I actually really like this, which suprised me as usually i prefer original branded. I find im not a fan of heinz spaghetti.
The price is very good as well unfortunetly I have been informed by a sale rep that they will no longer be stocking this, only the Tesco value hoop variety, something to dow ith sales I believe.
It's a shame as I'm not a fan of other brands of Spaghetti, which was why I was so suprised I liked this. Im a very picky person when it comes to food, As a child my mothr tells me I would refuse items if they wasnt the usual bought ones I could tell where and what I was eating from an early age. I have to admit I do remeber an inciedent with my father's family over a spam sandwhich and me refusing saying it wasnt my ham.
But back on task, yes I find it has a taste to the sauce which is different to all other tinned spaghetti I have tried. Usually its the sauce what puts me off, but with Tesco version it was the oppasite, It's usually got a very good sell by date on aswell so can be stocked up with out the worry of them going bad too soon. The fact that they are cheap is also a plus side. You get quite a lot in a tin as well, we usually split between three or two, its nice on toast.
I for one will be sad when they do pull this item, I will be spaghetti less Im afraid to say.
Spaghetti like soup is one my staples for lunch. Slap it on a couple of pieces of toast and its a good filler till dinner.
Of course you can buy it from just out anywhere. Heinz is of course the most well known but all the main supermarkets do this and Asda and Tescos have their value range. But is there much different between Heinz at 80p and Tesco value at a mere 14p? Of course there is, but does that mean Tesco Value is that much worse?
You will immediately notice all difference, Heinz is long strings of spaghetti and the Value one has the spaghetti all chopped up, no idea why but that always seems to be the case. Too often the cheap stuff is a kind of nuclear orange. Thankfully this isn't nuclear but a milder orange, a rich looking sauce? Maybe not, but not offensive at all.
A bit of a surprise is the amount of spaghetti in the tin, it's packed full of bits of spaghetti. Being value you'd expect a ration of sauce to spaghetti to be approximately 40/60, but this is more like 20/80.
It hurts up quite nicely and quickly and the sauce stays thick. I'm not going to give instructions on what to do with it and I'm sure you are big enough to work that out! Personally I have it with toast and when I'm on a health kick I have the toast without butter as the sauce is rich enough and there's plenty of spaghetti to cover two pieces.
As always its the taste that's the most important thing. After all, it isn't any good if its disgusting. Well this doesn't disappointment, this is good and tomatoey. Obviously it doesn't taste as rich as say Heinz but it has managed to avoid being packed with sugar to make it sweet and palatable. There's no real discernible taste of herbs either which is great because this means it isn't packed full of basil to give it taste because I hate that stuff.
It's a decent enough taste, that's the best way to put it, this isn't gourmet food. Having a couple of tins of this should be a kitchen staple.
Nutritional info for half a tin:
When it comes to spaghetti in tomato sauce if I buy it, (which incidentally is a rarity) I always opt to buy Heinz as I love it and really love it from time to time on hot buttered toast for a quick tea. However the other day whilst I was out shopping in Tesco's I spotted this same sized can (410g) only costing 15p and being far cheaper than Heinz so I decided to give it a go. The Packaging: The labeling is red, white and blue in colour and on the front of it there is photograph of the spaghetti on there and we are told that it is indeed Tesco 'Value' Spaghetti In Tomato Sauce and there is an at a glance nutritional chart shown. On the back of the can other information listed includes ingredients and allergy advice being given along with a full nutritional chart and cooking instructions and contact details for Tesco are also given. This is a cheap looking can and obviously an economy product and with no ring pull to the top of it but to me its the taste that's the most important thing anyway! The Spaghetti Itself: Open up the can and what you get is alot of runny orange coloured tomato sauce with different lengths of thin spaghetti pasta in it that appears gloopy. To heat this is simple and you can simply pop it in a saucepan and on the hob for a few minutes or in the microwave for about 4 minutes if preferred and for quickness. I did think that through cooking this mix would thicken up but I was wrong. There is so much sauce within it this actually reminded me of a tomato based pasta soup and I had to spoon it out onto my toast the night I consumed it so not to tip too much of the sauce all over the place. The sauce was slightly sweet in an artificial way, tasted incredibly salty to me and only slightly reminded me of tomato sauce in flavour. The colour looked ok and it smelt a bit tomatoey but didn't really taste it. The pasta looked and tasted soggy and slimy and really had no 'bite' to it at all. I couldn't detect a flavour from the pasta and all in all it was so wet it was tricky to deal with. All in all this looked and tasted economy to me. It lacked 'body' and flavour in abundance and any flavour it did had wasn't pleasant so that was probably a blessing in disguise anyway to be fair lol! Not for me, put the extra pennies to it and get something edible is the best advice I can give to anyone! Only available in Tesco stores. This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
I'm a big fan of the Tesco Value range, OK I know some of it isn't up to much but overall my experiences with the Value range has been good. I recently tried their value tinned spaghetti and found it to be very good. At just 15p for a 410g can its certainly good value for money when compared to Heinz which is 50p for a smaller tin.
The tin, has the usual value style label, with a red band around the centre with the name of the product on it, in this case it obviously says spaghetti in tomato sauce. The tin displays the value logo, a picture of the spaghetti and the GDA's. These are given for half a tin and are:-
The back of the can gives a full list of ingredients along with more nutritional values. It also informs the customer that it is suitable for vegetarians and contains wheat and gluten for those with allergy problems. There's also a little warning saying that although the spaghetti doesn't contain nuts Tesco cannot guarantee it hasn't come from a nut free factory.
The can also gives cooking instructions for both the microwave and the hob but I'm pretty certain that most people know how to heat up tinned spaghetti.
On opening the tin I was surprised to see it full with actual spaghetti and not 3/4 full with a lot of sauce. It smells of tomato and looks very appetising. The actual pieces of pasta are all short, I suspect they are either broken bits or off cuts from packs of dried spaghetti, however this doesn't bother me in the slightest its the taste that counts.
I heated the spaghetti in a saucepan on the hob and was pleased to see just how thick the sauce is. It certainly didn't look like it had come from a value product.
We had the spaghetti on toast the first time we tried it and found that one tin makes 2 good servings. The spaghetti tastes very nice, it has a nice texture and the sauce has a lovely tangy rich tomato flavour. We do sometimes have grated cheese on spaghetti but to be honest this is tasty enough without it.
We also have this spaghetti as part of a meal. It goes very well with a sausage and chips type dinner and Mark often has it at the weekend if he has a cooked breakfast. Although I am a big baked bean fan I do find the spaghetti a nice change to beans and it eliminates the "wind factor" which can sometimes accompany a beans on toast snack.
All in all I would definitely say try this value spaghetti, there's a good proportion of spaghetti to sauce and the sauce is rich and tangy and has a lovely tomato flavour. The spaghetti has a nice texture and as long as you don't mind it in small strips at that price you cant go wrong.
In my previous review I commented on how impressed I was with the online Tesco delivery service and one of the items in my order was several tins of the supermarkets own value range of spaghetti. These are 410g tins which cost I think 14 pence each on which the label is fairly uninspiring and it is very apparent that these are part of the cheaper value range. The tin has no ring pull as many of the Heinz products do which makes the contents easier to access but it is not the end of the world.
When trying to cut back and make savings you can't beat having something on toast as a quick snack or light meal like beans or spaghetti and to be even more economical it is always worth trying the own label or value ranges as you never know you might like them. I can't help comparing these to Heinz spaghetti as they are the premier league version of this food stuff in my opinion.
The pieces of spaghetti are shorter in length compared to the Heinz version as these are often all tangled up together and fall out of the can in one go when you pour them in to your saucepan however with this less expensive Tesco offering you often have to scrape remaining short lengths from the insides of the can. There is plenty of tomato sauce and this is possibly easier to eat as if the spaghetti strands are longer they can be tricky to catch on your fork causing mess and unbelievable chaos.
Now if I had an unlimited budget and didn't have to make savings in every area of life then I would usually opt for Heinz as I think there is a noticeable difference in quality but this Tesco spaghetti is perfectly acceptable and is tasty and doesn't taste unpleasant at all. Compared to Heinz there doesn't seem to be a large difference between the nutritional values of this and that and a can of the Tesco value spaghetti contains 200 calories and 1.2g of fat so if you are endeavouring to carry out your own cost of living savings then this kind of thing is ideal for you.
I have been buying this spaghetti for quite some time because my little grandson just loves spaghetti. He eats it all the time and when I first bought it last year when he was a little younger I wasn't too sure if it would be suitable because he loves the branded ones. I thought for the price it was worth a try to see if he liked it and also to try myself.
It comes in a can of which needs a can opener to open it. The can is just basic looking and in the usual colours of blue and red from the Tesco Value range. It cost only 14p for a 410g can, so a very cheap price. The spaghetti inside is cut and the length is quite a long length. I like the idea of the spaghetti cut this way because it is so easy for my grandson to eat more easier. He can easily just spoon it into his mouth without having to cut it. I do not have to cut this spaghetti for him because it is already cut to a nice size for a small child to eat.
The spaghettis is inside a rich Tomato sauce, this sauce is quite a rich, thick consistency and not at all runny. It is a nice red colour too and the spaghetti is a pale beige colour and the same look as a branded one. The sauce does taste of tomatoes and not bland. It is not a bitter taste and is quite delicious. Because it is a rich consistency it means it does stay on the spoon or folk and it does not drop from the cutlery. It does sometimes as it would with a branded one but it does stay well on the cutlery to reach the mouth without making more of a mess on the table etc.
I eat this myself quite a lot and I like it to eat it with chips and on toast. I find it is nice with a cooked breakfast instead of tomatoes and for a change. It is nice eaten with another food and it is a nice additional food on the plate. It is a good quality and excellent value for the cheap price. I find it is quite filling and the texture of the spaghetti is nice and soft in the mouth. It is so smooth and soft but it is not too smooth that I cannot feel it in my mouth or in a way that it is mushy or has a mashed texture.
I also find that the can isn't half empty as some other cheaper brands tend to be, this one has the spaghetti almost to the top of the can and a good amount in the can and it is not all tomato sauce instead of the spaghetti and it is the product it is meant to be with this one.
It is so quick and easy to cook and all that is needed is to pour the contents of the can into a saucepan and heat gently for approximately 3 or 4 minutes, just stirring occasionally and it is ready to eat. It can be also cooked in a microwave and placed into a non metallic dish and covered in cling film or a lid and cooked for approximately 2 minutes on full power.
Per half a can it does contain the following, 100 calories, 0.6g of fat, 0.2g of saturates, 1.2g of salt and 8.2g of sugars.
It is also suitable for vegetarians.
If the full can is not eaten in one sitting then the remaining spaghetti can be placed into a dish and kept in the fridge for up to 2 days.
I cannot fault this spaghetti, it is a nice tasty one and I highly recommend it for others to give it a go as I do think is a nice cheaper brand and one that I think is so affordable. It gives me all the taste that I expect from a cheap brand and with all the taste and I will continue to buy it in the future. Also for 14p it is a give away price in my opinion.
I give it 5 stars.
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When looking for something hot to have for lunch the other day I discovered I had a tin of this Tesco Value spaghetti in tomato sauce in the cupboard that I must have bought as a just-in-case, handy to have in the cupboard buy.
I only had to do lunch for my partner and I, so cracked this tin open for us to share.
~ The Packaging ~
As this is a value product the labelling isn't particularly appealing, however with the value range the emphasis is on the product itself not whether it looks pretty on the outside or not.
This product is quickly recognisable as being part of that value range with the Tesco blue barcode image on the label that wraps around the metal can.
The 410g tin is opened by using a can opener, unfortunately it doesn't have a ring pull, however this would no doubt increase it's price by adding fancy unnecessary extras.
~ Price and Availability ~
Price wise this is so cheap it's untrue! A 410g can is only £0.14 - yes you heard right! Compared to Tesco's own brand and other leading makes, this is a massive saving of over £0.30 a tin.
As stated this is a Tesco Value product so is only available from Tesco stores or through their online site.
~ Nutritional Information~
Each tin serves 2 people, giving each a serving of 205g of spaghetti and tomato sauce.
This size serving contains:
Saturated Fat Trace
This product is suitable for vegetarians.
~ What is it like? ~
I was really pleasantly surprised when I opened the tin to find it full to the lid with spaghetti and sauce. In the past when I have bought cheaper value brands the tin has been more sauce than anything else, but with this spaghetti it was definitely not the case.
The spaghetti itself is cut into small pieces not left as long traditional spaghetti, making it a lot easier to eat without needing to cut yourself for a mouthful.
The tomato sauce was a rich red orange colour, it actually looked as a tomato sauce does with beans or spaghetti not an artificial looking colour as some cheaper versions do. The sauce itself had a good tomato taste, which I was really impressed with.
Overall for the money I really don't think you can go wrong with this spaghetti in tomato sauce. We really enjoyed it served on toast, but I'm sure it would be just as good on its own or accompanying a meal instead of baked beans.
I love snacking and I often like to eat some spaghetti on toast for my supper at night time as I just cannot sleep if I have not eaten something at some point during the evening time. I have always had a supper and sometimes I like a savoury snack instead of a sweet one and sometimes I have both as I have a huge appetite lol.
I buy this spaghetti on a regular basis for my snacks and for my grandchildren as I find it is quite a nice tasting one, it comes in a can which has to be opened with a can opener. The contents of the can contains the spaghetti in a very rich Tomato sauce, the sauce is a really nice red colour and is a really good quality for the cheap price of just 14p for a 410g can.
I think the price is really good for the amount of spaghetti in the can, the can is actually full of the spaghetti unlike some of the other cheaper brands I have tried from other shops. This one is a really good amount in the can for what I expect and the sauce is a nice consistency and does not taste bland at all.
The spaghetti is small strips and not long like some other brands, the small strips means I do not have to cut it up so much for my grandchildren and they can easily just eat it from the plate by themselves with no problems at all. It is easy to chew because the texture is so soft and smooth with this spaghetti.
I like to eat it on toast or with a cooked breakfast instead of Tomatoes just for a change and I find it enjoyable to eat. It is also easy to heat in a pan or microwave for approximately 3 or 4 minutes or so and takes very little time if you are in a rush as I often am and are wanting a snack or something to eat at lunch time.
It also contains 60% less salt and it contains per half a can, 100 calories, 8.2g of sugar, 0.6g pf fat and 1.2g of salt.
It tells me on the can that is it also suitable for vegetarians.
It is a really basic looking can but the contents are very nice tasting and I highly recommend this one for anyone to try as I find it is very suitable for my liking and it is a cheap spaghetti with a nice taste for the cheap price.
I rate it 5 stars.
I have recently tried out the Tesco Value tin of spaghetti and this is my review.
I have been trying out some of the items in the Tesco Value range to see if I can save a few pence on my weekly shop and I have found that some of them are very good value and I will buy them from now on but other items in the range are not that good and I will not get them again.
The packaging for this item is very plain and is just a metal tin with a plain looking label on it with the name of the Tesco Value spaghetti on it. The metal tin can be recycled and I like this cos I like to do my bit for the environment. I do not really like the look of the Tesco Value tin of spaghetti and think it is very plain looking and does not catch my eye but this does not bother me to much cos I am more concerned with the item and not what packet it comes in as this goes in the bin anyway.
The Tesco Value spaghetti was a brilliant price and it only cost me 14 pence for the tin which is 410g. I normally pay 56 pence for a tin of Heinz spaghetti in tomato sauce which is only 400g in size so as you can see I am getting more spaghetti for less money by choosing the Tesco Value tin of spaghetti in tomato sauce.
I usually have tinned spaghetti with hot toast and butter and for lunch I would eat half the tin or for an evening meal I would eat the whole tin. I tried out the Tesco Value tinned spaghetti for lunch so only used half the can. When I took the lid of the can I thought that the spaghetti looked nice although I did think the tomato sauce was not as thick looking or as dark coloured as the tinned spaghetti I usually buy.
I emptied the half can into a saucepan and heated it up which did not take long only a few minutes. The smell was not as rich as the tinned spaghetti I usually buy but I thought it was still a nice smell and when I put the Tesco spaghetti onto my toast I thought that it looked like a nice meal.
When it came to eating the Tesco Value spaghetti I thought that it tasted quite nice although I did not think the tomato sauce the spaghetti was in was as nice and tasty as the brand I usually buy. It was not taste less or watery but I did not think the flavour was as nice and it was not as rich flavoured. I did not think the Tesco Value tinned spaghetti was to sweet either which for me is a good thing as I think a lot of tomato type sauces can have to much sweetners in them and I am not to keen on this. I thought the taste of the Tesco Value tinned spaghetti was very nice and I thought the pasta was nice and soft and easy to eat.
I would suggest giving the Tesco Value tinned spaghetti a try out and I will buy this kind from now on. I think it is a brilliant price for such a large tin and the tin has so much spaghetti in it that it does my lunch for two days running. I thought the taste of the Tesco Value tinned spaghetti was quite nice although it did not taste as rich as other brands I usually buy. I think it is a great product and if you are needing to save a few pennies like me then I think you should give it a try.
First things first, the main reason for trying value products is usually the saving. A tin of Tesco value tinned spaghetti is currently 14p (although their value stuff does tend to fluctuate in price more noticeably than other lines). Compare that to 31p for a tin of Tesco regular and 49p for a tin of Heinz and straight away the value option seems appealing.
No surprises in terms of packaging, the familiar blue, white and red all the way. It is worth noting that there is no ring pull on this can so you will have to rummage for the tin opener. Also I find that whenever I open these tins, the paper around the top always shreds quite badly and I usually have to fish a few scraps out of the spaghetti. I don't notice it with other brands, but it may well be attributable to my tin opener, so a brief mention but no marks lost on that front.
The tin is always full to the brim so you don't get that disappointing feeling of resentment from a half empty packet (Walkers multibag crisps anyone?) The spaghetti is a little thinner than other brands but there is plenty of it and the sauce is a good, thick, orangey red. I was expecting it to be a bit watery in all honesty but it was plenty thick enough for me. I'm not going to bother running through the heating instructions as if you haven't figured out how to warm a tin of spaghetti through yet, you probably shouldn't be reading this review (although I once caught my 24 year housemate attempting to put a small metal saucepan in the microwave to heat it, luckily the handle got in the way of the door, although she was still trying to figure out the logistics of it when I apprehended her)
In terms of taste and consistency, the sauce is slightly thinner than more expensive brands but not to a detrimental extent. Likewise the flavour is perhaps not quite as 'full', but it is still tasty and enjoyable, and the texture of the pasta is just as it should be.
If you are looking for options to trim the shopping budget, I would say that this is one product that offers a painfree alternative to help save the pennies.
Tesco Value Spagetti'
Well having read a few reviews about this product, i thought that as i was shopping in a tescos near my mums house, that i would grab a few tins of this product, just to give it a try out and see wheather it was indeed a good buy or not.
This comes in a can which i feel would have a long shelve life, and it is great and cheap at only 14pence per can to have as a snack, or as a tea time snack at the weekend when you have had a big sunday lunch and just want something light to have in the evening.
I thought that i would put this can to the test, on my grandchildren and myself, as they usually have a can of beans on taosed wholemeal bread, as a snack when visiting my house, but i decided to open a can of this value spagetti instead, and it was quite a pleasant suprise.
The can doesnt have a pull ring top, thats probably because it is a value can, with the distinctive label with an orange band across the middle, with the words spagetti in tomatoe sauce written across the centre.
I think that the sauce was quite thick and i was pleasently suprised that the spagetti wasnt at all bad, it was quite thick, not as long as the pieces you get in a can og should i say Heinz, and for a cheaper can it certainly didnt taste yuck, it was quite nice, i was more than suprised, and the grandchildren seemed to enjoy this, and didnt have any complaints at all.
The contents of the can was almost full to the brim, not loads of sauce with a few strands of spagetti floating around, and not wishy washy thin flavoured sauce i was expecting to find, the sauce was great thick, tasty very tomatoey and the spagetti well obviously i knew it was a cheaper spagetti because of the mere price that i had paid, but i would not say it was as good as Heinz but not a far off comparasion at all, just that the pieces were a little bit smaller, but this did not deflect in the taste, which in my opinion was not too bad at all.
I will be stocking up on these cans of spagetti to keep in my stock cupboard just to have as a snack, or to add to a plate of my grandchildrens favourite fish fingers and chips, (oven) of course, or to just add to their bangers and mash that they like to have here.
Weather you have this on a slice of toast, or to accompany other meals this is really worth a try, i award this four points as it is good value for money, and i think it is a good tin to add to your shelves.
Of which sugars 8.2g
Of which saturates 0.2g
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I am ashamed to admit that I used to be a little bit of a food snob and would usually buy the more expensive brands assuming that they would be better quality. Recently though, I have been converted to the supermarkets own ranges which offer savings to the consumer by spending less on fancy packaging and instead, using plain and functional wrappings.
Previously, I would walk past these ranges in the mistaken belief that chap and nasty packaging meant cheap and nasty products. In fact, many of the products that I have tried have been surprisingly good which has made me keen to try more. And let's face it, the packaging just gets thrown in the bin, so why spend extra on it!
This spaghetti costs just £0.15 per tin, which compared to around £0.75 for a can of Heinz is incredibly cheap. The tin has a plain white label with blue and red writing and because it doesn't have a pull off lid, you will need a tin opener to open it.
You can heat the spaghetti in a saucepan or in the microwave (around two minutes, stir half way through cooking) so it is quick and easy to prepare.
The spaghetti is actually quite tasty, the tomato sauce is thicker than I had expected and has a decent tomato taste, sweet and tangy and well seasoned. I had expected this product to have quite a thin and watery sauce and it surprised me by having quite a good consistency.
The pasta is soft but still firm enough to be delicious, and I actually found that served on toast, this product made a decent and tasty lunch.
If you are looking for something quick and convenient then you can do a lot worse than this spaghetti, whether served as a side with a meal or on toast for a quick and convenient lunch, it tastes good and is filling and satisfying too.
Well worth trying, if you haven't already, preferably with a good grinding of black pepper on top!
Nutritional information per 135g serving is as follows;
Every week my mum tries some of the different cheapo products in the supermarket, she buys the normal stuff so it doesn't matter if we don't like it and even if it's that bad it gets thrown away it's only a waste of pennies! lol
This spaghetti is 14p a tin but tastes dead cheap too. Actually I think it TASTES just like Heinz tinned spaghetti, but this Value one has got a thin and sticky texture. The spaghetti is mega soft and too slippery in the sauce, I wasn't mad keen on the feel of it and also because the sauce kept sliding off it and the spaghetti was deathly white.
The sauce tastes nice of tomato and it's true that it's not much different to the Heinz, except this one is a bit sweeter I think. If Tesco could make the juice thicker then this spaghetti would be a lot nicer, but weirdly this mega cheap one is loads better than the standard Tesco one that is quite a bit dearer.
There's a bit too much sauce in the tin compared to spaghetti and that makes them a bit wet so make sure you drain a bit off before you pour it on your toast! lol
I think it's a very good price and half decent for 14p, I reckon I prefer the Heinz because of the thicker sauce but I know if I was skint I'd go for this one.
When your looking for something quick, easy and tasty for lunch with out spending a fortune, then Tesco Value Spaghetti is the ideal thing for you. I had bought a couple of tins of this spaghetti as my wife is a big fan of spaghetti on toast, and in the past we have always bought the more expensive Tesco 'non-value' version or even the Heinz Spaghetti in tomato sauce and the Heinz Spaghetti hoops, which have always been a safe option, but I bought these to try due to the fact they are only 14p per tin. After a couple of months of gathering dust, slowly shifting their way to the back of the cupboard, one hungry afternoon, I decided to try them and I very pleasantly surprised!
The Spaghetti itself is sliced into ~3cm pieces which I find much more manageable to eat than Heinz which come in long strings. The tomato sauce is fairly thick, which I prefer to the runnier types that you can buy, and its nice tasting and has a strong tomato flavour.
The fact that it is tinned means it can be stored for around 2 years before it goes off and a whole can only has 200kcal in it, as well as 1.2 grams of fat for those of you who are weight conscious. It also states it is nut free, therefore is safe for those with nut allergies and it is also suitable for vegetarians.
In my experience, in my 900 Watt microwave it takes about 2 and a half minutes to become hot enough for eating or it can also be cooked on the hob, but if your as lazy as I am, the microwave works fine and is far far quicker. As a cooking suggestion I prefer to use an entire can covering 2 rounds of toast, its the best way to serve!
Overall, its a great can of tinned Spaghetti which tastes nice and for only 14p, you can't really go wrong. It is the ideal product to buy and place in your cupboard for those days your stuck in the house with nothing to eat for lunch as it lasts for years without going off.
A product I will be buying again and again!
It isn't often that I get to eat this as nowadays they have become vacant from our kitchen cupboards. Aside from our usual Christmas hampers you can guarantee that it's unlikely somebody will actually go out and buy some. Naturally I was pleasantly surprised and have enjoyed a thoroughly nice dinner!
It still brings back lovely memories of Saturday afternoons when the 4 of us had to pick whether we wanted lentil soup or spaghetti. Me and my younger brother usually getting the last options because of course the youngest and the eldest of siblings get first choices on everything. Not that I'm bitter about it or anything.
The tin isn't exactly eye catching but when you're only forking out 14p I hardly think you should grumble about it. When you actually open it though you're greeted with a brilliant shade of red tomato juice with a few strands of spaghetti on top. That's not to say you don't get much of the pasta. It really is filled to the top.
Whilst the sauce is a bit runny the spaghetti does come out of the tin in a pretty sludgy type way. I find that there is always quite a bit which stays lodged to the bottom of tin so you may need to scrape it out with a small spoon. The spaghetti itself is the small strands that you'd expect, but not so small that you can't get them on your fork.
The sauce is a lot sweeter than what I remember it to be and you can definitely pick up on a strong tomato flavour. However I personally have a bit of grated cheese on top which is, believe me, really quite nice when it starts to melt. You can heat this up using your microwave or hob which I personally prefer as you can keep a much closer eye on it. Sometimes when using the microwave it can boil away too much of the sauce.
It does contain traces of gluten and wheat so it's probably best if you had some kind of allergy to not bother with it. Depending on how hungry you are I find it's best served between 2 people. On top of two rounds of toast.
Now I'm not going to try and be clever and work out the maths for a whole tin because no doubt I'll get it wrong. So this is for a typical 135g serving.
For 14p you can't really go wrong with it. It's tastey, cheap and something which is quick and easy to serve up if you're in a hurry. Something which I enjoy just as much now as what I did when I was a lot younger.