Product Type: Homepride Sauces / Soups
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Homepride Pasta Bake
Member Name: jb899
Homepride Pasta Bake
Advantages: Delicious taste, easy preparation
Disadvantages: Not as cheap as other brands
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.
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 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.
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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