“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Sauces „
After a lazy Sunday alternating between reading the papers and playing with my daughter it was decided to have a lazy meal as well and combine some vegetables with this pasta sauce from Tesco which has been sat in the cupboard for a few weeks now.
It is billed as a spicey pepper pasta sauce however I have to say that apart from a few small pieces of red pepper that were visible in the sauce there was absiolutely no spiceyness in it at all instead what you are left with is a rather bland and ordinary tomato based pasta sauce which tastes no different to any of the other sauces in the Tesco range, if you want any spice with this sauce then you would have to add it yourself.
Before adding the sauce to the pan I had added a little olice oil and heated this up before adding garlic to fry for a little while and then added some mushrooms, red onion, green peppers and corgettes, all of which had been thinly sliced, I then added the sauce and left it to simmer for a while stirring on a regular basis. The sauce was rather thick when I tipped it into the pan and I did add a little water to loosen it up a little, it stirred in nicely coating the vegetables and only took a few minutes of heating until it was ready to accompany the pasta.
The sauce remained reasonably thick however it did become more liquid the longer it heated and combined with the juice from the vegetables however it do not go watery. Taste wise I was not exactly bowled over as it had a very heavy tomato flavour but none of the spiciness I was expected. On the plus side it did not taste very salty which you sometimes get with these sauces, I did add some black pepper to season and to be honest that was the only thing that gave the sauce any bite.
I must say that I'm not likely to bother buying this again as you might as well just buy the plain pasta sauce and add your own peppers and spice to it.
Me and my wife have een on a bit of a economy drive over the last 2 weeks, so we decided to plan our meals and eat pasta more often, and change from Dolmio stir in sauces, to Tescos own brand.
One of the things I am surprised about Tescos own brand of these sauces are that thy have a huge variety of flavours, which must mean they are quite popular and sell pretty well, and I can see why.
Take this pasta sauce, Spicy Pepper flavour. Normally after cookng the pasta, I would add this heated through for a couple of minutes and serve. And what a transformation to bland old pasta it makes. It mixes well with the pasta, and is just about the right consistenacy; thick without being too stodgy.
This sauce although Spicy Pepper, it tastes just about perfect. Its not too peppery, and at the same time its not overpowering by being too spicy. It also has good size pieces of pepper, unlike being complelty smooth, which is what i dont like in a pasta sauce.
The only downside to this I would say is that it contains a higher level of salt, so just make sure you dont add extras salt to your meal!
The price of this sauce is very cheap considering, and if you dont eat a lot of pasta, this sauce wil easily last a couple of days.
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 paper label which has the cooking instructions and the nutritional information.
The sauce is a tomato based sauce with added herbs, peppers & chilli and there is no mistaking that this sauce contains pepper and chilli powder as it has quite a kick to it. I can taste the tomatoes and the herbs and the whole thing has quite a flavoursome taste without being too much. It is a delicious sauce which I think is definitely worth the 87p price tag that a 500ml jar currently holds. 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 some my usual buys.
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, 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.
I am a fond cook; I love cooking with raw vegetables and fresh meat. Often I make meals from scratch however sometimes I just want to make something easy and satisfying; pasta sauce is perfect for this. Tesco's brand of pasta sauce is well worth the price that it costs. They come in a variety of good flavours and are all well worth a sample if you are a pasta eater.
The spicy pepper pasta sauce is by far my favourite of the selection. The presentation of the jar is appealing for a cheaper product when seen on the shelf, whereas the sauce itself is high smells great especially once on the hob. When eaten there is a mild level of spice that can actually get you into a bit of a sweat if a lot is consumed. This spice however does not obscure the nice rich peppery flavour.
I usually use this sauce at least once a week. It is pretty cheap retailing at just above a pound and is even on offer every now and then. Tesco never seem to run out of stock either, sometimes the Tesco pasta original flavour disappears or the mushroom but the trusty pepper always seems to be there.
The pasta sauce is best cooked on the hob, you can microwave it but it takes the same amount of time and is not quite as rich in flavour. All you have to do to make it is throw it in the hob with the pasta and other ingredients for 4-5 minutes stirring from time to time then just serve it up. Alternatively you can cook it and then add it to the pasta both work well. I often throw in some vegetables or meat as well as the pasta and the sauce to add to the flavour.
Although I am a new member of the dooyoo community, several of the reviews that I have written is to do with food (I confess...I am a food loving bloater and I don't care!), so I was suprised to see that this Tesco sauce hadn't been reviewed yet - SHOCKING. Now don't get me wrong, theres nothing I like better than to cook a fresh bolognaise/pasta sauce using nothing but real fresh ingredients such as tomatoes, herbs, vegetables, garlic etc. But after spending a long hard day slaving away in the lab, the last thing I want to do when I get home is slave away for dinner. The solution? Use a jar of Tesco's Spicy Pepper Pasta Sauce instead :oD
Right, getting down to the nitty gritty - the product itself. Taken from the Tesco.com website, the sauce is described as "a spicy tomato sauce for pasta with peppers, herbs and chillies". I wouldn't disagree with that statement, although it isn't as hot as I would like it.
1) COST AND APPEARENCE
The jar is sauce is contained in a glass jar with an attractive colourful label stuck on it. You can also see what the sauce inside looks like, which is a great advantage. As well as this, Tesco also sells other flavours of sauce including Original, Mushroom and Onion & Garlic. This jar in particular is currently sold at a bargainacious price of 80p (for a 500g jar, enough to feed 4 people), whereas a jar of Dolmio's Original Bolognaise Sauce is currently sold at £1.67. Saving a grand total of 87p is rather good in my books...its got to be worth trying out, right?
2) NUTRITIONAL VALUE
The nutritional values for this product are as follows:
> Per Serving:
Energy - 240kJ (60kcal)
Protein - 1.4g
Carbohydrate - 11.1g
Sugars - 7.3g
Fat - 0.8g
Fat that saturates - 0.1g
Fibre - 2.1g
Sodium - 0.3g
Salt Equivalent - 0.6g
Not as good as using fresh ingredients, granted, but still good enough for me to use every once in a while. Perfick!
3) EASE OF USE
When looking on the side of the jar, it recommends that to cook on the hob, all you have to do is "empty contents of jar into a saucepan, heat gently for 4-5 minutes, stirring frequently. To serve, pour over freshly cooked pasta". True to its word, it really is that simple to heat up. You can also heat up the sauce in the microwave, which takes between 3.5 - 4.5 minutes. Excellent.
As well as this, there is also a small section in which there is a recipie for the sauce to be used with mince meat to make a bolognaise sauce. I shall discuss this in more depth in the next section.
As a bit of a food freak, I appreciate good food. The more it tastes like the 'real deal', the more likely I am to keep on purchasing it in the near future. Unfortunatly, this is a bad habit for somebody who is rather skint at uni and cannot afford to be a bit of a fussy eater. As somebody whos mother bought big named brands such as 'Dolmio' sauces years ago, I was a bit weary about buying a Tesco branded sauce - but after looking at my near-empty purse full of coppers, I picked up this jar of sauce and quickly purchased it.
I must say that I was very suprised by the taste. It was lovely and thick, and the lumps in the sauce actually resembled pieces of vegatables that I could recognise - result!
As somebody who prefers eating their pasta sauce with a bit of meat to it, I regularly use the jar of sauce with some minced lamb in order to use it as a bolognaise sauce or as part of a pasta bake with a cheesy crispy topping. The jar suggests a good recipie in which you can add mince if you so wish (which is what I follow as the basic recipie, adding my own bits and bobs). Being the picky sod that I am, I always like adding bits and bobs to the sauce, such as sliced mushrooms, fresh peppers, extra garlic, extra herbs and suchlikes. I have never had to add extra salt and pepper, which just goes to show that the sauce is great for people who would eat it plain straight from the jar, as well as people who would like to add more ingredients in themselves.
5) OVERALL COMMENT
With this jar of sauce, you can't go wrong. I would mention here what it tastes like in comparison with Dolmio, but to be honest with you, its been so long since I had Dolmio that I don't miss it anymore! Its perfect for people who can't cook (or can't be bothered in my case) a nice tasting sauce for their pasta dish, whether it would be bolognaise, a pasta bake etc. Adding extra ingredients to the sauce will always make it taste a bit better, but even without extra tampering, its a decent sauce to eat. It will never beat the 'real thing' making it from fresh, but it still gets the big thumbs up from me :o)