“ Brand: Asda / Type: Sauces „
I usually make my own tomato-based pasta sauce, but due to mobility problems and suffering with poor health, there are a lot of times where I can't stand at the cooker and prepare a home cooked meal, so "stand-by" items are often purchased by me for these occasions. I recently tried out a few of the Asda own-branded jars of pasta sauces, one of which was the 'Spicy Tomato' variety. Packaged in a fairly plain-looking glass jar with a screw-top lid, the product didn't particularly stand out to me as it stood on the supermarket shelf, but for the 'cheap-and-cheerful' price tag the product has - costing only 69 pence for the reasonably sized 315g jar - I am not particularly bothered about how inspirational the packaging is. In case it is of relevance to other consumers, it is worth pointing out that the packaging has changed quite recently, and the label on the jar no longer looks like the picture on the Dooyoo page, although the product is the same. The sauce itself looked to be quite thick, and very rich-looking, thanks to the deep red colour of the tomatoes contained therein. I didn't notice a particularly strong smell from the sauce once the jar was opened, but it certainly looked to be quite appealing and I could see there were some small chunks of vegetables (later discovered to be peppers) dotted throughout the sauce, adding to it's thick consistency. The Asda Spicy Tomato pasta sauce is very easy to prepare and use. All I had to do was heat the sauce gently in a saucepan for around three minutes, stirring occasionally. The sauce smelled quite appetising whilst it was being heated, and even though I couldn't detect any spice in the aroma, the richness of the tomatoes was quite evident. When my pasta was cooked, I simply poured the warm Asda pasta sauce into the pot containing the pasta and stirred the sauce through the pasta shells. I stirred it through the pasta for a good couple of minutes to ensure it had completely covered the pasta. When the pasta was served onto our plates, I sprinkled a small amount of finely-grated parmesan cheese on top and served the meal. I quite liked the taste of the Asda Spicy Tomato pasta sauce, and it had a pleasant 'kick' to it without being over-powering or too much for my palate. I also thought that the tomato base sauce was of a fairly high quality, and as I'd suspected, it tasted quite rich and flavoursome. I also thought that the tomato flavour wasn't bitter, nor did it have a sort of bitter after-taste, which is something I have found with other tomato-based pasta sauces that I have bought before. The addition of chilli in the sauce really added to the sauce's flavour and made it slightly more interesting than other pasta sauces that I buy regularly. The small chunks of peppers that were throughout the sauce did make the texture of the sauce quite appealing, but I have to be honest and say that I didn't notice them adding much to the overall taste and flavour of the sauce itself. They were not overly soft or at all mushy, and I thought they were a pleasant addition to the sauce. I thought too that the amount of sauce contained in the smaller-than-average 315g jar was absolutely ample for the amount of pasta I had cooked and the sauce really coated the pasta perfectly. The meal fed myself and my husband very comfortably and I have no doubt that I could have made the sauce stretch to feed three people if it needed to. This is not something that can be said of other ready-made pasta sauces that I buy regularly, which are very much a 'two servings' portion and not a drop more. I would recommend the Asda Spicy Tomato pasta sauce and I have already purchased it again. I thought that it offered a quick and convenient meal solution that was flavoursome and very enjoyable, without breaking the bank or being over-priced. I also liked the fact that the sauce was a little different to other, similar products that I buy regularly, thanks to the addition of the red chillies in the sauce which gave it a pleasant spicy flavour. The nutritional information for the Asda Spicy Tomato pasta sauce printed on the jar's label tells me that 100g of the sauce 42 kcal and 0.6g Fat. The pasta sauce is suitable for a vegetarian diet. It may contain traces of nuts and seeds.
Looking for quick and failsafe meal ideas, I decided to try out the Asda own label range of cooking sauces recently. This one in particular we thought was amazing value for money and have used it a couple of times since, I actually prefer the taste of this to the 'leading' brand now too. This currently sells at 71p for a 315g jar which is just enough to make a substantial meal for two. I tend to use this with frozen quorn mince to make a quick, tasty and healthy bolognese. I know its easy enought to make your own bolognese sauce, and when I have the time I do, but sometimes you want to just be able to throw together a decent meal within half an hour and this ticks all the boxes for me. Half the jar contains around 90 calories and 0.2g of saturated fat which makes this pretty good for my weight watchers plan as this equates to only 2 points, coupled with quorn mince and a weighed portion of pasta, this means I can make a very good bolognese for around 7 points - good going in my opinion! The ingredients list has nothing too creepy on it either, mainly tomatoes, red and yellow peppers and lots of regular herbs, spices and seasonings, this probably explains why it is quite low in terms of saturated fat too. I find this sauce very versatile and it tastes great, bursting with tomato flavours but with a bit of a kick to it, I actually sometimes chuck in a few extra chilli flakes for a bit more zing but this sauce does already have some in there. Not only do I use this for bolognese, it makes a great pizza topper and I have also had it smothered over a chicken breast which I have then baked in the oven for another low fat main meal. At 71p you cannot go wrong with this as it tastes good, is very versatile and convenient and in our house is now the preferred brand!
I have tried a number of these pasta sauces over the last couple of months. I used to try and make my own pasta sauce at least some of the time, but to be honest it seems hardly worth the effort when this range is so convenient. Also the price of these sauces have dropped from 98p to only 71p which would be difficult to match ingredients wise. I promise that I do not work for ASDA, but find them difficult to beat for value at the moment. I used this pasta sauce with 2 packs of their fresh meatballs (on offer at £1.00 for 9), and 2 packs of pasta (1 smart price@44p and one chilli flavoured pasta@97p) and served with 2 garlic baguettes (84P FOR 2) AND SERVED 6 HEALTHY APPETITES FOR ONLY £4.96. The sauce comes in a glass jar of 315g. The lid is a screw top one that pops when it is opened so you can check for tampering. The sauce is the consistency of all other tomato sauces...kind of thick, gloopy paint. It pours from the jar easily, although I always add a bit of water to rinse out the last bit! This jar easily contained enough sauce to keep the meatballs moist and adequately coat the pasta. If you want sloppy pasta, you may need 2 jars. The sauce has a really appetising, tomato-ey smell. It is free from artificial preservatives and is suitable for vegetarians. The instructions on the label advise warming the sauce through in a pan or microwave and then serving with cooked pasta. I think if I were just using the sauce I would need to add a few veggies to pad it out. In my opinion, this sauce has just the correct amount of chilli in it, enough to tingle on the tongue, but not to burn or be unpleasant. It makes a nice change from traditional tomato sauce, and I may use it for a lasagne with a twist, or even as a topping on a pizza base. If you like spicy food, this may just not be hot enough for you, but if you fancy something the same but different (if you get what I mean!) this is definitely worth a try! There are qute a lot of calories in the sauce (187/100g) and a fair amount of sugar (6.4g / 100g) but providing you don't eat it every night, its a homemade-tasting dish that doesn't require a lot of fuss - and by the time you have consumed the compulsory bottle of red to accompany it, the calorific content will be the last on your mind!