“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Ready Meal „
Unfortunately since the last reviews for the lasagne, Tesco have changed the recipe.
This may have been forgivable if the new recipe was at least similar to the old one however the new arrangement is absolutely awful.
Today I decided to try the new Tesco's lasagne. Having enjoyed the former recipe in the past I thought I was in for a treat. As it happened the monstrosity I brought home was thrown out after the first few bites.
Normally vegetable lasagnes will at least attempt to replicate a mince. Be that quorn or even lentils, however this one completely left this out. It was basically a slop of sauce leaving no structural integrity and nothing to absorb the flavours.
The sauce it's self wasn't very good, it didn't have a lot of flavour and had a horrid consistency.
The pasta strips were surrounded by so much sauce that is they were just wet and didn't work.
The roasted vegetables were a mixture of peppers, mushrooms and courgettes. I can't stand peppers and mushrooms, so even if everything else had been perfect I would have probably found myself disliking the lasagne. That said, normally if ingredients I dislike crop up, I will just pick them out. In this abomination of a dish it just further ruined the meal.
Finally was the white sauce of top. I find it hard to describe, it was just so dislikeable. The old lasagne had a creamy delicious topping, but this has a slimy tasteless liquid running over the top pasta, on it was a brown skin and some pepper floating in it.
It was basically a boiling hot box full of tomato sauce, vegetables I didn't like, over cooked pasta and topped with a cheap white liquid with a skin on in.
It was really disgusting and I wouldn't recommend it.
I have tried a few vegetarian lasagne dishes, since giving up meat seven years ago and have always been very disappointed with them. Not one of them has lived up to the original meat variety I used to eat - until now! Tesco Vegetarian Lasagne is absolutely gorgeous, so much so, that I have bought it two weeks in a row.
Tesco Vegetarian Lasagne comes in a black plastic tray, which is sealed with a thin film of plastic. This is then covered with a cardboard sleeve, which now looks quite different from the one pictured above. The new sleeve design, has a very natural, recycled look about it and is coloured in a two tone muted purple. There is a close up picture of a plate of lasagne and it does look very appetising and dare I say, meaty!
The lasagne is made from three sheets of free range egg pasta, which has a nice bite to it, but is not too chewy. It crisps up around the edges and is softer towards the middle, with the top layer covered in a lovely, creamy cheddar cheese sauce. When cooked, the sauce bubbles and thickens on top and forms a lightly crisped topping. When you break through this topping, a lighter, creamy cheese sauce oozes out.
Between the layers of pasta you have a thick filling of soya mince, with a rich tomato sauce. A great effort has been made with this sauce and it is obviously full of quality ingredients. You can clearly see chunks of tomato, with a nice amount of onions, but not too many. You can also taste garlic and there is a good amount of herbs, which once again are not overdone. All in all, you have a very tasty tomato sauce, which is not overpowered by other ingredients, but instead enhanced by them.
This lasagne can be found in the chilled cabinets and can be kept refridgerated for a few days or can be frozen. It is very easy to cook, with instructions shown below:
1. Remove outer packaging and film lid.
2. Place on a pre-heated baking tray in the centre of a pre-heated oven at Gas Mark 5 / 375F / 190C for 20 - 25 minutes.
Oven from frozen:
1. Follow oven instructions above, adjusting heating times to 40 - 45 minutes.
1. Remove outer packaging and film lid.
2. Heat on full power at 750 watt - 6 minutes / 850 watt - 5 minutes
*Nutritional Value Per 450g Pack*
Energy - 630 kcal
Protein - 27.0g
Carbohydrate - 52.2g
of which sugars - 17.7g
Fat - 34.6g
of which saturates - 11.2g
mono-unsaturates - 14.9g
polyunsaturates - 7.0g
Fibre - 7.0g
Sodium - 1.2g
Salt Equivalent - 3.1g
This product contains milk, wheat, gluten, egg, soya, mustard and celery. It cannot be guaranteed to be nut free.
It is suitable for vegetarians and is Vegetarian Society Approved.
Tesco Vegetarian Lasagne can be purchased in a 450g pack for £1.83. It is supposed to serve one person only, but I half the lasagne and have chips with it. I could not possibly buy five packs, as this would be ridiculously expensive and the calories consumed would be extremely high also. I am more than happy with this and enjoy mopping up any excess sauce with my chips.
If you are looking for a good quality vegetarian lasagne, that tastes similar to the meat variety, you really should give this a go. It does taste surprisingly meaty, and has the most gorgeously tasty tomato and cheese sauces.
I would definitely award this product 5 big gold stars!
This is basically a ready made 450gms lasagna dish of sheets layered with soya chunks chopped(vegemince) in thick tomato sauce bubbling with white cheesy sauce.
This caught my eyes as I was frantically hunting for something new to try on my more hetic days.
Well this really inspires you to snatch it off the shelf and put it into your trolley with the promise of its being on the table at the next meal and has instructions presicely written.
It does'nt look like the normal dark green and orange packs present in the veggie section though more of an olive color with a good picture of the dish.
ease off preparing:
The dish is extremely simple to make as are all ready meals. Dish can be microwaved - in just 5 minutes on 850W . The film lid has to be removed while cooking hence there is no chance of your hands being scaled by trapped steam.
The dish can also be cooked in the conventional oven, takes only 20 minutes if fan assisted.
I have only tried micowaving it so would'nt be able to say how it turns out by oven cooking .
It tastes quite good in fact unlike so many packed meals on the shelf today I am surprised to say. The herby tomato sauce has the taste of tinned tomatoes but very mellow , there is a lot of cheesy sauce(a bit too much I thought) , very less lasagna and a bit of those soya mince..(bit scant for my liking)..but over all and what is more important was it was well balanced.
Good enough for a meal for one (not generous for sharing around though) and value for money..you just can't expect anything more for less than £2 ..do you?
Nutritional Value per serving:
Sat fat 11.2g
Milk, Tomato (23%), Tomato Puree, Free Range Egg Pasta (10%), Vegemince (4.5%), Onion, Mature Vegetarian Cheddar Cheese (3%), Medium Fat Hard Cheese (2.5%), Vegetable Oil, Wheat Flour, Vegetable Stock, Cornflour, Sugar, Yeast Extract, Garlic Puree, Salt, Mustard Powder, Basil, Oregano, White Pepper, Black Pepper, Free Range Egg Pasta Durum Wheat Semolina, Water, Pasteurised Free Range Egg, Wheat Flour, Vegemince Water, Wheat Protein, Vegetable Oil, Textured Soya Protein (soya Flour, Malt Extract), Soya Flour, Soya Protein Isolate, Yeast Extract (hydrolysed Yeast; Maltodextrin; Yeast Extract; Flavouring), Malt Extract, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Vegetable Stock Sugar, Salt, Vegetable Concentrates (carrot, Onion, Leek, Celery, Garlic), Cornflour, Water, Vegetable Oil, Nutmeg Oil, Yeast Extract, Salt.
Allergy Information :
Contains Celery, Durum wheat semolina, Gluten, Malt Extract, Maltodextrin, Wheat, Wheat Flour, Wheat Protein, Eggs, Milk, Mustard, Mustard Powder, Soya , Soya Flour & Soya Protein
May contain Nuts
The fat content and calorific value being small makes this relatively healthy choice for dieters ocassionally as well.
It is low in sugar and is a good source of protein (45gms)
Another good thing is that it is free of artificial preservatives, colour or hydrogenated fats ..how much better can it get.
Being a simple meal is ideal for small children for tea as well , or if eaten as snack or taken to work..and very cheap as well for a dish tasting that good I would say. Pack size is generous for an adult
Can be frozen upto 1month from date of purchase.
As an afterthought:
this is a good meal for vegetarians eating eggs too
Baked layers of fresh egg pasta noodles with a meat alternative sauce tomato and herbs topped with a béchamel sauce and cheese.