Product Type: Tesco Sauces / Soups
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Too much sauce son!
Tesco Value Pasta Sauce
Member Name: FatherMary
Tesco Value Pasta Sauce
Advantages: Full of taste, maybe too full
Disadvantages: More expensive than making the sauce from scratch using tinned tomatoes
Want a quick simple pasta dish? Listen up!
Money: For 440g of sauce you're looking at around 36p (last time I checked) pretty good hey? The sauce is sufficient for 2 people I reckon or one massive meal if you're feeling particularly peckish.
Taste: The taste is so so to be honest. It's quite basily and the texture isn't amazing. I quite like some sort of substance to my pasta sauce and this is just perfectly smooth and is more of a paste. I think the sauce could be toned down wit the amount of spice they put in it though if I'm honest. It really hits the back of your throat and doesn't smell the greatest either.
Ease: Easier than making it from scratch! It's a case of heating it up in the pan and banging it on top of some pasta, easy! Cooking time isn't reduced because pasta normally takes longer than a sauce to cook but effort is halved at least! One thing I would say is don't be tempted to microwave it. The sauce has a tendency to smell a bit funky if done in the microwave and also to boil and pop like lava. This causes all sorts of mess and definitely adds to effort in terms of cleaning. The 'lava effect' also happens on the hob though so don't over heat the sauce.
Downsides: I would say the texture and the taste, it's not for me! But some might disagree.
Moneysaving tip: One money saving tip, that isn't a big saver so don't get too excited, is to get every last drop of sauce out with a bit of swirled around water once the jar is almost empty. This can be used for any sauce especially lumpy ones that tend to stick in the jar. The sauce isn't watered down because it will evaporate when cooking. My other tip, to people who aren't fans of the strong taste of this sauce is to use it instead to flavour tinned chopped tomatoes. As the flavour is so strong it can be used sparingly instead to save a bit of money. Doing this makes your mish mash of chopped tomatoes and pasta sauce actually cheaper per 100g than simply using the sauce alone. It also adds some texture to the sauce which I find much tastier. It all depends on your ratio of sauce to tinned tomatoes ratio but the more chopped tomatoes you use, the cheaper it will be compared to pasta sauce.
Overall: Not great on it's own, but better when used to flavour chopped tomatoes instead, and also cheaper that way which is always a bonus!
Summary: Get mixing! Clever mixing is sometimes cheaper!
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