Time-Saving Tuesdays – Asda Smart Price Lasagne

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Asda Smart Price Value Lasagne In It's Box

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Asda Smart Price Value Lasagne In It’s Box

Ola, it’s Tuesday so it’s that time of the week again… here’s this week’s Time-Saving Tuesdays post… on time…. how many times can I fit the word time in a sentence…. lots of times (see what I did there).

The subject of this week’s Time-Saving Tuesdays review is an Asda Smart Price Value Lasagne. Like the Asda Bolognese Pasta Bake I Reviewed on the 23rd of June this was a Smart Price ready meal for one, but unlike it’s bolognesy counterpart it doesn’t quite live up to the mark, let’s find out why shall we?

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Asda Smart Price Value Lasagne Ingredients

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Asda Smart Price Value Lasagne Ingredients

The ingredients above seem fairly straight forward enough and the majority of them I use in my lasagne as do most people. Incidentally I don’t make lasagne often because two very special ladies are experts at them. Hayleigh and Rhian are Lasagne queens…. now at this point I will say I’ve never tasted Rhian’s Lasagne… (challenge offered) 😀 but I know it’s reputation from friends who have tried it (people she loves more than me) :'( . I have however tasted Hayleigh’s and it was fab, a great flavour to it, helped along by a glass of red wine….. happy days.

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Asda Smart Price Value Lasagne - Rhian, Hayleigh and I a few years ago

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Asda Smart Price Value Lasagne – Rhian, Hayleigh and I a few years ago

As always with Asda’s Smart Price meals the cooking instructions were clear, I really like that it’s one of my little pleasures in life, a good clearly written easy to follow set of cooking instructions. For me that’s like coming home from work and your partner’s put the dinner on the table, or someone giving up their seat on the bus for you, or finding a fiver in a pocket that you didn’t know you had…. sorry I digress 😳 .

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Asda Smart Price Value Lasagne Cooking Instructions

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Asda Smart Price Value Lasagne Cooking Instructions

As always I cooked mine from frozen, you’ll notice in the above cooking instructions it accounts for my rubsihy microwave which is 700W woop woop! 😆

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Asda Smart Price Value Lasagne Ingredients

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Asda Smart Price Value Lasagne Ingredients

Here’s the geeky sciency bit for all those of you out there who are fully au fait with the importance and the meaning behind the nutritional information. There is 6.6 grams of saturated fats and 8.4 grams of sugar, I was surprised at that, it’s practically a dessert 😆 .

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Asda Smart Price Value Lasagne Ready To Eat

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Asda Smart Price Value Lasagne Ready To Eat

I have to admit that this ready meal was…. pants, don’t get me wrong it wasn’t as bad as the Westlers Burgers in Onion Gravy but it was pretty bad. In saying that, it could have been the way I cooked it, the box described it as

Layers of egg pasta with tomato and minced beef filling, topped with béchamel sauce and mature Cheddar cheese.

The sauce was runny and not particularly tasty, there was no depth of flavour to the mince and tomato sauce and the past just disintegrated as soon as you put your fork near it. 5 stars

I’d give this a 5 stars, I want to give it a 4 but it was edible, I just thought it was pretty poor compared to Pasta Bake. Another reason why I’ve given it a five is it’s 69p, that’s pretty cheap and although I’ve slated it it is edible, and would fill a gap if you were in a rush.

Recipes Coming Soon

Recipes Coming Soon

What’s next on the Wheelie Good Meals agenda well it’s either going to be my take on Rachel Khoo’s Cauliflower Cheese burgers with Red Onion Chutney or Sausage Meatballs in a Spiced Tomato Sauce…. we’ll see, but don’t panic whatever one comes up this week it’s a great recipe, and you’ll have the other one next week.

We’ve also got another Mystery Bag Meals coming up this month and another fabulous guest post from Melanie of Melanie’s Food Adventures and a few interesting Time-Saving Tuesday Posts including a gadget review!

See you soon!

 

Rich

Ready Meal Monday - Bisto Lasagne Box

Ready Meal Monday – Bisto Lasagne

Ready Meal Monday - Bisto Lasagne Box

Ready Meal Monday – Bisto Lasagne Box

Ooops, ok I know what you’re thinking – where the heck is Ready Meal Monday… no… well you should be 🙂 I know I’m a bit late and I apologise for that, I could give you some technical mumbo jumbo about sprites being in my computer and taking over the interweb…. but I won’t! The real reason is I have a limited selection of ready meals in my freezer so the choice was Bisto, Asda or Tesco… As you can see I went with Bisto again! Don’t panic it’s a Lasagne (oh yes, you know… because of the title) lol!

My limited Ready Meal selection is because of my transportation issues, I have to do all my grocery and food shopping online, as do my parents. Hence the sometimes limited selection, however, I will say all the meals I review for Ready Meal Mondays are bought by myself and are not reviewed for or on behalf of anyone.

This was a good one for me because I really enjoyed the Bisto Cottage Pie (see my review here) and was hoping this would be as good. I used to love Lasagne but I’ve had some bad experiences in local pubs and also some ready meals so wasn’t sure what to expect.

I make a fairly mean Lasagne myself and am also very lucky to have two exceptionally good Lasagne makers in Hayleigh and Rhian who both make the most amazing versions of this classic Italian dish, and no ladies I’m not going to choose whose the best… their both special in their own ways 🙂 Ok, back to the ready meal, the box describes this in the following way.

A classic Lasagne made with pasta sheets layered with minced beef in a bolognese sauce, topped with white sauce & grated cheddar Cheese

Ready Meal Monday - Description of Bisto Lasagne

Ready Meal Monday – Description of Bisto Lasagne

As you can see above there is also a Quality pledge which states that this ready meal had

  • No artificial preservatives
  • No hydrogenated fats
  • 100% Minced Beef

Three things which are always good to know

The béchamel sauce was tasty and had a nice consistency to it, it had a good flavour of cheese in my opinion. The layers were defined and the meat ragu/sauce between the layers of pasta had a good depth of flavour for a ready meal and had good texture. The problem in my eyes was the pasta. I know pasta is meant to be al dente, al dente is Italian for “To the Tooth” and is defined by Wikipedia in the following way:

In contemporary Italian cooking, the term identifies the ideal consistency for pasta and involves a brief cooking time. Molto al dente is the culinary term for slightly undercooked pasta

I’m all for pasta being undercooked but i felt that this was slightly chewy and almost a bit slimy, if that makes any sense. Now I will concede it could have been a) my microwave or b) my cooking but it’s something to bare in mind. The ingredients and nutritional information can be found below.

Ready Meal Monday - Bisto Lasagne Ingredients and Nutritional Information

Ready Meal Monday – Bisto Lasagne Ingredients and Nutritional Information

I know last week I had a rant about cooking times, well these were plain and simple to understand. I do have to ask the Ready Meal Moguls how much effort it would be to add a column for 700W microwaves, which I have. This surely, isn’t too hard and would make a world of difference….. oh wait, i’m ranting again :)!

Ready Meal Monday - Bisto Lasagne Cooking Times

Ready Meal Monday – Bisto Lasagne Cooking Times

Here’s the Lasagne in all it’s glory, on the whole not a bad dish though not as good as home made.  Next week we have the Macaroni Cheese off with a review of Tesco Everyday Value Macaroni Cheese

Ready Meal Monday - Bisto Lasagne In All It's Glory

Ready Meal Monday – Bisto Lasagne In All It’s Glory

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