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Ragu Bolognese Pasta Sauce (original)
Member Name: star3683
Ragu Bolognese Pasta Sauce (original)
Advantages: thick, rich, tasty sauce, excellent value if on offer, fast cooking time
I love cooking and try to make as many meals as possible from scratch but as time is not normally on my side then I often have to resort to using some ready prepared meal bases. One sauce that I always have a jar or two off in my kitchen cupboard is a tomato based sauce, the sort used to make Bolognese. The last purchase of this type of sauce that I made was of the Ragu Original which is made by Unilever.
The Ragu Original that I purchased came in a 500g jar and cost just £1.00 from Iceland which I thought was great value as it states on the jar that it is designed to serve 4 people.
The Ragu sauce comes packaged in a clear glass jar with a metal twist off lid. There is a safety button feature of the lid which allows you to check that the jar has not been previously opened by making sure it cannot be pressed down. All the information about the sauce can be found on the paper wrap around label which covers the middle of the jar but still allows you to see the sauce through the glass at the top and bottom. It gives you full the nutritional information, ingredients listings and cooking instructions for turning the sauce into a Bolognese.
To make this sauce into a Bolognese you simply need to brown 350g mince beef or quorn mince then add the jar of sauce and simmer for 5-10 minutes. I also use this sauce to pour over meatballs as well and find it works perfectly. You could also use the sauce to layer with pasta sheets and white sauce to make a lasagne too.
As soon as you open the jar of the sauce you will notice that it has quite a strong, powerful smell. You can certainly notice smell of Oregano and Garlic which are two of the herbs used to flavour the tomato sauce. You can also see the small pieces of herbs contained within the deep red coloured sauce. When you pour the sauce from the jar you will notice that it has quite a thick consistency which I really like as I prefer sauces to be thick rather than thin and watery. The sauce tastes really good too, it is quite a strong concentrated tomato flavour so I find that you only need a small amount. The herbs work well together and with the tomatoes, the sauce is not in any way too bitter or too sweet as I have found with some similar sauces in the past. I usually serve it made up as a Bolognese or with meatballs over spaghetti or pasta shapes and find that it coats the pasta well. As far as portion size goes I would say that a 500g jar made up as a Bolognese would serve 3 adults for a main meal or at a push 4 adults if serving side dishes too.
Overall I think this is a great quality sauce which is excellent value if found on special offer and makes a quick tasty meal!
Summary: A great kitchen cupboard essential for a quick, tasty meal!
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