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A simple and tasty meal option, Homepride Pasta Bake is a great option for when you want a nice, easy and filling meal. Whilst the tastes aren't necessarily authentic, it can be added to and customised.

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      06.06.2012 01:14
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      delicious quick meal

      I really like these homepride sauces. Normally, you can pick them up for a pound each in supermakets.

      I have seen some reviews say they feed four however, I am a very greedy sort and normally make one of these between the two of us at home.

      All you have to do is get an oven dish, pop in some pasta (I don't like to use too much pasta as I prefer more sauce to pasta) tip the sauce over the pasta, fill the jar up to the top of the label with water, pour this over as well, give it a mix then pop in the oven - normally takes about 45 mins to cook but their is literally no preparation - its marvelous - I can go and watch telly and a bit later I will have a tasty dinner ready.

      My fave is the spicy tomato and pepperoni. I normally buy a smoked sausage cut it into bits and mix this through my pasta. I am very glad I have found something so easy to make that my boyfriend loves too.

      One dish meals like this are great if you are on the go all day. I often work late and the last thing I want to do is cook when I get home so these sauces are a lifesaver.

      The tomato and pepperoni sauce is rich and cream and flavoursome however, the tomato and bacon one is also delicious. The tomato and herb sauce is nice but not as tasty as the meaty versions in my opinion however, if you are a veggie you may want to try this one out.

      I have already recommended these sauces to family and friends who all enjoyed them. Their are more expensive alternatives on the market but the homepride ones taste so good - One day I will get round to trying them all out - its just a shame my partner doesn't like Tuna!

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      03.04.2012 18:21
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      The Details

      Homepride say this is a "Tuna Bake pasta bake sauce with a creamy blend of tomato, onion and a hint of basil". It costs £1.59 (Tesco) for a 500g pot; this is enough to serve four people. Each serving contains 100 calories (5% RDA) this is not really a lot; however the pasta and tuna you'll be eating it with will obviously contain the majority. It has 5.3 grams of sugars (6% RDA), fat is 7.1 grams (10% RDA) and saturates is 0.8 grams (4% RDA). And finally 1.3 grams of salt (22% RDA) this seems like quite a substantial amount and after discovering it, I will not be adding extra when it comes to being served. I purchased the sauce on March 1 2012 and the use by date is August 2013, so more than one-year shelf life, which is good. When the jar is opened it should be refrigerated and consumed within three days, which is fair. It can also be frozen, in a suitable container - another bonus. One thing I should add is that it contains milk, egg, sulphites and celery, so if you have an allergy - be aware.


      The Packaging

      Both the packaging and label do their job well in my opinion. I went into the store, specifically for a pasta bake sauce. I was intending to buy a cheaper brand, i.e. a Tesco own variety but unfortunately couldn't find one so chose a Homepride variety. It was clearly labelled and very easy to find on the shelf amongst the massive array of similar looking pots. The label has pasta bake written in capital letters in a very prominent position - plainly identifiable. The Homepride label is also written across the top with the logo/mascot obvious. Also on the front a 'serving suggestion' is presented, this is a photograph of the finished pasta bake - which looks delicious. Additionally there is a small, circular badge that says 'no need to boil pasta'. Although this bight yellow badge may seem like an advertising feature, only added to try and catch people's eye, it was helpful to me because without seeing it I would have actually boiled the pasta before baking it. On the reverse of the label is a brief description of the sauce, as mentioned at the beginning. The ingredients are listed, as well as allergy advice, further details of nutrition information, Homepride contact information, and a jar recyclable message. There is a message from www.greatlittleideas.com, it suggest adding chilli and peppers for a Mexican twist - I may try this in the future. The actual pot is a glass jar. It is sealed with a metal lid that has a safety button, which if up has been opened already, so do not buy. The use by date is printed on the side of the lid, if you cannot find it. Lastly and most importantly, is a recipe for the dish. It lists the ingredients with quantities, and step-by-step instructions of the cooking procedure. I do realise pouring a sauce over pasta is not quite Michelin starred restaurant food, but for those with little cooking experience it may come in handy.


      The Sauce

      The sauce is delicious. It has the unique taste that only comes with a tuna pasta bake sauce; it is not bland or too salty. It has a creamy consistency, not too watery, even after baking it is still pleasantly moist. Homepride have done well to make this recipe full of flavour. It does not have a tangy taste like some cheaper sauces do. It smells wonderfully appetizing after baking and the look of the sauce, combined with the tuna and pasta make for a delightfully looking meal. Although the sauce is tasty it does not have large pieces of tomatoes or onions, so I added half a chopped green pepper, red pepper and four medium sized mushrooms. Although I knew the pasta would be filling I decided to add these extra bits to get that little bit closer to having five-a-day, I am somewhat health conscious. I think this addition worked well because it was not too much, it did not take away the essence of the dish. To further the healthiness of the meal you could try adding wholemeal pasta (thanks to emmacuf20, for suggesting this in a Ciao review posted in June 2010). I served the tuna pasta bake with a simple garlic baguette. Overall the sauce is excellent.

      The Conclusion

      This dish is very easy to prepare; there really is very little to make or do. Just weigh out the pasta, pour over the sauce, add the tuna and half way through grate some cheese on top. The instructions that Homepride offer come in handy if you are less experienced, they provide you with an accurate cooking time, which is probably the most important aspect. The taste of the sauce is great, very flavoursome and was very well received by my family. I do recommend you add extra vegetables for more substance. And finally, because everything goes into one big pot and there is no need to boil the pasta before hand, the outcome is very little washing up.

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        06.02.2012 19:44
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        a delicious pasta bake in a variety of flavours

        Sometimes you get home after a busy day at work and just open your kitchen cupboards and stare at the contents not knowing what you want/can be bothered to cook. I Like to have a jar or 2 of Homepride pasta bake just for one of these such days because it is quick and easy to make a tasty meal with it.

        The sauces come in a variety of flavours;
        - Creamy tomato and herb
        - Creamy tomato and bacon
        - Cheese and bacon
        - Tuna bake
        - Spicy tomato and peperoni
        - Creamy carbonara
        - Ham and mushroom
        - Tomato, garlic and chilli
        So there is likely to be a flavour to suit everyones tastes, my personal favourties are creamy tomato and herb and creamy tomato and bacon.

        The sauces comes in 500g glass jars which have a blue screw on lid and a label that says Homepride pasta bake across the top and the name of the flavour underneath. It also has a picture of the pasta underneath the name with a wee picture of the Homepride bowler hat man standing behind the pasta. The back of the label has nutritional information as well as instructions on how to make the pasta bake.

        Making the pasta is simple, you need 200g of dried pasta (I don't usually weigh out the pasta, just guess how much I need, it doesn't need to be exact) and if you like some cheese to melt on the top. You pour the sauce into an oven proof dish plus a jar full of water, mix in the pasta and pop into your preheated oven. After about 25mins take it out of the oven, give it a mix, sprinkle the cheese on top, return to the oven for another 20mins and thats it done :) To make it a bit different I sometimes stir in a tin of tuna or add some chopped up smoked sausage, it would probably work with other things if you experiment a bit.

        On the jar it says it serves 4 people, I would suggest you might need something else to go with it if you are serving 4. I usually get 2 or 3 servings out of it, depending how hungry I am and I will reheat leftovers the next day with no problems.

        All in all I would definitely recommend Homepride pasta bakes, at around £1.35 per jar it is a cheap, easy and quick meal that will warm you up on these cold winter nights

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        21.10.2011 14:28
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        An easy to make, filling family tea

        Me and my family LOVE Homepride Pasta Bakes - especially the tomato and bacon variety. My husband likes pasta but tends to get a bit bored with a big bowl full. However, even he polishes off a big portion when I serve this up, and often asks for it specifically for a mid-week tea! My daughters are both pasta monsters and would happily eat this ever night of the week given the choice!

        Homepride Pasta Bakes are simplicity itself and are perfect for busy family life. All you need to do is pour the jar sauce into a casserole dish, fill the jar to the label with water, mix and add dry pasta. Give it all a good stir round and whack it in the oven for 25 mins. Then, take it out, stir some more, top with your favourite hard cheese and bake for a further 20 minutes.

        When the bake comes out of the oven it is beautifully bubbly and the cheeps topping has gone golden and crisp. The sauce is rich and thick with a good amount of bacon chunks distributed. There are a good amount of herbs and spice, but not an excessive amount, as my husband doesn't like things too spicy and he loves this sauce. The pasta manages to come out well cooked but not mushy, with a good retained texture.

        We like to serve this with crusty bread and butter, or sometimes the girls have a garlic flatbread with theirs. It more or less cooks itself, bar some stirring, and a jar is enough to feed the four of us comfortably.

        At £1.35 a jar approx (or sometimes 2 for £2) these jar sauces make a very tasty and filling mid-week tea.

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          02.11.2010 19:37
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          yummy sauce

          When it comes to cooking I am a rather lazy cook if I'm totally honest about it! I love pasta but get sick of cooking of it and the time it takes so when I spotted these Homepride Pasta Bake sauces in a variety of flavours I decided to try one and at £1.42 for a large jar it seemed a good buy to me!

          The Packaging:

          The glass jar holds 500g of the sauce and it has a dark blue screw on/off lid to the top of it. On the front label of the jar we are told that it is Homepride Pasta Bake 'Creamy Tomato & Herb' and that there is no need to boil the pasta and there is an at a glance nutritional chart on there. On the back label other information stated includes ingredients and allergy advice being given, there is a full nutritional chart shown, we are told that it is suitable for Vegetarians and we are told how to use the sauce and contact details for Premier Foods (the manufacturer of the product are given). Nice enough looking jar with plenty of sauce in it and of course it is informative enough.

          Using It:

          With this orangy and creamy looking sauce that has a slight aroma of garlic to it and plenty of visible flecks of basil within it all you do to use it is to tip the sauce into a large dish, then fill the jar back up with cold water and then pour that water onto the sauce and stir it all together to make a really runny looking sauce. You then add dried pasta shapes to it and bake it all in a pre-heated oven for about 25 minutes. Then after that time you then get it out of the oven, give it a quick stir and add grated cheese all over the top of it (optional) and allow it all to further cook for another 20 minutes and then it's job done.

          Verdict:

          This is an easy to use sauce but when I added the water to the sauce I thought the whole thing looked a bit runny and when I added the dried pasta to it the sauce didn't cling on really to the pasta at all and I wasn't one bit hopeful this dish would be at all good. However this cooked up brilliantly and with little effort from myself. When I removed the dish from the oven halfway (ish) through cooking I could see the pasta disintegrating slightly and when eventually it had all cooked the sauce looked rich and really did cook the al dente pasta!

          The sauce tastes of tomatoes and in a creamy way. It is a well seasoned sauce, there is a hint of garlic to it and the taste of the basil is apparent though not overpoweringly strong and I feel that this is a well rounded sauce in the taste stakes really and have no complaints about it at all. It's nicely sweetened and in a natural way too.

          For me this is an easy, tasty dish to prepare and so much better with cheese on (if you like cheese anyway lol). I half expected a runny and flavourless sauce but this really isn't at all and is great as either a simple meal or as an interesting side dish and I wouldn't hesitate in purchasing this high quality sauce again in the future!

          Nutritional Information Per 1/4 Jar Sauce:

          Energy: 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

          Available in all good supermarkets etc.

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            10.06.2010 15:39
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            Homepride Pasta Bake is the name given to some jars of sauce you can buy that you just add to pasta and it makes a scrummy meal.

            Our favourite is Creamy Tomato & Herb as it doesn't contain any meat in it and its really tasty.

            On the jar it tells you that you need 200g dry pasta, 500g jar pasta bake, 100g grated cheese. These are the instructions it gives you -

            1. Preheat the oven to 200C Gas Mark 6
            2. Pour sauce into 1.5L shallow oven proof dish. Fill the jar to the top of the label with cold water and stir into the sauce. Stir in your pasta coating well.
            3. Bake uncovered for 25 minutes.
            4. Remove dish from the oven and stir thoroughly. Sprinkle on the cheese and return it to the oven for 20 minutes until bubbling and golden.
            5. Leave to stand for 5 minutes and enjoy.

            Serves 4

            Now when we have the sauce we don't usually bother with putting it in the oven as we have it cold with salad or pizza so what we do it to cook the pasta first in a saucepan with water then when it is fully cooked we strain the water off and tip the pasta into a large bowl and then add the sauce and stir well, then just leave it to cool down.

            If you have ever had the tomatoey pasta they serve up in Pizza Hut then this tastes just like it, it is what it says on the jar - creamy tomatoey and herby and really nice. You can often buy two jars for £2 if you look around, it is often on special offer especially in Iceland. We only buy the cheapest value pasta too so it makes a really cheap and quick meal. It keeps in the fridge nicely so we usually have half one day then use the rest up the next. It tastes nice warm and cold so you can have it either. If you really want it as a proper hot meal then might be better to cook it in the oven like they suggest as then it comes out thicker and more substantial.

            The ingredients in the jar are as follows -

            Tomato Puree, Tomatoes, Vegetable Oil, Onion, Sugar, Basil, Corn Starch, Salt, Medium Fat Hard Cheese, Concentrated Lemon Juice, Olive Oil, Garlic Puree, Dried Egg Yolk, Flavourings (celery), Cheese Powder, Black Pepper, Stabiliser, Glucose Syrup.

            Allergy advice - contains milk, Egg, Sulphites and Celery

            The nutritional values for 1/4 jar is -

            Calories 128, Protein 2.1g, Carbs 8.1g (of which Sugars 6.5g), Fat 9.6g (of which saturates 3.1), Fibre 1.1g, Sodium 0.50g, Salt equivalent 1.25g

            There are other flavours you can buy some of which are Creamy Tomato and Bacon, Spicy Tomato & Pepperoni, Cheese & Bacon and Tuna Bake. We have tried the Tuna Bake and cooked it as it says on the jar and it was lovely but I prefer the Creamy Tomato and Herb variety.

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              09.06.2010 10:38
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              A good choice when your lazy and hungry!

              Pasta bakes are a staple meal for anyone on a budget, they certainly got their fair amount of outing s when I was a student. You can make them with as little as two ingredients - this jar of sauce and some pasta - or you can be a little flamboyant and add some cheese to the top for a nice crust, or your can really go all out and also add your own veg and meat to the pasta, giving you a complete meal with some nutrients as well as stodge!

              I generally go for the classic cheese and bacon sauce. The prep time couldn't really be any shorter for something that is isn't a ready meal - although there is a fair amount of cooking time required. You have to get about 200/250 grams of dried pasta (don't cook it), whack it in a deep baking tray, then pour the sauce in from the jar and finally add another jar's worth of water. Stick the dish in the oven and then either retire to you chair or get chopping and frying/roasting some extra ingredients.

              After about 20 minutes, if you have made anything extra to go in the dish, add it, else just put grated cheese on top. Back in the oven for 20 minutes and you are good to go.

              The taste isn't exactly classic Italian, the cheese sauce being a little thick and also milder to accommodate the British palate, but it is still hearty munch. You wont find many people complaining, especially if you have stirred in some chicken and mushrooms. It also keeps in the fridge for about 4 days - although I would reheat it just the once in the oven, microwaved pasta leaves a lot to be desired.

              Overall if you are looking for a simple to prepare and filling meal these are great, but it isn't exactly dinner party standard.

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              07.06.2010 00:29
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              Overall i lovely filling meal which is great when your not feeling up to standing over the oven all

              Being a busy mum with a toddler and a new baby I love quick and easy meals that taste great but don't involve a lot of effort. It's not that I'm a lazy cook it's just nice and convenient from time to time.

              Homepride makes a variety to pasta bake sauces which are ever so easy to make.

              Our household favourite seems to the tuna pasta bake which always ends up with sparkly clean plates at the end of dinner. It goes down a treat with my two year old.

              I purchased my jar of Homepride tuna pasta bake from Sainsbury's for £1.66 but have more recently seen them on offer at Morrison's for only £1 per 500g jar..

              One jar is more than enough to serve up to four adults with good size portions each. And the great thing is there's so minimal washing up as you don't need to pre cook the pasta.

              The pasta bake is ever so easy to make, all you need to do is empty the sauce in to a ceramic bowl or dish (make sure its oven proof) pop your oven on 200oc or gas mark 6.
              Pour the sauce into the bowl and then fill the jar to the top of the label with cold water.
              Add the water into the bowl of sauce.
              Empty one tin of tuna into the bowl and mix thoroughly leaving no large clumps of tuna.
              Measure out 200grams of pasta and add to the bowl, yet again missing thoroughly and making sure that all the pasta is under the sauce.
              Pop into the oven for 25 minutes.
              Once the first 25 minutes has passed take out the pasta bake and give it a stir, top with some cheese and pop back into the oven for another 20 minutes.
              Congratulations, 20 minutes later you have once very tasty pasta bake!

              I like mine served up with a small side salad and a lovely large glass of cold icy water.

              This pasta bake really is that easy to make. And you don't even need to go and check on it every few minutes.

              They sauce itself is nice and creamy and has a lovely taste of tomatoes, onion a slight garlic taste yet it's very mild. The combination of this with some mild cheddar cheese is just divine. I find the bake very filling especially as pasta is majorly filling.

              I like to use john west tuna in my pasta bake as it really does taste the best.

              Also the other half starts work at 2pm until 12am so we tend to eat our main meal at midday so we can all eat together. This pasta does sit slightly heavy on your stomach but using wholemeal pasta really makes it slightly lighter.

              This is a great filling meal that will keep you full all day long and is very satisfying.

              A big thumbs up to Homepride pasta bakes as they have really made those days when I'm exhausted a great day for food.

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                a Must for a family meal

                Home pride pasta, i have been buying these for years as everyone in my household love them. According to the instructions on the back of the jar you pour the sauce over cooked pasta pop in the oven for 20 minutes , stir the pasta and add the cheese, and cook for a further 20 minutes, however from previous experience i have found that cooking the pasta in a saucepan first and adding the sauce and topping it with lashings of cheese for the final 20 minutes in the oven works much better as we often had uncooked pasta, but that might just be my cooking.
                I recently stocked up my cupboard with them as my local supermarket was selling them for 2 for £1.00 which is a good price considering they normally sell for £1.29 each. My favourite flavour of this the Tomato and Herb and i think the one with the cheese in does not taste very nice so is not to be found in out cupboards.
                I often serve this up with garlic bread as i find pasta bake on its own can be a bit boring and find that with garlic in bread it is more than enough food for a family of 4 and very often have some left over to be warmed up the next day.

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                07.05.2010 18:23
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                Quick and easy

                Homepride pasta bake is one of my favourite quick and easy dishes to make! These are jars of pasta sauce which you add dried, (yes dried!) pasta to and pop in the oven for a quick and delicious meal!

                You can purchase these jars for around £1.38 and they are really easy to use. I use a full jar for 2 but you could probably get a meal for 3 out of this. To start with you need a shallow oven dish. Pour in your pasta sauce - I use the tomato and herb one. Then fill up the empty jar with cold water to the top of the label. Pour this into oven dish and mix with the pasta sauce. Then I use Rigatoni pasta as this is really thick and works particularly well with pasta bake as the sauce sticks to it more.

                You pop this in the over for 25 mins, then take it out, stir and add frated cheese (at this point you could also add cooked chicken, chorizo, whaterver you fancy) pop back in oven for another 20 minutes and there you have it, a quick and easy dinner!

                I like to keep one of these in the cupboard and make the above dish and serve with garlic bread or doritos!

                The sauce is really thick and creamy and sticks really well to the pasta. Be careful not to put too much pasta or it can end up quite dry. You want the pasta to soak up the sauce but not so much that you are left with dried out pasta.

                There are various jars available in the homepride range but the tomato and herb one is the one I use. There are also other pasta bake ranges in the supermarkets but this is the only one which used dry pasta. So you dont have to cook it first, which is an added bonus!

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                07.05.2010 17:47
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                Yummy!

                One of my favourite simple to make meals has to be Homepride pasta bake. They are so simple to make and filling.

                Homepride pasta bakes are widely available in 500g jars. They usually cost around £1.30; though you can usually find them on offer for £1.00 or buy one get one free. When these are on offer I do tend to stock up because they have such a long shelf life. The pasta bakes are available in quite a few different flavours including:

                Creamy Tomato and Bacon
                Cheese and Bacon
                Tuna
                Tomato and Pepperoni
                Tomato and Herb

                Homepride pasta bakes are so simple to make you just need to add pasta and water. The pasta does not require to be cooked first, so it's literally just a case of put the ingredients in a dish, stir and put in the oven. After about twenty minutes of cooking you stir the pasta again, add cheese to the top and cook for a further twenty minutes.

                Last night I cooked the cheese and bacon flavour pasta bake. At the stage where you add the cheese, I also stirred in some ham with the pasta and on the top I sprinkled on a layer of crushed up ready salted crisps before adding the cheese. This gives the bake a lovely crunchy toping. Whilst cooking the pasta bake the kitchen filled up with a lovely cheesy bacon smell.

                In terms of taste the bacon flavour definitely comes through more than the cheese but it's really nice. Neither the cheese or bacon flavours taste artificial. The bake does also contains small bits of bacon. Usually I am a bit fussy when it comes to bits of meat in jars and packets but I dont mind the meat in these. I try to make sure when I'm making the pasta bake that I don't use too much pasta as I like it to retain a bit of sauciness. The jar does say that the made up pasta bake will serve four, which if you were just eating it on its own would probably not be enough. I find that if I'm just serving the pasta bake me and my other half can at least eat two thirds of it. However, I do try to serve it with something else so that we only eat half of it and it will last two meals. For example last night I served a quarter of the bake with a jacket potato and vegetables. If I have garlic bread I'll also use that.

                I have tried all the flavours I am aware they do and I think that they all taste nice. I regularly add extras to make the pasta bakes a little more interesting depending on the flavour I'll add ham, bacon tuna, pepperoni etc. I also vary the toppings I use; sometimes I use breadcrumbs, crushed crisps, crushed crackers as well as cheese. I think that's what makes these pasta bakes really great - they are so versatile.

                I definitely recommend Homepride pasta bakes for a simple, tasty and filling meal. Buying a pasta bake mix in a packet might be cheaper but requires a lot more effort in comparison!

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                  05.05.2010 15:02
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                  A good store cupboard product

                  I'm one for making your own rather then preprepared meals, however I get that sometimes the time and energy is not always available. When it's comes to pasta, it's so quick and easy to cook your own I usually do just that, but I've recently also been cheating a little and using pasta bake sauces. I discovered these when a friend made one for me, and was surprised to find I found it really tasty. Sometimes shop bought sauces can taste very artificial.

                  I bought my 500g jar of Homepride pasta bake sauce in Sainbury's recently an was on offer for £1. The pack claims that it contains enough sauce for 4, but I tend to use half a jar for myself and the whole lot of there's two of us. Generally we eat it alone though without any bread / salad or extras so I don't feel too bad. With pasta also being very cheap it's makes for a very reasonable meal.

                  So how does it work? Well, it's says to add the whole jar to an oven proof dish and mix in enough water to come up to the label on the jar. If I'm only using half a jar at a time it's a little bit of guess work on how much water to add, though I would worry.. it's very hard to mess these things up. Just use a Jamie Oliver measure!

                  Then all you need to do is add your pasta (200g per jar or 100g if just using half jar) and shove it in the oven. It says for 25 minutes, then add cheese to the top and cook for another 20 minutes. I don't usually add cheese and just put it in for 35-40 minutes and it's perfect. Depends whether you like your pasta baby food like or with a bite as to how long. Admittedly this is longer that it would take to make a spag bol however, it's minimal preparation time and you can get on with other things while it's cooks itself.

                  The result is a very tasty dish. I guess I'd call it comfort food though it's doesn't rack up that many calories but I'll come to that in a bit. The one I'm reviewing is the Creamy Tomato and Bacon. Now don't expect the taste of sweet tasty tomatoes and just fried bacon, this is out a jar after all, however the rich, creamy, savoury taste is pretty yummy. Too much and it becomes a bit too rich and you will need a glass of water to wash it down, but it's fills you up well and leaves a happy tummy!

                  The nutrition values on the jar are shown per quarter of the jar and these are as follows - calories 113, Fat 8.5g (sat 0.9g). Even if you double this for half a jar and add pasta you are looking at about 580 calories for a meal which is not bad at all. The devil of course, is the cheese but it's up to you if you add that and how much!

                  Overall, I'm impressed with these sauces, a cheap and lazy meal which doesn't compromise on taste too much.

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                  5 out of 5 stars from me!

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                  I recently bought this pasta bake from Asda for the reasonable price of £1. This was on promotion at the time with the normal price being approximately £1.50.

                  I have tried over homepride pasta bake sauces with a good success rate and enjoyed the quality of the product. My partner and I enjoy pasta, and frequently have pasta bakes once or twice a week, usually as a main meal. As such we have tried a range of different sauces, including more budget ranges from Asda, Sainsbury's etc, as well as the more expensive ones. This has been the best one I have had for some time, and for the promotional price I was very happy.

                  I usually buy an Asda's tomato based pasta sauce with chilli or vegetables (not basic/value range) and this costs about 0.95p for the same sized jar as the homepride sauce. So considering the homepride sauce was in the same price range I was thrilled by the supreme quality and flavour. To note, I have seen these homepride sauces on promotion in a number of different supermarkets over the last couple of months, so if you are able to look around you will more than likely be ale to pick one up with money off.

                  One of the main advantages of this sauce is that you can add the pasta to the sauce uncooked and pop it into the oven with some extra water and hey presto you haven't had to put in the extra effort of cooking the pasta prior to this stage! Great for people who are busy, looking after children or have just got in from work and want to relax and put their feet up and not rush around the kitchen getting dinner ready!

                  I don't mind cooking the pasta first and have tried it both ways with this sauce. The outcome is the same consistency, although I was sceptical at first when adding all the required extra water to the rich and creamy sauce!

                  The instruction on the jar are easy and clear to follow:

                  Preheat oven to 200 oC. Pour content of jar into an ovenproof dish. Add 3/4 full jar of water to the sauce. Stir. Add uncooked pasta (200g). Stir. Bake for 25mins uncovered. Remove and stir. Add cheese and return to oven for 20mins. Serve.

                  The jar tells me that this will serve 4 people (200g of pasta and full contents of jar). I must admit that me and my partner had this between the two of us for our main meal.

                  On opening the jar, I was greeted with a delicious smelling rich and creamy sauce. Unlike other sauces I have tried this one was thick and creamy and smelled strongly of tomato. The colour of the sauce is orange and has flecks of herbs throughout.

                  The instruction were easy to follow and after baking for the initial 25mins the majority of the additional water had been absorbed by the pasta and the sauce had returned to a thick and creamy consistency.

                  After stiring the sauce I added cooked sliced chicked and fresh chilli's to my pasta bake and topped with a little cheese. At this stage you could any ingredient you wish to the suace.

                  The results were fantastic and I was very pleased with the authentic and creamy taste. The pasta was perfectly cooked and the sauce was thick.

                  As my partner and I shared the dish instead of having it between four we didn't have any extra's. But it would go nice with some crusty bread, garlic bread or salad if It was shared between four.

                  Nutritional information per 100g:

                  Calories=102
                  Protein=1.7g
                  Carbohydrate=6.5g
                  of which sugars=5.2g
                  Fat=7.7g
                  of which saturates=2.5g

                  ***For those with allergies please be aware that this sauce contains Milk, Egg, Sulphites and Celery.***

                  Ingredients include; Tomato puree (69%), Tomatoes (10%), Onion, Suagr, Basil, Salt, Garlic, egg yolk, Cheese powder, Lemon juice.

                  There are a number of other Homepride pasta bake sauces you can buy including, Mediterranean chicken, Tuna and Sweetcorn, Mediterranean Vegetables, Tomato and mild Chilli, Tomato and Red Pepper and Spicy Tomato and Pepperoni.

                  Overall I would reccommend this product. It is tasty and convenient.

                  Thanks for reading :) x

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                    04.05.2010 19:20
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                    An excellent product highly recommended for the cupboard to feed the family when the fridge is bare!

                    Having just polished off our dinner of Homepride Pasta Bake 'Cheese and Bacon' I thought I'd share my thoughts with you.

                    As a rule, I like to cook from scratch and absolutely love my slow cooker, however, with two young children to look after, I don't always have the time and if something makes life easier from time to time, I'm all for it.

                    The sauce comes in a glass 500g jar. It is a longlife product and so ideal for the cupboard and one of those days when the fridge is looking empty and you're struggling for dinner ideas.

                    To prepare the pasta bake, you just pour the sauce into a 1.5L ovenproof dish. I usually go for one slightly bigger than this as I like to use the sauce with slightly more pasta than the jar suggests as I have a family of four to feed. You then mix in 8oz/200g of dried uncooked pasta and refill the jar with water up to the label line and give it all a shake to loosen the rest of the sauce and pour this into the dish with the rest of the sauce and pasta. Give it all a stir and into the oven it goes for 25 minutes with a lid on the dish. To feed a family I recommend using 10oz/250g of pasta and adding a full jar of water rather than the smaller amount recommended by Homepride.

                    After the 25 minutes, you give the pasta and sauce a stir, add some grated cheese to the top, then leave the lid off and return to the oven for 20 minutes. At this stage of cooking I usually like to add a little bit of chopped cooked bacon and some peas and sweetcorn which I feel makes the dish into more of a meal.

                    At the end of the 20 minutes the pasta bake is cooked, the top is crispy with melted cheese, and the inside is cooked pasta all coated in a cheese gooey sauce. It smells delicious!

                    The taste of the meal is very slightly 'processed' and I think you would struggle to pass it off as a meal cooked from scratch but it does actually taste really rather delicious. Okay it's not cordon bleu but it is a great family meal that is easy to cook, that the majority of children love and that is really rather cheap.

                    So what does it cost? The jar retails at around £1.40 however you can regularly find this product on offer at most supermarkets. I shop at Morrisons where it is sometimes on their buy one get one free offer. The best for me though, is at Asda, where from time to time they have it on 2 for £1 which is an absolute steal! If you add the cost of a basic range packet of pasta, some basic cooking bacon pieces, basic frozen peas and some grated cheese, it is possible to cook a meal for four people for just £2 - an absolute bargain if you are on a very tight budget.

                    For value for money and convenience this is a great meal, hence my 5* rating.

                    I hope you liked my review :-)

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                      02.05.2010 15:54
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                      nice and easy dish

                      I don't normally buy sauce in a jar as I enjoy cooking and making my own, but now with a 16 month old to take care of, after a days work, I am struggling to fing the time - like I'm sure the majority of mother would agree.

                      This week I picked up a jar of Homepride Pasta Bake, the cheese and bacon flavour. They are on offer at the moment in Tesco for 99p for a 500g jar, I think at full price it cost approx £1.40.

                      I was surprised at how easy it was to rustle up a meal using this. All I needed to do was pour the jar, with another jar full of cold water into an ovenproof dish, add 200g of dried pasta and put it in the oven for 45 mins. Half way through cooking I needed to stir it and add some grated cheese. It recommends 100g of cheese and I would advise you to add at least that much to add a little extra taste. By the time it was ready the pasta was tender and the cheese was crispy on the top. It really did look nice.

                      The sauce looks very cheesy, it is a rich yellow colour, but as I said you do need to add the extra cheese. The sauce contains SMALL pieces of bacon, which you can taste, although they are very small. I think you could improve the dish if you added a few rashers of bacon on top. I also added some spinach towards the end of cooking. Next time I think I'll also add mushrooms.

                      I served it with some broccoli, that added a bit of extra colour too, but I think you could garnish it with veg or salad. I was surprised at how filling it was.

                      Homepride have quite a variety of different flavour sauces, but I couldn't comment on them as I havn't tasted them. I would be interested in tasting one of the others.

                      The sauce is quite low in calories, it contains 84 kcals, 6.6g of fat per quarter of a jar. The jar had enough sauce to feed up to 4 people -it was great, it fed my husband and I and we still had enough to take to work the next day.

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