“ Brand: Batchelors / Type: Chicken „
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I'm having a foody day today! As a fulltime working mum i don't always have time to cook things from scratch, so i always have one of these in the cupboard.
I cooked this last night, we were having chicken stuffed with chilli cream cheese wrapped in bacon served with pasta n sauce and brocoli.
Very easy to follow the instructions just add milk, water and butter (optional) I added the butter for a bit of extra taste. The first time i used this product i was really concerned that the sauce was going to be too runny but as i was plating the rest of the food up i noticed that the sauce began to thicken (if i had read the whole of the instructions i would've known this!)
I found this product very tasty and an excellent accompliment to my stuffed chilli chicken and brocoli. I have also since eaten this product on its own with a crusty cob, a very quick and simple lunchtime snack.
These are usually priced at around 80p to £1.00 but i have frequently seen these on offer for 2 for £1.50 I find them very good value for money!
I have tried other flavours of Pasta & Sauce but nothing comes close to this one. I'm a fairly recent convert to this product, I think I forgot to take lunch to work one day and bought it at the local shop. The smell is fantastic and others have commented on it. It's not a particularly strong garlic smell, it's just remarkably pleasant.
I too only do it with water, it's rich enough without the butter and milk, and it does in 8 minutes in the microwave. Lovely nice, filling, comfort food. I have never used it as a side dish, one packet just does enough for a very nice lunch.
My only complaint is that this particular flavour is so difficult to get hold of round here, I only know of one small shop that stocks it but as long as they keep doing so, I shall be happy.
Batchelors Pasta and Sauce - Chicken and Garlic
Description: Manufacturer: Batchelors / Type: Ready Meal
I was looking for something quick and simple to make as was in a hurry this evening so grabbed one of these from my local supermarket. I have seen these on the shelves but never tried them before. These were on offer so I got 2 for £1.50.
This pasta comes in a blue foil packet which has the Batchelors logo on the front and a picture of the pasta.
The pasta is dried and has what seems like a powdered cheese sauce with little tiny green bits (herbs, I hope!).
All you need to do is add water, milk and butter and then boil. You cook for around ten minutes, stirring regularly. As you are cooking this pasta, you will become aware of the smell which is quite strange. It doesn't smell of garlic as you would expect but is a little unpleasant.
This actually tastes okay if you can get past the smell. It is quite creamy and not too garlicy. In fact, it isn't really identifyable as being chicken and garlic, more like a creamy, herby kind of sauce. The pasta is decent enough, but to be honest, it definitely does taste like it came out of a packet.
Pasta Whirls (84%) (Durum Wheat), Creamer [contains Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Glucose Syrup Solids, Milk Proteins, Acidity Regulator (Monopotassium Phosphate), and Emulsifier (E471)], Maize Starch, Wheat Flour, Salt, Yeast Extract, Flavourings (contain Egg), Onion Powder, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Flavour Enhancers (E621, E635), Dried Parsley, Colour (Ammonia Caramel), Sugar, Natural Flavouring, Black Pepper Extract.
I don't think I would buy this again, I will stick to Supernoodles if I wasnt quick and tasty pasta, or better still, just make my own! This was alright but certainly nothing special and the strange smell is very offputting. Not really worth trying in my opinion!
Well, I have just finished eating one of these for my lunch! I have also tried some of the other flavours (Mild Cheese and Broccoli and Tomato and Herb, being two that spring to mind).
The things about this product that i liked was the fact that it is a quick and easy lunch for one (which is why I had it, as my children where at school and nursery and i was eating alone!). It is simple to make, tip the pasta and powdered sauce into a pan add 4oz of milk and 1/2 a pint of water and simmer. The recipe on the back of the packet recommends adding butter, but I never do this as I feel that this is a very unhealthy meal and do not want to add any more fat to the product, and to be honest, it is so full of flavour that i do not miss the butter.
It was tasty enough, did taste a little 'artificial', but did what it was supposed to i.e fill me up quickly and cheaply! I do have to add veg to this (chopped broccoli and sweetcorn), otherwise it feels like a bit of a non meal!
This is not a very healthy meal - I would not ever dream of givbing this to my kids! Also the pasta comes out too soft (maybe that is my poor cooking).
I would not want to eat these regularly I prefer a home cooked meal myself, but it was a nice enough lunch for one!
I just had one of these for lunch and was inspired to review the product.
I have been eating Batchelors Pasta n Sauces for many years now since an old friend introduced me to them! There are loads of different flavours; Chicken & Mushroom, Cheese, Leek & Ham, Macaroni Cheese, Mild Cheese * Broccoli, Tomato & Herb and Chicken & Roasted Garlic. They occasionally intoduce a special edition flavour and now do a variety using wholewheat pasta. I have not tried all the flavours, I tend to stick with what I know I like (which is unusual for me - I like to experiment with food!)
The CHicken & Roasted Garlic flavour Pasta n Sauce is very easy to prepare, bringing to the boil on the hob with water, milk and butter and takes around 8 minutes to cook. I only ever use just water, I never add the milk or the butter as per the packs' instructions. I do this simply because I do not feel that the meal needs the added milk and butter; it is perfectly tasty without them and obviosuly these means they are lower in fat and calroies too. The packet of pasta alone is 472 calories when made up, which I feel is good for a filling meal or snack.
If I am eating this as a snack I will just bring to the boil and serve as it is with its thick creamy sauce. If I am eating this as a proper meal or I am particularly hungry (as I did for lunch today), I also add chicken pieces, onions, peppers, sweetcorn, peas, garlic, whatever I have in the cupboards or fridge to use bits up. This really bulks the meal out and adds variety to each mouthful so it would not be a boring meal.
I usually pick these up when they are on special offers; 4 for £2, 3 for £1.20 or similar but generally in tesco / Asda / Morrisons they are around 67p. If I do come across Batchelors products on buy-one-get-one-free I get stacks. I also tend to serve these if someone comes over to the house unexpectedly and might want feeding!
They are really versatile, can be eaten on their own as a snack, with a main meal or with laods of tasty tit bits thown in.
They are classed as a 'free food' on the Slimming World eating plan when made up without the milk and butter!
I would not be without them and this is my favourite flavour
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A quick and easy meal that is useful as a quick snack or as part of a main meal.
The packet comes equipped with the pasta [each flavour has a different variety of pasta] and the sauce that is stated on the front of the packet.
This Chicken and Garlic flavour is a richly flavoured meal that I thoroughly enjoyed. The sauce thickens as it is cooking, and is of an excellent texture and taste. This pasta packet only takes around ten minutes to cook, and the sauce thickens after it has been put into the bowl or on the plate in which it is being served. It makes a great accompaniment to any dish, such as part of a pasta salad, but I really enjoyed eating this on it's own in a bowl as a lunchtime snack.
The pasta and sauce does not require too many extra ingredients to make it entirely. All you have to add is 4Floz of Milk, and half a pint of water. Margarine/Butter is optional. This could be seen as a downside if you only wanted to buy this packet cheaply and not have to worry about any other ingredients. However, I find that most of the time I have milk and margarine in my fridge, and water of course in a house is easy to come by.
I highly recommend cooking and eating this Chicken and Garlic pasta. It is a quick and convienient meal which does not cost much at all to buy, only takes 10 minutes maximum to cook, and is fairly healthy.
Im not a food snob by any stretch of the imagination but like most people I do like food to taste good. I dont normally eat ready meals or microwavable food but the other day when coming home from work I was in a rush and found one of these iPasta and Sauces left in the cupboard by my brother.
Being in a rush this was a quick and easy meal to prepare, the instructions were very easy. You simply add milk, water and optional butter(i added this as I thought it would add more flavour) and heat over the hob for around 8minutes.
When heating it on the hob it seemed to take for ever for the pasta to cook and the sauce to thicken, but I think their time of 8 minutes is roughly correct. The sauce thickens more on standing too so dont worry if it seems very runny once cooked through.
I wasnt expecting much in terms of flavour or volume as it states that it is enough for one main meal or two as part of a meal, usually there is never enough for one, and being a pre prepared meal they dont usually taste that great. I was however, quite surprised on both counts. Firstly I couldnt eat all of it, meaning that yes it is definatly enough for a meal for one, and secondly it did taste nice. If i didnt know that the flavour was chicken and garlic then I wouldnt have guessed, however despite this the taste is nice and I would eat one again.
As far as ready meals go this really isnt that bad at all. Usually they are very bland and dont represent what you are eating, but this definatly looks like pasta and although doesnt taste like chicken and garlic, the taste is nice. They do make other flavours which I am yet to try, but after this one is I am in a rush again im sure I will try them.
When shopping the other day I saw these on offer at 4 for £2, which at 50p each I really dont think you can grumble. Their usual price of 75p is still good though. Im sure you could be a bit more adventerous and add bits to it such as peppers,tomatoes,chicken etc and make a meal for two and it would be a lot nicer.
Overall I was quite impressed with this and will be trying the others flavous in the future.
Quick and easy pasta with a bit of flavour, what could be better.
I first came across Batchelors Pasta 'n' Sauce when I was at University. What could be more stereotypical than a traditional students staple diet of pasta, pasta and more pasta and because these were quick, cheap and easy they became a firm favourite of mine and also my housemate's.
Fast forward a few years (ok, quite a few years but who's counting) and even though I like to think that I have a more sophisticated palette now I still devour these little packets of pasta heaven!
I am a fan of most of the flavours but the flavour I am reviewing today is the
chicken and garlic flavour.
The packet comes foil sealed. Inside it are dry pasta swirls with what looks like to be a cheese powder with little flecks on herbs in it. The great thing about these is that they last for ever, the packet in my cupboard right now lasts until February 2010 so you can stock up when you are at the supermarket to make sure you always have some spare for dinner/snack emergencies. The great thing is also that they are only approximately £0.78 each so in this day and age of the credit crunch it really is a very economical meal.
It says on the packet that they serve one as a snack or two and part of a main meal. I find these work best for one when you have had a big lunch and still want a meal in the evening but something a bit smaller than you normally would. If you want to pad it out then the list of ingredients you can add to it is never ending. I like to put chicken pieces and sweet corn into it sometimes but then again it is perfectly nice on its own.
The pasta is very quick and easy to make. You put water, milk and butter into a pan (I tend to avoid the butter to make it a bit healthier but I think it turns out a bit creamier if you leave it in) heat it up, add the pasta and cheese powder, boil and then simmer for 8 to 10 minutes until the sauce is thick and then serve. You do have to stir it a couple of times just to make sure the sauce doesn't stick to the pan. It is microwaveable as well which makes it extremely quick to make although I don't use this option as I don't have a microwave.
I find the taste of this flavour quite nice, not one of my favourites, that would have to be the mild cheese and broccolli flavour but this one is still ok. I wouldn't say the taste and smell is overly chickeny or overly garlicky really so if you are looking for something with lots of taste then this really isn't for you. That's not to say it's a bad taste, it's just a bit non-descript in my opinion. The garlic is not overpowering by anymeans so I would not avoid even if you don't like garlic. The sauce comes out quick thick and creamy which I like and it really sticks to the pasta.
The great thing about these meals too is that they don't contain too many calories. Each pack has 472 so for a main evening meal for one this is not bad at all.
All in all definitely a product I would recommend.
"Pasta whirls in a delicious chicken and roasted garlic flavour sauce" it said, are they sure they even tasted this product. I brought this as a 2 for £1 deal at ASDA so I dread to think what the other flavour - tomato and herbs tastes and smells like compared to this. I honestly think it would not be that bad but I should have kind of guessed with a title like chicken and roasted garlic that this was going to be vile.
As soon as I opened the packet it just stunk, can't really describe the smell but it was not pleasant and it was really a strong lingering smell, don't think it even smelt of garlic or chicken it just wanted to make me hurl.
Anyway I thought since I have paid for it I better try it out, maybe it would smell better as I cook it and even taste good. It can be made in the microwave but I'm glad I made it up in a pan saved me stinking out my microwave with this vile smell. So I made it up with water, milk and even butter it said it was an "optional but really tasty" they really are joking now. Ok once that was boiled you add and stir the packet contents and cook it for around 8-10 minutes stirring it occasionally. This is where it got worse the smell was really getting to me it was more pungent then ever. I now seriously doubted how I has going to stand and cook it over the hob or even taste it.
Looking at the ingredients I can't identify why it so stinky I cant even identify any sign of garlic in the ingredients unless it's the natural flavouring bit, or flavourings maybe. No sign of chicken either.
Ingredients included: Pasta Whirls (84%) (Durum Wheat), Creamer [contains Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Glucose Syrup Solids, Milk Proteins, Acidity Regulator (Monopotassium Phosphate), and Emulsifier (E471)], Maize Starch, Wheat Flour, Salt, Yeast Extract, Flavourings (contain Egg), Onion Powder, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Flavour Enhancers (E621, E635), Dried Parsley, Colour (Ammonia Caramel), Sugar, Natural Flavouring, Black Pepper Extract.
Ok so I managed to cook this and left it to stand allowing the sauce to thicken, the awful smell wafting away making me cringe. It did not look particularly appetising either I was wondering if that caramel brown bit round the pasta was suppose to be there or should it have dissolved. I had two pasta whirls of this salty garlic buttery taste and gave up on it the smell was getting to me and it tasted disgusting. I love garlic bread taste but this was something else, something I hope to never try again.
The back of the packet has the cheek to say "why not try another of our exciting Italian flavours" I think not! Avoid it, save yourself.