for lunchtimes and as they were just 30p each it was fantastic really and I'm glad I stocked up when I did as I don't know if they are even still selling these in my local store now as they have disappeared off the website. Even if I end up paying 66p for the standard branded version I wouldn't mind really as it's still a nice product and I don't mind spending a little more money for something that I enjoy.
I love pasta and I equally love food that's quick and easy to prepare of course. Not being much of a cook and only having to please myself food wise I tend to go for easy options and if it heats up quickly in the microwave and in less then 10 minutes all the better says I!
I love pasta and tend to eat a lot of it so when I saw this priced at 28p a packet in my local Tesco store I decided it had to be tried!
Large oblong packet which is white with a red band of colour across the front and in red, white and blue writing I'm told it is Tesco 'Value' Pasta In A Tomato & Onion Sauce 'Just add water and butter or margarine' there is a photograph of the cooked pasta on the front and under that I'm told it microwaves in 14 minutes or cooks in 8 minutes on the hob, I'm told it serves 2 people, there is an at a glance nutritional chart on there and the size is stated which is 110g. Other information on the back of the packet tells me how to cook it (how I've mentioned already), ingredients and allergy advice is given, I'm told it is suitable for Vegetarians, a full nutritional guide is given, contact details for Tesco are listed and the best before date is clearly displayed. It's a cheap looking packet but it is informative enough.
Me And The Pasta:
Well I opened up the packet to be greeted with lots of light yellow translucent little shells sitting in a reddish coloured fine powder with lots of flakes of dried parsley visible in it. It had a smell of tomatoes and parsley really in a rather fake way and I simply made it up according to the instructions( added 350ml of water and 15g of margarine, though you can of course use butter if preferred). I decided to cook it on the hob after giving it a little stir to blend it up first and brought it the boil and then simmered it for about 10minutes. Now the instructions say to cook on the hob for 6-8 minutes but I still found the pasta to be hard at that point and felt it needed more time to absorb more of the liquid and to soften enough to make it edible.
After that I served it up and it looked pleasant enough. It still had a fake sort of tomato smell to it but the reddish coloured sauce had thickened up quite a bit and of course the pasta had expanded through cooking so in my case I did get one generous portion.
Taste wise, well it was ok really. The pasta was a bit small, tough and slimy and didn't taste of much. The sauce had a slightly salty sort of tomatoey toast to it with a slight sweetness but I felt the parsley didn't add anything in the way of flavour and although I'm told this has dried onion in it not only could my nasal passages not detect it neither did my taste-buds.
I sound like I am complaining about this and although it isn't great and it is a cheap offering it isn't awful either and me, I'd eat it again if need be. It tastes of pasta and tomatoes in a way and fills a gap although on the packet I'm told this serves 2 people I feel it doesn't and really it's one reasonable sized potion. Nothing to rave about but it fills the tum.
Contains: Wheat, Gluten.
Recipe: No nuts
Ingredients: Cannot guarantee nut free
Factory: No nuts
Nutritional Information Per Half A Made Up Packet:
Only available in Tesco stores.
I have recently been enjoying a variety of lunchtime dishes and I am always looking for something new that is also a good price and I spotted these pasta & sauce packets on the shelf at Tesco and decided that at just 28p for a 110g sachet I would give this a try.
The pasta & sauce is provided in a fairly basic packet and it is red & white with the Tesco Value logo and a picture of the cooked pasta as well as ingredients, nutritional information & cooking instructions.
This is very simple to make just tear open the packet, pour the pasta in to a saucepan, add some water & a few small knobs of butter and then cook this for around 10-15 minutes (depending on how well you like it to be done!). I cooked mine for around 13 minutes and this helped the sauce to reduce down enough to ensure that I still had some for dipping my french stick in to but not too much that the pasta was drowning in it as I prefer the pasta more than anything.
When I first opened the packet I could initially smell onion but once cooking I could smell both tomatoes & onion and the smell was very nice when cooking and it really got my mouth watering. The pasta was lovely & soft once cooked and had expanded a fair bit in size and the sauce was a vivid red with flecks of parsley in it (dried parsley) and actually tasted quite nice. There are 265 calories and 7g of fat per packet so not too bad really for a lunch (although the fat is a little high). I did enjoy this but found that I couldn't finish the entire packet as I had it with a part baked baguette and had probably over estimated just how hungry I was.
This was a perfectly acceptable packet of pasta for my lunch and the price was extremely reasonable compared to other items on the shelf. I will be purchasing this again but it's not something that I'd serve to guests or my other half for part of his tea and I would probably add some grated cheese to it next time to make it have a little more flavour to it. I am rating this 4/5 as for the price it's very nice but it's just not quite as nice as I'd have liked.