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Weight Watchers Mozzarella & Rocket Pasta Sauce

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      19.07.2010 08:27
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      Creamy if somewhat bland pasta sauce

      As part of Boyfriend's current diet plan he's purchased diet versions of a number of things. This is the second Weight Watchers pasta sauce we've tried now.


      Packaging:

      The sauce comes in a standard glass jar with a screw top lid. The label covers around 80% of the jar and has the Weight Watcher logo on the front along with a picture of the sauce covering some pasta. We're also told that this sauce is "inspired by Italian recipes" and that it "combines delicious vine ripened tomatoes with mozzarella and rocket".
      The rest of the label contains the ingredients, nutritional information, cooking information, allergy advice and storage information.

      The jar contains 350g of sauce and is meant to serve two people. Half a jar of sauce is worth 1 point on the Weight Watchers diet.

      Nutritional Information per 100g {per serving: (175g )}:

      Energy kJ: 143kJ {250kJ}
      kcal: 34kcal {60kcal}
      Protein: 1.5g {2.6g}
      Carbohydrate: 5.4g {9.5g}
      of which sugars: 4.2g {7.4g}
      Fat: 0.7g {1.2g}
      of which saturates: 0.2g {0.4g}
      Fibre: 1.5g {2.6g}
      Sodium: 0.10g {0.17g}
      Salt Equivalent: 0.2g {0.4g}


      Ingredients: Tomatoes (58%) (contains Acidity Regulator: Citric Acid), Water, Concentrated Tomato Puree, Rocket (2.2%), Onion, Mozzarella Cheese (2.0%), Maize Starch, Sugar, Celery, Garlic Puree, Dried Onion, Vegetable Oil, Acidity Regulator: Citric Acid, Salt, Basil, Oregano, Parsley, Black Pepper, Flavouring (contains celery), White Pepper, Thyme


      Allergy Information:

      Contains milk and celery. May contain traces of nuts or sesame seeds.
      This sauce is suitable for vegetarians

      Price:

      At time of writing my local shop are charging 50p for one jar of this sauce.


      Taste and opinion:

      Rocket, for those of you that don't know, is apparently also known as arugula (particularly in America) and is a dark green salad vegetable. It's a rich source of vitamins A and C and the leaves have a peppery, slightly bitter flavour. Having found that out I was quite interested to find out what sort of effect it would have on the tomato sauce and how this would compare to the Weight Watchers Roasted Garlic pasta sauce that I reviewed recently

      Opening the jar I could see bits that were presumably onion and celery. The sauce itself looked pretty much the same as the Weight Watchers Roasted Garlic pasta sauce as far as I could see. There weren't any bits of green rocket leaf that I spotted that would mark it out as different. In terms of texture this is, like the Roasted Garlic flavour, quite thick and the last remnants need to be got out of the jar with a spoon.

      This sauce, like the Roasted Garlic flavour, doesn't go all watery during cooking and there's enough sauce to cover the pasta used quite well, providing you follow the directions on the jar. The sauce will only really feed two people if you're using it as part of a main meal. There isn't enough sauce to feed two people who just want to have pasta unless they're both eating a small amount of it, or unless you're not bothered about having much sauce with your pasta. One again, I did salad and jacket potatoes with our meal and that was enough to make a satisfying main meal for the two of us. If I'd just done enough pasta to ensure that there was enough sauce to cover it then I suspect we'd still have been hungry after finishing it.

      So, what does it taste like? After finding out that rocket has a peppery, slightly bitter flavour I was expecting this sauce to have a bit of an edge to it, possibly like the Roasted Garlic flavour does, but with a different taste obviously. Taking a taste I soon realised that this wasn't the case at all. The best way that I can describe the flavour is as being like a creamy tomato taste. I suspect that this is down to the mozzarella that's been added to the tomato base. There's a slight taste of onion and you can tell that there are bits of it in the sauce when you're eating it but the rocket failed to make any sort of impression on me at all. Not having tasted it on it's own, I'm not sure whether this is because rocket isn't actually that strongly flavoured or whether it's because they haven't actually used enough rocket in the recipe to stand out against the taste of the tomato base, the onion and the garlic puree etc.

      Overall, I was slightly disappointed with this sauce and didn't find it to be as tasty as the Roasted Garlic flavour. When I asked Boyfriend's opinion he labelled this flavour "bland" and said that the Roasted Garlic one was much better. We won't be buying this again.

      If however, you're looking for a creamy tomato based pasta sauce with no particular strong flavour then look no further than this.

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