£5 Italian Meal deal @ M&S
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£5 Italian Meal deal @ M&S

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Expires on 23/04/2018LocalFound 6th Apr
Fresh filled or plain pasta + fresh pasta sauce + garlic bread or salad
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looks like a poor person's dinner
mutley17 m ago

looks like a poor person's dinner


Or someone who is careful about what they eat
gainsay1 m ago

Or someone who is careful about what they eat


then they should not be eating this as it is not a healthy meal at all.
We had the filled pasta and mascarpone sauce with rocket salad last night. Not sure how much it would have cost to buy normally but it was a quick easy meal which we needed last night
granto311 m ago

We had the filled pasta and mascarpone sauce with rocket salad last night. …We had the filled pasta and mascarpone sauce with rocket salad last night. Not sure how much it would have cost to buy normally but it was a quick easy meal which we needed last night


Oh.
It is not a bad deal if you choose right, we really like the ravioli but the portion size is small for two. The carbonara sauce is nice but I freeze this for a later date and make my own tomato sauce instead.
gainsay23 h, 49 m ago

Or someone who is careful about what they eat


Don't be daft - it has three basil leaves on it.
Edited by: "misterleoni" 8th Apr
Whats the difference between buying these 'fresh' sauces and pastas and just buying an M&S pasta ready meal? Is it just the psychological joy of having thrown the respective components into a pan and assembled them, or is this genuinely more tasty?

For those with busy lifestyles I'd expect that you'd get just as tasty a pasta from their ready made range, and I can't imagine how this is any fresher in reality.
Edited by: "misterleoni" 8th Apr
misterleoni2 h, 40 m ago

Whats the difference between buying these 'fresh' sauces and pastas and …Whats the difference between buying these 'fresh' sauces and pastas and just buying an M&S pasta ready meal? Is it just the psychological joy of having thrown the respective components into a pan and assembled them, or is this genuinely more tasty? For those with busy lifestyles I'd expect that you'd get just as tasty a pasta from their ready made range, and I can't imagine how this is any fresher in reality.


it is always best to make your own food as the crap they put into ready made food is just ridiculous. i have an allergy to most foods so i always read the ingredients in food before purchase and i am appalled at all the stuff that they add into a ready meals.

you can make a similar meal from scratch (not me as i am blooming hopeless, but anyone else could) that is healthier and costs less than a fiver.
mutley11 h, 30 m ago

it is always best to make your own food as the crap they put into ready …it is always best to make your own food as the crap they put into ready made food is just ridiculous. i have an allergy to most foods so i always read the ingredients in food before purchase and i am appalled at all the stuff that they add into a ready meals.you can make a similar meal from scratch (not me as i am blooming hopeless, but anyone else could) that is healthier and costs less than a fiver.


I can't imagine the separate components here have any less crap in though, as they're still sauces to be kept on a shelf.
misterleoni3 m ago

I can't imagine the separate components here have any less crap in though, …I can't imagine the separate components here have any less crap in though, as they're still sauces to be kept on a shelf.


they add more than just sauces to ready meals.
mutley120 m ago

they add more than just sauces to ready meals.


Are you sure about that? Be interested to compare a refrigerated pasta bake from M&S to a refrigerated sauce and pasta from M&S. The principle on shelf life still applies and I can't see why it would apply to one product and not the other.
misterleoni1 h, 26 m ago

Are you sure about that? Be interested to compare a refrigerated pasta …Are you sure about that? Be interested to compare a refrigerated pasta bake from M&S to a refrigerated sauce and pasta from M&S. The principle on shelf life still applies and I can't see why it would apply to one product and not the other.


pop into m&s and read the ingredients.

my husband gets lamb shank from m&s and the list of ingredients is half a page long! when he cooks lamb shank himself, no way does he add all those blooming ingredients to the food.
mutley11 h, 20 m ago

pop into m&s and read the ingredients. my husband gets lamb shank from …pop into m&s and read the ingredients. my husband gets lamb shank from m&s and the list of ingredients is half a page long! when he cooks lamb shank himself, no way does he add all those blooming ingredients to the food.


Oh that makes sense but I was talking about ready made. Assume your husband doesn't buy M&S lamb shank sauce. I'm talking about separate M&S pasta sauce and pasta VS M&S pasta already in sauce.
misterleoni1 h, 25 m ago

Oh that makes sense but I was talking about ready made. Assume your …Oh that makes sense but I was talking about ready made. Assume your husband doesn't buy M&S lamb shank sauce. I'm talking about separate M&S pasta sauce and pasta VS M&S pasta already in sauce.


i still think they add more into the ready meal than just the sauce, but would be interested to find out if this is the case.

when my husband makes lamb shank, he makes the sauce himself, he doesn't buy lamb shank sauce, if one even exists that is.
mutley112 m ago

i still think they add more into the ready meal than just the sauce, but …i still think they add more into the ready meal than just the sauce, but would be interested to find out if this is the case.when my husband makes lamb shank, he makes the sauce himself, he doesn't buy lamb shank sauce, if one even exists that is.


I was just joking with the lamb shanks sauce

I never buy ready made sauces - I make everything from scratch if I'm 'cooking'. If I'm going to buy a ready meal it's for the absolute convenience and speed of putting a tray in an oven and setting a timer. I don't really understand how a pot of pasta sauce in a sealed plastic tub would have any less additives than a tub of pasta arrabiata in a sealed plastic carton from the same supplier - I can't help but think it's just a psychological boost that gives you the feeling you're 'making' something.

M&S gets its meals built to spec by a factory so I can't see why they would choose to sling a load of unnecessary additives in one dish and not in the other, when they are stored the same way.
misterleoni21 m ago

I was just joking with the lamb shanks sauce I never buy ready made …I was just joking with the lamb shanks sauce I never buy ready made sauces - I make everything from scratch if I'm 'cooking'. If I'm going to buy a ready meal it's for the absolute convenience and speed of putting a tray in an oven and setting a timer. I don't really understand how a pot of pasta sauce in a sealed plastic tub would have any less additives than a tub of pasta arrabiata in a sealed plastic carton from the same supplier - I can't help but think it's just a psychological boost that gives you the feeling you're 'making' something. M&S gets its meals built to spec by a factory so I can't see why they would choose to sling a load of unnecessary additives in one dish and not in the other, when they are stored the same way.


i don't do any cooking so i have no idea what sauces are out there. i went into waitrose a few weeks ago and was very surprised to stumble on an aisle full of all different types of sauces, so it would not surprise me if they had lamb shank sauce in there some where.

my husband buys bolognese sauce when he makes bolognese but he adds other stuff into the bolognese so it tastes more delicious than a ready made bolognese that you get from the supermarket. the meal is fresh even though it is made with bolognese sauce. i think this is why people buy sauces as they can add extra stuff in when they cook to suit their taste. they can also keep the sauce for months and make the meal fresh.
mutley19 m ago

i don't do any cooking so i have no idea what sauces are out there. i …i don't do any cooking so i have no idea what sauces are out there. i went into waitrose a few weeks ago and was very surprised to stumble on an aisle full of all different types of sauces, so it would not surprise me if they had lamb shank sauce in there some where.my husband buys bolognese sauce when he makes bolognese but he adds other stuff into the bolognese so it tastes more delicious than a ready made bolognese that you get from the supermarket. the meal is fresh even though it is made with bolognese sauce. i think this is why people buy sauces as they can add extra stuff in when they cook to suit their taste. they can also keep the sauce for months and make the meal fresh.


These sort of sauces (in this deal) are refrigerated and intended to be dumped on to the pasta provided and stirred in, thus creating a home made pasta 😜 I don't think their intended market is people who like to use them as a base and embellish them with other additions to make them tastier.
At this price point (£5) I find this deal is far nicer than two pasta ready meals. The pasta itself has nicer fillings (although I couldn't find the nicest - the truffle one) and - calorie watching - I only use half a tub of the sauce over the pasta which means there is half left for another meal (you can add it to just plain boiled pasta) so it really is value for money.

Deal serves 2 as is bulked out with the garlic bread (the 4 thin sticks are really nice but the 6 standard pieces are good too) and so it works out at £2.50 each (with that little bonus of sauce left if you don't use it all).

Can certainly recommend and have tried lots of variations in sauces/pastas.
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