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I stumbled across these pots whilst I was out shopping one day. I saw that they were on offer and I thought I would give them a go. I love all the Dolmio sauces and had high hopes for these little pots of loveliness.
Now for the important stuff!...
*** What is it? ***
This is a stir-in spicy pepperoni and tomato sauce made by Dolmio. It comes in a plastic container, with a plastic peel-able lid. There is a cardboard sleeve over the top of the container which informs you of the serving instructions, nutritional information, ingredients and a picture of the final product. The container has a 150g of sauce, and suggests that it can serve two people.
*** How to serve? ***
I usually boil up some pasta, drain and stir in the sauce. This sauce is meant to be served cold, as the pasta is meant to heat it up, so there is no need to use an additional sauce pan, or microwave, to heat.
I also buy the Dolmio Pasta Twists (200g), which is microwaveable pasta, when I am at work as I don't have a hob and it only takes 75 seconds in the microwave.
Once you have opened the sauce it needs to be stored in a fridge , but only lasts for up to 3 days.
*** Price and Availability ***
You can purchase the sauce on its own for £1.75 or you can purchase 2 for £3.00. As part of this you can either purchase 2 sauces or mix and match it with the microwaveable pasta packets. This offer is currently on at Sainsbury's, but I have also seen it at Asda and Tesco's as well.
*** Other Flavours To Choose From ****
As well as Spicy Pepperoni and Tomato, it also comes in 9 other flavours:
- Cherry Tomato and Pesto
- Creamy Carbonara
- Oven Roasted Vegetables
- Slow Roast Garlic and Tomato
- Smoked Bacon and Tomato (one of my personal favourites)
- Spicy Tomato and Sweet Onion
- Sun-dried Tomato
- Sun-dried Tomato Light
- Sweet Pepper
*** Nutrition ***
Each serving of 75g contains (Spicy Pepperoni and Tomato):
- Calories 114
- Sugar 4.9g
- Fat 8.5g
- Saturates 2.3g
- Salt 1.2g
*** Ingredients ***
Tomatoes (46%), Red peppers (16%), Pepperoni (pork meat, pork fat, salt, spice and herb extracts, dextrose, garlic powder, antioxidant: sodium ascorbate, preservative; sodium nitrite) (10%), Tomato puree (8%), Onions, Sunflower oil, Sugar, Modified maize starch, Olive oil, Parsley, Basil, Garlic, Salt, Chilli paste (chillies, salt), Spices.
**** My Thoughts ****
Theses pots of sauces are extremely handy, especially if you are in a hurry. They are simple to use and no effort is really required (apart from peeling the lid and microwaving/boiling the pasta). I buy them regularly as I find them perfect for a lunch time snack.
The Spicy Pepperoni and Tomato sauce is very tasty. As soon as you peel the lid you get a strong waft of tomatoes, vegetables and spicy pepperoni. The overriding taste of the sauce is tomato and there is a kick of chilli in it as well. However, the chilli is not too overpowering, which is great as I am a bit of a wimp when it comes to spiciness. There are quite a few chunks of pepperoni in the mix, which are also very tasty and certainly livens up the sauce.
Now they suggest this serves two people but I must say there is not a lot of sauce in one pot, and I can quite easily eat one on my own. So if I am serving this for two people than I usually use two pots. I don't think that I eat very big portions, but I do like my pasta to be smothered in sauce.
I find the sauce quite oily and runny, but there are quite a few chunks of tomato in it. I usually mix the sauce into the pasta thoroughly before serving.
Even though this pots are tasty and easy to use I think £1.75 is quite a lot of money to pay for such a small pot of sauce, especially as you can buy a 500g jar of Dolmio sauce for £1.98 (Tesco's). I only pick these up when they are on offer.
The one problem I have found with these pots is if the pasta is not piping hot, than the sauce can taste quite cold. And because of this, I usually have to put the sauce in a pan or microwave to heat it up. And if I am doing this than I might as well have got a bigger jar for a cheaper price.
*** Would I recommend? ***
I would recommend these pots as a quick, easy, tasty snacks. I have eaten these many times and usually have a couple stashed in my cupboard. The only down side is the cost, I think £1.75 for a little pot of sauce is quite expensive and also the size of the pots, as they are not suitable for two people. I would only buy these pots if they were on offer. I am going to give these tasty little pots 4 out of 5 stars!
These are one of my favorite buys for a quick, easy and tasty meal.
The Dolmio stir ins come in a range of flavors including sun dried tomato, creamy carbonara, tomato and pesto, smoked bacon and tomato, sweet pepper and garlic and tomato so there is plenty to choose from. I haven't tried them all out but of those that I have tried the meaty ones are my favorite and the spicy peperoni is my first choice when I go shopping.
**Packaging and Price***
The stir in pots come with minimal packaging and are covered with a little foil lid. All you do chuck away the cardboard sleeve, peel of the foil lid, heat up the sauce and mix it in with your pasta.
The stir in pots cost £1.75 each and contain 150g of sauce. One pot could serve two but would only coat the pasta with sauce. As they are flavorsome this might do if you want a milder taste and less sauce on your dish but I greedily like a whole pot to myself. Personally, I think £1.75 for a pot that I am only going to be able to feed one with is pretty expensive but for the convenience and the delicious taste I think its worth it.
*** The saucy bit****
These sauces pack a punch in terms of flavor. The sauce is thick with a slight oily coating on top which you stir in as you heat. The sauce has chunks of tomato and slices of peperoni goodness mixed through. Its thick and rich . As you heat you will smell the delicious aroma of peppers, tomato, garlic and pepperoni which will have your mouth watering.
The packet says spicy pepperoni but this is not a red hot sauce it just has that gentle smokey slight spice of peperoni so It's certainly not something to avoid on the grounds that it might burn your tongue off.
I like my food meaty so I often cook some sausages and mix them in with my sauce and pasta to make a warm comforting meal which never fails to leave me feeling satisfied.
** Would I recommend this sauce?***
Yes, I would certainly recommend you buy this if you want to make a hearty bit of comfort food in a flash. If you don't like strong flavors though you might want to give it a miss or try the more simple tomato version but If you enjoy peperoni and like to stimulate your taste buds give it a go.
After reading a review of this on here, I just had to try it. I had never considered pepperoni on pasta before, but it's good on pizza, so I figured it was worth a try, and anyway, other people liked it.
Well, my local Tesco and Budgens didn't have this flavour, but I eventually tracked it down to Ocado, where it costs £1.27 a pot, making our entire meal under £1.50. Bargain!
First off, it came in a reasonably solid plastic tub with a foil seal and a cardboard sleeve. No reusing the pot, but also no excess packaging. It was easy to open, too, not like some of that type.
The scent was deliciously spicy, and I could see plenty of lumps of meat and peppers - it looked like a hearty tomato sauce, and smelled like one too. There was enough to give a coating to pasta for two adults and a toddler, pestio style, without being too sloppy, so that's perfect for us.
Taste wise, well, it was mildly spicy, with a really strong flavour of pepperoni and a hint of pepper, with just enoug hspice to make it interesting, rather than hot. I was worried it would be too tomatoey, but it wasn't really. The texture was very creamy, which I hadn't been expecting but was a nice surprise.
My toddler didn't seem to like it, but then she's not a big fan of pasta; both adults give it a big thumbs up.
I like to have one or two of these Dolmio Stir In pasta sauces at home in case I want to make a quick and easy meal for my partner and I so recently hen I spotted them in Morissons at 2 for £2 I bought a couple. I hadn't ever come across the spicy pepperoni and tomato flavour before so I didn't know what to expect.
The stir in sauces come in little 150g pots with a foil seal on top and the cardboard wrapper wrapped around this and once you open them they all look much the same if I'm honest. This one was no different and looked like a pot of tomato sauce with bits of peppers and onions and meat and a layer of oil on top which is exactly how the others look. It smelt of tomato and peppers more than anything but there was a hint of the pepperoni in the scent too.
The nutritional statistics for these are per 100g: 152 calories, 3.3g protein, 9.4g carbohydrates of which 6.5g sugars, 11.3g fat or which 3.0g saturates, 1.4g fibre and 1.57g salt. Those aren't bad figures actually because one pot feeds two people so you'd be getting slightly less than those amounts of everything.
As for feeding two people, these sauces coat the pasta but they are not so full of sauce you have sauce dripping off your pasta if you know what I mean. It's coated and flavoured but that's all. I cooked some pasta up and rinsed it then tipped this pot of sauce in and stirred it round while still over a low heat. Some people stir it in off the heat but I like to make sure the pasta is piping hot so keep a low heat under there while continuously stirring.
Once done I served it up and it looked exactly as the others have done, nicely coated pasta with just a few bits of meat in there. I could smell the pepperoni better once it was heated up but still the peppers and tomatoes ruled.
The other ingredient in this one that is very apparent is the chillies. Don't get me wrong it doesn't taste really hot and spicy but you can tell there are chillies in it. For anyone like me who's a wimp when it comes to spicy food don't worry you'll be fine with this one.
Onto the taste test. My partner immediately enthused about this one and said it was really nice. I liked it but I don't think it's very far removed from the tomato and bacon one, the bits of meat even look the same! However they don't taste the same so there must be a difference!
The sauce had coated the pasta evenly and stayed warm right to the end of our meal and the slight chilli taste coupled with the pepperoni and tomato was really tasty. I'd definitely buy this one again and think it made a tasty meal in minutes. A hit in our household!
Thoroughly recommended for a cheap and easy meal for two but don't expect alot of sauce, just a coating. Very convenient for people like me who can't seem to make a tasty pasta sauce. A great standby to have in the cupboard.
I like pasta as a quick easy meal at the end of a busy day and I tend to prefer the sauces that you stir in rather than the ones that you have to cook, as I find them more flavoursome. So when I saw an 'Improved Recipe Dolmio Stir-In Sauce For Pasta' in a spicy pepperoni and tomato flavour, I thought I'd give it a try.
The product is in a round plastic pot with a foil lid, wrapped with a cardboard sleeve. The foil lid is easy to remove so, once your pasta is cooked to your taste, you simply stir it into your hot pasta.
Once the foil lid was peeled back, there was a very strong smell of pepperoni. The sauce itself looks quite thick and is a deep red in colour. Stirring it into the pasta, I could see chunks of pepperoni and bits of what I could only assume were tomato. It was easy enough to stir round and it stuck to the pasta, so the distribution was easy.
The sauce on the pasta tasted really nice. You could tell that it was one of the more expensive sauces (we've tried some of the cheaper versions recently). The pepperoni wasn't overpowering and too strong and you could taste the tomato nicely. If one forkful had a piece of pepperoni on it with the pasta, that was a bonus. The bits of pasta were all nicely coated so that the taste, other than the bits with pepperoni, was uniform.
The pack is 150g and serves two. Each serving contains 114 calories, 4.9g of sugars, 8.5g of fat, 2.3g of saturates and 1.2g of salt. These mean nothing to me but there could be someone reading this that finds it important...
I'll definitely be getting this again and I'll also be trying more from the range.
Here comes along another cheeky addition from the stock cupboard, and a tasty one at that - Dolmio's Stir-in Spicy Pepperoni & Tomato sauce.
Now I'm a man who enjoys a pizza with a load of meat on it, so the humble pepperoni is a must. Yet a sauce for pasta?! Surely not. Well, yes in fact, and it works superbly. As you'd expect, the main taste is a strong tomato base with a peppery kick to proceedings. The sauce is relatively thick, but it does come in a small pot so expect it to be concentrated. Once stirred in fully to a bowl of pasta then it breaks down and the overpowering taste you'll get from the sauce when you open the foil-sealed lid dissipates to a manageable tomato-cum-pepperoni flavour.
The sauce comes in a small 150g plastic pot with a foil lid and in a cardboard cover with Dolmio's logo and designs plastered all over it. You can see in the sauce there's genuine bits of pepperoni lodged in amongst it and crammed with tomatoes.
I often cook up a couple of sausages or bacon and throw them into this to add to the meaty flavour, but to be honest you can enjoy it just as much without any additional tricks in there.
The list of ingredients reads as followed...
Tomatoes (45%), Red Pepper (15%), Pepperoni Sausage (10%) (Pork, Salt, Spices, Spice Extracts, Dextrose, Preservatives (Sodium Ascorbate & Sodium Nitrite)), Tomato Puree (8%), Onion, Olive Oil, Sugar, Vegetable Oil, Modified Cornstarch, Salt, Basil, Parsley, Garlic, Chilli Paste, Black Pepper, Milk Protein, Stabiliser (Xanthan Gum).
As with most of these things I review, there seems to be an awful lot of ingredients in there for what is primarily 'just' a sauce. You could probably develop your own from scratch, but if it tastes half as good as this then please let me know!
It costs around £1.40 for a packet of this, but I've often seen them on offer in Tesco so if you feel that's a bit pricey for a pasta sauce then hold off for the meantime...but you'd be fools to do so. Fools!
The 'phone went .... "I'll be home in 5 minutes darling...oh, and you haven't forgotten we're feeding the 6 of them tonight have you?" The response is unprintable by dooyoo law, but suffice to say that it wasn't "No of course I haven't forgotten, dear, I have a 4 course meal purring away in the oven as we speak"!!! AAaghhhhh! Approx 10 mins til arrival of v important work contacts and nowt to offer. Takeaway would have been the answer but our nearest being 10 mins away I was bound to be caught sneaking up the drive with numerous foil containers..... Enter: Dolmio Stir-in Sauce ---------------------------- What is it? Well, it's a small little round pot I keep at the back of the cupboard as it has at least a year's shelf life. It has a cardboard jacket depicting a delicious looking steamy pasta supper and the pot contains 150g of sauce. (A bigger pot would have been handy on this occasion but of course, if cooking for this number of people I would usually have spent hours lovingly preparing large quantities of home made delicacies!?!) What on earth was it like? I know the description to date sounds less than attractive but I assure you that this little pot saved my bacon! The idea is that you cook 150g of dried pasta (uncanny that this is the same weight as the sauce don't you think?!) and stir in the sauce. The pasta and pan are sufficiently hot to warm the sauce through and the result is a super tomatoe-ey supper with lots of spice and flavour. On this occasion I added some peppers, bacon and anything else I could find crawling round the fridge in order to make it look more authentic, but we often have it purely with pasta for a tasty and quick lunch. What's in it? The package blurb informs us that "tomatoes are a good source of lycopene, an anti-oxidant". In this we must rejoice as this particular pot contains 42% tomatoes. It
a lso consists of: Red Pepper(16%); Tomato Puree(11%); Pepperoni(10%); Olive Oil; Onion; Salt; Modified Starch; Sugar; Parsley; Basil; Garlic; Chilli paste; Spices; Milk Protein; Stabiliser(Xanthan gum). We are further assured that stir-ins are free from artificial colours, flavours and preservatives (does anyone dare use - or admit to using - these anymore?) Flavours: These sauces also come as: Sun dried Tomato Roasted Vegetable Smoky Bacon & Tomato Tomato & Roasted Garlic Carbonara I've tried the Tomato and roasted garlic and found it pretty scrummy but I've yet to use the others. If you've tried any let me know! Perhaps I should have a range in the cupboard so that I can produce numerous dishes with different shaped pastas and look well impressive! Price £1.35 currently at Morrisons. They often come under the 2 for 1 banner so there's chance to stock up! Verdict ------- I'm forever indebted to these little pots for getting me out of a very sticky situation! They are quick and easy to use and can taste homemade-ish if you throw in a few other bits and pieces.
This is one of Dolmio's 'stir-in' range of Pasta Sauces, which are absolutely perfect for a creating a tasty meal on the cheap without the slightest bit of hassle. I'm pretty damn useless in the kitchen it has to be said (although I do make a mean chilli and my spaghetti bolognese rocks big time) so when forced to actually 'cook' for myself I tend to turn to something like this or reach for my beloved microwave. At the moment, I'm tending to turn to these tubs more often because they are rather cheaper and more tasty than microwave trash. The sauce comes in a 150g foil covered tub which contains enough of the sauce to throw on pasta enough for two people to eat reasonably well and the tubs are small and easily stackable which is great for me because space here is of a premium as well. Cooking guidelines are incredibly simple as it's just a case of cooking 150g of pasta, drain it and stir in the sauce and you've got a tasty lunchtime snack. Well, I use it as a snack, but Dolmio suggests it makes a full meal at dinner time if served with a green salad and crusty bread. Each to their own, I'm more of a pig at meal times and that simply wouldn't cut it for a main dinner. ;) Once opened, the tub can be stored for upto 3 days in the fridge so there's no need to use it all at once if you don't want to. You can just use half in 75g of pasta and save the rest for another day - two cheap and very tasty lunches. Personally I like the Spicy Pepperoni and Tomato version of these best, but the range also includes: Sun dried tomato Roasted vegetable Sweet pepper Smoky bacon & tomato Tomato & roasted garlic Carbonara ...should you like the sound of those better. I think the "Sweet Pepper" one was a trial idea which was quite nice, but nothing too exciting and I'm not too sure whether they went ahead and added it to the range or not in the end, but the Baco
n one and the Roasted Vegetable variety are rather nice as well - I'm yet to try the others. The Pepperoni variety on review here is very tasty indeed, with lots of pepperoni chunks and a nice thick spicy tomato and red pepper sauce. It might be a little too spicy for some and it should be noted that although the tub does look quite small, half of it is certainly enough for once reasonable sized portion of pasta, adding the whole lot is quite over-powering in flavour, so don't be tempted. A good thing is that the flavours here are all natural, Dolmio claiming there are no artificial colours or flavours so none of that artificial crap either. I'd definitely recommend it, oh and if you take a mooch around the net there are some rather wonderful sounding recipe ideas involving these as well, but I'm no cook so I've not tried them! I'd definitely recommend at least trying them out, although it's a shame they do not come in larger size tubs or jars if Dolmio are trying to market them as a main course meal. As a snack, they are brilliant though and definitely recommended. Oh and here's some tiresome completist rubbish for those who care: Ingredients: Tomatoes(42%), Red Pepper(16%), Tomato Puree(11%), Pepperoni(10%), Olive Oil, Onion, Salt, Modified Starch, Sugar, Parsley, Basil, Garlic, Chilli paste, Spices, Milk Protein, Stabiliser(Xanthan gum) Nutritional mumbo jumbo for those who can make sense of it (per 100g): Energy 608kJ/147kcal, Protein 3.4g, Carbohydrate 7.9g, Fat 11.5g Webshite: www.dolmio.com - although there is bugger all information there about anything. You can sign up to do product trials if you want to though which might involve free food but probably involves junkmail. ;)