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      07.06.2013 18:57
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      A decent tomato pasta sauce

      I regularly eat pasta and spaghetti particularly because it is so cheap and I'm on a very tight budget. I eat spaghetti bolognese or just some pasta that I pour a significant portion of the sauce onto before eating. It is very much a staple meal for me and as such I buy a lot of pasta or tomato sauces which could be costly if I purchased name brand varieties, and as such this leaves me with the only option but to buy the store brand version.

      I'm not brand loyal, as I've said often, and I tend to shop from week to week in whichever shop I happen to be nearest to on a Friday afternoon. Arguably my brand of choice for pasta sauce would be the Morrison's brand as it has much thicker, chunkier pieces in the sauce which I think gives the sauce a pleasant texture and also makes it taste a little more natural. However, I do still enjoy this version as it has a very fresh tomato taste that really gives my food a lovely taste. I think I'm a rare breed who doesn't really enjoy Dolmio sauces, I find them either too grainy or too rich, and so the cheaper option gives me a slightly more water-based taste that is more reminscent of chopped tomatos than a paste.

      The taste is mostly a strong tomato one although you can taste other strong flavours coming through that give it a more complex, herby taste. The texture is quite smooth which means its excellent for pouring onto some mince and onions if you're making bolognese. It blends in really easy and I think that's one of the main things I like about this product: its convenience. If I am making just pasta all I have to do is heat up the content of the jar on the hob and mix it into the pasta which takes only a few minutes and means I can eat on the go. I don't have a lot of time to spare really and while I would prefer to make a sauce from scratch I still love the convenience of this one.

      A jar contains 440g and costs 39p which is an absolute bargain. This means I can buy multiple jars at one time which is cost effective and always handy to have around. Its important to remember that the product is described as part of the Basic range and basic it is. You get an enjoyable taste, it is pleasant and fresh like I said, but it is not overly complex or heavily seasoned. The price is the stand out positive for me, as is like I said the convenience of it all. I would recommend the sauce if you are also on a tight budget and in need of this kind of thing but I am the first to admit there are better options out there, and not all necessarily more expensive name brands.

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      19.03.2013 18:36
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      A lovely pasta sauce for pennies

      I consider pasta to be one of the staple evening meals in my house. I bought this sauce as a cheaper alternative to Homepride and Dolmio. I have used the sauce for many purposes, such as a sauce for plain pasta and also as the sauce to make spaghetti bolognese in a slow cooker.

      I am an advocate of the basics products, I believe the sauce is the same as Dolmio but just in disguise. The taste of the sauce is delicious, it has a rich tomatoey taste and the herbs add another dimension to the sauce, a luxurious taste. The texture of the sauce is thick and silky, you only need a little to make it go along way. Just from my portion sizes I would say the sauce would serve four people at least. Depending on how much sauce you like.

      Overall, if you were serving the sauce to someone who had never the basics sauce before they would think it is a prenium brand. If you are looking for convenience and to save pennies but not lose out on the taste then try this pasta sauce.

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        15.05.2010 01:41
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        it tastes so good your friends wont know the difference

        I like making a good spaghetti bolognas and what I recently found out was that it doesn't have to be a pricey sauce like Prego or Dolmio you can even use Sainsbury's basic tomato pasta sauce as I found out recently.

        I was entertaining for friends a few nights back and I wanted to make my world famous spaghetti bolognas and I quickly ran out for some sauce. Well the usual one I go for wasn't there and I was in a bit of a dilemma of what to do, so I averted my eyes a bit lower and saw Sainsbury's basic product with Tomato pasta sauce splashed on the front of it.

        Well the packaging is as the name itself is said...Basic with a white label on a jar with the orange stripe going across the top to represent Sainsbury's and the writing inside the stripe is "Sainsbury's Basic" the picture underneath the bar is a very Basic picture of a fork with pasta on it (original huh) and next to the fork is "Tomato Pasta Sauce" written in orange along with the picture. In the top right of the label like with most of their basic products you see a little chart, and this one says:

        Quarter of a jar provides:

        Calories: 36
        Fat: 0.9g
        Sat Fat: 0.1
        Salt:0.73g
        Total sugars: 2.5g

        It gives you like a quick guide if you want to just glance at the figures and see how healthy it is. But if you want a more in-depth one then you turn it to the back and you get this one:

        Per 100g

        Calories: 32
        Protein: 0.7g
        Carbohydrate: 5.6g
        Of which sugars: 2.3g
        Starch: 3.3g
        Fat: 0.8g
        Of which saturates 0.1g
        Mono-unsaturates0.5g
        Polyunsaturates: 0.2g
        Fibre: 0.5g
        Salt: 0.66g
        Of which sodium:0.26g

        To make this is just as easy as making any other sauce, pour it into a saucepan put a lid over the top and let simmer for 2-4 minutes and then hey presto your done, just pour it over your pasta or mix it in with your meat or do what ever makes your dish special.

        But when you have that first taste not only does it taste great, it still has that rich tomato taste that just adds to the flavouring and the texture is nice and thick. There is practically no difference from the bigger brands so why pay out all that money when you can pick this up for 35p for a 440g jar.

        I'm going to be honest now but when I saw the price I was a bit dubious about buying this jar, just because I was convinced that if I open the jar and pour it in the saucepan it would be mostly water.
        What I will say is that there is a little bit more water in this one than the bigger brands but not enough to make a diference, just let it simmer for longer so it can evaporate some of the water.
        If you don't use the whole thing at once and you want to store it in the fridge, make sure you use it before 2-3 days from when you opened it.
        But if you don't use the whole thing at once I'll be very surprised.

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          19.03.2010 08:27
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          Great or students or people who are on a budget.

          One of my most favourite meals is spaghetti bolognas. And in my eyes the perfect sauce to go with it is Sainsbury's basics tomato pasta sauce. Containing less than 1%fat it's a great way to eat great healthy food without breaking the bank.

          Priced at only 36 pence for a 440 gram jar, this makes it excellent value for money.
          The sauce is very easy to cook all you need to do is pop it on the hob for 3-4 minutes and hey presto you've got yourself a lovely sauce. Extremely easy to make, just mix it with a meat of your choice or just with pasta. It's very nice with tuna and pasta. Ingredients include tomatoes, tomato puree, onions, basil and oregano. These give it a great tasting flavour that will leave you wanting more.

          Each 100gram serving of the tomato pasta sauce contains only 36 calories, 0.9grams of fat and only 0.7grams of salt.

          Each jar can easily serve up to 4 people.
          The jar itself can be recycled. (Don't forget to remove the label and lid.) The label on the jar is very simple and to the point, it has all the nutritional information, cooking instructions and product details on it. It's also got the Sainsbury's basic logo at the top.
          Once opened don't forget to use within 3 days and to keep it in the fridge.

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          01.10.2009 13:18
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          Normally I make my own pasta sauces using a tin of tomatoes, and various herbs and veg . Tinned tomatoes used to be dirt cheap, at between 18-20p a tin, but they've now soared up to 35pence . So, when I saw this pasta sauce was only 36p for a large 400g jar, I figured for the sake of the extra penny I might as well save myself the hassle for a night and give it a try .

          The jar is pretty plain, being from the basics range, mainly orange and white and containing relevant ingredient and nutritional information . While the packaging is dull, this in itself makes it easy to recognise the jar on the shelf amongst all the other sauces.

          Popping the sauce into a pan, it's perhaps a little runnier than the sauces I make myself, but by no means thin . I can see a generous smattering of herbs in it, and the colour is a deep red colour . It does look a little too smooth for me though .

          I tend to warm this up and then toss the pasta around in it, which takes just a few minutes to do on the hob, and as it's warming I do start to smell the tomato and the various herbs in it . Tasting it, the main flavour is tomato, and then the herbs come through - basil, oregano, and a touch of pepper. It's quite a nice flavour, but nothing exceptional, and it does rather lack in texture .

          All was not lost though - I'd purchased two jars, and yesterday decided to use the second . Being aware of the texture being lacking the first time, I chopped up some onions and garlic and gently fried them, before adding some cooked swedish meatballs and then the sauce . And voila! A very tasty satisfying pasta meal was born.

          Per 100g, the sauce contains 32 calories, and 0.9g of fat - nothing too terrible or scary here . And a look at the ingredients shows nothing worrying either - no e numbers, no artificial flavourings or preservatives, just ingredients that are names I understand and things I am happy to eat .

          On it's own, the sauce is ok . Not great, but nice . And it's very cheap, so I can't complain . But with just a little bit of adaptation on my part, I managed to make a very tasty dinner out of it, and I'll probably be using this instead of tinned tomatoes in future when making pasta dishes!

          3*

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            28.09.2009 14:16
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            I can feel myself turning into a total shopping nightmare. Essentially I don't "have" to save money, but I want to. Why do I want to? Well I have set myself some goals just now - What would they be Leeanne? Well I am paying for Driving lessons, putting money aside for an old (but safe) banger of a Car, and I just booked my Flights to NEW YORK next year. I certainly do it in style don't I? I'm not aiming for 1 big thing, Oh no, it's Bl**dy everything, so I am trying out all these budget brands at the moment and then pimping myself on Dooyoo writing about them! Anyway enough about me, what about the product?

            This is sold in Siansbury's and is part of their Basics range, which is the cheapest budget range in the shop. This cost 27p for a 400g jar, which I though pretty good value. Yes, I prefer to buy ones with Onion and Garlic in them, but I figured I could always chop some Onion up and chuck it in if needed.

            The jar isn't that exciting looking. It is a clear glass jar, which has a white wrap around label with the Sainsbury's writing in that orange colour that they use. It is a screw top lid, which is easy enough to get off. Through the jar it looked kinda runny texture, and more of a deep orange colour, which isn't as red-ish as the other more expensive brands out there.

            I just used this the same way I used any other Pasta Sauce. i cooked my Mince, then added the whole jar, stirred through and cooked for approx 5 minutes. When this slopped out, I could see it was pretty runny, but that meant it covered the Mince quite quickly. Once cooked it didn't seem as runny as I expected, and although the Mince still had a coating, some of the Sauce run onto the Pasta, which is fine in my view.

            Now to the taste of this. It did tasty Tomato-y, but more in a watery kind of way. The only seasonings seem to be Herbs and a dash of Salt. It was alright if you only use a Tomato Pasta Sauce, but I just missed the Garlic-y taste. Bringing this up to scratch on Ragu in my opinion would make this cost more than the Ragu its self.

            Perfectly alright Pasta Sauce if you just like a simple taste, as you can't beat the price.

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            02.09.2009 21:02
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            A Great Pasta Sauce From Sainsburys.

            I, like most people at present, am trying to save myself pennies wherever possible and this is one of the products that I have recently tried in this bid.

            The sauce is provided in a glass jar with a very basic white and orange label which has the cooking instructions and the nutritional information.

            The sauce is a tomato based sauce with added herbs and there is no mistaking that the majority of this sauce is made up of tomato puree and water as it does taste almost like the base of a pizza with some herbs added. I can taste the tomatoes and the herbs and the whole thing has quite a gentle taste without being too much. It is a fairly basic sauce but I do think that it tastes acceptable and considering the price it really is a bargain. I may occasionally add a few additional herbs to my sauce when cooking it just to give it an added kick. I think it's perfectly ample as a pasta sauce and with some pasta shells & pepperoni or salami it is a delicious meal once topped with cheese and baked in the oven.

            Once I have poured out the sauce I tend to add water just to the bottom of the label and then shake it and pour this in with the original sauce to try and make it go a little further. It still tastes fine this way and it's not something that I'm going to stop doing just because this sauce is cheaper than my usual buy.

            I have used this sauce as the basis of a few dishes such as lasagne, spaghetti bolognese, pasta bake etc and this is very cheap, at 36p per 440g jar so I can even afford to use two jars if I am cooking for a few people.

            I would definitely recommend this, it's a fairly good tasting sauce which could require a few extra additional flavoursome herbs added to it but apart from that it's a great sauce at a great price & the jar is recyclable. I am rating this 4/5 based on taste, price & appearance.

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              10.08.2009 08:16
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              Unpleasant tomato sauce - avoid.

              At 27p for a 440g jar, I bought this as an 'emergency' sauce and stuffed it in my cupboard. It looks dodgy - but I sort of trust the Sainsbury's Basics range and I bought it.

              I had to use it quicker than expected when I realised my usual tomato passata had all been used up and I wanted to cook up a batch of allotment green beens in a tomatoey garlicy sauce. I reached for the Basics sauce.


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              A basic recyclable jar and lid with the white and orange Basics logo label. There is an ingredients list, nutritional and allergy info. The label has the stapline: ' Simple recipe, won't cause a stir'. 'Stir' is an interesting word. It plays on the idea of mixing it up in a pan, it's a no-fuss sort of word. Unfortunately though, it could also mean that those eating it may be indifferent to it!

              I like a jar like this where I can clearly see the product. The sauce was not a full red colour - more of a strange orangey red. I should have trusted my instincts and left it on the shelf.

              Ingredients
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              Tomato puree (50%), water, tomato (6%), maize starch, lemon juice, rapeseed oil, salt, sugar, spirit vinegar, dried onion, garlic powder, basil, oregano, black pepper, fennel, acidity regulator, citric acid.

              Per quarter jar serving, the sauce contains 0.8g of fat and 0.3% salt.

              The label states that the sauce is not suitable for nut or sesame allergy sufferers.


              Eating the Pasta
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              As soon as I opened the jar, I was not too pleased with the smell of the sauce. With a tomato sauce, you expect a mixture of oregano and basil - and this had a strange smell. My super-hooter was sniffing away at full force so I went back to the label and identified the offensive herb as fennel. I'm not against fennel in general - but does it have a place in a tomato sauce? I hoped to be proved wrong in the eating of it.

              I sauted the onions and lovely fresh beans and emptied the jar into the pan (it still looked a bit of an orange blob). I heated, stirred and tasted. Yuk. Not what I would want. There was a tang - what was that? Back to the label. That would be the lemon juice. Once again, lemon juice in a tomato sauce? I decided to add shed-loads of garlic. After much more fiddling and the addition of some tamari and black pepper the sauce became tolerable.

              The meal was ok - nothing too terrible - but who wants to eat a meal like that. I like to enjoy my food.


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              I would not buy this sauce again - because of its freaky ingredients. I also did not consider it to be much of a convenience as I had to tweak it heavily. In my opinion, you would be much better off buying a tin of chopped tomatoes and making your own sauce. It won't actually take you more time to do this and the outcome would be much more favourable.

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                29.07.2009 01:16
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                A great buy!

                Loving pasta the way I do I'm always looking for ways to perk some up! Watching my weight the way I like to as well means I'm forever looking for reasonably priced sauces to try! This one I hadn't seen before and priced at 27p I was torn between curiosity and aversion to on it's appearance and thinking it was gonna be gross! lol.

                The Packaging.....

                440ml see-through glass jar with white screw on/off lid to the top of it with a safety tamper button to the top of it and the best before date is clearly stamped on there. Around the middle of the jar there is a white and orange label and on that in white and orange writing I'm told it is Sainsbury's 'Basics' Tomato Pasta Sauce which is 'Simple in recipe, won't cause a stir' and there is a scribble of a tomato on there , I'm told it contains less than 1% fat (huge selling point for me was that information by the way) and there is an at a glance nutritional chart on there too. On the back of the jar I'm given a full nutritional rundown, ingredients and allergy advice is given along with being told how to store it, then I'm given directions on how to heat it through, contact details for Sainsbury's are listed, size is stated and finally there is a bar-code on there. This is rather cheap looking packaging to be honest but it is informative enough and I do like being able to see the orange looking sauce through the jar.

                How To Heat It Up....

                In a saucepan: 3-4 minutes stirring occasionally.
                In a microwave: 3-4 minutes stirring half way through cooking time.

                Me Using It....

                I didn't hold out much hope for this but actually I have to admit that this proves you shouldn't judge a book (or jar lol) always by it's cover.

                Opening it up and emptying the jar you are met with a fairly gloopy looking orangy, smooth and glossy sauce. It smells heavily of tomatoes, oregano and fennel and not alot else really. Now as we are told on the heating instructions on the jar you can heat this up and then plonk it on your pre-cooked pasta and voila you have a meal in minutes or you can of course add it to say a spaghetti bolognaise or as I did!

                Personally one night I was starving so I heated this up and cooked up some pasta. I then gently fried off some bacon, mushrooms and onions, added that mixture to my pasta then stirred the sauce in, heated it all through and then whacked it under the grill with a fair old amount of low fat grated cheese over the top!

                I have to say I made a lovely meal (with little effort cos I'm not much of a chef lol) and preffered the sauce far more added to other ingredients than when I tasted it alone.

                Alone the sauce was slightly tomatoey but really heavily seasoned with fennel and in my view overly so and it not only tasted that way it stunk my house out lol. I would have liked more oregano and basil due to it being a tomato based sauce to be honest. The consistency was good (being smooth other than for the herbs which were plentiful) and when warmed through it kept a good thick consistency rather than turning to water and it wasn't greasy either. However for me it was a little salty and boring really.

                As I say though I added it to other foods and thought it was rally excellent. It's a great base product for your dishes being a tomato sauce of good consistency and you can 'taste it up' a bit with your own ingredients! Add to this garlic granules or more Italian herbs and like me you'll get yourself a lovely meal, and I'm really rather impressed with this in every way!

                Verdict....

                It is a cheap and cheerful product and if you want to buy this and use it alone then it's worth a go but for me too boring in the taste stakes and the amount of fennel in it was too much! However use it with other ingredients, go for it and give it a go!

                Allergy Advice:

                Not suitable for nut or sesame allergy sufferers due to the methods used in the manufacturer of this product.

                Nutritional Information Per 100g Serving:

                Calories: 36
                Saturated Fat: 0.1g
                Salt: 0.7g
                Total Sugars: 2.5g

                Only available and exclusive to Sainsbury's.

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