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      03.06.2010 17:16
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      A great product and well worth trying.

      I have to admit, having tried it a few times I wasn't really a huge pesto fan until a couple of years ago when I tried it again and it just seemed to tase so much better than I remembered.

      Since then my girlfriend and I have tried several brands of pesto trying to find the best. Not as easy task as there are quite a few brands and numerous different variations of the peto theme.

      As fans of sundried tomatoes as well as pesto, we thought we would give this a try.

      Upon opening the jar, we were greeted with quite a delightful aroma, a delicious blend of the sundried tomatoes and the basil, which really does make the mouth water. Naturally we couldn't wait to taste it, so before any pasta was cooked or anything such like two spoons came out and we tasted it.

      The texture in the mouth was slightly bitty like alot of pestos, certainly not creamy smooth, but I like that in a pesto as when homemade that is how it feels and this helps you to forget this is a mass produced product. The first flavour I got was the sundried tomatoes rich and savoury, followed by the lovely freshness of the basil which cut throught the tomato and prevented it overpowering everything else. Then I realised there was something slightly more gooey about this than some pestos I have tasted, I put this down to the inclusion of Padano cheese.

      My girlfriend and I agreed that this was a delicious pesto!

      Following the first tasting we cooked some pasta and added a bit of the pesto, and mixed it all in. It was delicious!

      The second using of this pesto involved some new potatoes, gently baked and spilt open with a splodge of pesto on top...these were amazing and something I would recommend to anyone!

      My only complaint about this pesto is the size of the Jar. I realise it is more used sparingly on pasta etc and that you wouldn't normally use a lot but with my girlfriend and I hopelessly hooked on this, a small jar doesn't last very long!!!

      If you like peso this is certainly worth a try!

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        30.05.2010 22:35
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        A good addition to your kitchen store cupboard

        Sacla Italia Sundried Tomato Pesto is another winner from the Sacla range.

        Its a really good stand by product for your kitchen store cupboard, which can be kept in the fridge after opening for up to 2 weeks. You get 190g of the pesto for around £1.97, but can some times buy it for less. There are other cheaper tomato pestos on the market but this one is really nice to use, so I find it worth the extra few pennies.

        Do be careful with this if you have a nut allergy though as it does contain cashew nuts!

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        It also has a nice mix of tangy sundried tomato, a blend of italian basil, essential for that classic pesto taste, red peppers and of course the cashew nuts.

        Its topped off with both grana padano cheese and also pecorino romano cheese. Then finally some crushed pine nuts are mixed with a good splash of extra virgin olive oil and garlic.

        Its very very easy to use this. Its the cut and run of cooking! All you need to do in order to jazz up spaghetti or pasta, is to stir in some of this when the pasta is cooked and add a light dash of good quality olive oil. You can leave it at that, or grate over some goats cheese or parmesan to taste.

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          14.01.2010 16:20
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          really delicious sauce that can make plain pasta into a delicious meal

          Before trying this product, I had only ever used pesto as an ingredient in cooking. I knew you could have it on its own over pasta but it just never appealed to me. Then one day I went for dinner with a friend, leaving my long suffering boyfriend to fend for himself, and came home to find him eating pasta with this on, straight out of the pan. I asked for a taste and since then, I've been hooked.

          Pasta with pesto is a great light lunch or supper, and it's pretty good for you too! I've tried a lot of varieties, including the Bertolli pestos and the supermarket's own brands. Sacla is my favourite, and although it costs a little more, I don't mind spending the extra.

          Basically it's a thick, oily paste, made with sundried tomato, parmesan cheese, pine nuts, oilive oil, garlic and basil. The Sacla variety also has salt, cashew nuts and peppers in. One jar will last for 4 meals (or feed four people).

          You just cook the pasta normally - drain it, then stick it back in the pan and stir the pesto through. It has a lovely dark red colour and it coats the pasta in a great orange type sauce. The smell is very strong of sundried tomato and the garlic really comes through too.

          The flavour is really intense, but not too sour like some sundried tomato sauces can be.

          It's also very multi-purpose - add it to pasta sauces like bolognaise or arrabiata for a little kick, enjoy it on its own, or my personal favourite - spread it thinly onto a grilled pork chop - add a little sliced mozzerella and return to the grill for 2 minutes - perfect posh pork chops!

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          18.11.2009 22:01
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          Sun-dried tomato pesto

          Cooking from scratch is my preferred way so that I know exactly what is being used but just occasionally I will take a short cut and using Sacla sun-dried tomato pesto is one short cut I will take.

          The 190gram jar costs £1.99 from most supermarkets and is also available for £2.99 for a 290 gram jar.

          The clear glass jar reveals the tomato coloured contents, I say tomato coloured loosely as it is the colour of sun dried tomatoes and other ingredients rather than the humble red tomato we see in the shops.
          Pesto to me is green as I expect it to be a green sauce originating in Genoa in the Liguria region of northern Italy (pesto alla genovese). The name comes from the Italian to pound and is usually basil leaves, garlic, pine nuts, oil and parmesan. But this is a tomato version and contains some surprise ingredients.

          The ingredients listed on the jar are so small I gave up but because I was reviewing it I felt it essential to check up what was in my jar. The main ingredients are Tomatoes, but not the sun-dried variety there is only 4% of them! Sunflower seed oil is the second ingredient on the list and there is also Extra virgin olive oil as well. 10% basil, red pepper,pine kernels, salt, garlic pecorino Romano Cheese plus another cheese and water are all things that I expected but the surprise is carrots and Cashew nuts.

          There is no indication on the front of the jar that it contains NUTS. It does say on the back but the l;etterrs although in a bold print are still very small, it says quote "Contains Egg derivatives, milk derivatives , nuts and sulphates".

          The mixture has been well blended and the ingredients pulverised to a fine paste , it does separate though and an orangey red oil forms on top and needs stirring in before use.

          On the jar it says to stir into your favourite cooked pasta nd heat through for a few moments before adding grated parmesan and quote " serve with plenty of good wine to guzzle as you go!" A little goes a long way and the small jar with serve 4 people.

          Once opened the lid can be replaced and the jar can be stored in the refrigerator for about 2 weeks. I tend to use only a small amount but add it to other dishes a favourite quick meal is to cook pasta adding a handful of peas for the last 5 minutes, fry some mushrooms,tomatoes and pepper if I have any, stir in some creme fraiche and a few teaspoons of tomato pesto and then add defrosted prawns or smoked salmon chopped up. I can cook this within 15 minutes and it is delicious! The pesto can be added to stews and casseroles, stir frys as well as using with pasta and good with chicken, vegetables etc.

          An Italian product, this is one jar I like to have in the store cupboard and can thoroughly recommend as long as you don't have any allergies. But a word of warning if you are on a diet it does contain 298cal per 100grams so if you use a full jar between 4 people that means you are having nearly 150 cal per portion and about 14grams of fat

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            13.11.2009 11:53
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            A great variety of Pesto

            I think I discovered pesto quite late, it was during my universiaty days and as soon as I realised how it could transforms plain pasta into a yummy, scrummy meal, I was hooked. Since those days which seem like a lifetime ago, pesto has become one of my firm cupboard staples. I always have a jar in the cupboard as it is so versitile and I have lost count of the number of times when it has saved me when I have needed to whip up a quick meal for the kiddiewinkles.

            I love plain green pesto, the flavour is fantastic and I love the simplicity of all the different flavours. I had been faithful to the green stuff for many years but the day came when my head was turned by the the increasing number of different varieties of pesto that seemed to be appearing on the supermarket shelves. I was particularly drawn to the Sacla Sundried Tomato Pesto, and thought that it sounded absolutely delicious and decided to give it a go.

            I use pesto for a whole range of different meals, I use it to top fillets of white fish, I add it to pasta sauces, love it with a little cream added and some spinach and served with fresh, stuffed pasta and I also just love it in it's simplet form; simply stirred through some hot cooked pasta.

            I was excited how this new variety would taste and whether I would enjoy it as much as the plain stuff. The first time I tasted it, i was having a quick lunch and decided to just stir it through some pasta so I could really get a good idea of the flavour. I opened the jar and had a quick sniff, it smelled gorgeous, the aroma of the basil was ever present but I could also really smell the sundried tomato. The colour was also fantastic, a really rich, vibrant orange and it looked really appealing.

            I stirred the pesto through my pasta, grated a little parmesan and I was ready to rock and roll. The steaming bowl of pasta looked really appetising and the first forkfull was a completel delight. It was just a really pleasant change to the norm. The flavours were great and the sundried tomato really complemented the flavour of the basil. It just a little more punch to it and made it a slightly more interesting meal.

            I will definately buy this one again although I will also stay faithful to the plain pesto as I think it may be slightly more versitile. I picked up a 190g jar of the sundried tomato pesto from my local Tesco's and the price was £1.99

            Ingredients
            Tomatoes, Sunflower Seed Oil, Water, Italian Basil (10%), Sun - Dried Tomatoes (4%), Red Pepper, Sea Salt, Cashew Nuts, Grana Padano Cheese, Pecorino Romano Cheese, Carrots, Crushed Pine Kernels, Acidity Regulator (Lactic Acid), Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Fresh Garlic, Antioxidant (Residual Sulphur Dioxide).

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              12.11.2009 18:56
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              You're only limited by your imagination - keep at least a jar of this in your cupboard always!

              Ever since uni, I have always had a jar of pesto in my cupboard for those last-minute meals - above all other things, it is genuinely my go-to ingredient. Initially, I was fairly traditional with my pesto use - typically stuck to green pesto, mixing a liberal spoonful in a bowl of pasta with possibly some freshly grated cheese on top. As my tastes became more sophisticated, and my kitchen sensibility more adventurous, I branched out into mixing it into other dishes such as tuna and sweetcorn, as well as using the other varieties of pesto available on the market.

              Throughout this experimental time, I tried Tesco's finest pesto, Dolmio's, and Sacla, and I think that Sacla's Sundried Tomato Pesto is the best - it really imparts the richness of the sundried tomatoes, and, despite being in a jar, tastes fresh and vibrant. I think it's more versatile than the green pesto, in that it has a stronger flavour and can be used with relatively less ingredients for fuller meals. Also, once opened and kept in the fridge, the solid bulk of the pesto doesn't separate from the oil - I'm not such a pesto fanatic that I understand the significance of this, but it does make it much more appetizing!

              I enjoy this pesto with both pasta and rice - I most often mix it in with fresh ravioli, penne, and otherwise unseasoned shredded chicken and rice. I've even tried it as an accompaniment to scrambled eggs - I wasn't exaggerating when I said it was my go-to ingredient! For these reasons, I think it's worth the extra couple of pence over a jar of pasta sauce - pasta sauce really has a limited number of uses (pour it over pasta!). But every use I've found for it has been genuinely rewarding, and I'm continuing to enjoy learning how to use it to enrich my meals over time.

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              18.10.2009 00:54
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              A brilliant store cupboard essential

              With pasta being a staple part of my diet, I was delighted when I stumbled across this pesto and it has become a firm favourite ever since.
              I have it on a weekly basis and find it works brilliantly with wholewheat fusilli, italian salami, black olives and cherry tomatoes.
              The jar looks small but I only use half a jar for dinner for myself, my husband and our baby daughter. To be honest you could use even less but I love the strong flavour.
              Its quite an oily sauce but this only highlights the flavour of the sun dried tomatoes, however you can drain the oil off if you are trying to save a few calories or prefer drier food.
              The flavour is quite intense and is obviously tomato based but it isnt anything like an ordinary pasta sauce as it is more like a paste and tastes a lot stronger.
              Sacla also do a fantastic traditional green pesto and a gorgeous red pepper pesto and they are all as good as each other.
              They average at around £1.80 a jar which is more than a supermarket own brand pesto, but definately worth it and certainly not too much to pay for a sublime dining experience.

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                13.10.2009 20:06
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                A great great great pesto

                Sacla Sun dried Tomato Pesto Sauce.......


                I am a big pasta eater and have always made my own tomato sauce type topping to pour over it. I do however pick up a jar of Homepride pasta bake from time to time and a few moths ago when browsing for something a little different I came across this Sacla Sun Dried Tomato Pesto. Before buying this I had never heard of the brand or even tried the original pesto but seeing as it was a tomato based sauce I figured I would enjoy it.

                I thought it was rather expensive for the small 190 gram jar I paid £2.29pence from my local Sainsbury's but there is a larger jar available which works out better value but considering you don't use the whole jar in one sitting it does work out better value than the other sauces.

                When using you really use as much as you like. I keep plopping the odd spoonful in and keep stirring until the pasta turns a lovely orange type of red. For the three of us I would say I probably use a third of a jar so a little does indeed go a long way.

                The fact that it is so simple to use is a real bonus as literally you only need cook pasta and stir this in! Perfect for giving Jack a quick meal when we are running a bit late or had a busy day. The taste is so delicious since trying this I have bought so many jars and wouldn't consider using any other type of sauce. The herbs that are used make for a real Italian tasting pasta and it works so well with a sprinkling of cheese that I could eat it every night for dinner!

                I have also found that it makes for a fantastic dip. Because of trying to east a little healthier and pasta not being the best to eat everyday, I will often cut up a good few carrots and dip them into this pesto. The flavour is rather strong and quite intense but with a raw carrot this just works. I did try dipping bread sticks into it but found that this wasn't nearly as enjoyable as using the raw carrot pieces.

                One downside to the pesto is that because the ingredients include Cashew nuts it is of course not suitable for people with a nut allergy. The calorie content is okay with 100 grams of the pesto giving 303 calories and 4.3 grams of saturated fat.

                All in all as you can guess, I really LOVE this Sacla Sun Dried Tomato Pesto. It has everythign I like in a sauce type pasta covering. IT is well worth the money and can be used for other things and not just for covering pasta. The taste is delicious and the calories and fat content is not too bad. Personally there are no real downsides for me and I will continue to buy this for as long as it is available. It was on offer in Sainsbury's the other week so of course knowing I would be buying plenty over the coming weeks I stocked my cupboards up!

                I think a 5 star rating and a VERY HIGH recommendation is perfect for this product and I would urge those who haven't tried it to give it a go and I am sure you will enjoy it as much as me.

                Many thanks for taking the time to read.

                I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.

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                  07.09.2009 09:15
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                  great pesto sauce but beware of high fat content

                  The Sacla range of pasta and pesto sauces come in ten flavours. I'm reviewing the Char-grilled aubergine pesto.

                  The cost varies from £1.69 to £1.99 per jar depending on where you buy it.

                  It is a 190 g glass jar with metallic lid that you twist open. It is very easy to use as you just add the sauce to cooked pasta. Coat the pasta with the sauce and enjoy your meal. I use about a third of a 190g jar for 1 portion. Once opened, you can store it for upto 2 weeks in the fridge.

                  The taste is yummy, there is a slight smoky flavour and slightly garlicy. The sauces are made in Italy.The sauce is a mix of char-grilled italian aubergine, basil, cashew nuts, pine kernels. It is all finely chopped and the cashew and pine kernels give it a firmer texture than the runny tomato sauces.

                  While I enjoy this sauce, I'm wary of the high fat content. You can see a lot of the oil floating at the top and the nutrition information states 341 kcal and 34.9g of fat (of which saturates 4.1g) per 100 g.

                  I've used this on pasta, home made pizza, as a sandwich filler and on potatoes. You can also use this to marinade fish before grilling.

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                    01.09.2009 20:10
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                    worth a try!

                    I find sacla sundried tomato pesto an absolute godsend. Apart from their standard original pesto, I struggle to find a more versatile sauce/paste. The pesto is highly aromatic, with a rich, mouth-watering taste.

                    How I use it:

                    To enjoy the taste of the Sacla sauce, one can simply stir it through pasta. However, for a heartier and fulfilling meal, I always find it useful to pan fry and season some sliced chicken breast and add this to the mixture, along with a handful of chopped black olives. For approximately half a kilogram of pasta, I use a third to a half of a 190g jar.

                    You can also use the pesto to make a killer Panini, which you can have as a snack or enjoy it for your lunch! Just spread three full teaspoons on the inside half of a Panini (readily available at most supermarkets), lay 4 slices of chorizo or pepperoni and cover with torn mozzarella. Grill the Panini for 4-5 minutes and season to taste with some crushed pepper.

                    My opinion:

                    The pesto tastes great and as a lover of Italian food, I find it highly satisfying. The fragrant basil, delicious tomatoes and peppers, with the enticing crushed nuts blend to make you feel as if you are sat in scented gardens of Sicily. Though however tempting the sauce is, from a nutritional point of view, I do believe that it should be appreciated sparingly. With a typical serving of 60g, you will be taking in 160 cal, and large amounts of fats and salts, at 26% and 28% of your recommended daily allowance, respectively. This is not ideal for anyone on a low salt diet (such as hypertensives).

                    Nutritional Value:

                    For a 190g jar-

                    Energy 1192kJ/289kcal, Protein 4.2g, Carbohydrate 5.2g (of which sugars 4.0g), Fat 27.9g (of which saturates 3.9g), Fibre 4.0g, Salt 2.8g

                    Price:

                    At the current price I found the sauce to be £1.99 at Tesco and Sainsbury's for a 190g jar.


                    If you have yet to try this pesto, it's definitely worth a go!

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                    28.08.2009 10:01
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                    Well priced, tasty.

                    Pesto is an ingredient I really love using because it makes it quick and easy to make all sorts of yummy meals. I tried Sacla, basically because it was the cheapest on offer at the time. First I tried the ordinary green pesto which was delicious and then tried this one the sun-dried tomato version.

                    Product description
                    This pesto comes in a 190g glass jar with a screw top lid and cost me around £1.80.
                    It contains:
                    Tomato puree, sunflower seed oil, Italian basil (10%), sun dried tomatoes (4%), red peppers, cashew nuts, Grana padano cheese.

                    Nutritionally its stats are per 100g:
                    Energy 303kcal
                    Protein 4.3g
                    Carbohydrate 5.6g
                    Sugars 4.9g
                    Fat 29.3g
                    Saturates 4.2g
                    Fibre 4.3g
                    Sodium 1.1g
                    It also contains egg and milk derivatives, sulphites and nuts.

                    My experience of the product.
                    I really enjoyed Sacla's regular green pesto and I have to say I was impressed with this one to.
                    Its consistency is thick and smooth with just enough oil, but not so much that it end up greasy tasting.
                    Its flavour is a really rich intense tomato and you can really taste the basil in it to. I like the tangy taste which is probably from the cheese which is nice and strong. Some pestos I have tried have been almost sweet tasting and the cheese to bland to give this same tanginess.
                    I am also impressed that unlike some other brands, the ingredients do not contain any filler to pad out the more expensive ingredients such as potato starch which again, I have seen in other brands.
                    One thing I have noticed is that this pesto is made with cashew nuts and I always thought pine nuts were generally used for pesto. This seems to make no difference to the taste but I know that pine nuts are generally more expensive than cashews when I've bought them. I would also imagine that traditionally olive oil would be used as opposed to cheaper sunflower.
                    Nutritionally, the product (naturally with something made of cheese and oil) is high in fat. Nearly a third of its weight is fat, but less than a sixth of that saturates so unless you need to lose weight this is actually quite healthy for your heart. Its intense flavour can be added to low fat ingredients such as pasta, chicken fish or grilled veg and you don't need to use naughty things like cream to make a really tasty meal. I also love the way that when I want a meal quick this stirred through pasta or spread on a chicken breast with a quick salad are ready in no time.

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                      30.06.2009 19:20
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                      Delicious!

                      I'm on a mission at the moment to try and rustle up quick and tasty meals and the majority of these seem to revolve around pasta in some way. I was growing bored of my usual sauces so when I was in Tesco I had a nosy at some alternatives. I noticed this pesto and after seeing the advert on TV thought we'd try it. They had a variety of different flavours but either the ingredients or the colour (the green one just looks vile) put me off so we opted for the sundried tomato one.

                      It comes in your standard sauce jar, with the "pop" lid to ensure the product is fresh inside. When you open the lid (make sure you listen for the pop!) there is a slight layer of oil on the top of the sauce so I'd recommend giving it a quick stir before use. It smelt really nice; you could smell the tomatoes in the sauce and the colour was a nice orange-red; much more appealing than the green one. I had a quick nosy on the back of the jar and it said there are 87 calories and 8.4g of fat per 30g which I personally think is rather good considering it contains cheese.

                      The great thing about this product is that you don't need much of it. I used two desert spoons for the two of us and simply stirred it through the pre-cooked pasta. You could obviously use more if you wanted a stronger flavour. I was dubious to whether two desert spoons would provide enough flavour but it covered the pasta nicely without their being any excess sauce. I put the lid back on and popped it in the fridge as it recommends on the back. It should then keep for a couple of weeks.

                      It really did taste good; I was surprised that such a small amount could produce so much flavour. I'm usually more of a fan of ordinary tomatoes but I found that the sundried ones in this sauce made a lovely change, much sweeter than ordinary tomato sauces. From the other ingredients listed, including basil, red pepper, cashew nuts and carrots, it was the cheese that I found most noticeable. There's two different cheeses in there, Grana Padano and Pecorino Romano, which I couldn't taste specifically, but could just sense a slight cheesy flavour in a similar way you can in tomato and mascarpone sauces.

                      We found this sauce to be really versatile; we had it again with pasta but this time chucked in some chicken and a tin of sweetcorn (to be honest it was just whatever we had in at the time). I wasn't really sure what it would be like but again I was pleased. After getting a bit fed up of pasta we decided to use it in a different way. We bought some ciabatta, cut them in half and spread it on the bottom before adding grated cheese and slices of ham; kind of like a home made mini pizza. Also delicious.

                      The jar we bought cost us £1.32 and considering you get quite a few uses out of it, it really is a good buy. I presume you can buy it from any supermarket amongst all the other pasta sauces, but like I said I personally got mine from Tesco.

                      I'd definitely recommend this sauce as it's tasty, cheap and has more uses than your average pasta sauce.

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                        An excellent alternative to the 'green' pesto that not all of us like.

                        For Sunday lunch I decided to try a recipe out from one of my Weight Watchers cookbook for me and my daughter who is also following the plan. This chicken dish required a couple of teaspoons of Sun Dried Tomato Pesto, I've eaten normal pesto and found it foul (sorry pesto lovers) but I do love sun dried tomatoes so decided to try this Sacla version anyway as I knew my daughter would take the jar home if I didn't like it.

                        The pesto is a lovely burnished orange colour rather than the vile green of standard pesto, it looked tempting and upon removing the lid I instantly realised it was going to taste of sun dried tomato rather than basil although this is detectable in the aroma. It smells very rich indeed and I found my mouth was watering even though I keep professing to hating the stuff!

                        I spread a little onto our chicken breasts and topped this with reduced fat mozzarella cheese, the smell of the pesto enveloped my kitchen while our meal was cooking and it smelled very warm and inviting. The blended flavours of sun dried tomato and basil infused the chicken breast beautifully, the juices from it had drizzled down the sides of the meat and I used these to baste the breasts which kept them beautifully succulent and moist.

                        I intend to have some on pasta tomorrow, I've been fancying pasta for a while now but haven't got around to cooking it. I can imagine how delicious this would be when used as a pasta sauce as it has such a full and rounded flavour that I think it would compliment the blander pasta wonderfully.

                        I'm shocked to say this is one pesto I actually like, the sun dried tomatoes are definitely apparent and this takes the tang of the basil away which is a good thing in my opinion. It definitely a lighter version of pesto, and I only mean this with regards to the flavour as this is still made with a fair amount of sunflower seed oil so isn't exactly a diet food however healthy it's pasta or pitta bread accompaniments are! You will need to give the jar a stir when you open it as the oil does separate from the pesto itself which doesn't look very nice if I'm honest, but a quick spin of a fork and it'll all blend in nicely and the pesto will be ready to use.

                        I paid £1.99 for this 190g jar of Sacla Sun Dried Tomato Pesto which is quite a bit more expensive than the standard Sacla pesto, but as this contains the more exotic sun dried tomatoes compared to run of the mill basil this is to be expected.

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                          20.09.2008 16:46
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                          A Taste Sensation!

                          Originally written in 2005 on my Ciao account!

                          I have always loved pasta. As a vegetarian I find it's something I eat a lot and something I always enjoy; I eat it with all sorts - cheese, tomato, bought pasta sauces, mayonnaise and last but by no means least PESTO.

                          You make pesto by grinding basil, garlic, pine nuts and olive oil together (oh and a pinch of salt as I'm told by my friend, who happens to be Gordon Ramsey's head pastry chef, so don't forget the salt if you're making it from scratch) and any other ingredient you like in your pesto, for instance olives if you like olive pesto, and my favourite sun-dried tomatoes and parmesan cheese (although I am led to believe a lot of pesto makes have parmesan cheese in).

                          Pesto is a fairly easy sauce to make if you have a decent blender, but we all know that it's not always possible to make your pesto (or any other dishes for that matter) from scratch, so that is why companies like Sacla do so well by making it and selling it ready to add to your pasta, and thank god they do because I LOVE IT!

                          When I do my shopping, I buy one original green pesto and one red sun-dried tomato (this one is also slightly lower in calories than the green for all you weight conscious people out there). My favourite is definitely the sun-dried tomato though, the flavours of it work together so well and give a unique, gorgeous flavour to your pasta.

                          Sacla pesto comes in a glass jar, containing 190grams of pure unadulterated pesto pleasure to tantalise your taste buds, it can usually be found near the other pastas and pasta sauces in your local supermarket and I have yet to find one that does not sell it. The recommendation on the label is to use 3 dessert spoons (30g) of pesto for every 100g of pasta, but I always add a little bit extra as I personally like it a little stronger.

                          Once opened the jar should be store in the fridge for up to a couple of weeks, which means it also has a great shelf life if you don't eat it all at once, although I tend to find that mine gets eaten quite quickly haha.

                          Talking of opening the jar, I must mention that the smell when you open it, is fantastic, I just love the smell of it, it's so appetising and makes me want it right then, which often leads to me licking the spoon clean that I've used to scoop it from jar to pan (yum yum).

                          Now down to serving, I personally like this with any kind of pasta but for a special treat I love it with tortellini (tomato and basil, pesto tortellini or 4 cheese for me) and the reason for this only being a special treat is because I'm trying to count calories which obviously means I have to cut down on the foods I like most haha. The reason I like it with tortellini so much is because of the texture of it and the filling inside going so well with the flavours from the pesto, it's like a party in your mouth.

                          Obviously I can't tell you exactly how it tastes, as that would be almost impossible, you will have to try it for yourself to find out, but I can say that the predominant flavours that my palate picks up are the nuts, cheese and tomato. Who'd have thought that nuts, cheese and tomato would work so well on pasta? I'm glad someone did, that's for sure.

                          Now, this pasta sauce is very versatile in that it can also be used with chicken, fish and vegetables too, and probably a whole host of other foods should you wish to experiment (I keep being tempted to try it on one of my home made pizzas but haven't got round to that yet).

                          Although this is probably very obvious, I do feel I should warn you that if you have a nut allergy, you should not eat this as not only does it have pine nuts in, it also has cashew nuts too.

                          Well I hope that this has given you a little food for thought and that you have enjoyed my review. Maybe next time you see this sauce in a supermarket aisle, if you haven't tried it before you might give it a try. I hope that like me, you won't be disappointed by it. But remember, if you do like it as much as me, please save me a jar or 2, as I'd hate for it to be sold out.

                          I'm off to put my tortellini on as I've made myself hungry. x

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                            14.04.2008 15:42
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                            A great pasta alternative to Dolmio guarentee to bring out the Italian in your pasta

                            I am a big pasta fan as it's quick and easy to make in the evening but recently got bored with the usual tomato sauce such as Dolmio that I usually put over my pasta so set out to Sainsburys to find a new sauce when I came across these great pesto sauces from Sacla. They were only £1.39 a jar so I decided to try the sundried tomato one to begin with although they do come in ten other flavours:

                            Classic Pesto
                            Organic Green Pesto
                            Organic Tomato Pesto
                            Roasted Red pepper Pesto
                            Wild rocket pesto
                            Pesto Alla Genovese
                            Italian Fennel Pesto
                            Creamy vine ripened
                            Char-grilled aubergine
                            Coriander Pesto


                            Basically you cook your pasta and then spoon the Sacla pesto sauce over the pesto until it is covered in the sauce and the sauce is clinging to the pasta. I find for one person I generally use a third of a 190g jar and if you have four people then the jar will be enough for all four. Depending on how stong you like your taste of pesto to be you can use more or less sauce. The taste is definitely tomatoey and also quite garlicy and strong but this is a benefit as it does boast a lovely Italian taste. All the sauces are made in Italy as well so you are guarenteed an authentic product.

                            The sauce is a mix of basil, Italian sun-dried tomatoes, cheese and crushed pine kernels. It is all finely chopped and quite a smooth sauce but definitely with bits in it. I do love these sauces but I do find that there are sometimes a bit too oliy for my liking, sometimes when you have half a jar left you can see a lot of the oil floating at the top but I have read that this keeps the pesto fresh so maybe that is a benefit.

                            Each jar has 289 calories so not bad if you only use a third or a whole jar between 4. I also find if you mix in some sweetcorn and cherry tomatoes you have a great quick, tasty meal.

                            Try them today

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