There are certain weeks at The Madhouse that I cook everything from scratch ... then there are other weeks like this week when I'm overstretched, over-tired and constantly in need of a quick meal on the table with a second's notice. Well, it's been the perfect time for trying out the products from Chicken Tonight and Ragu that I was sent to review.
Today, I had a last minute request for a sleepover from Sophie - she's been having a bit of a bad time lately with all this bullying business so I said OK, then needed a meal that would stretch to one extra serving with very little time. I decided to try a jar of Ragu Bolognese Sauce. I used the Traditional Chunky variety - it also comes as Original Smooth - and I have to say, after adding some minced beef and onions, it looked and tasted homemade so it's great as a timesaver when you're in a rush. Everybody loved it and nobody noticed I hadn't cooked it from scratch until I told them - always a good sign !
The other jar of Ragu pasta sauce (I can tell I'm tired, I keep typing Rasta sauce!) that we tried this week was the Tomato & Basil sauce.
Once again, I was impressed with the large chunks of tomato which gave this a very homemade, rustic feel.
I added minced beef, mushrooms and onions so it came out pretty much like the bolognese to be honest. This could be used on its own for a simple vegetarian option or used with chicken or bacon and olives to jazz it up a bit. I think I may use this to make a quick (and frugal) pasta sauce with leftover chicken or pork after the Sunday roast next time.
I was very impressed with how homemade the sauces looked and tasted and the sheer convenience so I'll definitely be buying these as a store-cupboard staple for those days I need a quick meal that is cheaper and healthier than a takeaway.
star rating : 4.5/5
RRP : £1.99
for more information : http://www.ragu.co.uk/
Disclosure : I received a hamper of Chicken Tonight and Ragu products in order to write honest reviews.
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