Product Type: Homepride Sauces / Soups
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One of my favourites :)
Homepride Creamy Tomato & Herb Pasta Bake
Member Name: zombieflesh
Homepride Creamy Tomato & Herb Pasta Bake
Advantages: simple to prepare, tastes great, makes a filling meal
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.
Summary: One of my favourites :)