Product Type: Tesco Spices & Seasoning
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An excellent alternative to chopped tomatoes.
Tesco Sieved Tomatoes Passata
Member Name: Anti
Tesco Sieved Tomatoes Passata
Advantages: Tastes of actual tomatoes, cheap, versatile.
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)
Summary: A great store cupboard product at excellent value from Tesco.
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