First ever – Tesco launched chilled freefrom ready meals range
Tesco are breaking new ground this month by launching the very first range of chilled freefrom ready meals – really a move into the main stream so many congratulations to Tesco for taking the leap!
However, while taking a leap into the unknown in terms of concept (chilled freefrom ready meals) they have remained extremely conservative in terms of actual product: Spaghetti Bolognese, Chicken & Bacon Pasta Bake, Beef Lasagne, Three Cheese Fusilli Pasta Bake and (the one exception to the conservative label) Beef Casserole & Dumplings. Not that that is to say anything against the meals – far from it. As it happens not only are they reassuring in their familiarity but they are also very good examples of those dishes – well, certainly, the Beef Casserole & Dumplings, Beef Lasagne and Three Cheese Fusilli Pasta Bake that we tried are.
The gluten-free Beef Lasagne is made with Irish or British beef, pecorino cheese and plenty of good ingredients including nutmeg, cream, mushrooms, bay, yeast extract, beef stock and excellent gluten-free pasta. Layered with plenty of well flavoured sauce and with lots of cheese, we thought this was a really first class lasagne – even if one taster was calling for a little more meat, please...
However, beware - the lasagne does, obviously, contain dairy plus cornflour and yeast extract.
The gluten-free Three Cheese Fusilli Pasta Bake is a perfect nursery food macaroni cheese - good pasta, plenty of cheese, lots of sauce, tasty, soft and comforting. Perfect for a night in in front of the telly...
It does, obviously again, contain dairy and cornflour.
The Beef Casserole & Dumplings, made using British beef, has big chunks of beef and vegetables, and great gravy although our tasters felt it could have done with a touch more seasoning. The gluten-free dumplings are excellent, nicely light in texture and deliciously herby. Very nice meal.
It is wheat and gluten free, and dairy free but not certified dairy free, so may contain traces of dairy. It does contain cornflour and buckwheat flour.
All the meals are good value at £2.50 for between 380g–400g – even better value if you buy them before the 5th June as they are on offer at £2 each. They are available from Tesco stores nationwide.