I know very little about Loyd Grossman except he has a funny voice and used to deliberate, cogitate and digest on old school masterchef in the mid 90s. I don’t know if his background is as a chef, a presenter or even a food critic, therefore I have no idea what qualifications he has to make pasta sauce, but I thought i’d give him the benefit of the doubt and give one a go.
I opted for tomato and chilli. The cooking instructions said warm in a saucepan and add to your favourite pasta which is exactly what I did – no bacon, no mussels, no clams, nothing – just pasta and sauce (and a sprinkle of parmesan). I thought this might be a flavour gamble, but if that is what Loyd suggests who am I to argue.
It turns out it was a flavour gamble this sauce was pretty bad. The tomatoes were thin and watery providing body but no flavour which is unfortunate in a tomato based sauce. The next headline ingredient is chilli; I concede that there was some chilli in there providing a little bit of heat but it was completely overshadowed by garlic and sugar. This was one of the most depressing bowls of food I have had the misfortune to eat. If it had been called tomato, garlic and sugar sauce I would not have bought it, but at least the label would have been accurate.
Loyd Grossman Tomato and Chilli Sauce £1.78 for 350g (currently £1 in Sainsburys)