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      01.02.2014 10:07
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      Never again

      I decided to try the challenge of swapping my regular foods for the one below - brands went to supermarket own and supermarket own went to their value range. We really like Tesco's own version of pasta sauce (the non value one), even more so than the branded ones, so swapping down to their value version was one we did early on as I assumed that it would be equally tasty. I was wrong. Back to their supermarket one non value one we have gone. The price difference was around 50p - this only costing me 39p. It's packaging is the standard white label and quite off putting - it obviously didn't help matters as it's one of those that has been left in our cupboard for a few months even though we have pasta very regularly. Probably because it doesn't look very appetising from the jar (it was well in date when we used it though). The sauce is described as a tomato based sauce for pasta with herbs. It contains sugar and sweetener. It is suitable for vegetarians. It contains no artificial preservatives, flavours or colours. I bought this to use this with mince and pasta, a very quick meal. I boiled the pasta in the usual way in a separate pan and fried the mince until brown, adding this pasta sauce to the mince pan. Then it needed 5/6 minutes where it was brought to the boil and simmered. Finally, the pasta was drained, popped into a serving bowl with the mince and sauce poured on top. The jar states to boil and simmer the sauce in a pan on the hob separately, but to save on washing up I have always added to the mince pan instead, but always making sure that the mince is thoroughly cooked through first. We will never buy this sauce again. I found it incredibly runny both to use in the pan and then to eat, as it never thickened while cooking. The jar stated that it now contains '21% more tomatoes' - I dread to think what it was like beforehand. The jar is large at 440g, so my feelings (before trying it) was that I'd use half a jar for the two of us and keep the remaining sauce for another day (it states that if refigerated it can be eaten up to 3 days after opening) but we never got around to eating the second portion because we were so disappointed with the first try. Between us, I would say we had five small pieces of tomato at the very most, amongst what could be described as looking just like the very watery juice of tomatoes. It's consistency was so thin, that the mince looked practically the same brown colour as it did before adding the sauce! Usually, when the sauce is thicker, the mince combines with the sauce in a wonderful rich red colour, where we can see speckles of the brown mince. With this, while cooking I stirred the sauce into the mince but really to no avail - the mince just didn't really combine at all with the sauce. The sauce was also so runny, that it was almost impossible to get any sort of additional taste to the pasta either. I would dip a piece of pasta into the sauce but it wouldn't stick to the pasta, so the tomato taste just didn't come through. The taste is barely ok at most. I thought that it had garlic coming through quite a lot, which is something else I'm not really keen on, and looking at the ingredients afterwards, it seems that alongside other herbs such as oregano, basil, pepper and ground fennel, there is garlic powder used in this sauce. The tomato taste was only slight - definitely not half as strong as I would like from a pasta sauce and that comes from me, who isn't the biggest fan of tomatoes when not in a sauce. Tomato lovers I assume would be bitterly disappointed! The ingredients state that 41% of the sauce is made up of tomato puree, with tomato making up a further 29%. We did finish our portion, but we both said we wouldn't have it again. We were both left unfulfilled from our tea as we ended up having snacks later on, which often happens when we've been disappointed with our main meal! I am amazed, considering that Tesco's own non value sauce is spectacular - our first choice over branded ones, as it's thick and full of flavour. I am shocked that they've produced such a poor value one. I assumed it would be a similar, albeit slightly thinner version. One Quarter of a Jar contains: Calories: 29 Sugar: 1.2g Fat: 0.8g Saturates: 0g Salt: 0.8g Conclusion: Never again, although I notice that a lot of reviews do give it high marks so perhaps we're an exception. Definitely back to Tesco's own range for us! One star and I'm not entirely sure it deserves that. Thanks for reading :o)

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        02.02.2013 15:40
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        Add a little extra basil or garlic and there is nothing different to leading brands.

        I am having a foody day today. I have just finished making meat balls for the family tea tonight and i am using Tesco Value Pasta Sauce which i now use constantly. The packaging does nothing to get the taste buds going but at the end of the day i am not going to eat the packaging. When i first used this product i purchased it for 31p where as alot of the 'leading' brands were costing over a pound! On opening the jar my initial thought was that it was going to be very bland and of a runny consistancy. I was very much surprised, yes it was slightly thinner than some of the other brands i had used in the past, but it smelt as the others did. I poured this into a pan to warm through and had a little taste, to me it was missing a little something, so i added some basil to taste and it quickly tasted no different from the leading brands. I personally prefer to use this as a base to my pasta/ rice meals. If you are adding other ingredients such as chillies or garlic there is absolutely nothing wrong with this sauce, but i would recommend adding at least basil dried or fresh. I think this is excellent value for money!

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        23.06.2012 18:49
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        I would reccomend if on a budget

        Tesco value pasta sauce come in a 440g glass jar with a screw top . It has the usual tesco value packaging which has recently changed and is shockingly not blue and white anymore. What first attracted me to this sauce was the price. At 39p it is an absolute bargain. I buy a lot of the tesco value range as I like to get the most for my money when shopping. I find this sauce tastes quite bland and sweet but it's perfect for chucking in a spag bol or my personal favourite is pasta and meatballs with a splash of garlic added. Since changing the packaging I've also noticed that the sauce has changed, it now has a lot more chopped tomatoes in and it's quite thick with a lot of substance. It still has herbs in which I find awful for sticking on my teeth, I always have to check in the mirror after eating this sauce. It is quite high in sugar at 6.3 grams but as I'm currently following a calorie controlled diet, hoping to finally lose my baby weight this isn't whats most important to me and at 94 kcals for the whole jar, I think this pasta sauce is great! I would recommend this sauce if you take it for what it is. It is by no means the most amazing or flavourful but for 39p I'm willing to keep using it

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          19.05.2012 14:53
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          not for me

          I was quite surprised to see that the tesco value pasta sauce has got such high star ratings, in my experience it is not nice at all. I bought a couple of jars of tesco value pasta sauce a couple of months ago to go with some fresh tortellini pasta I had bought. The tortellini only needs a small amount of sauce so I didnt want to splash out on an expensive sauce, so when I saw the jars of pasta sauce for only 39p I though that was great deal and I actually bought two jars! The sauce is tomato based and comes in a glass screw top jar, each jar contains 440g of sauce. The sauce is pretty basic and contains mostly tomato, with some herbs and garlic added for extra flavour. The nutritional information per 1/4 jar is: Calories: 23 Saturated fat: 0.2g Sugar: 2.4g Salt: 1.6g Overall the calorie content is quite low which is good, though the salt and sugar seems a little high to me, though that is a common occurrence with value products, they tend to be less healthy than more expensive varieties. The sauce is very easy to cook, can just microwave it for a few minutes or cook it on the hob, it is very fast to heat up. Since the sauce comes in a screw top jar you can reseal the jar if you don't use all the sauce and keep it in the fridge for later. The sauce should be consumed within 3 days of opening. The sauce consistency is medium thickness and smooth. I would prefer a sauce that is a bit thicker with some lumps of veg in it but since this is from the value range I didn't expect it to be the perfect sauce. I guess if you wanted to add extra to the sauce, like bacon or chopped tomatos that would be very easy to do, I just had it on its own. The sauce smells very nice and tomatoy and i used around 1/3 of a jar to go with my tortellini. The taste of the sauce is quite sweet but also has a tomatoey taste. At first I thought the sauce was pretty good but after a few mouthfuls I began to get a nasty after taste in my mouth, sort of a metallicy kind of bitter taste, kind of hard to describe really. I'd had the tortellini many times before and had never experienced the taste so I assumed the taste was coming from the pasta sauce. I persiveered and finished the meal but I wasn't very impressed with the sauce at all. Overall I wouldn't recommend this sauce based on my experience, maybe I just had a bad batch as it gets mainly positive reviews from other dooyooers, but I have to say I put the rest of the the jar of sauce and the second jar I bought straight in the bin. I'm always willing to try items from the tesco value range to save a bit of money, some are good, some are not, this certainly goes in the latter category and I won't be buying it again.

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          24.03.2012 20:20
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          A great store cupboard basic.

          I'm a huge advocate of the Tesco's value range, and have tried numerous products from it. I decided to try this sauce out a month or so ago, and I have to say I'm really glad I did. The first thing that attracted me to this product was naturally the price! It's an absolute steal at just 39p for 440g, and this is the cheapest sauce that I've spotted in Tesco so far. The packaging is extremely basic as you would expect from this range, but that honestly doesn't bother me. My one minor complaint, is that the lid on these jars can be extremely stiff to open (or perhaps I'm just a weakling!) but apart from that it's fine. I would describe this as a great 'base' sauce for your meals. I find that I have to add a couple of minor ingredients to make it extra tasty, but it's no hassle at all. The consistency of the sauce is good, I don't find it to be too watery. I like to add some garlic, mixed herbs, and chilli for a great, and simple pasta sauce which is fab for a quick meal. I also find that I can use this sauce as a base for my chilli con carne - I just add some cheap kidney beans, cumin, paprika, and chilli, and there you have it! It's surprisingly tasty like this, and I would definitely recommend trying it, it only takes around 15 minutes to cook. I think this sauce is great if you are looking to save a little bit of money, because there is genuinely nothing wrong with it.

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            25.01.2012 22:47

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            I wouldn't recommend

            Me and my family go through lots of pasta sauce and when I seen these for £0.39p I bought four jars not thinking that they were not going to taste very nice. Well it didn't go down too well with my husband and two children. It doesn't even look the same as regular pasta sauce it tastes very synthetic and doesn't taste anywere near the same as tescos normal own brand. I did spice it up the next time with some basil and black pepper, a tin of decent chopped tomatoes, some garlic and onioin. But to be honest it would of been just as easy to make it with tin tomatoes and not bother with the cheap pasta sauce in the first place, or if i was in a rush just pay extra for a decent jar. I personlywould'nt recomend this pasta sauce as for even a cupboad filler as it costs more to make it taste half decent. Cheap but definatly not chearful. has to be the worst taste i've had in pasta sauces.

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            26.11.2011 23:24
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            A good sauce.

            I cook with pasta generally two or three times a week and I generally prefer pretty basic pasta dishes that are tomato and / or cream based. One of my favourite dishes is simply chicken, bacon, onion, garlic and chilli in a tomato sauce and served with penne pasta. Simple, filling and delicious. Yum! For the tomato sauce I generally use a base bought sauce and then add to the sauce - and one of the sauces I have tried is the Tesco Value Pasta Sauce which is part of the Tesco Value range. A 440g jar from Tesco costs just 39p and it's the cheapest tomato pasta sauce on offer in the store. It comes in a glass jar and so you can see the sauce that you're buying before actually buying it. It looks how you would expect it to look.....tomatoey with flecks of herbs throughout. The jar has a screw top lid and so you don't have to use all of the sauce in one go as you can leave it in the jar with the lid on and put it in the fridge. I usually find though that the sauce provides enough for a pasta dish to feel a family of 5 - especially once I've added to it. I generally like to add a splash of sherry, some garlic ginger and chilli and then the sauce takes on a new dimension. I find the sauce to be actually pretty good for a bought pasta sauce. It's nice and thick and it tastes of fresh tomatoes and has not only the right taste, but also the right consistency and smell. It's a basic sauce - but then I think the best tomato sauces are actually the basic ones that just focus on simple flavour. There are evidently some herbs within the sauce which taste like they have been added in the right quantity to me, but I would prefer it if they hadn't added any herbs because this is something I like to add myself so I can get the right taste to suit my family. Overall, I think this is a decent sauce that I would probably buy regardless of the price. Obviously, the fact that it is a low price is an added bonus!

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            19.02.2011 19:39
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            Good value for money

            I thought the best time to review this was just after having the very cheap meal of Tesco Value pasta with tesco value sauce with tesco value cheese on top. My main reason for trying out this product and indeed a lot of the Tesco value range is that I find that a lot of them are just as good as the more expensive options but of course you get to save lots of money which is exactly what I am trying to do. The cause itself it around 30p or at least thereabout. Packaging: It comes in a rather standard Jar, which feels pretty heft and has the standard tesco value blue and white packaging, it is just called pasta sauce and is "tomato based ... with mixed herbs". Nutritional Value: Well the above packaging tells me that it contains (per quarter jar); 24 Calories (1% of RDA) 2g Sugar (2%) 0.9g Fat (1%) 0.4 g Saturates (2%) 0.8g Salt (13%) Clearly on the whole the Pasta Sauce isn't bad for you, but then you aren't likely to eat it out of the jar on itself so just watch what you are adding to it. (Allergy advice says nut free but can't guarantee no traces of nuts) Smell and Taste and appearance: So I guess it is on to the all important but. On popping open the jar you are met with what I would call the standard smell of a tomato based sauce, all good here then. It has a good thick consistency showing that it might go a bit further than you thought and despite having 46% tomato Puree it might be ok. Once you start to pour it doesn't look quite so good and basically just looks a bit like watered down tomato puree with some herbs in and unlike many other pasta sauces it doesn't have chunk of vegetables, then again this costs a fraction of what they do and all that really matters when your on a budget is price and taste aka value for money. For the above dish I chose to cook the pasta for the indicated 12 minutes, remove the water, and then stir in the sauce leaving it on the hob for a minute to make sure that it was fully warmed through, the smell it gave off whilst cooking was actually quite nice and not surprisingly rather tomato like. Taste, well you may have guessed what I am going to say by now, it tastes like tomatoes with a hint of herbs. The sauce was quite thick but I think I may have used too much pasta for this value sauce as it wasn't really strong enough, what I could taste though was nice, though not fantastic. If I was served this in a restaurant then I would most definitely be unhappy, however having used a 30p bag of pasta with a 30p tomato sauce I am fairly happy with the end result. The sauce didn't really have much other taste to it, there wasn't really a hint of the 0.8g of Salt and tomato was by fair and away the predominant flavour. I can't claim to have the best of taste buds but I couldn't detect an after taste and actually there was less of the lingering taste in your mouth that some more expensive sauces leave in your mouth. I have frozen this pasta and can say that this doesn't make much difference to the taste which is a big bonus when you are catch making things as you are too lazy to cook everyday of the week and it is a great way of saving a little bit of money. Overall this is a reasonably good tasting pasta sauce, that taste of tomato and only costs you a minimal amount. Can't complain for the price I paid for it, one of the Tesco Value products that I would recommend and is good value for money.

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            09.08.2010 20:17
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            A good basic pasta sauce

            We, like most families, are very much trying to trim back on our spending budget. We are a family of five and our food spending had crept up to over £100 per week, much too much for us to sustain. As part of our efforts to trim the spend we set out a weekly menu plan and shop according to the meals we have planned for. In our store cupboard you will now find Sainsbury's Basics curry sauce, 9p a jar and Tesco Value Pasta Sauce, the latest I bought was 26p. I know I should make these sauces from scratch myself but time limitations caused by working full time mean that I need the ready prepared sauces to prepare the main meals, also I doubt very much if I could make these sauces for the same price as the big stores are selling them. Monday night is pasta night and we use our Tesco Value Sauce on a regular basis. The glass jar has contents of 440g and I can comfortably feed my family with this amount of sauce. One of the main reasons the sauce appeals to me is that it is smooth. The sauce is "a tomato based pasta sauce with mixed herbs", it has no lumpy bits, my children hate lumpy bits, they like vegetables but they eat them separate to the sauce, mainly peppers and courgette, they don't like onions or mushrooms. Basically I divide the jar in two, half for my husband and me and the other half for the children. With the half for us I add it to chopped vegetables: peppers, mushrooms, courgette, and onions. I cook the vegetables by dry frying in the pan and then a couple of minutes before serving I add the pasta sauce just to heat through. What I don't like about this sauce is that I find it quite sweet, probably the reason why my children like it so much. To get rid of the sweetness I add a little bit of tabasco, it gives it just a little kick. Sometimes I add diced bacon or even chorizo but we usually eat it without meat. My youngest child is only two and pasta is his favourite food, most nights he just eats plain cooked pasta for his dinner, sometimes I open a jar of this sauce and use it to add to his meals, I use some of the sauce from the jar and then store the rest in the fridge, it can be kept for 3 days in the fridge once opened. This sauce has 22kcal per 100g, which is very good, however it has quite a high sugar content 1.8g per 100g. The sauce is a good colour of red and you can see the little bits of herbs throughout, it smells pleasant, you get a definite whiff of oregano when you open the jar. The jar is a screw top and is quite easy to open, it also has the distinctive Tesco Value logo etc on the labelling. All in all this jar does what it is supposed to it is a good basic pasta sauce and could be used for other dishes such as chilli, or lasagne. It is a sauce that appeals to my whole family and is very good value for money, available in Tesco. We will continue to use this sauce.

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            17.07.2010 17:17
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            Nice if adding to it, bit oily if not

            I made my boyfriend pick this up instead of Dolmio one day, because it was either milk and tea or just milk - I was willing to sacrifice quality for just one more meal, and at 31p it really helped!! It comes in a glass jar with an image of some spaghetti Bolognese, pasta tubes were portrayed under the mince in sauce, and the 'Tesco Value' sticker around the middle of the jar. The gold lid popped off easily (didn't need all the banging and hurting that Dolmio jars demand!) ad it actually smelled really nice, a little bit like Original Dolmio. The ingredients didn't state there was any veg or anything extra in it, just 'pasta sauce' as it was put, so after eating it once on its own we decided to add our own stuff the next time; more about that later. Not only did it smell like Dolmio's Original, but it also tasted a little bit like it; I won't lie and say it tasted amazing, you could certainly tell the quality compromise was there, but it did taste different to what I'm used to. It seemed a little bit oilier than the ranges of Dolmio's and Ragu for example, but it still tasted like a pasta sauce; some of the really cheap ones don't even taste like that! The second time we bought it we decided to add some veg, just a bit of cut peppers, grated carrot, an onion and garlic; it made it taste really rather good, obviously they blended together really well and added more flavor to the sauce itself, but it taste really good - may be an idea to add veg to yours, it's still cheaper than buying a £2 jar! As we don't live near a Tesco anymore we tend to buy Morrisons own, with added veg and mushrooms etc - a bit pricier but probably works out the same after you'd bought everything fresh to put in with the Tesco Value!

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            07.06.2010 20:28
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            Get mixing! Clever mixing is sometimes cheaper!

            Want a quick simple pasta dish? Listen up! Money: For 440g of sauce you're looking at around 36p (last time I checked) pretty good hey? The sauce is sufficient for 2 people I reckon or one massive meal if you're feeling particularly peckish. Taste: The taste is so so to be honest. It's quite basily and the texture isn't amazing. I quite like some sort of substance to my pasta sauce and this is just perfectly smooth and is more of a paste. I think the sauce could be toned down wit the amount of spice they put in it though if I'm honest. It really hits the back of your throat and doesn't smell the greatest either. Ease: Easier than making it from scratch! It's a case of heating it up in the pan and banging it on top of some pasta, easy! Cooking time isn't reduced because pasta normally takes longer than a sauce to cook but effort is halved at least! One thing I would say is don't be tempted to microwave it. The sauce has a tendency to smell a bit funky if done in the microwave and also to boil and pop like lava. This causes all sorts of mess and definitely adds to effort in terms of cleaning. The 'lava effect' also happens on the hob though so don't over heat the sauce. Downsides: I would say the texture and the taste, it's not for me! But some might disagree. Moneysaving tip: One money saving tip, that isn't a big saver so don't get too excited, is to get every last drop of sauce out with a bit of swirled around water once the jar is almost empty. This can be used for any sauce especially lumpy ones that tend to stick in the jar. The sauce isn't watered down because it will evaporate when cooking. My other tip, to people who aren't fans of the strong taste of this sauce is to use it instead to flavour tinned chopped tomatoes. As the flavour is so strong it can be used sparingly instead to save a bit of money. Doing this makes your mish mash of chopped tomatoes and pasta sauce actually cheaper per 100g than simply using the sauce alone. It also adds some texture to the sauce which I find much tastier. It all depends on your ratio of sauce to tinned tomatoes ratio but the more chopped tomatoes you use, the cheaper it will be compared to pasta sauce. Overall: Not great on it's own, but better when used to flavour chopped tomatoes instead, and also cheaper that way which is always a bonus! Toodles!

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            18.04.2010 23:51
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            great for the waist and the pocket

            I don't shop in any one supermarket and tend to do small shops in each, usually going to a different one each week depending on the offers. I am not loyal to any shops, I go where the value and offers are, to save as much as I can. A great way of saving is by using the supermarkets basic brands. Tesco's is called Tesco Value and is a range of quite basic, essential products at a low price. the quality does differ but overall I find they are pretty good and try to use as much from this range as possible. One of the things I do buy on a regular basis is this pasta sauce. For just 36p you get a 440g jar which I find is easily enough for 3 to 4 servings. It's got a good consistency, not too thick but not runny and tasteless either. I do like the flavour although I have had other value brand sauces that were slightly better. I sometimes find it tastes a little too sweet for me and so always avoid adding anything with any extra sweetness in the taste such as peppers. Having said that it's still a good flavour and perfectly edible, just I'm not a fan of sweetness in sauces too much. To get around this I make sure I either dilute it a bit or add a bit of tomato puree/ The other thing I do is spread it amongst a lot of pasts so that you get just a hint of the sauce. I don't think anyone else would have this problem. It's very personal to me. I use this sauce with lot's of different things. I have it with chicken, rice, pasta, couscous, over vegetables and with meat. It has a tomato flavour so suits a lot of different foods. I do try my best to cook sauces from scratch, but I'm not perfect and have very lazy days when I can't bothered or am sometimes just too busy to cook. That's when this sauce is great. I can just shove some pasta in a pan and then when it's drained I add this and a bit of iceland pre-cooked chicken. A serving is 100g (just under a quarter of the jar) and this contains 24 calories and 0.4g of saturated fat, which is very good for a cooking sauce. Good for the waistline and the pocket!

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            25.03.2010 13:13
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            A GOOD SAUCE AT BARGAIN PRICE

            I have recently tried out the Tesco value jar of pasta sauce and this is my review. I have been trying out some of the items in the Tesco value range to see if I can save a few pence on my weekly shop and I have found that some of them are very good value but other items in the range are not that good and I will not get them again. The packaging is very plain but this is cos it is a Tesco value item and all of the items in the Tesco value range are basic products and you are paying only for the products and not for any fancy packaging. This does not bother me to much cos I am more concerned with the item and not what packet it comes in as this goes in the bin anyway. The jar is made of glass and so it can be recycled once it has been given a wash out. The jar is 440ml in size and this cost me under 40 pence which I think is a very affordable and good price. I made the pasta sauce for myself and my sister one night for a meal and I thought there was enough sauce in the jar to feed the both of us enough and I didn't think the portion of sauce was on the stingy side. The pasta sauce can probably be used in a few different ways but I chose to cook my pasta first and then add the heated sauce to the cooked/soft pasta. I was pleased that the pasta suace did not take to long to heat up, only a few minutes. After I had added the pasta sauce to the cooked pasta I returned it to the heat and stirred it for another few minutes. I then added a little cooked Italian sausage to the sauce to give a little bit of bite to the meal and put a bit of parmesan cheese on top. I served the pasta and sauce with home made garlic bread. So what did we think? Well I was glad I had added the sausage because the pasta suace is quite smooth and didn't have any wee chunks in it the way that other little suaces do so I think it might have been a bit sloppy if I hadn't done that. The sauce had a nice tomato and herb flavour to it and I thought the colour was very nice and I could see little flecks of green herbs through it. The sauce wasn't to salty which was good for me cos most jars of sauce are a bit salty for my taste. Also I thought that the sauce had a nice texture and it was not to runny. Also a bad side to the sauce was that there was a bit of an after taste to it which I thought was from the tomato flavour being a bit acidy or over powering. This was a bit disappointing for me but for what I paid for the sauce I was not to let down and to be honest I would buy it again as it is a handy thing to keep in my cupboard and I thought the taste was quite nice on the most part. The sauce cost under forty pence so beggars can't be choosers and a similar sauce that I have bought a lot of times in the past costs around a pound more than this and it also has a bit of an after taste so I feel I am as well buying the cheaper Tesco value sauce than the dearer one as they are much the same. I would suggest giving it a try out as I thought the sauce was really reasonable and I thought it was a great price for a good product.

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            16.02.2010 11:28
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            i normally stay true to the brand named Sauces for my Pasta. I know it works out that bit more expensive but since I tend to buy Sauces that have Onion and Garlic already in it, then it means that I don't have to buy the ingredients seperate. Although this was just a simple Tomato Sauce with nothing to jazz it up, I wasn't expecting much from this, but it was ok in a plain kind of way. This is part of the Tesco Value range and cost a bargain 34p for the 440g jar. A brand name jar costs about £1.40, so there is a big difference. The jar is alright looking. Just a clear glass jar with a simple white label with the ingredients, how to use and the nutritional information on it. Not so much colouring and it isn't eye catching. At least you can see the Sauce through the jar. It looks more orange than red, and looks pretty runny. You just add this to browned Mince in the usual way, stir in and cook for a few minutes to make sure everything is mixed in, the Mince is coated and it is all hot. There isn't much to say about the taste of this. It does taste Tomato-y and a slight hint of Herbs in this. Not too much and there doesn't seem to be much seasoning in here either. A splash of Salt and Pepper would have went a long way. There did seem like there was a good amount of Tomatoes in here, but it tasted a bit watery, and not that much a rich roasted taste. It was alright, but certainly had a bit of a budget taste to it. It could be because i'm used to having the extra flavourings in my Sauce, so I may be critasising this a bit too much, but I would say if you are on a budget and like a more simple, not too rich Sauce then I would recommend a try of this. After all it is only 34p and you'd make money on writing about it if you aren't too keen on the taste.

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            13.02.2010 12:14
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            I buy this regularly for my partner as it makes a quick and easy meal when I dont have time to make a proper meal. I'm not a big tomato pasta sauce fan but after hearing rave reviews about it from him I decided to give it a try. The sauce costs just 36p for 440g which I think is an excellent price. The label on the jar is slightly different to the one in the picture and it now has a small picture of the product on it. You heat it on the hob, it is not suitable for microwave cooking. It takes 4-5 minutes. I prefer to cook the pasta first, drain it and then mix this sauce in with it and put it back on the hob for a few minutes. This way you get piping hot pasta and sauce and the pasta is coated well. The sauce itself is a deep red in colour with flecks of herbs throughout, there are no bits in this sauce, it is smooth which for me was a good thing as I am not a big tomato fan! It coats the pasta well and I'd say it serves two as a main meal. Tucking into my pasta I was pleasantly suprised. The sauce tasted very nice and was not at all what I expected for 36p! It had a subtle tomato taste and was not too tangy. The herbs gave it a slight kick and it went down very well. I was really pleased with the sauce. Tesco say that per serving (1/4 of the jar) this sauce contains 24 calories, 2g sugars, 0.9g fat (0.4g saturates) and 0.8g salt. This isnt bad at all and the only thing to watch out for is the salt content. Overall, I enjoyed this sauce as it made a nice alternative for me. I will be buying it again as I think its brilliant value and is a nice, basic sauce for cooking with.

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