“ Brand: Dress Italian / Type: Sauces „
When it comes to cook in sauces I'm sure that if you read my reviews regularly you will by now be very aware that I am a fan of cook in sauces. I buy them weekly and put them in the cupboard for when I need food fast and fancy something a bit fancy and they're great for when people announce they're coming for dinner right at the last minute!
This one I hadn't heard anything about prior to purchasing it and it was totally the labelling and the name of it that made me want to try it! When I spotted it was on offer at a pound a jar (in Asda) I was delighted and chucked it in my trolley (well not literally it comes in a glass jar after-all lol).
The glass jar holds 350ml of the sauce and it has a plain black twist on/off lid to the top of it. Around the jar it has a black label and on the front of it it has a picture of a woman sucking up some spaghetti and I'm told that it is Arrabbiata Tomato & chilli, Dress Italian and that it is slow cooked, red peppers and made in Italy. Other information given on the jar includes ingredients, allergy advice and nutritional details being listed, I'm told it serves 2/3 people, I'm told to warm it gently and stir it into hot drained pasta and that it contains no added sugar, starch or flavourings and contact details for Dress Italian Ltd are given. Nice, sleek jar with all the information given on it you may need and it just gives off a quality feel really.
Well this is a really versatile sauce. Course you can heat it up in a saucepan and throw over cooked pasta for a quick meal but you can if desired cook up other ingredients and either heat the sauce and cover said ingredients with it or simply cook ingredients and then add the sauce and then heat the lot up in a saucepan or pan.
Personally I used half the jar one way and half the jar another way and got two meals for one out of it. I started off by using it the way I was told to on the jar and ate it plain on top of spaghetti, the other half I heated up with cooked mince, onions and mushrooms and made a mini spag bol!
The sauce itself is a rich dark red colour and rather thick so a helping hand is required to get it out of its jar to begin with. It smells of tomatoes, you can see chopped tomatoes (which there are 60.4g of) and see flecks of dried parsley and basil scattered in abundance within it.
When cooked it does go a bit runnier, gives off a slight garlic smell though that fragrance isn't heavy but the sauce keeps to a decent consistency.
Like I just mentioned I used this sauce in two different ways and I thought it was simply gorgeous and oozing not only natural flavours but quality as well and for me this is a brand to watch out for and I'm sure we'll be seeing and hearing alot more from it in the future!
This to me really did remind me of a home cooked sauce in both taste and in appearance. It tasted really of fresh tomatoes, a hint of wine, the flavours from the herbs really complimented that of the tomatoes too. I could taste a hint of pepper, it was nicely seasoned and the taste of red chilli was only light giving ever such a slight kick along with the garlic.
It made otherwise boring pasta really, really tasty. Sprinkle a little cheese over it and it would be a taste explosion! In a spaghetti bolegnaise it really did taste amazing and I'd like to pour this over cooked chicken...the options are endless with this!
Highly recommended from me as it really is one of the tastiest, most natural tasting sauces I've ever tasted...its that simple. Not at all fatty or greasy, the ingredients use within it really do marry well together and its quite simply scrumptious and I for one can't wait to taste other sauces from this fabby range!
Nutritional Information Per 100g Of Sauce:
of which sugars: 4.2g
of which saturates: 0.6g
Available in all good supermarkets etc costing usually about £1.50 a jar though they are on promotion in Asda at the moment.