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Product review: Slendier pasta sauce

Slendier pasta sauce is the perfect complement for their bean pasta. Find why this is currently the only pasta sauce I’ll buy in a jar.

Slendier pasta sauce

The Slendier range of pasta sauce is organic, low in energy and low in carbohydrates. All of the flavours are dairy-free and vegan. In addition, most are gluten-free.

The sauces come in glass jars containing 340g, suggested to be enough for 4 servings. The current available flavours are:

  • Basil & Tomato
  • Eggplant & Zucchini
  • Artichoke
  • Red Capsicum
  • Capers & Olives
  • Lentil and Mushroom
  • Vegan Bolognaise
  • Tomato, Vegetable & Chilli

Slendier pasta sauce is available in the health food section of supermarkets (check their website for stockists), however not all varieties are available everywhere.

Slendier pasta sauces

Ingredients

Below are the ingredients list for the pasta sauce range. All of the ingredients (except for salt and the occasional citric acid) are organic. Notice all sauces are free of preservatives and sugar. In addition, they use extra virgin olive oil, my top choice.

  • Basil & Tomato: Chopped tomato and tomato puree (79%), celery, onion, carrot, extra virgin olive oil, basil (2.2%), salt
  • Eggplant & Zucchini: Chopped tomato (66%), eggplant (8%), zucchini (8%), red capsicum (4.6%), extra virgin olive oil, onion, dried tomatoes, salt, parsley, black pepper
  • Artichoke: Chopped tomato (65%), artichoke (15%), white wine, onion, celery, extra virgin olive oil, parsley, salt, oregano, black pepper, citric acid
  • Red Capsicum: Chopped tomato and tomato puree (77%), red capsicum (5%), celery, carrot, onion, extra virgin olive oil, salt
  • Capers & Olives: Chopped tomato and tomato puree (79%), onion, carrot, celery, extra virgin olive oil, capers (3%), olives (2.1%), salt, citric acid
  • Lentil and Mushroom: Chopped tomato (48.6%), tomato puree (16.6%), carrot, champignon mushroom (7.5), extra virgin olive oil, celery, red lentil (4.5%), onion, salt, garlic, white wine, oregano, white pepper
  • Vegan Bolognaise: Chopped tomato (62.9%), tomato puree (14.8%), seitan (12%) (water, gluten of wheat, wheat flour, soy sauce [water, soybean, whole wheat, salt], ginger), onion, extra virgin olive oil, salt, garlic, rosemary, white pepper
  • Tomato, Vegetable & Chilli: Chopped tomato (72%), red capsicum (1.2%), extra virgin olive oil, onion, capers, garlic, roasted almond, salt, parsley, chilli powder, citric acid

Nutrition information

The table below shows the nutrient content per 85g serve. Once again, I found this serving size small for my appetite, so I use about 113g of sauce per portion.

The sauces are low in energy but also in protein, so make sure you add some protein to your meal (if using Slendier bean pasta, some of the protein will come from the pasta).

Nutrient Basil & Tomato
Per serve (85g)
Eggplant & Zucchini
Per serve (85g)
Artichoke 
Per serve (85g)
Red Capsicum
Per serve (85g)
Capers & Olives
Per serve (85g)
Lentil and Mushroom
Per serve (85g)
Vegan Bolognaise
Per serve (85g)
Tomato, Vegetable & Chilli
Per serve (85g)
Energy (kJ) 234 270 243 221 223 268 209 274
Energy (kcal) 56 65 58 53 54 64 50 66
Protein (g) 0.9 1.2 1.0 0.9 0.9 2.2 2.7 1.1
Total fat (g) 3.8 4.1 3.4 3.4 3.5 3.2 1.7 4.6
– Saturated (g) 0.5 0.5 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.5 0.3 0.6
Carbohydrates (g) 4.2 5.1 5.0 4.2 4.1 5.7 5.4 4.6
– Sugars (g) 3.0 3.2 2.1 3.1 2.9 2.5 2.9 2.6
Fibre (g) 0.9 1.3 1.8 1.0 1.0 1.7 1.1 1.0
Sodium (mg) 442 600 225 340 510 389 373 486

Taste test

I have tried the enjoyed the Basil & Tomato and the Eggplant & Zucchini sauces, which were available in my local supermarket. I tried them by themselves (plus some grated Parmesan) and with extra protein (e.g. mince, sardines). I really enjoyed both flavours, with a slight preference for the Basil & Tomato. Texture-wise, they are chunky, resembling a home-cooked sauce.

Even though I always advocate for making your own sauces, etc., this is a pasta sauce range I would recommend, based on ingredients and taste. Besides using it on pasta, they would be great for casseroles, baked eggs, etc.

Summary and recommendations

If you follow a vegan, gluten free, low sugar, low carbohydrate, preservative free and/or low energy diet and looking for a healthy pasta sauce alternative that meets your dietary requirements, this might be the right choice for you.

More information

For more information about these and other Slendier products, visit the Slendier website.

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