“ Brand: Jamie Oliver / Type: Sauces „
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Jamie Oliver is the award winning Naked Chef, star of Jamie's school dinners and successful restaurants, books and cookery programmes. He is also a pretty amazing cook and having now tried a number of his recipes I do like what he comes up with and how he puts a meal together.
With that in mind when I saw a jar of pasta sauce with Jamie Oliver's face on it the other day in Sainsburys the other day I decided to buy it and hope that it was nice on my pasta. Now, whether he actually had any input into this recipe or whether he has just put his name and face to the product I have to say that it was very tasty.
The flavour I went for was the Tomato and Chilli Pasta Sauce. It is described as a hot Italian classic made from fiery alfredo chillies and beautiful ripe tomatoes which give this sauce a real depth of flavour. This Jamie Oliver range is described as having honest ingredients, lovely food and a way to keep it simple. Well, I definitely agree that this sauce is a very simple way of making a dinner. I just cooked up some pasta and some vegetables and then poured this sauce over it and heated it up. This sauce is definitely very tomatoey and I liked the deep flavour that it has in it. It is really quite a nice red flavour and, as listed in the ingredients with 38% tomatoes as the first ingredient, you can tell that it has a lot of natural flavours in it.
When you first take a bite you do get a nice flavour and then the chilli hits you, it is not too over powering but you can really taste it and I think it gives a nice warmth and a bit of hotness to the sauce. The sauce also has flicks of parsley in it which you can see and this gives it a nice flavour too.
Jamie suggests on the jar about using this sauce as a base for making your own chilli con carne. I haven't actually used it for this but it's nice to ahve other ideas and another dinner to make with it.
THis sauce is quite healthy too when taking into account the calorie count. Per 1/3 of a 350g jar there are 83 calories which I don't think is bad at all. A jar is enough to serve two people and could be stretched to three as we do serve some to our little girl too so I think this is a good healthy option and a nice sauce for your pasta.
I am a big fan of Jamie Oliver so when I saw this sauce on offer I thought it would be worth a try, and sadly this time Jamie has really let me down.
The jar was on offer at £1.00 and I think it was about 300g. I can't remember the ingredients or nutritional info so apologies for that, but I wouldn't recommend it anyway so they don't really matter too much.
The sauce to start with was quite thick, and you don't get a lot, there was only two of us and it wasn't really enough, even with onions and tuna added to it.
It is a very basic tasting sauce, if sainsburys put it in their basic range I wouldn't have guessed it was a more expensive sauce by a top chef. The sauce is supposed to be fiery tomato and chilli, it basically tastes of tomatoes and looks like a tin of chopped tomatoes, (there are actually some pretty big chunks in there for a sauce), and as for the fiery element, it was rubbish, it did have a slight heat to it, but nothing for a chilli lover like me, it was very weak.
I was really disappointed in this sauce and there is no way I would pay full price for it, to be honest I wouldn't buy it again if it was on offer. There isn't even enough for two people and I really could have made better myself, it was too basic for the price. Would not recommend this sauce.
To be honest, when I bought this pasta sauce I was probably convinced by the trendy packaging and the 'Jamie Oliver' name. The sauce comes in a round jar with a funky illustrated label and costs £1.80 in Tesco. I'd tried another flavour before (tomato and artichoke) and wasn't completely convinced, but I thought I'd give the range another go. Like the tomato + artichoke, I found the tomato + chilli to be a very simple sauce (very easy to make at home given half a minute). The upside of this is that it does taste very natural and not at all synthetic. Although the sauce doesn't have a very much texture, it's much like a passata... the consistency is rather sloppy, but it does go far and it's not watery - its coats the pasta very well. The taste is perhaps a little too strong (a little bit like concentrated tomato puree) so you wouldn't want to use to much of it, and it might be best used when mixed with other ingredients. The chilli flavour is very potent, but I found this to work well with the texture and flavour of the sauce. It's fairly likely I'll buy this sauce again, but purely because of convenience, in this respect it is somewhat overpriced.
Jamie Oliver Fiery Tomato & Chilli Pasta Sauce
Description: Manufacturer: Jamie Oliver / Type: Sauce.
I try not to buy ready made pasta sauces, preferring to make my own from scratch. Because this is relatively simple and cheap to make, it often works out cheaper than buying ready prepared too. On this occasion, I was in a hurry and this pasta sauce was on offer at my local supermarket. I paid just £1 for a 350g jar, but would normally have to pay around £1.80.
I assumed that because this sauce was by Jamie Oliver's own label, it would be pretty good but to be honest, was left feeling a bit disappointed.
The jar is made of clear glass with a picture of Jamie Oliver on the label. The sauce looks a rich red colour inside.
The sauce is quite thick and smells more of tomato than chilli. I added it to some bacon and pasta then grated a little parmesan over the top. I was a bit disappointed when I tasted it as it was much milder than I had hoped for, there is only a slight taste of chilli and it certainly wasn't "fiery" like the packaging promised.
Half a jar contains the following;
There is a lot of sugar in this sauce and far too much salt too. I found that the taste was a let down, and felt that it needed more chilli. As it was, it just tasted like any other tomato sauce and certainly nothing special. I felt a little cheated having bought this on special offer so am pleased that I didn't pay full price.
Would I recommend this? No, I recommend that you make your own, it is bound to taste better!
I'm not a fan of Jamie Oliver by any stretch of the imagination - in fact I find him incredibly irritating! So I'm not sure why I picked this pasta sauce up - I think it was more because I was intrigued by the chilli aspect of it, and it did look quite nice.
The jar isn't particularly big, but then it's a little on the spicy side so you'd probably use less. It has a pale yellow/ivory label advertising it as Jamie Oliver's Fiery Tomato and Chilli Pasta Sauce. Nothing too exciting or original here, but then it's the inside that counts.
It advises on the side that you can also use it as a base for tomato chilli soup, which sounds nice but I'd need a little more help with that please Jamie! It also states once opened it should be refrigerated and finished in 3 days. As one person alone, I have no problem with this really. If you have a family of four, you might get one meal out of it, which could be a problem.
I got very lazy about cooking recently, so the jar stayed in my cupboard for a good few weeks until last night, when I'd bought lots of fresh veg and decided to make a stir fry.
I found the jar was very easy to unscrew, which was a nice advantage. Opening it, I was instantly impressed that there was no filmy or watery layer on the top - it didn't need stirring at all despite being in my cupboard for so long.
I try not to use oil when I'm cooking, so I simply added a generous splash of sauce into the pan (it's a lot thicker than I just made it sound, so it more of 'glooped' in), then added a lot of mixed veg. I added a bit more as it was cooking, and it didn't seem to cook off the way Sharwood's sauces do, or at least the sauce was visible as it mixed well into the veg.
Upon tasting it, I was really impressed. The chilli is fantastic with the tomato, and I felt like it combined both the flavours in a really good way to bring out the most of my vegetables. I could have added more, and probably would have done if I actually wanted 'sauce' spreading thickly onto the plate.
I plan to try this tomorrow in a kind of cold pasta salad type thing, though I think I won't be trying the soup in this heat.
No complaints here at all - I was ready to find fault but can't! Only minor thing is that as I was eating from a bowl, there was a bit of watery sauce at the end, but that's standard really.
I'm not one to fall for celebrity products or endorsements, no matter how much I do want to marry the celebrity in question, but I am one for a bargain so when I spotted Jamie Oliver's pasta sauces on offer in Tesco for 89p rather than their usual £1.79 I snapped one up.
There are five varieties of pasta sauce in the range: Aubergine and Olive; Olive, Garlic and Tomato; Tomato and Basil; Red Onion and Rosemary and Tomato and Chilli. Tesco stock on this particular day meant it was a choice between the Tomato and Basil and the rather more exciting sounding Tomato and Chilli, so I went for the latter.
It comes in a 350g glass jar, with a white label covered in red and green 'splashes' (red, white and green - Italian flag reference??) containing text and Jamie quotes, with a photoshop-blurred image of the man himself holding what looks like a bowl of spaghetti. Half a jar provides 121 calories (6% or an adult's RDA), 8.6g sugar (10%), 7.4g fat( 11%), 0.9g saturates (4%) and 3g salt ( a whopping 50% of an adult's RDA!) - this high salt content was highlighted in The People as being three times the salt content of the new Turkey Twizzlers recipe. Turkey Twizzlers, you may remember, were portrayed as the symbol of all that's wrong with this country in Jamie's School Dinners series.
The sauce is a lovely rich deep red colour and very thick, you can see that it's mostly made up of tomato puree by the texture. It's very easy to cook with, I used it as a stir-in type sauce to go with some bacon and mushroom pasta and it did me a good four days' packed lunches for work. Using it as a sauce for a main such as spaghetti bolognaise I reckon you could serve between 2 and 4 as it's thick enough to water down a little bit without losing too much of its consistency.
I did hesitate before I bought this as I am notoriously (among my friends anyway) sensitive to spicy foods - something mild that other people wouldn't even be able to taste will make me choke and splutter far more than necessary. But I thought I'd live dangerously for a change. In the end though, the overriding flavour in this sauce is the tasty tang of the tomatoes rather than the chilli, which is there but only very mild. If something doesn't make me cough even once when I eat it then it just doesn't come near to being 'fiery' in my opinion.
Overall, I enjoyed this sauce and it was marginally easier than opening a can of tomatoes and adding a bit of chilli powder to the pan as I cook (and my way's probably healthier after reading the label!!) But I wouldn't buy it for its full price as it just isn't good enough to warrant the cost. I very rarely use ready-made pasta sauces these days anyway and this one certainly hasn't prompted me to change my mind. It also strikes me that any spice lover would feel cheated by the 'fiery' claim on the label, though for me that was a blessing!