Sometimes when I get out of the gym I am just left feeling drained and starving and need to grab something to eat that isn't going to break the bank and isn't going to undo all the good work and effort I have put into being healthy!
Today, instead of coming straight home with my stepdad from the gym we had to go do a bit of shopping in Tesco and do a few little jobs whilst we were out and so this snack pot seemed a very good idea cos not only was a large pot/tub of food and only cost £1.40..... however the downside of this little find was that it contains 525 calories and 17.4g of fat.....not so good but anyway I wanted it!
The packaging as I have mentioned is a pot/tub and there is 300g of the pasta inside of that with a black little plastic fork tucked into the lid and on the label we are told what it is and who it is by and that it contains 'No artificial preservatives, flavours or colours' and there is an at a glance nutritional chart on there, plus the best before date and price is listed and then on another label ingredients, allergy advice, a full nutritional chart and the weight are stated along with the details for Tesco. Nice enough large pot this is and its informative enough too.
What you get is a lot of cooked fusilli (twisted) pasta in a dark red smooth sauce which is flavoured with tomatoes that has lots of green coloured basil and oregano in it. The sauce is really richly flavoured and nicely seasoned and there are bits of red onion sliced in and visible golden coloured, grated cheddar.
The whole thing is yummy, everything is well cooked and tastes as it should...the pasta is al dente, the sauce is seriously tangy and tomatoey with a nice kick from the herbs and the cheddar is creamy and plentiful and the onion is crunchy...and so there are nice textures and flavours in this.
I loved this and I couldn't finish the whole thing as there was just so much of it and believe me I have a huge appetite!
I give this a thumbs up to anyone (even Vegetarians can eat this!) as it really is a superb pasta dish and its one I can't wait to buy again!
Only available in Tesco stores.
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In need of a lunchtime lunch, I trotted down to Tesco and found this cheese and tomato pasta, save for the packaging this seemed to be almost the same product sold by Sainsbury's at a lower price.
The packaging is a plastic pot containing 300g of pasta, with a plastic fork included. If you're unlucky the plastic fork may not work, it is not always strong enough to endure the wrath of a tough pasta, however this has only happened to me a couple of times. I am not too keen on the packaging, simply as it takes longer to open than to eat the food, this is largely due to the sticky label that holds the lid down and covers the fork. When peeling the sticker off it often comes off in bits as it is stuck to the fork, a cause of much annoyance.
As a vegetarian this was an ideal lunchtime meal for me, fulfilling my vegetarian needs whilst also filling me up to the point where I don't get hungry for the next three hours, helping me carry on the rest of my work day without the embarrassing tummy rumble that takes up most of the morning hours. Sometimes the pasta is so filling that I find I am unable to finish the whole pot, if so it remains tasty even a few hours later when I am able to finish it off. This pasta is more than just a snack; it feels like an entire meal.
The pasta is of the swirly kind, and is smallish. It is quite soft. The tomato sauce is mildly sour. Plus point for the tesco cheese and tomato snack as it does not have too much tomato sauce unlike Sainbury's. The onion pieces add that bit of zing, but again it is not too strong, though it will ensure onion breath for the rest of the day. It contains parsley and basil, which I can't taste, and one wouldn't even realise it is there unless someone is kind enough to point out the remnants stuck in your teeth. The cheese is small, grated cheese, tastes a bit rubbery, but I like that.
The smell of the pasta is quite strong, hitting you the moment the lid is of. The smell is mostly due to the tomato sauce, and can get sickening after a while. It tends to linger in small rooms, so if you don't like it, keep all doors and windows open!
This product can either be eaten straight away or refrigerated to eat later. I tend to keep it out for a few hours before consuming so that it is at room temperature. Not too cold, and not too hot, I find it to be tastiest at this temperature.
At £1.30 a pot you can't go wrong.
Allergy advice - no nuts, but contains gluten.
I have been eating this pasta for at least the past 3 years. I am not a fan of ready meals and being vegetarian I find it quite hard to find tasty ready meals. This pasta snack pot is really good for dinners and lunch. It is a simple but tasty meal. Pasta is a very easy to make but there are times when I do not get back from work until 9 and the prospect of having to make dinner and then clean up is not good. I will pick up this pasta snack when my energy is low as well as pasta is a complex carbohydrate which releases energy slowly.
The pasta is cooked al dente which is better than being well cooked because pasta that is cooked aldente has less sugar and is healthier. I prefer the texture of aldente pasta as it has a bit of a bit whereas well cooked pasta is soft and has the texture of baby food. The pasta has a hollow spiral shape and has a ridged texture. It is a medium size and is a bit smaller than fussli pasta. It is much smaller than penne pasta but has the same kind of rigid texture on top.
The pasta is mixed with a tomato passed sauce with crunchy onions and small bits of cheddar cheese. The sauce is enough to cover the pasta but it is not in excess and as I know some people like pasta to be covered with an excess of sauce I wouldn't advise those people to try this. The pasta isn't dry but it has a minimal amount of tomato sauce. There is some crunchy onions that give the pasta some texture and flavour. There is also cheddar cheese that gives it some flavour. I am not a huge cheese fan and I would easily get sick if there was too much. I believe in using the minimum amount of cheese to make a dish and this pasta has the perfect amount. The sauce tastes tangy but not sour which I have found with some cheap pasta ready meals.
The major problem I have with this pasta is the nutritional values. It contains 525 calories which is just over 25% of the recommended daily allowance for women based on a 2000 calories a day diet. This would have to be a main meal for me and not a snack because of the size (300g) and high calorie number. The amount of saturated fat is 5.1g which is good considering it contains cheese and for a main meal this is good. It has 9.6g of sugar which is also good given that it is 300g and it has 1.7g of salt.
There is a folding fork included in the lid which I have used before. It is quite thin and fragile. It is ok for when there is nothing else available but when I am eating it at home I use a proper fork. It can be eaten both cold or hot. Depending on my mood determines whether I warm it or not and sometimes I eat half of it cold and the other half warmed.
One pot costs £1.25 at this moment in time but I have bought it for £1.00 previously. Inflation and the cost of fuel is driving up the cost of food. I still think that this is a good price for such a product.
I would recommend that this be eaten as a main meal with salad for one person or as a salad shared with up to 4 people. I personally eat it when I am low on energy and this is generally after a long hard day at work.
When I'm running late and end up with no time to make lunch, I end up popping into my local Tesco to find something yummy for my lunch. It's really difficult to know what to buy, something healthy but enjoyable, that wont take too long to eat..
I discovered these pasta pots a while ago now, and I really enjoy them. It is a pasta in a delicious, creamy tomato sauce, with pieces of cheese. This doesn't sound so nice I understand, but it really is enjoyable.
The ones I buy are actually different to those in the image - they are in a clear pot with information on the top, with two strips plastic down the front and back, also displaying information. This has things like what it is, the ingredients, the nutritional information, etc etc.
It claims this pasta can be eaten hot or cold - to eat hot, simply remove the lid and pop in the microwave. I have tried this once or twice, but if I'm honest I really don't find it that enjoyable hot, it doesn't taste as nice and I like the freshness of it cold.
The delicious tomato sauce really compliments the flavour of the cheese and this works really well, together with the pasta. Many other supermarkets also do the cheese and tomato flavour pasta, however I'd say this is my favourite. It is easy and simple to eat, with a little folded in half fork in the lid which means you can eat it on the go or when you have little time.
I really do recommend these if you enjoy pasta, tomato and cheese - give this is a try.. I wasn't so sure that I would like it, but now I have to resist buying it every time I'm in Tesco!
Each tub is 300g, which is the perfect amount for lunch - not too much, not too little and leaves me nice and full.
I believe it costs £1.20 per tub, which is a really good price for how much it fills you up.
It contains, per 300g:
5.1g saturated fat
So although I don't recommend that you go out and have this for every meal - it's definitely not too unhealthy and I really like it!