“ Brand: Asda / Type: Ready Meal „
When it is just me in the house I tend to go for something quick and easy, so I always have a few ready made meals stacked up just in case. Personally I think Asda are getting much better with their vegetarian range than what they were a few years back.
Asda - Vegetarian Spaghetti Bolognese 400g:
"A great alternative to the Italian classic dish. A rich vegetable and red wine ragu with Italian egg spaghetti and a sprinkling of regato cheese."
I adore Italian food, admittedly this doesn't taste as good as homemade bolognese but then again no ready meal does. However this does have a nice taste and will certainly fill you up.
I know ready meals are not the most healthiest meals for you but sometimes however easy it is to cook a meal you just want something that bit easier and no washing up! I have had this meal a few times now and I do enjoy it for it quickness and the fact it does actually fill you up.
The sauce is a nice consistency and has a good taste of tomatoes with a hint of onion and garlic; however I don't think you can really taste much of any other ingredient within the sauce. The spaghetti I actually rather like, it doesn't taste over done and chewy. It has a good thickness, not sticky either and just melts in your mouth.
Within your meal you have chucks of sweet tomatoes, courgettes and red pepper which all comes together nicely in your meal. There are more pieces of tomato than the others but personally I don't really mind as I do like tomatoes. I do think the sauce either needs more or a better quality red wine but hey what do you expect for a £1.00?
The mix of vegetables in the bolognese are rather soft and the tomatoes are nice and juicy, the courgettes for me I think they needed to be roasted that little bit longer before adding to the mix but that is just me being picky.
They have since updated the package from the photo above it is now is more of a square container with a photo of the meal on one side and the description with a green background on the other. It doesn't really stand out that much in the cooler in the mix with others in that range, but still no frills and straight to the point packaging.
Contains - Gluten, Milk, Wheat, Barley and Egg. This product may also contain traces of nuts and/or sesame seeds.
Energy - 77kcal
Protein - 3.2g
Cabohydrate - 11.5g
Fat - 1.6g
Saturates - 0.8g
Fibre - 1.8g
Sodium - 0.19g
For the whole meal it comes to 307 calories, which when compared to some ready made meals that really isn't too bad. However the salt and sugar content is medium so people watching there salt intake may wish to go for a healthier option.
How to cook:
Like with most ready meals this is why we like them fast and easy. In the microwave just simply remove the card sleeve, pierce film lid heat for 2 minutes then give it a little shake and heat again for a further 2 minutes. (Based on 800w)
If you wish to oven this meal it will take a lot longer 30 minutes at 200c and for a fan assisted oven 190c for 25 minutes. This meal can also be cooked from frozen.
Price and Availability:
As this is one of Asda's meals it can only be purchased from Asda either in store or online. The first time I purchased mine they were on roll back for only £1.00, normal price being £1.98. However last week they were selling them off at 50p each so I grab a few and stuck them in the freezer, 50p is a complete bargain for a meal.
Like I said its not as good as homemade but its a nice alternative for a quick fix, it has a nice taste, good value for money and yummy with a slice of garlic bread or two! I would recommend you give this meal a try, it is simple, taste, and fast.
Four out of five stars from me.
Thanks for reading :o)
Packaging is all recyclable apart from the film layer. This product is suitable for freezing and once defrosted - do no re-freeze.
ASDA Spaghetti Bolognese meat free & delicious is described as a rich ragu of tomatoes, vegetable protein mince and red wine, served on a bed of Italian spaghetti. It is inspired by vegetarians but enjoyed by everyone.
Packaging - This ready meal appears in a rectangle shape not like the circle shape as dooyoo have shown, that was the old packaging. Glad it is in a rectangle shape now as it just fits perfectly in amongst the other shopping in the carrier bags so it remains upright. Apart from the shape the image on the cover is exactly the same as shown. A black container with the product has a film lid and fits into a cardboard sleeve. ASDA makes a point that the cardboard sleeve can be recycled. The product's appearance has the ragu sauce covering the spaghetti and a bit of mozzarella sprinkled on top. You get 450g which is more than enough for one person, though I like to have it with a bit of garlic bread to mop up the sauce. It contains no artificial colours or flavours and no hydrogenated fat. Allergy wise it contains gluten, milk, wheat, barley, egg and soya. It also mentions that, ummmm I not really sure but I will mention it advice that it may contain traces of nuts and/or seeds It costs £1.58 from ASDA.
You can cook this in the microwave or oven. I chose the microwave method as it is quicker taking just 6 minutes rather than 25 minutes in the oven. You remove the sleeve and pierce the film lid in several places with a sharp knife, I love this bit it is like getting your aggression out without harming anyone, well I guess you could harm yourself if you accidently slipped with the knife. You then place the container onto a microwavable plate. Heat for 2 minutes on full power then let it stand for a minute and then heat for a further 2 more minutes and then let it stand again. You remove the film lid by cutting round the edge of it with scissors.
While heating and when cooked it gives off a slight vinegary, alcohol smell so you can definitely tell there is red wine present in the dish as mentioned. Its appearance when the film lid is taken away is of flat melted mozzarella on lots of sauce completely covering the spaghetti and u can see a bit of oil float on top. Placed on a plate it looks like the product on the sleeve except with loads of sauce.
Taste wise the sauce gives off tomatoes and the presence of red wine. Sauce is not to thin but not too thick either it gives a medium consistency which it good enough to coat everything. Its appearance is an orange/red colour with dark green bits, the herbs. It has the presence of chopped carrot and onion which gives a slight crunch. The sauce is well seasoned and does not seem salty at all. The protein mince appears a light brown mince pieces and is soft and gives a slight chewy/texture property like proper mince does but you can tell it is nothing like the real thing and it is tasteless without the sauce. The melted mozzarella becomes chewy too in place. The spaghetti is well cooked and holds the sauce quite well, can not fault it.
Overall I enjoyed this dish, full of flavour and filling. Hopefully they do not try to improve the recipe as I feel it is fine as it is.
of your guideline daily amount
Calories 389 19%
Sugar 10.8g 12%
Fat 10.4g 15%
Sat Fat 3.1g 16%
Salt 2.3g 38%