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Napolina pasta sauce feedback thread; find out what MNers think about the latest range - NOW CLOSED

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AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 22-Feb-16 11:44:38

We asked 250 Mners with children to try the latest range of pasta sauces from Napolina – this is the thread for their feedback.

Napolina say “we are excited to launch a new range of No Added Sugar pasta sauces to complement our existing range of over 130 products including pasta, sauces, canned tomatoes, olive oil, pulses, pizzeria and balsamic vinegar. The sauces enable tasty and convenient meals to be created, whilst reducing ‘added sugar’ intake. Flavours are centred around Italian family classic meals and have been developed to appeal to parents and children alike.

All sauces have a smooth texture and are available in seven flavour variants:

~ Bolognese pasta sauce
~ Pasta sauce for Macaroni Cheese
~ Pasta sauce for Meatballs
~ Creamy Cheese and Tomato pasta sauce
~ Red Lasagne pasta sauce
~ White Lasagne pasta sauce
~ Tomato with Hidden Veg pasta sauce

Available in a 480g/500g jar for families of four or more (RRP £1.69), the sauces are perfect for creating Italian inspired family favourites on busy weekdays or leisurely weekends alike”.

Questions for testers

As a parent, what is the biggest tea-time challenge for you?
Would you say you are more aware of the ‘added sugar’ in food now than you were perhaps a year ago?
What is your top priority as a parent when choosing which products to purchase or meals to cook for your family?
From the ones you tried, which is your favourite flavour in the range? Which did your children like?
Would you use the products again? Why?
If it came up in conversation, would you recommend the sauces to a friend or family member?

Selected testers who add feedback as required will be entered into a prize draw where one winner will get a £300 John Lewis voucher.

Thanks and good luck
MNHQ

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MummyBtothree Mon 22-Feb-16 13:27:26

Oooh anyone heard yet? Was really hoping to get this one hmm

MummyBtothree Mon 22-Feb-16 13:38:10

Just seen on the application thread the sauces are already being delivered so thats a no for me then...again hmm Ive applied for loads of these trials lately but no luck sad

hinkyhonk Mon 22-Feb-16 13:39:48

Mine just arrived through the post. I was most confused to receive a package as I was sure I hadn't ordered anything during one of the middle of the night feeding sessions but couldn't be entirely sure!

dgcoco5 Mon 22-Feb-16 14:24:53

Oooh just had email confirmation of being selected to take part !! Roll on Pasta fun ! ...grin

5madthings Mon 22-Feb-16 14:28:13

Place marking as I just had an email to say we have been selected smile

MomeRath Mon 22-Feb-16 15:14:28

Me too, just looking forward to them arriving!

Quills Mon 22-Feb-16 15:24:19

Looking forward to testing these, pasta is one of my best fallback meals for when my girls are being fussy.

Heavenscent86 Mon 22-Feb-16 16:26:52

I had an email today telling me we have been selected. I'm really looking forward to trying out these products on my very fussy eater.

bunique Mon 22-Feb-16 16:43:44

We've been selected too - as lasagna is apparently now my 13 month old's favourite food, this is good timing grin

DorsetMum1 Mon 22-Feb-16 18:35:13

Just tried spaghetti with the Napolina smooth tomato and hidden veg. sauce.
We grow our own veg,so children well used to eating veg and not really concerned whether it is hidden or not.
Son, who usually eats pasta, but leaves most of any sauce, has a clean plate and has now remarked that the sauce was delicious!
Daughter keeps asking if there's any more.
Definitely a success!

Doobydoo Mon 22-Feb-16 18:45:05

Awaiting ours!

MirandaWest Mon 22-Feb-16 18:53:14

Mine came on Saturday before I knew I'd been selected grin

Tantrictantrum Mon 22-Feb-16 19:40:57

I've been selected but nothing has arrived yet

gazzalw Mon 22-Feb-16 20:47:42

As a parent, what is the biggest tea-time challenge for you?
Finding recipes that suit the whole family.

Would you say you are more aware of the ‘added sugar’ in food now than you were perhaps a year ago?
We don't often use ready-made sauces, so not really aware of 'added sugar' to savoury products (with sweet ones it's expected). Why is it necessary to add sugar?

What is your top priority as a parent when choosing which products to purchase or meals to cook for your family?
Ingredients that are healthy, well priced and can be used to produce a nourishing meal quickly.

From the ones you tried, which is your favourite flavour in the range?
We had three sauces (the Napolina White Lasagne pasta sauce was duplicated). The latter was the adults' favourite for sure.

Which did your children like?
Surprisingly, the Tomato with Hidden Veg pasta sauce.

Would you use the products again? Why?
They are a handy store-cupboard ingredient for times when meals need to be magicked in a thrice. TBQH we were keenest on the White Lasagne pasta sauce and would probably use this as a 'cheat' shortcut making a lasagne. The others I could imagine packing DS off to uni with (although that is several years off yet), or having in stock for him to use if hungry and home-alone. Sorry to say though that we (parents)would always make a pasta ragu from scratch (it's not rocket science) rather than using a bought one.

If it came up in conversation, would you recommend the sauces to a friend or family member?
Yes but only for emergency (or teen) cooking purposes.

ouryve Mon 22-Feb-16 22:19:30

Ours arrived on Saturday - sadly the sauce for Macaroni cheese didn't survive the journey.

We're having meatballs and pasta for dinner, tomorrow, using the hidden veg sauce and I'm planning a leek and mushroom lasagne for later in the week.

Zhx3 Mon 22-Feb-16 22:31:01

I've received my jars today! Dd has friends visiting on Thursday, so will make a lasagne for them.

toomuchinternets Tue 23-Feb-16 11:06:58

Ours have arrived- very much looking forward to trying out the hidden veg one tonight!

SylvDP Tue 23-Feb-16 11:32:43

Mine has just arrived. Didn't get an email though.
Lasagne for dinner tomorrowsmile

NorthernBird92 Tue 23-Feb-16 11:41:47

Awaiting arrival of mine 😀

5madthings Tue 23-Feb-16 11:46:05

Mine just arrived with free packet of penne pasta as well. That's tonight's dinner sorted! They are good sized jars as well, looking forward to trying them out smile

FeelingSmurfy Tue 23-Feb-16 11:47:02

Had the email yesterday, looking forward to receiving them

sleeplessinmybedroom Tue 23-Feb-16 12:00:43

Mine arrived today, I haven't had an email though. I was wondering why I had a parcel when i couldn't remember ordering anything. I'll get cooking.

Bonkerz Tue 23-Feb-16 12:20:00

Mine arrived today. Pasta and meatballs for tea!!

ALemonyPea Tue 23-Feb-16 12:20:25

Mine arrived today, with some penne pasta as well. Tuesday's are a busy day and try to do a quick tea, so perfect timing. Will review towards end of week as will do a lasagne as well.

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