Product Type: Dolmio Sauces / Soups
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Quick and easy family meal!
Dolmio Tomato & Cheese Pasta Bake
Member Name: Holland1
Dolmio Tomato & Cheese Pasta Bake
Advantages: Easy to make, minimal effort, doesn't take too long
Disadvantages: None, it's my favourite tea!
I absolutely love pasta bake, and when I left home my mum would always make it when I went to visit. There's just something extremely comforting about a hearty, wholesome dish of pasta with gorgeous tomato based sauce with cheese melted on top. Mmmmm.....
I consider myself to be a bit of a pasta bake connoisseur (well, it's cheaper than wine!), having tried pretty much every brand available. My friend and I now take it in turns to go round to each other's houses for tea, and we always make pasta bake because it's so scrummy, but also it's something you can just shove in the oven and not worry about which makes it very sociable when we're trying to have a good old chinwag.
At full price, there are cheaper versions of pasta bake which all do a similar job. This one is around the £2 mark for a 500g jar which it claims serves 4 people. In fairness, I think if you were expecting this to serve a family you'd bulk it out with chicken or tuna and maybe some veg, and serve with garlic bread. The recipe on the back of the jar does use chicken, but as there's normally only two people eating this we just use it with pasta on its own with a bit of cheese melted on top (fridge contents permitting).
The pasta bake is easy enough to make - the instructions tell you to cook the pasta first, then put the pasta and sauce into an ovenproof dish and bake in the oven for around 40 minutes. It's not the quickest of meals but you can leave it in the oven and not worry about it, unless you want to add cheese which is usually done about 20 minutes from the end of the cooking time. Personally, I don't mind that it takes a bit longer because I usually whack it in the oven when I get home, then I get chance to get changed, tidy up a bit, catch up with my other half etc, before serving it up.
Personally, having used many pasta bake sauces, I don't bother cooking the pasta first, but instead put it in with the sauce from the start. This cooks the pasta through and just skips a step (and saves on dirty dishes!) so I would recommend just doing this.
I love the taste of this sauce, it's proper comfort food. It tastes of tomatoes as you'd expect, and is quite creamy. I don't really notice the cheese flavour coming through overly strong though so I always add my own cheese towards the end to melt on top. You do have to wait until the sauce dries up a bit otherwise it's a bit watery and thin, but if you have the patience to wait until the recommended cooking time it should become quite thick and complement the pasta nicely.
Nutritionally, this pasta bake isn't too bad for you, and actually contains one of your five a day! Per 100g there are 56kcals, 1.2g fat, 0.7g saturates, 6.7g sugars and 0.74g salt. I always check the nutritional value of sauces that come in jars because there is quite a difference between brands, and if you're feeding this to your family as a lazy tea you don't need to feel guilty about it.
I've just checked on the Tesco website and these are currently on offer 3 jars for £5.00. This includes other sauces in the Dolmio range so to get the healthier convenience option it's definitely worth stocking up.
Summary: Good old reliable comfort food
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