“ Brand: Asda / Type: Dip „
When it comes to cooking it's something I really do love to do! I love food and I love fresh food opposed to ready meals and things though usually that's what I live on! Living at home and coming and going as I please means I rarely sit down and eat with my family and end up running about with a sandwich or piece of toast hanging out me gob! However lately I have been spending a lot of time with my best mate. First off we went to Weston-Super-Mare caravaning for a month visiting my other best mate and her family, then I popped home for a week and then I went caravaning in Birmingham for a couple of weeks with her (shopping lol) and now I'm in her house in Hull clearing it out as she's moving out of it before we hit the road on a mega long holiday once again! Although I love cooking it has to be said in a caravan it's very restricting. You have hardly any preparation area and nowhere really to store lots of ingredients so although we ate well we tended to cook fast food with four dogs kicking off for the most part! When we got back to a proper kitchen the first thing we did was get in lots of interesting food, to cook from scratch! We were both excited and it has to be said it is nice cooking for someone else. However she is Vegetarian and at first I found that a little daunting cos she is rather fussy it has to be said but I soon got used to checking labels and now, for the most part I'm veggie too and I have to admit I do feel more perky and generally healthier which I wasn't expecting! I spotted this (not the product that is shown on the top of this review photograph, Dooyoo got it wrong again but it is still Asda just not the Smartprice one!) on offer with any two pesto sauces being a pound. I chose this and the green pesto to try as it's usually about 60p a jar and I do like my little bargains! The Packaging: 190g glass see through jar that has a black screw on/off lid to the top of it. On the front of the jar I'm told that it is Asda Red Pesto 'Made in Italy with sun-dried tomatoes, fragrant basil, grana padano and pine nuts', I'm also told that it contains no artificial colours, flavours or hydrogenated fat and that it is an improved recipe and the weight of the product is listed (as I have stated already). On the back of the jar other information listed includes ingredients and allergy advice being listed, there is a recipe ideas given, storage and a full nutritional breakdown is given and contact details for Asda are as usual, listed. Nice easy to open jar that is a good size for a product such as this and it's informative enough of course. The Pesto Itself: Bright orange and oily though it is a paste in consistency. It has a smell of Basil and tomato to it and when you first twist off the lid the sunflower oil that forms a lot of this sauce sits on the top of it so your best to stir that in really. It's a well blended sauce though and not too runny. It has a a slightly grainy sort of texture to it and you can taste the tomatoes and garlic and herbs really well as well as see them and this contains a little grana padano which is an Italian soft cheese and some cashew nut flour which gives a really twist to the overall flavour and makes it tangy and slightly sour but interesting! You can use pesto sauce of course in a variety of ways. I use this over cooked pasta, fry off the ingredients I'm using in a lasagna or spaghetti bolognese instead of using oil and on the jar we are told we can add this to soups or gravy, or on meats/meat substitutes or fish. It really is up to you so it's versatile as anything! Verdict: Out of the green pesto and this one I bought on the same day I much prefer this one. I like the tomato base it has that is really rich and flavoursome and I like being able to detect a hint of cheese in it too. Lots of herbs that taste fresh too, to me this isn't a sauce as much as paste to add to things really! Both me and my mate love this and it really is nice simply on some nice quality, fresh pasta for a really quick and nutritious fast dinner! Great stuff and recommended highly from us! Nutritional Information Per 100g: Energy: 226 Kcal Protein: 4.0g Carbohydrate: 8.6g of which sugars: 8.0g Fat: 31.7g of which saturates: 4.1g Fibre: 2.2g Sodium: 0.51g equivalent as salt: 1.3g Only available in Asda stores!