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I'm reviewing Loyd Grossman tomato and Smoky Bacon sauce.
It comes in a glass jar containing 350g and costs around £2 in most supermarkets unless it is on special offer .
This sauce should be stored in a cool dry place and once opened any unused sauce must be refrigerated and used within 3 days.
Regarding allergies.....it contains milk and is produced in a factory where nut items are handled.
***WHY I BOUGHT THIS***
Truthfully ? Because it was on special offer and having popped two Bolognese and two Tomato and Basil (Is it Baysil or Bazzle ?) jars in my trolley I spotted this one beside them and thought I'd give it a try.
***USING and MY OPINION***
You simply stab the jar lid with a sharp knife to release the compressed air within the jar and the lid screws off easily.
Then it can be added to whatever dish you choose to add it to.
On the jar they recommend you tip it into a pot and then simmer till it is heated through.....which is literally 3 mins really. Then you are advised to add your cooked pasta and ensure it gets stirred in thoroughly before serving up.
I chose to use it in the same way I use Grossman's Bolognese sauce, mainly because I had the mince already left in and wasn't too keen to stray from my usual method of doing bolognese.
So I prepped my onion and fried off the mince and then added the Smokey Bacon Sauce and simmered for 5 minutes.
I didn't add pasta. I just did crusty baguettes with it.
So, what did I think ? It was OK. Nothing special at all.
It smelled wonderful cooking, so the flavour was a bit of a let down really .
I asked hubby if he thought it was nice and he said " Yes, it tastes like it usually does.......nice" . Usually ? This was the first time I'd used it ! So clearly it made no lasting impression on hubby either and was just "samey" to him.
I only added the onion to give it body and a bit of crunchiness , but the onion seemed to get lost anyway as far as taste went.
It should hit the spot more than it does considering the pungent ingredients (Onion , Lemon juice, black pepper ,chilli and garlic , to name a few.) ,but frankly it falls flat on flavour for me.
Don't get me wrong....it isn't bland as such, but there is no zap to it.
I suppose had I tasted it during cooking I might have jooshed it up with some added ingredients, but having read the list of ingredients on the jar I assumed it wouldn't need any help . Next time I'll remember to taste it and have the condiments, herbs and spices at hand.
And yes there WILL be a next time. I will use it again because it is an OK sauce for building on and has a delicate smoky bacon taste that would lend itself well to backing up something intensely flavoured .
Plus now that I know it's faults I can remedy them by adding my own extras to zap it up to my personal taste.
This is on offer in ASDA at present (July 6th 2013) along with all Grossman sauces for a fabulous £1.....bargain !
Plus the 'use-by' date......which is often rather soon for these special offers....is a very generous Sept 2014. So could be worth stocking up on these half price jars.
OH.......just checked the Tesco price for comparison and the Grossman sauces are £1 there as well !
I was going to remove two stars, but that would be unfair I think since it is nice enough and I might simply have been expecting too much from it. So I'll just remove one star instead, because it isn't 5 star perfect in my opinion.
Thank you for reading and I hope it was useful.~~~myloh.
I don't normally buy pasta sauces as I much prefer making my own using tinned tomatoes and various herbs and spices....and maybe some cream if I'm not being too health conscious.
I often find pasta sauces to be pretty bland; however this particular sauce is certainly the exception.
I decided one evening I would try this Lloyd Grossman Smoky Bacon sauce as I was after something quite quick and tasty for tea. The cost of these in Morrisons at the moment is £1 each but I think they're normally around £1.60.
On opening the sauce I was a bit concerned as it looked very oily but it did have a lovely sweet aroma of fresh tomatoes and smoky bacon. The consistency is quite a bit thinner than other sauces I have used but it has a much more home-made look, with lots of chunky tomatoes and small bacon pieces unlike that factory produced look you get from some of the other popular brands. My husband didn't actually realise I had used a jar this time and mentioned how much better home-cooked sauces were!!
The sauce also contains red chillies and garlic but these only compliment the flavour of the bacon and don't overpower it at all. The sauce has a rich tomato and bacon flavour and the added kick from the chillies really gives subtle warmth to the sauce.
The sauce is simple to use, like most other sauces it just requires emptying into a saucepan, simmering gently until it's heated through then add to your favourite pasta.
To be honest though I tend not to bother heating the sauce beforehand and just pour it over freshly made pasta direct from the jar as I find the heat from the pasta also heats the sauce nicely.
It states on the jar that the sauce will remain fresh in the fridge for up to 3 days after opening, I can't however comment on this as I have always used the full jar which does for a meal for husband and me. Half a jar of this sauce contains approx 201 calories.
Below is more detailed nutritional info:
Typical values per 100g
Would I use this again? Definitely!
Loyd Grossman has a wide range of sauces available in most supermarkets these days. This sauce is the one which i have had most recently so will give my review now. I will add that i am not a food enthusiast but I do like cook and try new things with different flavours. I have also used a wide range of sauces which are available so i will compare this to them.
This sauce combines the lovely taste of bacon with various herbs and the depth of a tomato base. All of these ingredients work well together and combine to make a nice sauce which add flavour and interest to a normal boring, bland pasta. However while I do think that this sauce is a nice sauce and goes well with pasta i cant help but feel that it is missing something. I just think that it misses the killer punch. There is a key ingredient missing, which i dont know what it is, to make it a really killer sauce.
I can help but feel two things when tasting this sauce, if you made it yourself which would be dead simple, it would be alot tastier and you could throw as much flavour at as you wanted and may cost you the same. The other thing i think that you could get a cheaper sauce and tart it up a bit and it would cost you much less and taste just as good.
This sauce is also expensive. It is the most expensive range of sauces on the market, it normally costs well in excess of £2 which is just to expensive for a sauce that doesnt deliver that much
Loyd Grossman appears near enough ubiquitously on our store shelves these days, but with good reason, given that his various varieties of sauces are just delicious! Although they are perhaps "premium" in price, you'll see where the money goes, as I've found every variety that I've tried to be complex and layered taste-wise, with clearly a lot of effort going into the sauce's composition. His Smoky Bacon version is absolutely no different.
The first thing you'll notice is that the jar is a lot smaller than you might be used to with other pasta sauces, and for someone who likes to flood their food in a cascade of sauce, this was a bit disappointing, but honestly it means I just end up buying three jars at a time and using one and a half per pasta bake! This is all about the taste, and given how bland pasta can be on its own, this gives it a bacon-based injection of adrenaline straight to the heart, sprucing up any meal you dollop it on. Strangely though there aren't any actual pieces of bacon in the jar which was a bit surprising, and it appears that the sauce merely represents the "essence" of bacon, but it is nevertheless an incredibly convincing essence and is a lovely accompaniment to pasta, meat or vegetables!
The sauce is quite substantial and thick, which shows that it's not some dish water quickly bunged into a jar! It feels like a meal in of itself, and doesn't need a great deal of pasta to make for a filling dinner. If you love the rich aroma and taste of bacon as much as I do, this is an absolute must if you're inclined to make pasta bakes, but also works well if you're just making a vegetable or meat curry.
Loyd Grossman Smoky Bacon Pasta Sauce
Description: Manufacturer: Loyd Grossman / Type: Sauce.
As a general rule, I like to make my own pasta sauce, so very rarely buy it from a jar, however, I was in a hurry and expecting a friend for dinner, so grabbed some of this from my local supermarket to prepare in a hurry.
You can buy this product from most supermarkets and a 350g jar cost me £1.90.
The sauce itself is a rich red colour with loads of chunks of tomatoes in it. It isn't as thick as I had expected, but does cling well to pasta. It had a decent consistency which covered the pasta and also left enough on the plate to mop up with bread,
The sauce doesn't have a very strong bacon flavour but surprised me by having quite a spicy flavour due to the chilli that it contains. It isn't too hot but certainly has a kick to it. I think that it would have been nice to have a slightly stronger bacon flavour, since that was what I was expecting, but it was tasty enough and didn't have an artificial flavour like some jars of pasta sauce do.
Nutritional information is as follows;
I did like this sauce, but it was a bit like a tomato and chilli variety than a bacon one, and might have been a little too spicy for some people. I served it with fresh salad and garlic bread and it was tasty enough but to be honest, I did feel that I could have created something very similar from scratch, without the cost involved.
I felt this was a little overpriced for what it was, but it was tasty enough. If I was in a hurry, I would probably buy it again, but if I had the time, I would maybe just make it myself!
When my little sister asked me to make our bonfire night feast as close to a Pizza Hut buffet as possible I couldn't decide how to do the cold pasta because we're all a bit picky when it comes to cold pasta dishes.
I ended up doing a Loyd Grossman Smoky Bacon Pasta Sauce after my mate told me it was nicer cold than hot! I made it up in the pan with the cooked pasta as usual and then let it cool down before putting it in the serving bowl for everyone to help themselves.
By the time I'd cooked it I was hungry so had a bowl while it was still hot and it was yummy. It doesn't taste of bacon much but has got a rich tomato flavour and I can also taste garlic and chilli in it quite a lot, the chilli comes through as an aftertaste as well and it does linger a bit so if you're not mad keen on this flavour then I should avoid it.
There's bits of onion and cilli in the sauce but even though you can sort of see them you can't taste them and once the sauce is mixed in with the pasta you can't even feel them in your mouth so they might as well not be there.
When I let it go cold it was very nice but I do think it was nicer hot and fresh. The bacon flavour has come through a bit more but it's still not as strong as I'd like it to be. It has got a salty flavour that left me feeling a bit thirsty and also I noticed a bit of a greasy taste that deffo wasn't there when the sauce was hot.
100g of the sauce contains 115 calories and 8g fat, that's quite a lot for less than a third of the jar but all the Loyd Grossman sauces are high in fat and this one is better than some of them.
Loyd Grossman Smoky Bacon Pasta Sauce
Description: Manufacturer: Loyd Grossman / Type: Sauce
I never usually buy pasta sauces in jars, simply because it feels so lazy! I try to make my own but was in a hurry one day and having my friend round for lunch so I grabbed a jar of this to give it a shot. I hoped that being Loyd Grossman, it would be tasty.
The jar is easy to spot as it has a photo of Loyd on it so there is no mistaking it for anything else. The sauce looks quite smooth though has plenty of texture too.
It actually tasted pretty good, it was a good mix of tomato and bacon flavours which didn't taste too artificial or strong. I stir fried chopped bacon and added it for a "home made" taste (cheating I know!), mixed it through penne pasta and then served it with a simple green salad and tiger bread.
My friend actually commented on how nice this tasted and was surprised to learn that it came from a jar. I though about pretending that it was all my own creation but decided to be honest and admit that it wasn't!
Because it was lunch time we didn't have alcohol with it but if I was making this in the evening, I am sure that it would go well with a nice red wine. I will buy it again simply for the convenience factor, as it will keep in the cupboard for months.
This pasta sauce cost me £1.80 per jar. The jar itself contains 350g. Per 100g there are 115 calories.
Definitely recommend this sauce, not as good as home made of course but a pretty good alternative if you don't have the time or ingredients to make your own.
I don't mind celebrities advertising products, but in general I'm not a fan of things that use celebrity names, and normally I wouldn't even consider a range of celebrity food. The only reason I bought this Loyd Grossman pasta sauce was because I was looking for something a little different from the standard tomato and herb pasta sauces I usually buy, and this was on special offer at the time.
I ordered the sauce as part of an online shop, and I can tell you now, had I picked this up in a store I would not have purchased it. The reason for this, is simply that what I couldn't see on the picture ASDA provided, was that in amongst this dark red pasta sauce are lots of little white chunks which look a lot like pieces of fat to me, and the appearance just put me off, which is probably why this has been stuck in the cupboard for about two months!
The jar is fairly nice in design, although I think I'd prefer they got rid of the picture of Loyd, and perhaps made the label a bit sleeker looking.
This sauce is smoky bacon flavour, and according to the jar is 'a rich, savoury fusion of sun ripened tomatoes, smoked bacon, red chilli and garlic.' All sounds very nice, if not a little pretentious.
When I tipped the sauce into the pan, I must admit, I was a little disappointed. The sauce looked very watery but there were also large lumps of tomatoes in there which included bits of stalk and skin. To be honest, it looked a little like I had tipped in a value tin of chopped tomatoes. The little white bits of 'fat' that I could see through the jar actually turned out to be pieces of bacon oddly enough - they were just a little anaemic looking. I suppose you could call the overall look 'rustic' if you really wanted to be nice.
I didn't let appearances put me off though, and after heating the sauce and stirring through cooked pasta as directed, I tucked in. The sauce was, as I first thought, very watery, and personally I prefer a thicker sauce. That however, was the least of the problems with this product. I suppose my main gripe was simply that for something that is called 'Smoky Bacon Sauce' there is no taste of smoky bacon whatsoever. In fact the pieces of bacon that are there (and there are very few of them I may add) can't be tasted, because of the overpowering flavour of chillies. I don't particularly mind spicy food or the taste of chillies, but at the end of the day, I purchased this thinking it was going to be a bacon and tomato sauce, not a chilli and garlic sauce. I actually think that had they just missed out the bacon completely and called it chilli and garlic sauce, I may not be giving it quite so bad a review.
So basically, the chilli overpowered all other flavours, and although it wasn't overly hot, it was still hot enough to make my lips tingle, and I think spicy enough to deter anyone who wasn't a fan of spicy food.
I bought this when it was on special offer for £1 but the normal retail price for this sauce is around £1.61 in ASDA. The main reason I buy pre-made sauces is for convenience, however, I think I could have easily made this myself with half a tin of chopped tomatoes, a teaspoon of garlic puree, a chopped chilli, and a rasher of bacon. It certainly isn't worth £1.61 in my eyes, and I'm not even sure that it was worth the £1 I paid. So my advice would be to avoid this sauce - sorry Loyd!
Isn't it weird how certain food tastes so different before its cooked and after, whilst others are scarily similar?? For example, I love cake mixture just before it goes in the oven, more so than the cake itself! But then I like a lot of ready made sauces cold because they tend not to taste much different when warm. So when I dipped my finger in Loyd Grossman's bacon pasta sauce last night, my immediate reaction was one of disappointment - the bacon was overpowering, it was oily and seemed a far cry from the other sauces I have tried so far (and reviewed!).
So why did this sauce get a 5 star rating? Because when left to simmer for 30 minutes, the taste matures into an absolutely delightful meal!
Loyd Grossman's Smoky Bacon pasta sauce is one of the many different varieties offered by this celebrity chef. I loved his "Tomato & Oregano" and "Tomato & Chilli" flavours, so now that Sainsbury's currently have him on offer for a pound a jar, I found it extremely hard to refuse his other varieties, no matter how much I enjoy making my own sauces!
The sauce comes in a slightly smaller jar compared to some competitors, but as I stated in my other reviews, this is more than made up for with the intense flavour and style of the sauce not drowning its substance. To help differentiate between the different flavours, Loyd is pulling a different pose on each jar, showing love and care for each recipe. I must admit, I did find this quite amusing on my own in the pasta and ready-made sauces aisle in Sainsbury's!
As I have said previously, this range of sauces need decent ingredients to accompany it, because unlike, for example, Dolmio and Ragu, this sauce is not meant to flood your mince or pasta, but instead accompany it with intense flavour. Don't waste it with using basic value meat or some dodgy onions and carrots! When simmered for a decent amount of time, the oily nature of the sauce had all but disappeared compared to when I originally opened the jar; the bacon taste was no longer sickly but actually an intriguing combination with my beef mince and pasta that provided a great, unique touch. It, like the chilli sauce, was not overpowering, but very noticeable within the dish. I did half expect actual bacon pieces in the jar, but there isn't any, which looking back today is probably a wise move as the solid bacon could actually detract from the overall point of the sauce. Having said that, there were a few more lumps of tomatoes in this sauce compared to what I noticed with his previous two - this is in no way a bad thing, just merely an observation. I personally would recommend adding onions, carrots and maybe some more oregano as the sauce does not contain many herbs, but of course this is more down to personal preference.
So far, its 3 big thumbs up out of three for Loyd Grossman. His sauces are unique, intense, different and most of all, extremely tasty, and the smoky bacon flavour is no exception to this rule. For £1, you can try out any of his range at Sainsbury's, and you should because they are fast becoming a favourite of mine.
A while ago there was a promotion on at the supermarket offering Loyd Grossman sauces half price so I stocked up on lots of different kinds. I have to say, the smoky bacon one is by far the tastiest and is also by far my favourite!
The actual jar looks great I think. I like the shape of it and I think the labelling looks very fancy and upmarket. It actually reminds me a little of tesco finest labelling, with the black, white and silver. There is also a picture of Loyd himself on the label, which I must admit, I haven't studied in depth(!) but I think it gives it a nice touch, makes it look homemade and like it really is his own recipe.
The sauce is very tomatoey (as the colour suggests) and it also has garlic in it, chilli and diced smokey bacon cubes. The texture of the sauce is quite thick, and quite chunky. I prefer sauces like this as I find some are too smooth and runny, as though they have been put in a food processer for too long. This one is just perfect, not too many lumps but enough so that you know it is the real deal.
When I tasted the sauce, I couldn't pick out the flavours of garlic or chilli, although you can tell that it has herbs in it as it does not taste purely of tomato (in this case, sundried tomatoes are used). I think the garlic and chilli flavouring is very subtle, just enough to give it an extra kick. What you can taste in this sauce, is the smokyness of the bacon. It gives the tomato based sauce a kind of background flavour which is delicious!
I use one jar to serve two people. I have noticed that it is slightly more calorific than other sauces, quite rich, so if you are watching the old waistline you might be better off going for a plain tomato and basil sauce. I usually add meat to this sauce also. Although it has bacon in already, they are very small bits and don't really give the pasta the meaty texture which I like. I usually add smoked bacon or chicken (or both if I am feeling greedy) and find the sauce goes really well with both. In fact, you could have this sauce over chicken on it's own, it isn't neccessarily JUST a pasta sauce.
Pricewise - when it isn't on offer it is around £1.80 for a jar which is quite pricey given that the jar is smaller than many other brands of pasta sauce. Still, I think it is worth it and there are ususally offers of some kind on pasta sauces so if you spot a good deal, stock up!
Loyd Grossman Smoky Bacon Pasta Sauce is part of a great range of Loyd Grossman sauces including pasta sauces, curry sauces and soups. I've tried quite a few of them and they have never failed to impress.
The smoky bacon pasta sauce is what I would call a great option for a lazy night as it so simple to prepare, just boil up some pasta, add the sauce, heat through and serve - couldn't be simpler! There are some recipe sections on the website which I haven't tried as I like it just the way it is but they would definitely be worth a go if you are feeling a bit less lazy and a bit more experimental.
The taste of the sauce is subtle but flavoursome, the garlic is not overpowering and the bacon taste is definitely noticeable and this really makes it feel a bit more special than your standard bolognese.
This sauce really is a cut above the standard range although this is not surprising given Loyd Grossman's reputation as a gourmet. One jar feeds my little family (2 adults, one child) perfectly and there is never any leftovers. It is a little more than some of the other pasta jar sauces but I tend to stock up when it comes up on promotion (which is fairly regularly)
and even if it is full price, it is definitely worth the extra as some of the others can be bland and vinegary.
Who makes a sauce like this??
It's none other that Loyd "throught the key hole" Grossman. He has a wonderful range of pasta sauces, curry sauces etc and my favourite one at the moment is his smoky bacon sauce.
The sauce is described as having sun-ripened tomatoes with smoked bacon, garlic and chilli. It's a really lovely golden red colour and quite thick. The sauce has quite a nice consistency, thick without being too chunky. You can definitely tell that there are a lot of chopped vegetables in this sauce and it is definitely not bland. It is obviously a tomato based sauce and the tomoatoes in this are blended but quite chunky too so you get a lovely thick taste. The sauce is also quite smoky and really has a wonderful bacon taste without being too overpowering. There are little bits of bacon in the sauce too which give it a nice touch. Although this sauce has garlic it is not very strong at all, you can still smell it and taste it but it is not overpowering so if you don't like garlic don't be put off, it just enhances the flavour in my opinion, that's all.
Each jar serves two people I would say, when you pour it over pasta or mince. I think it makes a wonderful spaghetti sauce and a little something different than your usual bolognase sauce. The great thing about this sauce is that it's quick and easy, all you have to do is cook some meat or pasta, throw over the sauce, heat it up and you are ready to go.
The jar itself contains 350g. Per 100g there are 115 calories. Like I said above if you have half a jar, say 175g, then that's only about 200 calories for your portion which in my opinion is not that bad and definitely better than some other ready made sauces out there.
The jar itself is quite snazzy looking, I think it's got quite an upmarket look. It has a picture of Loyd tasting the sauce and a statement from him which reads, "I love food and believe great food comes from care and attention to detail. That's why I insist on tasting every recipe until it's just right." I definitely think he got this recipe just right so well done Loyd.
The nice thing is as well is that Loyd has a website linked with his sauces where you can find recipes and product information plus more which definitely helps in cooking and planning meals. The address is www.loydgrossmansauces.co.uk
If you're looking for a quick and easy sauce in the evening that is also healthy then you have found a wonderful product with a great taste. I recommend you try everything else he has on offer!