Product Type: Dolmio Sauces / Soups
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Dolmio Tomato & Cheese Pasta Bake
Member Name: h_perry
Dolmio Tomato & Cheese Pasta Bake
Date: 29/05/12, updated on 23/01/13 (218 review reads)
Advantages: Great taste, no artificial additives and good value
Disadvantages: Salt is slightly high
Dolmio® Pasta Bake Tomato & Cheese
Dolmio is a food brand which makes pasta sauces in a range of packaging, there are express packets which can be microwaved in minutes, jars which are mainly used for pasta bakes, stir-ins that you add to cooked pasta and heat through on the hob, my Dolmio the kids range and the newest addition Pasta vista; a ready-made pasta meal which can be cooked in the microwave in 90 seconds. Dolmio is a brand which prides its self on bringing good quality Italian sauces to British dinner tables and making it convenient to make good food in minutes.
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Dolmio have a collection of four sauces in their pasta bake range these are; tomato and cheese, roasted Mediterranean vegetables, carbonara and creamy tomato. I have tried all off these bar the roasted Mediterranean vegetables; I do have one in my cupboard though waiting to be tried! All the sauces which I have tried have been delicious and we regularly have them in our kitchen cupboards!
I am a big pasta fan and all things Italian and my husband with his job requires a lot of physical activity, so I therefore try to give him carbohydrates where ever is possible to keep him going. We therefore consume a lot of pasta dishes so when I saw these jars I had to try them. Convenience is going to be a big factor in food purchases soon as in the next couple of months; with our first baby on the way, my business and my studies time is going to be pretty tight, knowing I have sauces like these available is brilliant as I am able to still make good, tasty meals for me and my husband in a small amount of time.
The packaging features the iconic green logo, with a picture of a pasta bake on the label. The lid is coordinated with the logo, a nice bright green which is noticeable on the shelves. The jars made from glass which is clear to allow for the product to be seen clearly, the products colour is what you would expect for a tomato pasta sauce, it is a rich shade of red and makes the product even more prevalent on the shelves at the supermarket. The jar contains 500g of sauce and holds enough sauce to feed three people. The recommended serving is four per jar but I find that if you have good portions it only really feeds three people which I find is about right for our household as there are only two of us and instead of wasting the third portion my husband has it for his lunch the next day.
Taste is the highlight of the product; it's rich and smooth and makes bland pasta taste fantastic in seconds! The ingredients are free from artificial additives which ensure me that the product is made from good quality ingredients and the taste is not created by chemicals and the like. The main ingredients in the sauce are tomatoes, parmesan cheese, tomato sauce and onions they combine together beautifully to create a great tasting product. To maximise the flavour of the sauce before I put the pasta into the oven I add grated cheese to create a nice crispy top on the pasta. The pasta bake takes 20 minutes to cook at gas mark 6, you add cooked pasta to an oven proof dish and add the sauce until the pasta is completely covered and then place the dish on the middle shelf to avoid the cheese from burning. If you don't like purely vegetarian meals then you could add tuna or meat to create a more filling dish, I like to use ham in mine as the salt from the ham really comes out in the cooking process and adds a lot to the dish. Each 125g portion of the sauce contains one of your five a day. There are 70 calories per serving which is only 4% of the recommended daily intake for an adult, I think this is great as personally I would have expected more from a pre-made sauce. The salt is a bit high at 0.9grams which is 15% of your daily recommended intake; I therefore would recommend that you refrain from adding additional salt. Another, great highlight of this product is that per serving it only contains 1.5grams per serving which is a tiny 2% of your recommended allowance.
The prices as of writing (29/05/12) are as followed:
Tesco: £1.99 or any 2 FOR £3.50 Valid until: 12/06/2012
Prices gathered from www.mysupermarket.co.uk
I think the price is right for the product as it makes a full meal for three or four people and can be consumed on its own with plain pasta which can be picked up in supermarkets for under £1 for a good size packet.
Overall, I would recommend this product due to its delicious taste and convenience. It is definitely a must have for all kitchen cupboards and a product which the whole family can enjoy together.
Summary: Must have for any kitchen cupboard