When I first started wanting to make lasagne for my partner, as he preferred home made. I got a few cooking tips off his mother. I know we do not always like to take advise over our cooking but I was quite grateful. She said the best sauce to buy is Dolmio, as the cheaper brands are not as good. So when I attempted to make one, I listened to her advice and bought Dolmio. I was a little bit shocked to see it was £1.99 for a jar, and don’t forget you also have the red jar to buy, so to say I would have preferred to buy a frozen one is an understatement. It seemed to be costing quite a bit to make my own.
But I had to give it a try and I started out with my lasagne, on mine I needed three layers of sauce. The way you have to use this sauce, just in case you do not know, it is to go over your lasagne sheets, to stop them from been too dry and hard. This can be a little tricky to do, as you have to try to spread it into all the corners, and make sure that you do cover all of the pasta.
You do not need to put a lot of sauce over the lasagne sheets, just a thin layer to cover the sheets. I find that this does usually do my three layers with ease, and I do have quite a big tray too. So you do get quite a bit of white sauce. I did find once I did not cover all my pasta and some parts were pretty dry and did not taste nice so make sure you do cover it all.
To be honest I do not think I could comment on the taste of this, as the other flavours do tend to over power it, but even though you can not taste it, I do think that you definitely need it in there just to stop your pasta been dry. I would recommend this to buy but I do not think it would make too much of a difference buying a cheaper brand.
Being a huge fan of lasagne I tried on several occasions to make one from scratch and to be honest they were never really that good!!!
The dolmio lasagne creamy sauce is the ideal topping and comes in a glass jar, it has everything in it you need for a lovely lasagne and costs a fraction of the cost compared to if you bought every single ingredient and tried to make the sauce yourself! It is free from artificial colours flavours and preservatives and once opened has to be used within 3 days if kept in the fridge. I wouldn't recommend using it on it's own as a pasta sauce, we tried it once adding cheese and it wasn't very appealing!
There is 98 calories in 100g and as it is only the topping for your lasagne you can image there is a hell of a lot of calories in the finished dish!
It's so easy to use you simply add the sauce to the layers of your lasagne and add a sprinkle of grated cheese to the layers which melts beautifully in the oven I aslo find it nice to sprinkle a bit of basil or oregano to add a bit of a kick.
I freeze some of my lasagnes to have at a later date, I find it's good to de-frost it before as sometimes it can be a bit frozen still in the middle. I cook it for half an hour at 200 degress and the result is absolutley gorgeous!
It is a creamy sauce which does tend to lose some of it's thickness when cooked, it makes the lasange taste like one you would have in a restaurant and accompanied with garlic bread it is beautiful!!
I do sometimes find that I don't always use all the sauce in the jar so i would buy 2 jars of the red sauce make double the amount and freeze the other half. Quite often Asda has offers where you can buy 2 jars for £2 which is a good saving as you can spend up to £2 on just one jar at the normal price!
As a mother of 2 children and also having a husband with huge appetites i am always looking for new and interesting things to cook for tea , I am also a big fan of whatever makes cooking easier and quicker , but without compromising on the taste (if i can get away with bunging something in the oven with little or no preparation i will. So whilst at my local Supermarket i noticed that they these jars were being sold on special offer for 2 £3.00 so i purchased some. As i had recently seen the advert and thought they looked lovely, however on making a lasagne with this white sauce i found it to be far to runny for purpose and no matter what i did with it , it never looked like it did on the advert it just used to come out of the tin looking like a big pile of runny mess of pasta mince mushrooms and pasta sauce, however looks aren't everything it did taste absolutely gorgeous and was very nice accompanied with a jacket potato and some cheese. we enjoyed this meal no end but i think in future i will be making my own white sauce from scratch as i can make the thickness to suit myself.
I've always made a big thing of cooking most of what we eat from scratch, however, there are times when because of my illness I'm either not well enough to cook at all - when hubby takes over - or I'm in need of a little help in the kitchen. It's on these latter occasions when having the odd jar of something in the cupboard comes in most handy for me, and with my shoulder playing up recently so that lifting things or making spuds, or mixing sauces has become rather difficult I've been using a fair few more jars than normal.
One jar of sauce I've found to be real handy to have in the cupboard is this the Dolmio creamy lasagne sauce. I don't just use it for lasagne either (though I have to admit it's very tasty used this way), I also use it for other quick meals such as poured over sausage tortelloni for example.
To make a lasagne from it is incredibly easy, you just cook up your mince with some onion, mushroom, tomato and spices and then layer that with sheets of lasagne, and then pour this over the top adding some grated cheese over the whole thing. When that's done pop it in the oven for 40mins and you're done - simple!
It comes in two different sized jars, and the larger 650g jar works out cheapest and is useful when doing a lasagne when you actually want quite a lot of sauce. For pouring over pasta however, seeing as there's just two of us to feed most days, the smaller 470g jar is better. It comes in at under £1 in most supermarkets, and even using this smaller jar, we tend to only use about half of it because you don't want too much for this dish.
The sauce itself is almost white and very creamy - about the consistency of salad cream. The flavour is quite strange to describe, it's a bit like a white sauce with a hint of sweetness and a hint of smokiness too. I have to say it's very tasty and not at all what I expected when I first bought it. I find it interesting that they sell this as a lasagne sauce, because I think it's very suited to being served with quite a number of dishes and I plan on trying it with different things to see how it works. I reckon it would go well as a dipping sauce for something like potato wedges if you wanted a warm creamy sauce to put on the table next to a salsa for example.
Although I hope I'll never lose the inclination or ability to make my own lasagne sauce when I'm cooking normally, I have to say I'm very glad to have found this and to be able to continue to cook decent food even when my illness plays up. I can also say that I think its reasonably healthy too when used in not too great a quantity, as it contains just 99 calories per 100g and 7.5g of fat for the same amount. Overall I really rate this and would suggest it as a great store cupboard standby. I even served up a lasagne made with this sauce and impressed my mum recently, which is great as she's such a good cook and rarely ever uses anything like this.