Pasta is a really common meal in my household - it's so fast and easy to make. Prior to trying these Homepride pasta bake jars I had avoided pasta bakes as they often seemed like such a hassle - having to boil the pasta first and then cook it for even longer in the oven. I could never be bothered! Homepride has changed this for me, it's made it so much easier and it is definitely the worth the slightly longer wait for food.
I tend to wait for these jars to be on offer at the supermarket as offers come around very regularly selling them for just £1. They are so easy to make - dry pasta, sauce and a little water and put it in the oven with a little extra cheese on the top if you want.
I was a little worried that the taste would be a little bland and watery as the recipe says to add a fair amount of water but that really wasn't the case. The sauce tastes really creamy and thick - it is really enjoyable. The pasta is always cooked just to perfection and the cheese on the top melts and really adds a lovely element to the dish.
This dish is a family favourite for us, it is so easy to make but tastes like someone has been working over the hob for many hours! Really creamy, really tasty and a really cheap option if you find it on offer!
Homepride pasta bake is one of those timeless meals I like to have in my cupboard because it's so simple and easy (and delicious).
The best thing about this pasta bake is that you don't have to boil the pasta beforehand. You simply put the dry pasta, the sauce and about ¾ jar of water in a dish and bake. I've used a Dolmio pasta bake sauce and made the mistake of assuming the instructions would be the same, but they weren't and I was meant to boil the pasta before which is just a bit of a hassle so I will always use Homepride. The creamy tomato and herb sauce is my favourite, but I have also tried the tomato, garlic and chilli which was also pretty good. They're usually about £1.50 for a 500g jar, but I always seem to find them on sale for £1. You'll also need 200g pasta and 100g of cheese.
You can add your own ingredients like sweet corn, sausage, bacon, tuna, mushrooms or anything really, but I tend to just have it on its own. I'm not a huge cheese person so I use mild cheeses like mozzarella to put on top and I don't bake it for as long as it says after I've put the cheese on because I don't like it going brown. About 10 minutes is enough for me, but the jar recommends 20. If you follow the instructions the cooking time will be 45 minutes.
The taste is really great. Some of the pasta goes a bit crunchy and if you eat it while it's still warm the cheese is really gooey giving a great mix of textures. The sauce isn't watery like some pasta sauces that end up just tasting like chopped tomatoes. The creamy tomato and herb really is creamy and not at all watery. I sometimes have leftovers cold the next day and it works really well - I actually really like cold pasta because it gets this almost gelatinous texture.
This is quite a heavy meal. The creamy tomato and herb sauce alone contains 7.7g of fat per 100g and 102 calories so in a whole jar that's 38.5g fat and 510 calories just in the sauce. If you then add the pasta, cheese and any other ingredients you include it becomes quite high. As a student I only cook for myself and this lasts me two meals usually because I have quite big main meals and I don't put anything else with it (like salad). The jar says it serves four, but I think 3 is the max unless you have a really small appetite.
My second review is on this Homepride creamy tomato and herb pasta bake stir in sauce. I am relatively new to using these stir in sauces and, not being much of a 'from-scratch' cook, I have quickly become a big fan and have found myself stocking up on the many different flavours and varieties of the sauces. I usually buy the branded pasta sauces such as Homepride and Dolmio as they are generally better quality and are tastier than super market branded sauces.
One of my favourite yet easy to cook meals is tuna pasta bake. I usually buy the specified tuna pasta bake sauces but I decided to try this one of the tuna pasta bake sauces are usually tomato flavoured anyway and this particular one was on offer for just £1 at the time I first purchased it. I found this sauce amongst the other sauces in Tesco supermarket and it drew my attention due to the special offer of £1.
There was nothing really to set this sauce apart from the others (apart from the price which I have already spoken about). It comes in a glass jar with a screw lid. The homepride logo is emblazonned on the jar. A full ingredients list can be found on the reverse of the jar as well as the nutrients list which I have since found online for your convenience: the supermarket comparison website!
Upon removal of the lid the smell is very prominent especially the herb smell. It smells very Italian and is instantly appetising. It is of quite thick consistency which I generally tend to prefer with pasta sauces as they do reduce and become thinner on the hob. The sauce is very, very orange (like the plastic orange look of baby food!) and the dashings of green herbs can be seen. I tend to add tuna to this sauce and cooked pasta and the mix of the fish and tomato compliments each other perfectly.
The sauce prevents the pasta from being plain and not tasting of anything. The tomato flavour is very strong but it doesn't overpower the herbs. The mix of the flavours is very tasty no matter how it is cooked, even when it is left to bake in the oven the consistency is still very thick and tasty.
I picked up this pasta sauce jar for just £1 whilst on special offer but it usually sells for around £1.60-£1.80 for a 500g jar which serves a family of four so it very cost effective.
For me, cooking is one of those things that has to be done so that I can sustain my body. I don't take a great deal of pleasure in doing day-to-day cooking for normal meals as I feel it's more like a chore. I like to bake as a hobby and consider that to be the fun side of cooking. I usually end up stocking up my store cupboard with basic essentials for making quick and easy meals and I'm addicted to pasta, with pasta bake being my speciality! I regularly buy this Homepride Creamy Tomato & Herb Pasta Bake sauce from Tesco, where is costs £1.00.
Product description: "A creamy tomato & herb pasta bake sauce with tomato, onion and basil."
Preparing a pasta bake is probably one of the simplest things you can do to make a meal. It's super quick and easy and anyone can do it regardless of their culinary skills (or lack of!). I always keep jars of pasta bake sauce stocked in my kitchen so I have a quick, easy, filling meal ready to prepare with a minimum of effort. This is really handy for evenings where I'm short on preparation time or when I'm feeling lazy (quite often!). You only require a few basic ingredients to make the pasta bake so it's also an economical meal and a good fall-back if you're running short on fresh ingredients.
+ 200g dry pasta shapes e.g. Fusilli (personally I prefer Penne, mainly because it's super cheap and easy to scoop up eith a fork without making loads of mess when eating it!)
+ 500g jar Homepride creamy tomato & herb pasta bake sauce
+ 100g of your favourite cheese, grated
That's it! There's really not a lot to it and these are the types of ingredients I always have available. This dish is suitable for vegetarians and is equally enjoyable for meat eaters as it's a hearty and filling meal. You don't even have to cook the pasta first, which in my mind is a simply brilliant, and the hardest part of the preparation is grating the cheese.
1/ Preheat your oven to 200 degrees C / Gas mark 6 / Fan 180 degrees C.
2/ Pour sauce into a 1.5L shallow ovenproof dish. Fill the empty jar to the top of the label with cold water and stir into the sauce. Stir in your pasta, coating well. (Tip: I usually fill the jar half-way with water, then put the lid back on and give it a shake before continuing to fill with water to the top. This loosens all the stuck bits from the side of the jar so you get every last drop of sauce out of it, and then the jar is clean and ready to recycle without extra washing.)
3/ Bake, uncovered, for 25 minutes.
4/ Remove dish from the oven and stir thoroughly. Sprinkle on your cheese and return to the oven for 20 minutes until bubbling and golden.
5/ Leave to stand for 5 minutes and enjoy!
The Creamy Tomato & Herb pasta bake sauce is not only easy to use, it also tastes delicious. It has a thick, creamy texture and is nice and smooth without any big chunks in it. This cooks up really nicely and has a rich tomato flavour, but without that sharp acidic tang that you sometimes get with tomato based sauces. The dry pasta cooks within the sauce to make it soft but it still has a nice chewy texture and this always turns out perfectly every time I cook it. I would say the only slight niggle I have is that for a tomato and herb sauce, the only herb is basil and this does not come across very strongly. If you're a fan of flavouring with herbs you can of course always add your own, and I sometimes throw in a little garlic as well because I love garlic with pasta.
This pasta bake sauce comes in a 500g glass jar, which provides 4 servings. I love my pasta and often just have a double serving of pasta bake on its own, but you can definitely get 4 servings out of it by adding extras like a side salad and bread to make up the full meal. I feel like it's really good value for money as you don't need many extra ingredients and leftovers are great for taking to the office for lunch, and it still tastes good when eaten cold.
I really enjoy my pasta bakes and make at least one a week. It's a reliable meal that is easy to cook and tastes great. I love Homepride's range of pasta bake sauces and the Creamy Tomato & Herb variety is one of my favourites. I would thoroughly recommend this pasta bake sauce and am a happy regular customer.
Typical Nutritional Values per 1/4 jar serving (125g):
Energy - 530kJ - 128kcal
Protein - 2.1g
Carbohydrate - 8.1g - of which sugars - 6.5g
Fat - 9.6g - of which saturates 3.1g
Fibre - 1.1g
Sodium - 0.50g
Salt equivalent - 1.25g
Ingredients: Tomato Puree (69%), Tomatoes (10%), Vegetable Oil, Onion, Sugar, Basil (1.2%), Corn Starch, Salt, Medium Fat Hard Cheese, Concentrated Lemon Juice (contains Sulphur Dioxide), Olive Oil, Garlic Puree, Dried Egg Yolk, Flavourings (contain Celery), Cheese Powder, Black Pepper, Stabiliser (Xanthan Gum), Glucose Syrup.
This review is for the 500g jar of Homepride Tuna Pasta bake sauce.
We tend to eat a lot of pasta in our house, I think it's a good, cheap source of getting carbohydrates into your diet and it's so versatile it can go with lots of different sauces and meals.
I tend to buy Homepride sauces when they are on offer for £1 and usually then I'll stock up on different ones. This tuna pasta bake sauce requires a couple of additional ingredients, 185g tinned drained tuna and 100g grated cheese and of course 200g dried pasta in whichever shape you prefer.
The sauce is a creamy tomato type sauce with onion and a hint of basil alongside other herbs and spices. Personally I also like to add some diced onion and mushrooms to give it a bit more texture and flavour. This 500g jar will serve 4 but I think to get a more accurate portion it'd serve 3 with side salad etc.
It is easy to prepare with indication on the label that you do not have to boil the pasta first, you can add dry pasta to the casserole dish, pour over the sauce and tuna and place in the oven. Personally I always boil the pasta first because I find the pasta can come out a but chewy if you don't, and also because it halves the cooking time in the oven!
This is a dish I like to have every one and again, but I'd get fed up of it if I had it too often ad it can be quite rich due to the creaminess of the sauce. I think it's a great, cheap way to feed a family of 4 and can be a comforting, filling meal.
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I always like to have pasta sauce in my cupboard it's quick and it is also handy, especially when my daughter invites friends round. I saw this in my local Sainsburys buy one get two free (yes you read right 2 free). At £1.42 for 3 this made each jar just over 47p each (we had tried this before so knew it was ok) so I thought yes get some of that.
When you open the jar the smell is not too tomatoey or herby it's just a nice flavoured tomato smell.
Tonight my daughter invited a friend round and as our oven decided to breakdown yesterday and only the hob works, out came the pasta and this sauce. As I was feeling lazing today rather than lots of things getting added it was just a tin of sweetcorn.
The jar is a 500g one so although my daughter wanted me to do some for her dinner tomorrow and she would have it cold it was still slightly too much for my daughter, friend and my 3 year old. So there is some in the fridge which will keep for 3 days.
The cooking instruction on the jar is :- pre heat your oven to 200c (I never pre heat my oven anyway). Pour the sauce into an oven proof dish, fill the empty jat with cold water to the top of the label and then mix it into the sauce. Stir in your pasta making sure it is coated well with the sauce, and then bake in the oven uncovered for 25 mins. After this time remove from the oven and stir well. Sprinkle some cheese on and return to the oven for a further 20 minutes until bubbling.
Well I have used it this way once and think it is a waste of time, I am not keen on pasta that has been cooked in the oven and prefer it to be boiled first. So I cook the pasta, drain and then stir some sauce in (tonight I also added the sweetcorn). I then put a lid on the pan and have the heat as low as it will go and stir the odd time. Around 5 minutes later it is ready to serve.
The sauce tastes nice and creamy with a nice herby taste without being too garlicy. It is much quicker to cook it on the hob rather than in the oven but if you want a meal in about 45 mins and want to get on with other things you might want to try it the way it is suppossed to be cooked. I find it dries the pasta up doing it this way and the pasta is a bit hard.
Worth a try especially if you can get the offer i did
When it comes to cook in sauces, of late I'm rather a fan of them. Being busy more often than not I have found myself at a loss of things to eat other than unhealthy convenience foods 9 times out of 10!
So this sauce, when I spotted it in Asda costing £1.00 a jar seemed something a bit different from my normal. Both me and my flatmate love pasta and so I decided to get one of these for both of us to share one evening!
500g glass see-through jar and it has blue twist on/off lid to the top of it concealing a large hole. Around the middle of the jar there is a label and on the front of that there is a photograph of a pasta bake on there and I am told that it is Homepride Pasta Bake 'Creamy Tomato & Herb', there is an at a glance nutritional chart on there and I'm told there is no need to boil pasta first. Other information listed on the back of the jar includes ingredients and allergy advice being given, the size is stated (as I've listed already), there is a nutritional chart displayed, instructions on how to make up a pasta bake are given and contact details for The Premier Food group are given (the manufacturer of the product). Nice enough jar, informative enough labelling and I like being able to see the sauce through the jar too.
Well this sauce is bright orange in colour and creamy looking. It isn't all that thick and runs out of the jar with ease and you can see flecks of basil in abundance running throughout it. All you do to use this sauce is to preheat the oven first and then pour the sauce into a 1.5l shallow oven-proof dish and then fill the empty jar with cold water and stir that into the sauce and then stir in dried pasta, which can be any really shape wise and cook it for about 25 minutes and then add some cheese for a further 20 minutes until it appears golden and bubbling.
This is a very easy to use sauce indeed. In flavour it is like a creamy, tangy tomato flavour with a hint of basil to it. The pasta cooks to perfection and the sauce clings onto the pasta well and I didn't find that too much sauce was left about and that most of it had absorbed.
The cheese is optional though I think this gives a further creamy flavour to the dish and a nice appearance and all in all both me and my flatmate rather liked this tasty meal!
Nutritional Information Per 1/4 Jar (125g) Serving:
Available in all good supermarkets etc.