“ Brand: 2 Lucys / Type: Chilli „
*WHERE IS IT FROM?*
I picked up a couple of sachets of this 'sauce' from home bargains recently at 29p for 120g after being reeled in by the title; I love hot chilli! It is also available at Asda (stuffing aisle) and Morrisons (Italian aisle) but is higher priced at the supermarkets.
*WHAT IS IT?*
In case you are wondering what Soffritto is, according to the pack it is from the Italian meaning "sub-fried"; an essential base for cooking made from onions and carefully chosen ingredients sautéed in olive oil. I'd never heard this before and was keen to know what it was all about.
I do enjoy pasta based dishes regularly and am always keen to find new things to try out.
*RECIPE & TASTE TEST*
The packet gives four clear, easy to follow recipes using the Soffritto and I followed the most basic and filling sounding dish; Chilli Tomato Pasta. Simply cook and drain two servings of pasta. Bring to the boil one sachet of Soffritto with 300ml of passata, salt and pepper, then stir in the pasta and serve. I also added some Frikadellen (meatballs) to mine to meat it up!
Having tasted the spicy onion mix both before adding the passata and afterwards I would say that die hard hot chilli fans could probably handle the Soffritto on its own but even for me the Passata was needed to calm down the intense chilli flavour (and also to make the sauce go further.
With my remaining sachet I am going to try the Chilli Kofta and then will purchase some more to keep in the cupboard as a base for pasta dishes, soups and sauces and I also plan to make the Chilli Mash and Chilli Dip (as suggested on the pack)
*CALS & FAT*
100g contains 126 calories and 10.3g of fat, which is high I feel, but surely that is the oil added to the mix of onions and spices...?
The sealed sachet keeps the flavours and ingredients fresh and is really handy to store at ambient temperature. Once opened the sachets can be keep in the fridge for up to 3 days.
This product is nut-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, vegetarian and contains no artificial colours or flavours, but does contain celery
Overall I really like this product. It is fabulous for ease and convenience to make a fabulous pasta dish and many other recipes I would like to try out. Priced at 29p this is a bargain, although I doubt it would cost much more to make at home yourself. This is a must for hot chilli spice lovers, but not for those who can not handle heat. Even though the packet does say 'No Sweat!' this sure does have a hot chilli kick to it.
I am definitely purchasing these again and I look forward to trying some of the above recipes and some more from www.the2lucys.co.uk, as suggested on the packet.