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Crosse & Blackwell Tomato Onion & HerbPasta Sauce

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Brand: Crosse & Blackwell / Type: Sauces

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      30.07.2009 11:46
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      Pasta in sauce

      Dooyoo have just added my sugestion for this so here's the review...


      The pasta comes in a bag which is predominantly red. The bag just needs to be cut or torn to get to the pasta so people don't have the same sorts of issues opening the packet that they might do with a jar or a can, particularly if they are elderly.

      The front of the packet tells up that this is the tomato, onion & herb flavour & that it is low in fat and is suitable for vegatarians. It can also be microwaved.

      The back of the packet lists the ingredients, cooking instructions & the nutritional information. You can also visit the website:-


      to find out about Crosse & Blackwell & other products.

      Nutritional Information per packet cooked {per 100g cooked in brackets}

      Energy kJ: 1620kJ {409kJ}
      kcal: 382kcal {96kcal}
      Protein: 13.4g {3.4g}
      Carbohydrate: 78.4g 19.8g}
      of which sugars: 15.0g {3.8g}
      Fat: 1.6g {0.4g}
      (of which saturates): 0.2g {<0.1g}
      Fibre: 7.6g {1.9g}
      Sodium: 1.06g {0.27g}

      Allergy information: wheat gluten
      These dessert contain no artificial colours or preservatives & no added MSG or hydrogenated oil.


      Dried pasta (70% ~ durum wheat). Tomato powder (135). Sugar, Cornflower, Dried Onion (1.5%), Salt, Yeast Extract, Onion Powder, Colour (beetroot red), Garlic Powder, Flovourings, Vegatable Oil, Dried Parsley, Dried Basil, Citric Acid.

      Cooking Instructions:

      Hob: Place 400ml of water & upto 15g of butter or margarine (optional) into a saucepan, Bring to the boil & add in contents of packet. Simmer until pasta is cooked & sauce is of desired consistency (approx 8 - 10 minutes), stirring frequently.

      Microwave (based on 750/800 watt catgeory D oven): Empty contents into 1.5 - 2 litre microwaveable bowl. Add 400ml of boiling water & upto 15g of butter or margarine (optional), Stir & cover loosely. Microwave on full power for 7 minutes stirring halfway through. Stir again & leave to stand, covered for 3 - 4 minutes to allow sauce to thicken.

      At the time of writing, I paid 99p for one packet of this in my local corner shop.

      Taste & Opinion:

      Liked most dried food this doesn't look the most appetising thing in the world when you open the packet. It just looks like hard pasta in some fairly nondescript powder. I always cook this on the hob & boil the water first before adding it to the pan as this saves a bit of time. I never bother adding any butter or margarine to this as I personally don't think that it needs it & not adding it keeps the fat content down. The pasta has a nice consistency when it's cooked ~ not too limp & not too hard. There's just about the right amount of sauce for me, I can't abide pasta that comes with practically no sauce. By the same token this product isn't all sauce & no pasta either which is good too. The pasta sauce ie very tomatoey which gets a thumbs up from me as I much prefer tomato based sauces to mushroom based (or any other types of) sauces. There's a nice hint of the onion & the basil, which stops it from being bland, but neither of these is overpowering.

      This is an ideal product to have in your cupboard if you don't have the time or the inclination to knock up a pasta dish from scratch. It's quick and easy to cook & is low in fat. One serving will provide you with almost a third of your Recommended Daily Amount of fibre and around one sixth of your RDAs in sugar & salt. On balance I find this a more satisfying & filling meal than the Weight Watchers products I've tried, even if you eat it on it's own.

      This product is available in the following flavours:

      + Chicken & Mushroom
      + Carbonara
      + Cheese, Leak & Ham
      + Tomato, Onion & Herb
      + Cheese & Broccoli


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