Since becoming a student, pasta has become a regualr mealtime staple because is cheap, filling and quick to make. Normally I make my own sauces to go with it , but after spending all day in university only to go straight to work afterwards, when I finally get to sit down to dinner it seems like a lot of effort.
However, while shopping in Asda I found a solution to my problem-Dolmio stir in pasta sauces. Normally they cost around £1.25, but you can often find them on special offer. I wait until an offer appears and then buy a few to keep in my storecupboard, ready for those lazy days because in my opinion, they are too expensive at normal price. the expiry date always seems to be quite generous so they can be stored for a reasonable amount of time, normally around several months.
The slow roasted garlic and tomato sauce comes in a small plastic tub which holds 150ml of sauce.This is suggested as a serving for two people using 300g of pasta. However, I like to have quite a lot of sauce and often use a whole tub. You can keep it refrigerated for three days after openining though so it is possible to use half the tub. It has a foil lid that you simply peel back, making it much easier to open for those who struggle with jars. The whole thing is covered with a purple and green cardboard sleeve which displays all of the important information such as nutritional value and ingredients.
The ingredients themselves are all 100% natural- there are no artificical colourings, flavourings or preservatives. This becomes apparent when you open the tub. The sauce is a lovely rich red colour and the smell of the tomatoes and garlic is very fresh. The consistency is quite thick and there are small chunks of tomato and onions throughout adding texture to the sauce. There are also lots of green flecks of basil, making the sauce colourful and appealing.
It is a really simple product to use. Simply cook the desired amount of pasta, drain and then add the sauce. You only need to warm it through so it takes no time at all. Because of the sauce's consistency, it clings well to the pasta, giving it all a complete coating. The ingredients are blended very well because the garlic doesn't overpower the tomato. There is also a small amount of chilli paste within the sauce which gives it a nice bit of heat without being too spicy.
As well as being tasty, the sauce is quite healthy. One serving(75g) provides:
kcal 80 4% RDA
Sugars 4.8g 5% RDA
Fat 4.6g 7% RDA
Saturates 0.6g 3% RDA
Salt 1.0g 18% RDA
This sauce allows you to create a quick and tasty meal in minutes and is a great product to keep tucked away in your store cupboard.I am awarding it four stars because its normal retail price, I feel is too expensive.
The last few days Ive been feeling a little bit under the weather so I haven't really been eating anything. But when I woke up this morning I had finally got my appetite back and I decided to try and cook something that wouldnt take very long but it would fill me up and hopefully make me feel back to normal again. I settled on cooking pasta because that is the most filling thing I could think of and I was planning on just whacking a can of tuna in the bowl with the pasta, until I saw this hiding in the back of the cupboard and I thought it might add some great flavours to an otherwise pretty boring meal so I waited for the pasta to cook and then added this sauce.
[Based on a 150g Tub]
So overall I don't think that is to bad and after looking at these values compared to some other pasta sauces this is actually a quite healthy alternative.
Serving Size: Id Guess There Is Only Enough For One Meal In This Tub But At A Stretch It Could Probably Make Two.
Suitable For Vegetarians And This Sauce Is Made From All Natural Ingredients.
Using The Sauce:
You don't have to do anything with this sauce before eating it, you simply cook your pasta and then mix with this sauce in a pan or a bowl.
The minute you open the tub you will be able to smell how yummy this sauce is, and it does smell really strongly of tomato but to be honest at that point I couldn't smell and garlic at all it just looked and smelt like tinned tomatoes with a few herbs in it.
When I actually started to eat my pasta I started to smell the garlic and I think this must have been down to the heat bringing out the scent or something. I speared a couple of pasta shells with my fork and wiped them around in the sauce a bit to try and get the full flavour. As soon as I popped them in my mouth I could taste the tomato straight away but I got a really nice sort of after taste of proper roasted garlic which tasted really fresh and not all fake like some sauces. I think they got the ratios of tastes just right because neither of the flavours overpowered the other and I think it was nice just to get a slight kick of garlic rather than a bit overwhelming taste all at once.
The herbs added a nice taste to the sauce and you couldn't really taste them but every now and again I got a really nice taste of basil (I think it was!!) which was actually really refreshing! The sauce has quite a sweet taste to it (which is probably down to the tomatoes) but I think that added a really nice if a little different taste to everyday boring pasta.
I think this sauce really made a nice change to an otherwise quite boring and mundane meal and I will definitely be eating it again. The sweetness of this sauce will not be for everyone so if you think your pasta sauces should be more savoury then I don't recommend this one but if you are looking for something a bit different to add a nice twist to a boring meal then this is the sauce for you. I highly recommend everyone gives this a try because it is a really good thing to ahve knocking around in your kitchen cupboards.
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A nice quick easy lunch to prepare in our household is Pasta with a tomato sauce; it's a cheap nutritious meal and very filling. We have tried many pasta sauces over the years from the cheap supermarket brands to the premium more expensive makes. Having recently stocked up on Dolmio Stir sauce from Morrison's when it was buy one get two free I have just enjoyed a tasty pasta lunch.
Similar in packaging to the picture above the dolmio stir in sauce comes in a round plastic container with a foil peel off lid. The cardboard outer informs you that this is an "improved recipe" and contains "100% Natural Ingredients". A150g pot contains two servings which provide:
So nothing untoward to worry about there. Preparation is simple, just add the sauce to cooked pasta, stir in and allow to heat up.
Peeling back the foil lid you are met with the sight of a thick red, tomato sauce, a garlic aroma is evident and there are flecks of green herbs. I do like tomato sauces anyway so to me this looked very appetising.
Once added to your pasta and tasted you immediately get the tomato flavour coming through with a lovely garlic bite, well seasoned and tasty this, in my opinion is a lovely sauce.
My only criticism really is that there isn't much sauce in the container, to say it is supposed to serve 2 people you run the risk of the sauce not really coating the pasta and tasting very weak, fortunately we did not cook too much pasta so seemed to have judged it right. Obviously it's down to personal taste as to how strong or weak you like your sauce to be, personally I like to taste it so we compensated by reducing the amount of pasta we cooked.
Saying that though, served with some nice crusty bread or if you want to overdo the garlic then garlic bread this does make a filling, tasty lunch and I would heartily recommend Dolmio Stir in Pasta Sauce to anyone.
Suitable for vegetarians too, the sauce contains no artificial colour, flavours or preservatives and reading the ingredient list there are no extras added, just natural ingredients.
I would give this 4/5 DooYoo stars, losing one because I feel that the size of the tub isn't that large for 2 servings and could do with being increased slightly.
After having my childrens Godmother babysit for an unexpected event, she didn't fancy what I had prepared for her for her Dinner, and went rummiging around and found that we offer absolutly no convenienve food in our house at all!!!! She is a veggi, we are so far removed from veggi I cannot begin to tell you. We had nothing other than a freezer full of meat, or various home made meals that had been bulk cooked and frozen...MEAT again I'm afraid.
Next time I was in Tesco I decided to pop a few easy and quick veggie options in my larder for Aunty Paw Paw (Kids!)
She had mentioned that she liked the Dolmio Stir in sauces, so I hunted these out. I chose a couple, one of which was Slow roasted Garlic and tomato. The tiny 150g tub states it serves 2.
It doesn't look anything like the picture stored on this site. It is a round squat plastic tub, hard ish clear plastic. It has a deep purple cardboard sleeve covering it, round and fully covering the top and a thiner strip around the back. Sliding it off to reveal a silver pull back top like a yoghurt pot. Very neat.
Tomatoes 58%, tomato puree 14%, Onion, sunflower oil, Oliver oil 4%, modified maize, starch, Sugar, basil, salt, Roasted garlic, garlic, chilli paste, milk protein, lactic acid, Black pepper and stabiliser (xanthan gum)
of which sugars 6.3g
of which saturates 1.3g
So, whats it like and how do you use it. I looked at the cooking instructions on the packet and infact found that there are no cooking instrutions. You simply stir it into 300g of hot pasta!! Stir in sauce...ta da!
It is a rich dark red colour, with a few chunks of tomato in it, but fairly smooth. It smelled like any other generic pasta sauce from a jar. It had flex of dried herbs running through it, which I found fairly unappealing.
The taste. I wasn't really eating the sauce, gave it to the kids on a fresh chorzo and manchego pasta from Waitrose. They wolfed it down at a rate of....hungry toddlers!!!!! They loved it.
I tasted it, it was a nice strong rich flavour, like an intencely redvced sauce. It definatly didn't taste in the shighted bit home-made, but it wasnt unpleasent. And my children who love home made food, loved it!!!!
It didn't taste very strongly of garlic, but I do cook with it alot, so I am not the best garlic judge. However, my little ones absolutly stank of garlic after eating it, even after brushing their teeth 3 hours later.
I will be buying it again as a store cupboard emergancy item, I do think they are very very expensive for what they are, and I could make something similar for pennies.....but its not at all bad.
4 stars because of the toppy price tag.
The Home Bargains shop by me is selling these tubs of Dolmio Stir In sauces for 50p at the minute and I brought a few the other day because that's nearly a third of the price Tesco are charging and I knew I'd enjoy them because I like everything I've ever tried from Dolmio.
I've tried a few of the different flavours now but this Tomato And Roasted Garlic one is deffo my favourite because it's got such a yummy flavour and is lovely and rich.
To use it you just cook some pasta up as normal and when you've drained it just stir through the contents of this tub. Easy! Make sure you drain the pasta good though because if you don't the excess water in the pan will make the sauce go a bit watery and runny.
The flavour is wicked and I couldn't believe how exciting it made a bland plate of pasta! The main flavour I think is definately the garlic and you can tell it's been roasted because it's not a harsh flavour and has got a slightly sweet taste. The tomato in the sauce is quite strong and to me tasted more like sun dried tomatoes than normal red tomatoes, I can't check the tub now because it's in the bin but I reckon there are at least some sun dried toms in it.
The sauce is very rich and sticks good to the pasta, I used bow pasta and was pleased to see how much of the sauce was attached to each bow as I ate it. Another brand of pasta sauce recently was so runny that it dripped off the pasta in the time it took for me to get it from the plate to my mouth and that bugges me because I might as well have had plain pasta that day!
I think this is a yummy sauce that will liven any shape of pasta up, I have also tried this flavour with wholewheat pasta and that's wicked because the delish garlic brings out the wheaty flavour of the brown pasta.
I don't tend to buy much in the way of 'convenience' or ready meals but, every now and again, I have one of those evenings when I'm lacking in time, energy or just the enthusiasm to rustle up a masterpiece in the kitchen and I resort to an easy option (usually a takeaway!) I noticed that the Dolmio Stir-In range of pasta sauces was on a 'BOGOF' offer in Morrisons the other day. I would not even consider buying one of these little pots at the full price of £1.45 each, it seemed much better value at 70 odd pence each and I picked up a selection from the range as storecupboard standbys.
They came into their own tonight, having had a mad rush finishing work late and picking the kids up from nursery and kids' club and then racing home to feed two tired and hungry children. The clue's in the name for this 'stir-in' sauce - all that is needed is a big steaming pile of freshly cooked pasta. Just mix the sauce into the pasta in the still hot pan and you have a quick and easy dinner and only one saucepan to wash up too. What could be simpler?
Even at 70p per pot (whilst it's on special offer), I'd obviously only consider a repeat purchase if the stuff actually tasted nice. It certainly looked very tempting when I pulled the foil lid away from the small little plastic pot holding the sauce. The range has recently been revamped and repackaged with, according to the card sleeve, an 'improved recipe.' I can't compare this to how it tasted before as this is my first experience but this recipe is pretty impressive for a pre-prepared sauce. It is of a uniform blended consistency but manages to avoid any resemblence to baby food! It actually looks surprisingly like a homemade tomato sauce, with pieces of tomato and flecks of herbs of some sort clearly visible. Even more reassuring is the fact that this contains only natural ingredients. There's nothing more offputting than buying a jar of something to discover that there is a whole list of scary sounding chemicals and additives in there.
The smell of this sauce would leave you in no doubt that this contains plenty of garlic though so maybe not one to eat before a first date! This new improved recipe is no longer just 'tomato and roasted garlic' - it is now known as 'slow roasted garlic and tomato'. The garlic is the first thing that struck me as far as smell is concerned but I didn't actually find the taste of garlic to be too overpowering within the sauce. I'd say this was perfectly seasoned and had a nice balance of flavours with the sweetness of the tomatoes toning down the garlic, just to the right degree.
The packet says that this 150g pot provides enough sauce for two servings of pasta which seems pretty accurate as there was plenty for my two boys and myself to enjoy. The amount of sauce provided meant that the pasta was thoroughly coated with sauce but there wasn't any excess sauce left over on the plate. This is how I like my pasta personally but if you wanted your sauce more saucy or needed to serve more people I don't see why you couldn't eek it out a little with some chopped tinned tomatoes or passata or suchlike. If you really want to pig out on garlic, a nice bit of garlic bread would go down a treat, although there isn't a great deal of sauce to mop up with these little pots.
I'll certainly be stocking up on a few of these pots while they are still on offer. I would be reluctant to pay the full RRP as I just feel that is an excessive price for a small portion of sauce and there are much more economical alternatives out there. (Not least of which would be preparing a homemade tomato sauce from scratch!) If it's fresh tasty sauce with natural ingredients that you're after and you're prepared to pay a premium for convenience, these are ideal.
Tomatoes (57%), Tomato paste, Onions, Sunflower Oil, Lemon Juice, Roasted Garlic (3%), Corn starch, Olive Oil, Sugar, Basil, Salt, Garlic, Chilli Paste, Spices
Suitable for vegetarians
No artificial colours, flavours or preservatives
I love pasta - it's dirt cheap, filling, and can be stored in a cupboard for ages . The trouble is, on it's own, it can be a little bland, and while making fresh sauces is easy and enjoyable, sometimes, I just don't have the time . So, I've taken to buying stir-in sauces ads a cupboard standby for when I need to whip up some food in a hurry .
Dolmio is probably one of the bigger brands of stir in sauces, and they have a wide range of flavours, including Carbonara, Smoked Bacon and Tomato, Spicy Pepperoni , and the flavour I used today, Roasted Tomato and Garlic.
These sauces cost about 1.25 in the local supermarket, but are often on offers of buy one get one free, or 2 for 2.00, which gives a nice saving, and is worth it if you use a lot of these sauces . They come in a little plastic tub, with a foil lid, encased in a card sleeve (in this case, a nice purple colour with pictures of tomatoes and garlic on the front) .
Slipping off the sleeve and opening the sauce is easy . Each tub contains 150g, enough to cover paster for two people - but if you're only cooking for one, don't worry - you can stick remaining sauce in the fridge for up to three days after opening . And if you're not planning to use the sauce for a while, it had a nice long shelf life (mine had until mid 2010) so you can stick it in the cupboard until you need it .
Using them really couldn't be simpler - simply cook some pasta as normal, then drain it, and stir through the sauce to coat the pasta . You only need to stir it for a few seconds just to warm the sauce through - everything in the sauces is already cooked!
So, after opening the sauce, I can see that its a lovely rich read colour, with some visible tomato chunks in it,but nothing too huge . It has a sweet tomato smell and definately a strong garlic hit, which gets stronger when its mixed into warm pasta . It takes only a few stirs to coat the pasta evenly,and then its ready to serve . I like to sprinkle a little cheese on top of mine sometimes too .
The sauce is deeply tomato flavoured, but the garlic is also very much present, as well as flavours of onion, oregano, and basil . Its a nice fresh tasting sauce, and tastes very light - not too stodgy . I've found that certain types of pasta work better than others with this sauce - I particularly recommend Rigatoni, as the ridges on the sides of the tubes keep the sauce on the pasta giving it much more flavour .
Is it as good as a fresh sauce ? Well, no . Given enough time and the right ingredients, I do prefer to make my own sauces, as I can then make them exactly to my own taste . But, while it may not be as good as a fresh home made sauce, its still very tasty, and can't be beaten in terms of convenience.
I would definitely recommend these to anyone who wants faster pasta, who simply doesn't have the time to cook, or even to people who haven't the first clue about cooking . The one dish my boyfriend can actually cook is scrambled eggs (sadly I'm not exaggerating) but even he can't go wrong stirring sauce into pasta!
I'm awarding this product 4 stars - I think it's tasty, convenient, good value for money and easily available, but I'm knocking one star off because it will never be quite as good as a slowly cooked and simmered home made sauce!
I can often be found looking for quick alternatives to preparing fresh vegetables and sauces, as my problems with mobility don't really allow me to stand for too long and do such preparations.
That said though, I do not particularly enjoy eating lots of microwave meals and convenience foods as I find them bland and a lot of them are not very nutritionally beneficial.
Also, I have problems with my appetite and often just want a snack-sized portion of food for my evening meal, whereas my partner has a very good appetite (piggy, almost) and is looking for a generous sized dinner when he returns from his working day. With that in mind, I am not keen (nor able) to stand and prepare two different dinners. It is often a godsend then, to make something like pasta or rice, where we can both help ourselves to as much (or as little) dinner as we want, all from the one pot!
For this reason, I like to keep little stand-by sauces and packets in the fridge. These are a godsend to me as I often cannot manage to make my own pasta sauce. Although they are not as cheap to make, nor are they usually as much of a healthy option as making your own, I find that once in a while they are very tasty and we generally enjoy them.
One such sauce that has become a bit of a staple in our fridge is the "Dolmio Stir-in" sauce. These sauces are available to buy from all major supermarkets and they come in a little plastic tub, with a cardboard label around it.
There are several varieties of the Dolmio stir-in sauces available, but the one I am reviewing here is the "Slow roasted garlic & Tomato", as it is the one we buy most often.
I will point out that the packaging looks a little different from that on the Dooyoo page, as I think the ones on Dooyoo are the old style packaging. The packaging nowadays is in fact a pretty purple colour, with the 'Dolmio' branding at the top, left hand corner, whereas the one on the Dooyoo page is the older green coloured packaging. Just thought I'd point that out!
Anyway, back to the sauce...
The sauces can work out to be quite expensive, considering how small the tub is, which is 150g. The packaging states that the tub contains two servings which I would agree with, as there is usually enough sauce to easily cope with a pot of pasta which will feed both me and my partner.
The sauce costs in the region of £1.60, although I usually only buy them when they are on special offer, which is quite often to be fair. I always find that they have a generous enough sell-by date to enable me to store them in my fridge for months on end. The sauce I used the other night for example, was purchased at least two months ago, and has an expiry date of January 2010!
For this reason, I usually take advantage of the sauce being on an offer, which is quite often "2 for £2" or buy one get one free (BOGOF), at my local Co-operative supermarket. I have only ever bought them from there, but have seen them in Tesco and Asda supermarkets, and so am aware that they are quite readily available.
The sauce is very easy to use in that all you need to do is boil your pasta as normal, then when it is cooked, you can stir in as much or as little of the sauce as you choose.
I find it very easy to remove the plastic tub from the cardboard and remove the foil lid by peeling it back. I then usually add a generous spoonful of sauce if I am making it just for myself, or I spoon the whole tub into the pot of pasta if both I and my partner are having it for dinner!
The taste of the sauce is very tasty, and I could definitely taste the garlic coming through. The tomato content in the sauce is very evident too, due to both the taste and the look of the sauce, which has a nice rich red colour.
There are some small pieces of vegetable that are evident throughout the sauce which I think are tomato and small pieces of onion. The vegetables have a nice taste and are very soft in texture.
I find that some jars and packets of sauce can be overly salty for my own tastes, but I definitely did not find this to be the case with the Dolmio stir-in variety. I found it in fact to be very delicious, as did my partner.
Another great use for these little sauces is to use them in COLD pasta dishes, or pasta salads. I have known my partner to make a little extra pasta when using one of these stir-in sauces, and leave the surplus pasta to cool, before storing it in a "Tupperware" dish in the fridge overnight. He then takes it to work with him the following day for lunch! I too have eaten the pasta and sauce combination as an accompaniment to a small salad for a nice change. The versatility of this sauce just makes it even more convenient, to my mind.
The nutritional information on the packaging informs me that 100g of this sauce will contain 134 calories alongside 9.9g of fat, which I felt was a little bit high. The packaging also clearly states that the sauce is suitable for vegetarians.
There is a website for dolmio products at www.dolmio.com.
All in all, I find that the sauce is a definite winner with us, mainly for convenience reasons. When it is compared to a microwave meal containing pasta and tomato sauce, I find that these stir-in sauces contain much more flavour and taste, and are therefore my preferred choice.
I will definitely buy it again and would highly recommend it - I'm awarding it four stars, with one deducted for being a bit over-priced.
---Expletives all round---
I've been in one of "those" moods this month. You know the kind. You sit and growl at people, stay up way too late playing angry songs far too loud (with the occasional burst of "all by myself" by what's-her-whiney-face to temper it all). All the Vodka is gone and the Malibu (that caused me to go over my limit on my bank along with an admittedly frivolous £6.66 of petrol) is fast following in its footsteps, being hindered only by the lack of mixers. I feel that won't hold me back for long though.
Why is this of any consequence to you lot? The mood also means that I really can't be arsed coming home from 8 hours a day of dealing with idiots (some people like to call it, rather quaintly, work) and cooking. For this very reason I decided to give in to my flatmates protests that Dolmio actually know what they are doing and grab myself a tub of something or other.
---Once upon a time in Tesco---
Off to one of my magical mystery tours of Tesco I went, grabbing some four minute pasta (better than some men I know) a big bar of chocolate, and some Slow roasted garlic and tomato Stir in sauce. After being very good in not shouting at the cashier (who was talking to the one next to her about how Jamie totally loves Candice but that she's a bit of a tart and she's going to deck her next time she sees her because she totally looked at Bradley the other week for like far too long the whole while she served me) I ran home and stuck it in my fridge to wait for the next night.
As most of you will know, Dolmio is a company who make sauces for pastas, lasagnes and lazy people. I wouldn't recommend eating lazy people though, they tend to be a bit chewy. Good in a pie though. Their catch phrase "when'sa your Dolmio day" will offend possibly every Italian who is easily offended but their adverts are rather comical when dubbed with some vile Scottish obscenities. They also sponsor "this morning" for which I will never forgive them. Not that I dislike seeing them making some local woman's darts team look like women again. That's a public service right there.
---Can't cook, won't cook, Will work for food---
Being a fairly decent cook, I hate the idea of stuff out of jars, tubs and tins. Home made all the way. This is why I was rather dubious about buying this stuff in the first place. So, is it worth it? For 80p you can get off your lazy arse and try it yourself. There are a few different flavours in this range but they all sound a bit too funky for me to try out. So I got myself this tub, while my flatmate opted for some other horrid flavour involving bacon and cats. The reason we got a tub each, other than the flavour, was due to a little hint my flatmate had given me. The pack LIES! DIRTY DIRTY LIES!! Ahem. It states that this tub will serve two. I would have to suggest that this tub would only serve two if the people being waited on did not want sauce with their pasta. One tub is just enough for one person and if they try and tell you anything other than that, tell them to bugger off.
---Vegetarians with a side of gay?---
Some guy just messaged me with his home phone number. I don't even know him. Gotta love gays. I told him it didn't look like his bank details and asked what he expected me to do with it. Just thought I'd let you know. It amused me. Now where was I? Ahh yes. Packaging wise it's quite a decent product. It's a small plastic tub with a foil lid in a cardboard sleeve. The Sleeve will tell you everything you need to know. For example you will find that a whole tub of this stuff is 202 Calories (about 10% of your recommended daily intake). That's not too bad in my books. It also has no artificial crap in it. For crap see Colours, preservatives and flavours. It's also suitable to be used with vegetarians, but I wouldn't even try those in a pie.
---Did you actually eat it?---
Yes! Yes I did! And I was suitably impressed. Usually I find stuff of this ilk to be bland, not worth the money and a total waste of my time and pasta. This stuff, however, makes me stupendously happy. It's actually just as good as home made sauce! It's basically a bolognaise sauce (and it's a nice red colour too, yay) and full of flavour. If you use a tub for yourself, it covers your pasta perfectly without there being too much or too little. The only cooking that is required is a quick stir through hot pasta and walla, you have an easy meal and a happy me.
---That's it, go get some---
And that is all I currently have to say on this stuff. It's brill, full of flavour, cheaper than chips and quicker than stuff that is really, really quick. Just remember that one pot may only be enough for one person and you will be fine.