“ Brand: Asda „
As you will know if you have read any of my other reviews, I am a bit of a fan of Asda. So you won't be surprised to find out that this is going to be a positive review!
In our family we love pasta with tomato based sauces, spag bol, stews and so on, so some variety of tinned/carton tomatoes is a real storecupboard staple. However, there is a bit of a battle about it all. My husband you see, wonderful though he is in many respects, is a bit pernickity about tomato sauce. He doesn't like the bits. I love a chunky sauce. Hmmmm, what to do. Well, in the olden days (ie before I found a reasonably priced passata), I used to make a tomato sauce with tinned tomatoes, take some out for me and the liquidise the rest. Not exactly efficient or fun!
I had seen passata in the supermarkets before, but where we used to live it was a small supermarket and only had the sort of premium passata that was beyond our budget and a bit of a treat really. But then we found Asda passata. Brilliant in so many ways.
Well first off, the product passata in general solves our problem about lumpy sauces. It is still just tomatoes, nothing wicked added (well, a teensy bit of salt), but lovely and smooth. I can add my own lumpy veg if I feel the need!
Asda passata comes in very handy 500g cartons, similar to the picture above but with a slightly different design now - red and green rather than red and black. I find that the amount in the carton is usually just right for making dinner for the 4 of us. This means I don't get any little leftover bits that end up going off in the fridge (uurgh). Also the carton squashes nice and small and can be recycled I think. As well as this, the square shape means you can stack them up nicely in your cupboard if you want to have a bit of a stock of these.
Taste-wise the passata is lovely. It does have a little bit of salt in it (about 1.3g in half a pack, apparently), so if you have to watch salt intake you should be aware of this. We don't really add salt elsewhere in cooking so it's not an issue for us. I do tend to use the passata as a base for sauces, but it would be good enough on it's own if you just wanted a plain sauce and had no time. Even if you just add a bit of garlic and herbs though it becomes really lovely. It has a lovely smooth texture and is not watery at all, and reduces down nice and thick if you want to cook it that way.
All in all this is a great product that has saved me many a mealtime trauma! To be fair this would probably be the case with any brand of passata, but the handy carton size and packaging and great price (40p for a 500g carton) make it fantastic for us.
I like to cook and I make a lot of things from scratch but a few short cuts can be quite handy when I am in a hurry. This passata is one of the short cuts that makes my life a lot easier. It can be used to create so many different recipes. I use it in bolognaise, lasagne, cottage pie, casseroles, the list goes on.
It is just mashed up and sieved tomatoes, no seeds or skins. It is smooth and tasty, it doesn't seem like an amazing product but what can you expect from tomatoes?! This is great to have in the cupboard for make do days, to change a few ingredients into a meal.
They always taste nice and add guts to a dish.
Each carton contains 500g and costs a reasonable 42p, yes I know you can get tins for less than that but it is worth it for the taste and lack of seeds. Contains no artificial colours or flavours. The only thing in the carton except the tomatoes is Citric Acid to preserve them and give them a long date life (two years!)
I love the fact these are cartons rather than tins as I hate using tin openers!
They make my life and cooking so much easier!
Asdas Passatta is a great addition to all kinds of our regular meals, we use it in our home made lasagne, I also make pasta sauce out of it. It is basically tomato puree watered down and is a good starting ingredient for many a dish. I use this is spaghetti Bolognese with a tin of chopped tomatoes, it saves you having to squeeze the life out of a tube of puree as this goes a lot further I find
Like a blended and sieved red sauce, with a really fine chopped tomato within, but really smooth in texture
40 pence for 500 grams means it is 5p more than a budget tin of chopped tomatoes but adds more flavour and there is more of it 400 grams v 500 grams
About the Taste?
A rich tomato taste, bit like a watered down tomato puree, if I were to compare it to anything
Traffic lights have the salt and sugar levels at amber, the others are at green, so quite good for you and a good one to include for your 5 a day
Great addition to most meals which require a tomatoey kick
Since i have been at university, i have been looking for all the different ways that you can possibly make pasta that little more interesting on a fairly low budget.
Fortunately, with the finding of ASDA's passata range, you cannot really go wrong.
Asda have a variety of different passata's which are all basically the same just in different packaging. Its basically dependant on what your after, if your using it all in one go, buy the box, if your not, buy the bottle. Simple.
Anyway, it is a really good product to add to pasta to make a delicious pasta sauce.
Passata is basically just seived tomatoes, so you get quite a rich tomato sauce to add to your meals. As it is just basically tomato juice which has been weakened, it is also very good for you, meaning that you really do not have to worry about any of the effects of adding sauces to your meals, as you generally do with other products such as some of the dolmio sauces.
The other really great thing about this product, is that it really does not break the bank. This is always really useful, especially when attempting to live off a student budget.
At just 48p for a box, which basically contains enough to feed a family of 4, this really is a low cost option to make your meals a lot tastier.
How to use
It is very simple to use. Just cook your pasta, add your chicken, tuna, sausage or whatever meet you fancy to the saucepan. Then add any vegetables you might like, then just pour the passata over the top. Then place back on the heat and constantly stir for about 3-5mins. After this you have a lovely tomatoey treat.
Another recipe idea is to add a bit of black pepper or chili powder to the meal. I really like doing this as it seems to give it a bit more of a kick and really improves the taste of the tomatoes, basically adding flavour to make it slightly less bland.
So there you have it, if you fancy adding something which is cheap to liven up any pasta dish, then i really would recommend adding passata. You cannot go wrong!
Passata is one of those wonderful products to keep in the back of your cupboard until you feel creative, and then make some lovely food .
Passata is essentially just sieved tomato . Unlike your tinned tomatoes, you won't find any chunks in this - its a thickish smooth tomato sauce, on it's own pretty bland, but you can make all manner of things with it - it can replace tinned tomato in any dish, or with the addition of some spices, some worcestershire sauce and a generous slug of vodka, can make a very passable bloody mary .
The packaging is pretty simple - a foil lines tetra pack complete with lift and snip flaps at the end to make it convenient for pouring, its decorated rather stylishly in red and black, with a lovely picture of some fat and juicy tomatos on the front. For a 500g pack, it costs 42 pence .
It tastes, surprisingly enough, or tomato . And thats about it . But as I've mentioned, it's not something you're likely to just eat as it is . Try using it as a pizza sauce for example, or heat up and add in fresh basil to make a lovely tomato soup . If you're up to making a little more effort , add some mince, kidney beans, and chilli powder and have some chilli con carne .
If you don't use the whole pack at once, it will keep for a couple of days in the fridge, or you can put it into a container and freeze it until you need it .
That the wonder of the produt - the many things it can be used for . And at 42 pence which is a pretty cheap price, there's no reason not to give it a try!
Asda Passata - 500gm tetra pack, on average around 42p per pack.
Passata is up there with the top ten store cupboard items for me. Whilst tinned tomatoes have their place, they are often bitter or sour. Passsata is the sweeter, more flavourful alternative.
Traditional Italian sieved tomatoes are the main ingredient in the pack with a content of 99%, the other addition being citric acid. This is fantastic; so many other ranges contain high levels of salt.
Obviously suitable for vegetarians, a quarter of the pack contains one of your five a day, always a good thing.
I use passata in all manner of dishes, from the humble spag bol to tomato soup. Add some herbs and use as a sauce for topping pizzas or mix with browned meat for a shepherd's pie; it really does have all manner of uses.
Stores well in an air tight container in the fridge for a week or so and freezes so no more wasting small portions, I pop it into ice cube trays until frozen and decant into bags, handy if you just want a small amount for a salsa or pizza topping.
A good quality standard item.