pasta reviews

Batchelor’s Pasta ‘n’ Sauce Smoky Cheese & Pancetta Flavour

Published on September 2nd, 2018
3 out of 5

Pretty painful instructions. Add 250 ml of water, 100ml of milk, 10g of butter (optional), put in a large bowl, apply microwavable film (?!), pierce holes in it, microwave for several minutes and figure out when to stir twice during the cooking process. But I’m impressed with the end result. It has a nice smoky… [Read More]

Batchelors Pasta ‘n’ Sauce Tomato Basil & Mascarpone

Published on July 29th, 2018
3 out of 5

In the interests of a good review, I followed the instructions to a T. Oven hob, measured quantity of milk, heat through for specified time, serve. A faff, and more washing up than I’d like, all for… crunchy pasta. And boy, is there a lot of it! Take a look at the last couple of… [Read More]

Pot Noodle Chicken & Mushroom

Published on July 8th, 2018
4 out of 5

Ahhhh, the humble pot noodle. A classic. The epitome of student munch. We know it’s not haute cuisine. We know it’s not particularly healthy. But by golly, it’s a British institution, and it will continue to feed students long after Brexit does or doesn’t happen. As the name suggests, it’s a pot of noodles. The noodles… [Read More]

Heinz Macaroni Cheese

Published on May 13th, 2018
3 out of 5

2 servings. Microwavable. Ring pull lid. Nice and easy. Bit of an odd cheese sauce – slightly unpleasant aftertaste. Still, I ate it all. Can’t have been that bad. And it went down very quickly despite it being two servings!  

Pot Pasta Creamy Carbonara

Published on May 6th, 2018
4 out of 5

Remove the lid, disappointment – hardly anything in here! Add hot water, stir, leave for five whole minutes. Pleasantly surprised when I returned – the pasta comes out normal size! Sauce is deliciously thick and creamy for a “just add water” dish. Nice bacon flavour, though no visible bits. I wondered if there maybe wasn’t… [Read More]

Batchelors Deli Box Pasta: Cheese & Broccoli

Published on January 16th, 2018
3 out of 5

A little disappointing on first appearance – not much pasta here. But when you add the water and leave it, it does expand to be something more substantial. That said, hard to know where to fill the water to – the fill line is on the outside. The pasta ends up a little chewy –… [Read More]

Morrisons Spinach & Ricotta Cannelloni

Published on December 21st, 2017
3 out of 5

Very creamy and decadent. For me, the spinach is a little too long and stringy and would have benefited from being blended first. There is too much emphasis on the cream and not enough on the cheese- I like a flavoursome, browned cheese on the top; this cannelloni didn’t deliver. *Review from May 2013

Tesco Value Pasta in a Tomato and Onion Sauce

Published on August 27th, 2013
2 out of 5

Word of warning- takes an age to cook! I wanted a quick meal before my lecture, but this requires 15 minutes in the microwave- I had to return to it afterwards. Decent portion size, but the tomato sauce is a bit sweet, sickly, and bland. This tastes just like plain pasta with a little bit… [Read More]

Tesco Spaghetti Bolognese

Published on July 26th, 2013
3 out of 5

The mince has liquidated into the sauce, giving the sauce a vaguely brown colour. As ever, the spaghetti is soft. Tasty, filling.

Morrisons Fresh Ideas King Prawn Linguine

Published on July 22nd, 2013
2 out of 5

The tomato-packed sauce ends up being watery, the king prawns tough and chewy and the basil undetectable. This is reasonable in terms of its taste, but unreasonable in terms of its cost. Not particularly filling, and far too expensive given the cost and quality of the ingredients. Not flavoursome enough nor exciting enough. A bit… [Read More]