“ Brand: Dolmio / Type: Sauces „
I absolutely love all of Dolmio's sauces and have tried most of their range. At the moment in Tesco, Dolmio's 'Taste of' range is on special offer at 2 for £3, instead of the usual £2.03 per jar.
Dolmio Taste Of Sorrento is a gorgeously, delicious mix of ripe cherry tomatoes, parmesan cheese and tasty herbs. This lovely sauce comes packaged in a glass jar with metal, screw-top lid, which keeps it very fresh. It has a decent, long, best before date, printed on the lid, mine being 06/11/10. This makes it great for stocking-up in your store cupboard, which is what I'll be doing, while it's on special offer.
When you open a jar of Dolmio Taste Of Sorrento, the first thing you notice is the lovely aroma of tomatoes. You can also clearly smell the parmesan cheese. The sauce smells of good quality, very fresh ingredients and it makes my mouth water at the thought of my forthcoming pasta bake. The sauce is an attractive deep orangey, red colour and you can clearly see the herbs in it. These are not tiny flecks of herb but recognisable, dark green, herb pieces.
Dolmio Taste Of Sorrento sauce, tastes great. The tomatoes are quite sweet and are full of flavour. The sweetness helps to balance the sharper flavour of the strong parmesan cheese.
I always have this sauce with my pasta and it makes a very quick and easy meal. On the jar, it does advise you to heat the contents for 4-5 minutes, then add the freshly cooked pasta, but I don't do it this way. I prefer to cook my pasta, to which I add cooked chicken style quorn, then pour the cold sauce in and mix well. I then place the mixture in an oven proof dish and cook at Gas Mark 4 for approx. 25 minutes. I think this is far easier, as you don't have to stand and stir a sauce while heating. When it's in the oven, I can get the plates out and the drinks prepared!
Tomatoes (55%), Tomato Paste (13%), Cherry Tomateos (11%), Lemon Juice, Olive Oil, Cheese (Parmesan de Reggiano)(3.5%), Onions, Sugar, Basil, Salt, Parsley, Garlic.
Dolmio's 'Taste Of' range has no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives and is suitable for vegetarians.
*Nutritional Value Per 100g*
Calories - 93
Protein - 2.8g
Carbohydrate - 6.7g
of which sugars - 5.3g
Fat - 6.1g
of which saturates - 1.5g
Fibre - 0.9g
Sodium - 0.46g
1 serving = 1/5th of your daily intake of fruit and vegetables recommended by nutritionists.
As I already mentioned, Tesco is selling 350g jars of this right now, at 2 for £3, so if you haven't tried it, this is the ideal time to give it a go!
I am sure you will not be disappointed.
During the week I find it quite difficult to get motivated to do anything too experimental in the Kitchen. So when it comes to meal times on a Monday to Friday we normally opt for some form of stir in or bake in sauce from Dolmio or Homepride to make things a little quicker. For the last few months though we have been buying the same ones over and over and so last week I decided to try something a little bit different. Rather than just a normal Spaghetti bolognaise sauce or Bacon stir in Sauce I picked up a jar of Dolmio's Taste of Sorrento Cherry Tomato and Parmesan sauce.
The taste of Sorrento is a one of the flavours in a new range called Taste of Italy from Dolmio. Each of the sauces covers a different region of Italy and has its own unique flavour to it. Each of the sauces draws on local ingredients to create thoroughly different flavours. I'm not quite sure what drew me to the Taste of Sorrento but I think it was probably the fact it actually had half a cherry tomato and parmesan cheese mixed into the sauce.
Whilst I was walking around Sainsbury's the first thing that grabbed my attention about the Taste of Sorrento sauce was the picture of the tomato's and parmesan on the front. It comes in 350g jars which are enough to serve 2 people. I'm still not particularly sure how much of a part the image on the front of the jar played in my decision but it seemed like the most appealing flavour out of the 5 Taste Of Italy Sauces.
Having bought the sauce whilst out shopping we used it on Friday night for dinner. Upon opening the jar the first scent that becomes evident is the tomatos. Almost straight after you are also hit by the parmesan which combined with the tomatoes gives off a nice aroma. The preparation is pretty easy and that's exactly why we like things like this in the week. While the pasta is cooking it takes just 4 minutes for the Taste of Sorrento sauce to be cooked. This makes it particularly handy for days when Jenny is working till 20 past 8 and we are having dinner quite late. Whilst cooking it's important to remember not to boil the sauce as it only needs to be heated.
While it is heating the scent of the Taste of Sorrento makes it very appealing and I think that is very important with anything you cook. It creates a sense of anticipation for that first taste and as this is the first time we've tried this sauce that was very impressive. Once the 4 minutes was up I stirred the pasta sauce into the pasta and served.
The thing that pleased me most about the sauce was the fact it actually had cherry tomatoes in it and they still tasted quite fresh. The mixture of the Cherry tomato pieces with the parmesan and onions made a very nice taste. The onion isn't too prevalent but there is a hint there that isn't overwhelming but adds a nice additional flavour to the 2 main ingredients. Of course like a lot of Dolmio's sauces this is a tomato based product but the addition of the cherry tomatoes doesn't seem to make the sauce too reliant on tomato either.
Overall I was very impressed with the Taste of Sorrento cherry tomato and parmesan sauce. It was a nice change from the usual Homepride stir in sauces and one we will certainly be trying again. The sauce has a delicious mixture of flavours as the Cherry tomatoes and parmesan blend together well and the slight hints of onion and bail also give it a nice edge. It's easy to prepare and that is a big plus for the end of a stressful day. At £1.95 for a 350g jar its pretty reasonable value and we shall be picking up another one when we go shopping next.
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