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Dolmio Stir-in Sun dried tomato www.dolmio.co.uk As the title implies, this is a sauce designed to be stirred into Pasta and made by Dolmio. I am not really familiar with Dolmio since I always make my own pasta sauces, but this was on offer (150g tub cost me just £1 from my local supermarket expect to pay around £1.45 normally) so I thought I would give it a try as a quick meal option. It comes in a cardboard box with the plastic tub inside, sealed with a metal foil lid. All that you need to do is to cook pasta as normal (try to ensure that it is al dente, or firm to bit for best results) and then stir this sauce into it. That's it, the meal is ready! I served this with some green salad and fresh crusty bread. Nutritional info per 100g is as follows; 181 kcal 5.5g protein 15.8g fat Ingredients are as follows; Tomatoes, Onion, Sun-dried tomatoes, Olive oil, Tomato puree, Modified cornstarch, Sugar, Salt, Basil, Garlic, Vegetable oil, Lactic acid, Black Pepper. I definitely will not be bothering with this again, the salad and bread was the best part of the meal! This sauce was bland and there didn't seem enough of it to coat the pasta properly. In fact, I have just read an earlier review explaining that they had to add a tin of chopped tomatoes and wish that I had thought of that as it might have made it better! This tasted like an insipid version of tomato paste, and certainly didn't have enough flavour to eat with pasta alone. I had expected chunks of sun dried tomato and these did not make an appearance, they were probably embarrassed! This sauce was a complete waste of money and simply reaffirmed by belief that pasta sauces are best made from scratch. Don't waste your cash or time on this product, you can do better yourself with some very basic ingredients.
I don't usually buy this brand (I'm a value girl), but a few nights ago I was craving fresh food, I bought lots of fresh veg and I decided to treat myself to this product because it's plastic container and foil lid make give the impression that it's a fresh product. This sauce was £1.34 for 150 grams, which is quite steep considering the taste and the amount. It doesn't taste bad, but I'm only giving it one star because it doesn't taste much different from value sauce products. I was making this meal for two people and the I found that the sauce didn't stretch far enough so I had to bulk it out with a can of chopped tomatoes. This tub contains: Tomatoes, Onion, Sun-dried tomatoes, Olive oil, Tomato puree, Modified cornstarch, Sugar, Salt, Basil, Garlic, Vegetable oil, Lactic acid, Black Pepper. These sauces are free from artificial preservatives and colourings. As you can see from the above list the product used to make this sauce are natural, however I couldn't really taste the eponymous sun dried tomato flavour and I probably would have made a better job of this by making it myself, from scratch. This pot contain 181 kcal, 5.5g protein, and 15.8g fat per 100g, which I think is quite a lot. There are other products on the market that have less fat and less calories. Overall I'd say tastes ok, but it doesn't go very far and it isn't worth the money.
As a vegetarian, I have to admit that I end up cooking pasta with tomato sauce awfully frequently. It's just the easiest thing I can prepare when I get home from work, it's healthy, and it's also very filling. Therefore I'm always on the lookout for new ideas for pasta sauces. I was also looking for something to use as a sauce in stuffed omelettes and wanted something a little thicker than regular pasta sauce. I figured Dolmio sun-dried tomato stir-in would do the trick. This dolmio sauce looks a little bit different from your average pasta sauce which is why I decided to give it a try. It comes in a plastic tub with a tin-foil lid that is then wrapped in a cardboard wrapper. Most pasta sauces of course come in glass jars which can be recycled. This Dolmio packaging would be more difficult to recycle (the plastic bit is certainly not recyclable where I live) but it does draw attention to itself just for being different. On the package it doesn't call itself a pasta sauce but a "stir-in", perhaps appealing to a consumer's quest for convenience. It says in the instructions to just stir this into hot, freshly cooked pasta. Now, why you couldn't do this with any other pasta sauce is just beyond me, but regardless, I decided to give it a try. I boiled up my spaghetti and when it was done I drained out the hot water and added the stir in to the pasta, still in the pot that I had cooked it in. The hot pasta and the hot pot combined to bring the sauce up to the right temperature for serving, thus negating the need to get another pot dirty. This of course made me quite pleased as I hate doing dishes! Then I served this out and took a bite. And it was absolutely, positively average. There is just nothing special about the taste of this pasta sauce. It is advertised as being "for people looking for a bit more excitement." Well, after tasting this I was still looking! The sauce is quite thin and watery and the sun-dried tomatoes were not at all in evidence. I was very disappointed. This sauce costs £1.34 for 150 grams at Tesco's. Considering you can get a jar of perfectly acceptable own-brand pasta sauce for 87p for 500 grams, I felt this was an absolute rip-off. However, I am giving this product two stars because it wasn't disgusting or inedible, just deadly dull. Each 75 gram serving contains 110 calories plus a whopping 1.2 grams of salt.