“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Tomato „
I really enjoy and eating spaghetti bolognaise and things like mince pasta and the likes and for a long time now I have been buying this product from Tesco's. Although I do also like to use tinned tomatoes in tomato based dishes I sometimes appreciate just a smoother and richer sauce and this to me gives that as all it really is, is sieved tomatoes! The Packaging: This comes in a a cardboard, oblong shaped box and on the front of it we are clearly told what it is and who it is by and there are pictures shown of lovely, ripe tomatoes and there is an at a glance nutritional chart shown then on the back of the carton/box other information listed includes the ingredients being given and full nutritional content, the size is stated which is 500g and contact details for the manufacturer (Tesco) are clearly stated. To open this is simple there is a little section of the cardboard to the top of it you pull up and lines shown on that to cut along. Using It: I use this in place of tinned chopped/plum tomatoes in dishes. This is basically a reasonably thick tomato sauce, smells it too and pours out of the carton reasonably well. I add this to other other ingredients and in place of tomatoes as I have already mentioned. This basically is simply tomatoes, sieved so you get a nice bright red sauce. It is slightly seasoned with salt though not hugely so, so I do season my meals further if using this and the sauce is naturally sweet to my tastebuds. I will be using this soon to try and make my own soup with and the likes as I'm sure this passata is alot more versatile that the way I have personally been using it! Verdict: After allowing this to simmer in my dish I get a lovely full and rich flavoured tomato sauce that although runny (ish) does give a really rich tomato base to my food. I like this as a change sometimes to lumpy tomatoes and whenever I use this in food like spag bol and have friends round to eat it does go down a storm plus it is a healthy option with only half a carton containing 85 Kcals and and just a trace of Saturated Fat and it gets better....for a large size such as this of passata sauce it only costs 44p! Only available from Tesco stores and from www.tesco.com This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
I'm a bit strange in that, whilst I like several tomato sauce based dishes, I hate eating actual tomatoes themselves. Hence I'm not a fan of chopped tomatoes either despite needing them for certain dishes, and whenever I bought them in my shopping the tomato chunks would end up left on my plate, so it was a waste of food and money on my part. Once I even tried tomato puree as a substitute but of course puree is far too thick a substance when including it in a sauce. Fortunately, it was around this time I was taking note of what my housemate (who is half-Italian and eats almost nothing but pasta) was using to make her pasta sauces- and it was this Tesco Italian Passata. Passata is basically concentrated tomato juice formed from pureed and sieved tomatoes. Tesco sells their passata in a cardboard carton which costs only 35p for 500g. In my opinion this is brilliant value for a store cupboard product, and it's even cheaper than the Tesco Value Chopped Tomatoes. The packaging is pretty simple with its red tomatoes all over the background to give the obvious impression- that is a tomato based product- but I think it works well enough to catch your attention. You open the product by cutting open across the dotted strip (which means flipping up both corners) at the top of the carton, but I prefer to just cut open a corner so that it is easier to pour out and allows it to keep for longer than if the whole top of the carton is exposed. The instructions do state that once opened the passata must be kept in the fridge and consumed within two days and by the best before date, although I've found that it can last up to five days until mould appears inside. I use the passata as a replacement in any dish where chopped tomatoes were used, including chilli con carne, bolognese and pasta bake, and it works just as well. It could also be used as a base for a pasta sauce or just to give a tomato flavour to anything- it's just that versatile! The taste is...well, that of tomatoes, but it doesn't taste like any other ingredient has been added to make it of a lesser quality. Whilst on its own it tastes plain and perhaps bland, some seasoning from the cupboard will sort that out, and what's more Tesco sell Passata with basil and garlic cloves mixed in for those who want it (at a slightly higher cost). It's quite a powerful taste of tomatoes too. Sometimes even when blended with other ingredients for a recipe, the tomato taste is still there when I add too much passata! Overall Tesco Italian Passata is my perfect alternative to chopped tomatoes because it is cheap, simple to use and works in a variety of different dishes. Therefore I always make sure to have one of these stocked in my cupboard all the time. (Review also on Ciao under the username Anti_W)
When I first bought this I used it in a cottage pie as I had run out of tinned tomatoes. I now think it is great to use with pasta, my girls love to have this in a pasta sauce. I add this to cooked pasta with some cream cheese, pepper and mixed herbs and they love it. the good thing is that it is cheap for 500g the cost is just 29p. It comes in cardboard square container and is suitable for vegetarians. The down side is it contains more salt than in a tin of chopped tomatoes, in half a pack it contains 0.5g of sodium, but it is low in calories as half a pack only contains 80 calories. You have to bear in mind that this is just tomatoes so the taste alone is a very strong tomato taste. But it serves as a good base that you can add to. I think it needs flavours when used and if in a sauce then pepper and herbs are needed, if it is used in a soup then anything goes. If you are not a big fan of tomato sauces then only a little will be needed as an extra. Once this has been opened it needs to be refrigerated and used within 2 days. Something cheap that can be used in a variety of things so in todays climate good to have in the cupboard.