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      01.05.2010 23:09
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      A lovey tasty sauce, you'll alway find a jar of it in my cupboard.

      This is a favourite pasta sauce in my house, at £1 a jar it makes a fairly cheap meal, I serve this up on a regular basis and I never have any complaints. I like to add it to minced beef, I will also add an onion and an oxo cube for added taste and serve it over pasta shapes or spaghettii, for people who dont eat meat you can easily just heat up the sauce and stir it through cooked pasta, or use quorn mince.

      This sauce is full of tomato, you can also taste the italian herbs, basil and oregano.
      1/4 of a jar = one of your 5 a day pieces of fruit and veg and also only contains 68 calories.

      The jar contains 500grams of sauce, I can easily feed four people with one jar. If you don't consume a whole jar in one go it can be kept in a fridge for up to 3 days, I find it easier to use the whole jar and then if there's any left over I put it in a plastic container and freeze it, then I have a quick meal for another day.

      The jar has easy to follow cooking instructions on the label, so theres no excuse to give it a try.

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        03.04.2010 21:10
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        If you haven't time to make your own this pasta sauce is a great labour saving alternative

        I usually make my own pasta sauces as, after all, they are mostly quite easy to make, providing you have the ingredients to hand. In my house we usually have spaghetti/pasta shapes bolognese (meat and meatless version) and perhaps a pasta with a tomato type sauce. However, my daughter, who has decided to stop eating meat, now tends to be eating much more pasta and she will often decide she really fancies pasta with a tomato sauce at the last minute. Also, as she is in the sixth form at school if she hasn't a lesson she will arrive home for lunch. I worry my daughter doesn't eat enough so I'm quite happy to see her consume a bowl of pasta.


        She likes Dolmio and sometimes I tell her a little fib along the lines of her saying, 'Is this Dolmio?' and I respond, 'Mmm!'. I've now given her Sainsbury's Tomato & herb pasta sauce on several occasions, without any complaint. Now you don't know what fussy means unless you've come across my daughter at a meal time. She doesn't want to see any pieces of onions, or spices. If a mushroom ended up on her plate she'd scream.! Because of her pickiness I'm very pleased when I find a food which meets with her approval. (Now you may blame me for letting her be fussy but I have two sons, brought up the same but they will eat almost anything, as long as there is lots of it!)


        I've tried Dolmio, Iceland's own, many other stores' own brands and Lloyd Grossman, plus others which I can't recall at the moment. Sainsbury's Tomato and Herb sauce is up there with the most favoured. Price varies as there is very often an offer on this but it is less than one pound without an offer. What my daughter likes most about this particular brand is the fact that it seems quite well blended and, in her words,'Isn't lumpy'. The pieces of tomato in the sauce are quite small and soft. The same can be said for the onion. Also, the sauce isn't too spicy but has that lovely Italian sauce flavour. You can smell the herbs on opening the jar.


        It comes in a 500 gram glass jar with a screw on lid. I find this enough for two servings and sometimes I also have a bowl of pasta, or if only one serving is to be used it will keep for up to three days in a refrigerator.


        It can simply be heated on the hob for about five minutes and then served with cooked pasta. My daughter likes to have this with Fusilli pasta. She likes to stir (or ask me to!) the sauce into the drained pasta and then grate cheese on the top. Garlic bread goes nicely as a side dish.


        I have also used this as a base for a bolognese sauce, mixed with either mince, soya mince or Quorn mince. It makes a very tasty bolognese. There are instructions on the label for doing this is you're new to cooking this recipe.


        This sauce contains tomato, onion, basil and oregano.


        It is suitable for both vegetarians and vegans.


        According to the information on the jar, a quarter of a jar provides:

        cal- 68

        fat- 1.5kg

        sat fat- 0.3kg

        salt- 1.13g

        total- sugars- 9.0g

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          02.03.2010 10:13
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          Another great one from Sainsbury's

          I am constantly trying Sainsbury's basics range of food, and this pasta sauce is brilliant.

          Although it is not part of the actual basics range it is still a sainsbury's own brand.
          It costs just 74p for a 100g jar, which is easily enough for 2 people.

          You could serve this on it's own with some pasta, but I tend to add things to it to make it more of a Bolognese. Things like onion, mushroom and pepper really go well with it.
          The taste of this sauce is really nice; its main base is obviously tomato, but the combination of herbs in it, really work well to give the flavour a bit more depth. It is a smooth sauce so it's better than using just a tin of chopped tomatoes as you don't get any lumps in it. I was a bit wary that it would just taste of tomatoes as it was so cheap, but I was really pleasantly surprised that they have obviously not skimped on the herbs.

          The packaging is a bit more interesting than Sainsbury's basics range, it's nothing special but it's better than the red and white basic packaging.

          For a quick easy meal, you can just warm this up and serve it over pasta, but adding things to it, just gives it a bit more substance. I would really recommend it as part of the weekly shop.


          Another great product from Sainsbury's to help us all save money without sacrificing quality.

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          26.02.2010 18:43
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          Very good

          In a perfect world, I would wake up in the morning, go to my local market, buy some fresh ingredients from the farmers, and then come back home and prepare a nice pasta sauce.

          In reality, I wake up at 6 am, work the whole day, come back home tired and hungry, and I would not prepare a pasta sauce nor for love, nor for money. Sainsbury's sell their own tomato and herb pasta sauce and I decided to give it a try.

          This sauce is only available at Sainsbury's. It comes in a glass jar which allows you to see what is inside and has a similar label to the one you see on this photo. I think this is enough for 3 people. It has 290 gramms, and normally you do not need more than 100 gramms per person. It may even be enough for 4 people, depending on how much pasta you cook. It is made mainly of tomatoes, including tomato paste and also has oregano.

          Pasta sauces need to be poured on pasta after pasta is cooked. I once witnessed somebody cooking pasta with the sauce in the little water he has put in the pot. Increadibly but true!

          I prepared myself a dish of "penne" and while I was doing so, I opened the jar and poured 5 large spoons in a pot and warmed them gently. I also grated some Parmesan cheese and prepared a bottle of extra virgin olive oil to pour ont he dish once it was ready.

          Stirring the sauce I realized that not only it had a nice pleasant smell, but also that it was quite thick. Finally, once the pasta was ready, I poured the pasta in the pot and stirred witha wooden spoon. I then added the grated cheese and a veil of olive oil. Without further ado, I sat down at my table.

          It surely tasted nice, a good balance between herbs and tomato. It was not too acid either and it went well with a bottle of red Chilean merlot. It costs 36 pennies, which is a real bargain! I used to buy the similar product from Tesco, which is also good, but I will also buy this from now on, when I shop again at Sainsbury's. You may want to fry a bit of carrots, garlic and onions and then add the sauce to them, rather than warming it up from the jar, but if you are short of time as I am, you can just pour it from the jar and not worry too much about anything else.

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            07.02.2010 18:20
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            Good taste and good value

            With the start of a new year I have been trying to be a little bit more frugal and save some money on shopping bills. One of the things I have been trying is switching from branded goods to the supermarkets own brand (in this case I saved 68pence)

            I was concerned that I would be sacrificing taste and flavor but once I tried this sauce any doubts I had were laid to rest as it really was super tasty. I used this sauce as the base for a spaghetti bolognese for my boyfriend and I. The ingredients for the bolognese were onion, mushrooms, garlic, mixed herbs, tomato puree and this sauce. It should be noted that this is the recipe I have always used so i didn't alter my cooking because I had bought a new sauce.

            Well we were both very pleased with the results - super yummy! What is more, we were very pleased with the saving we had made without losing any of the taste.

            There was more than enough sauce in the jar for the two of us so we were able to save some for dinner the day after.

            I will definitely be buying this again and will also be trying more of the own brand items.

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              25.11.2009 14:59
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              I will buy a couple of jars next wekk when i go shopping at Sainsbury's.

              SAINSBURY'S TOMATO and HERB SAUCE>


              Having had this for my tea last night, thought i would tell you just how good this product was, mine only cost 68p from Sainsbury's brought yesterday so maybe the price has come down a tad.

              Comes in a little see through jar, with a pink label, with a picture on the side of a full tomato, and leafs, and it is easy to open having a black twist off lid.

              I boiled some pasta parcels they have ricotti cheese in them and also spinage and i always find that because they come with no sauce i usually buy a sauce to go with them.

              This Sauce comes out of the jar and is thick but has a lovely smell and tastes nice and tomatoey but you can also taste the herbs and the garlic too, i didnt have to add any other ingredients (other than my filled pasta to this sauce), it only took a few minutes to warm up and i poured it just as it is over my Pasta and it tasted really great.

              This is the first time i have tried this product having previously brought and tried Sainsbury's Basics which was just ok, thought i would try this. The Jar i brought containing 290 grams was more than enough for two people and i also cooked some for my son in law, as my daughter had already eaten, and he liked it too.

              The Jar contains a mixture of the following ingredients, which i have listed as read from the Jar:
              40 per cent Chopped Tomatoes ( cant be bad)
              22 per cent Water, and Tomato Puree.
              Also contains, Olive Oil, Sugar . 1 per cent.
              Oregano and chives yummy.
              Garlic, Salt and I was suprised to read yeast extract.
              NATURAL FLAVOURS.
              Black Pepper and Salt.

              Nutrition Information :
              Carbs : 11.1g.
              Fat : 2.0g.
              Fibre :1.4g.
              Salt : 1.0g.
              Energy 70kcals.

              This sauce would also be great for Bologneses too.

              I have tried some of the more expensive, and the cheaper ranges of pasta sauce and this one is a good fair price, is just enough for two people so you dont have to overfill your plate just to use it up, and also it is thick i didnt do anything to my sauce and i used it straight out of the jar and it really was a lovely sauce, it tasted of fresh tomatoes (well it had that sort of taste) and was not too peppery and had just enough garlic and herb consistency so i will be using this one again, i havnt noticed it on the shelve before but then perhaps i just didnt see it there before, i enjoyed the thickness of this sauce and the fact that it did not taste artificial unlike some others i have tried.

              What a really lovely sauce.

              Thanks for reading and rating my reviews.

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              03.08.2009 08:10
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              Very usable ready made tomato sauce

              The camping season is afoot and I shop with a view to great products that I can make camping dinners with. To this end, I recently bought two jars of this sauce - but I have already opened and used one well before getting it camping!


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              The jar is dinky - containing 290g of sauce.. I find this size very useful as it is just enough to make a meal for two people - or stretch it to make enough for three. This is why I select it for camping - I can use it up in one go with no worries of it going off or wastage without a fridge.

              The transparent glass jar enables you to see the product easily.

              The jar has a push-in lid which warns you if the jar has previously been tampered with.

              The label informs you that the sauce is made in Italy (authentic!), is suitable for vegetarians and vegans and is gluten free with easy to understand symbols and writing.

              There is also cooking advice, ingredients, storage advice and other details.


              Ingredients
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              Chopped tomatoes (40%), water, tomato puree (22%), dried onion, sugar, olive oil (1%), modified corn starch, garlic, salt, yeast extract, parsley, natural flavourings, chives, black pepper, oregano, citric acid.

              It is good to see that tomatoes actually comprise 62% of the sauce and that the oil used is olive oil. Surprisingly, there is no basil in this sauce - especially as the sauce is described as 'Tomato and Herb'. Italians, however, are more likely to add fresh basil to a meal.

              Per 100g, the sauce contains 2g of fat (0.3 saturates) and 1g of salt. There are 102 calories in half a jar

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              In comparison to sauces like Dolmio, this sauce is a little paler; it is not the deep,dark red - more of a colour of a sauce you would make in your own kitchen. The small is a good, natural tomato sauce smell; it is not overpowering as some sauces can be.

              The sauce is thick when poured out of the jar - but not too thick to stick on the bottom of the pan when being cooked with vegetables (which is how I cook them). It has little specks of herbs within - and is not smooth like a more synthetic sauce could be.


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              I have just had a quick taste of this sauce (cold and at 7am) and it confirms what I thought of this sauce when cooked - it does taste really good. I do think it is quite subtle in comparison with Dolmio but I think this is a much more natural (and better) tasting tomato sauce. I always add lots of veg and extra garlic to my pasta meals - but I am aware that this sauce could easily be used on its own poured over cooked pasta for a really easy meal. I do not think this about Dolmio. The use of herbs adds taste but is not overpowering.

              I also have used this sauce as a pizza tomato base. if you do this, you need to addd some extra herbs to give it that pizza pazazz!


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              This is definately a sauce I would buy again. It cost 71p for a fairly small jar - but if you are looking for quality and convenience over cheap then this is the sauce for you. Sainsburys also sell a basic tomato sauce in a big jar for around 30p and I have yet to try that. There really is a decent choice of tomato sauces on the Sainsburys shelf at the moment.

              In terms of taking it camping, it is a perfect sauce to make a hot, tasty and nutritious dinner to chase away those damp tent blues.

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