Sunday, 12 July 2009

Baked Tuna Spaghetti

Having had some leftover tuna sweetcorn sandwich filling from the previous blog post, I planned to combine this with spaghetti and some peppers that I bought the last time, and chucking the whole lot into the oven. Quick, easy, filling.

One main problem with the peppers is that the size of each pepper can be variable. Sainsbury's sells the Basics peppers in bags of 750g each, as opposed to their regular peppers which are sold in bags of three. This may make portioning a bit of a problem when it comes to preparing for food. Perhaps the Basics peppers are best used when cooking diced peppers in bulk or when presentation doesn't matter, or if you're planning your meals ahead.

The spaghetti tends to stick together quite badly when cooking, which may be a problem if you don't usually add olive oil. It also tastes starchier compared to regular pasta. From past experience, the same can be said of their Basics penne.

Costing table is found below. Keep in mind that the peppers is slightly more difficult to compare per se, since the next better product isn't served in the same proportion. If you have trouble reading this, please leave a comment and I'll keep this in mind in future blog posts. Information on the tuna sweetcorn sandwich filling can be found here.

DescriptionPrice per UnitNo. of servingsTrade-up PremiumTrade-up Benefits
Peppers£1.59 for 750g (£2.12/kg)typically 3-4N/A; £1.34 for 3 (+£0.86/kg)More regularly shaped peppers






+£0.30 (or +£0.17 for quick cook spaghetti)
Better quality pasta which does not stick so easily when cooking and tastes less starchy, possible quick cook, although the Basics pasta range cooks quite quickly already. Recommended.

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