“ Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Sauces „
Sainsburys, Tomato, Mushroom and Basil Pasta Sauce.
I do love pasta meals and as I am an addicted shopper of Sainsbury's because I do so much enjoy most of their own range products as they are usually great and save me some money, I thought I would give this jar of pasta sauce a go, it says that it contains mushrooms, upon opening it I didnt really see much evidence of mushrooms showing through this semi thick sauce but it does have a very nice taste to it, and if you were simply just to purchase this sauce as a base sauce and use it to add further ingredients too it was really quite nice.
I have recently brought some best beef minced I do buy mine from my local butcher as I dont enjoy supermarket mince meat at all, as it either shrinks when you cook it or you end up with a load of mushy meat, or you end up draining off a real load of fat. The minced beef from the butchers is more expensive but is well worth spening the extra pennies on to be honest.
I fry my minced beef and then add some chopped up mushrooms, onions, bit of garlic and some peppers, I particularly enjoy the orange coloured ones simply because they are sweet and fry all this together, when adding the sauce I did find it wasnt extremely thick but the taste and flavour was really great, but alas will be rating just with three stars because they were a little bit skimpy on the mushrooms to be fair.
I think if you wanted a great tasting pasta sauce then this is a good one and good value for money, but you will have to bear in mind that you will need to be adding Mushrooms, because even though you can taste a slight taste of mushrooms in this sauce to be fair the pieces contained in this sauce are so small you would hardly notice they were there, but nevertheless in all fairness to this product I would say that the taste alone is well worth buying this sauce for.
I always add a few spoonfulls of tomato puree to my pasta sauces as this tends to thicken up any thin sauces as this is the way I personally like mine, but you can taste the herbs in this sauce quite a bit, but in all fairness because I was a little bit short of money when I brought this sauce I wouldnt really recommend it, unless you were in that same situation to be fair.
What did I think of the sauce; well not too thick, not many mushrooms but tasted really good for a cheap pasta sauce and thats ok, you could say that it is a good tomato sauce with a slight tang of herbs, but as to being a mushroom sauce I would definitely not say it really was, and would go for a more expensive one.
I used this sauce yesterday, after having it in the cupboard for a couple of weeks, and I wasn't too impressed with it.
It costs around £1.00 from sainsburys for a 500g jar, which I thought was great value for money as a lot of pasta sauces are quite expensive.
This says on the jar that it's a mushroom sauce and the reason we purchased it is because my husband in particular loves mushrooms, and not garlic so this seemed perfect for us. However when I opened it I didn't see or smell any evidence of this, so much so I thought maybe I had picked up the wrong jar. I did swish it around the pan a bit to see if I could find any mushrooms and found a few minuscule bits but nothing to warrant it being called a tomato & mushroom sauce. After looking for a while I had a quick check of the ingredients and the mushrooms only constituted 9% of the sauce, so it's no wonder they were hard to find.
The taste of this sauce was just tomatoes, it had quite a nice tang to it, which I found pleasant enough. It was quite thick, and was easily enough for 2 people. I couldn't taste any basil at all. I think if I had used passata I wouldn't have noticed any difference.
I added onions, mushrooms, sweetcorn, peas and pepper to this to make it a bit more interesting, there is no way I could have eaten it on it's own, and we had it with some spaghetti.
I would not buy this again, as I think it's no more interesting or tasty than plain old passata or chopped tomatoes. It was a real let down.