“ Brand: Asda / Type: Pasta Sauce „
The other day in Asda I was strolling up and down the aisles looking for inspiration for dinner ideas for myself, my bestmate/flatmate and my boyfriend who was coming to stay with me (we have a long distance relationship of over 180 miles between us!). He is the worlds most fussy eater. I kid you not, mealtimes are awful with his hate of spice, garlic, onions, mushrooms, tomatoes...anything vegetable, fruit, any offal.... I find him real hard work and up until recently he has been a very plain eater indeed. However we have decided we are in our relationship for the long term after years of being on and off and one of the biggest problems we've always had between us is food. I have an eating disorder, he likes food burnt and plain, we could never eat out and if we did it was a nightmare for us. All I asked when we got back together a year ago is for him to try different foods and he agreed and since then he has tried lots of different foods with rather great results. He now loves curries (providing they just have chicken in them) and allsorts so I felt brave when I spotted this sauce and decided it was time for me to make him a spaghetti bolognaise as in all of his 52 years on planet earth he had never tried it and admitted he really didn't fancy it! The Packaging: The sauce comes in a see-through glass jar that has a green screw on/off lid to the top of it concealing a small hole. On the front of the label there is a photograph of a made up spaghetti bolognese meal and some tomatoes and mushrooms are on there to and we are told that it is Asda Tomato & Mushroom Pasta Sauce and that it is 'Italian inspired', that it is suitable for Vegetarians and contains no artificial colours, flavours or hydrogenated fat. On the back of the jar other information listed includes ingredients and allergy advice, storage advice is given, the size is stated (which in this case is a 320g serving), we are told how to use the sauce and contact details for Asda are given. Nice enough, informative jar this is. The Sauce Itself: What you get is a tomato based sauce with small red pieces of tomato in it, along with slithers of onion and mushrooms and you can see chives, basil and dried parsley within it in abundance. This has a real smell of garlic and basil to it when you first tip the sauce out of the jar to use it and runs out of it with ease though it isn't a watery mixture it does have a rustic appearance opposed to the likes of the smooth Dolmio sauces we can buy. To use this you can heat up the sauce in a saucepan or in the microwave and tip it over whatever you want to I.E pasta or whatever...me I fried off some beef mince first and then added this sauce to that and allowed it to simmer for a few minutes till it went a wee bit thicker and served it. Taste wise, we all loved this sauce. Nicely seasoned and naturally sweetened you can really taste fresh, sweet tomato in this with a nice, pleasant kick of garlic to it. My boyfriend doesn't like mushrooms or onions but he wasn't aware they were in there as you couldn't see them and all I can think is that they were really finely chopped into the sauce. All round this is a lovely sauce and I wouldn't hesitate in purchasing this again. You can use this sauce for anything really not just for making up a spag bol and I found this to make 2 generous portions of food (which I divided into 3 small small portions)! Lovely stuff from Asda....again! Nutritional Information Per 1/2 A Jar (The Important Bits): Energy: 53kcal Fat: 1.9g of which saturates: 0.3g Only available in Asda stores at about 88p per jar.