Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Five Delicious Ways with Dolmio

Have you ever made your own bolognese sauce? I have and although it's not that difficult, it never seems to taste as nice as the ones you get in a jar. I assumed that this was because of all the additives in there to enhance the flavours and colour. I didn't realise how wrong I was.

Did you know that a 500g jar of Dolmio Bolognese sauce is 100% natural; it contains no artificial colours, flavours, preservatives or sweeteners. In each jar, you’ll find at least 10 juicy diced tomatoes, some tomato puree, half an onion, sunflower oil, garlic, a handful of herbs, a teaspoon of cornflour, a teaspoon of salt, a pinch of pepper, two teaspoons of beet sugar for taste, a squeeze of lemon juice, a splash of water and nothing more. In fact, a jar provides a family of four with one of their 5-a-day making it a great mid-week meal option for the whole family.

Take a look at this short video and see for yourself!

This certainly makes me feel happier about using Dolmio in my cooking.
As a family we all have our favourite Dolmio recipes.
The older kids love the traditional Spaghetti Bolognese while the younger ones love to get stuck into mum's home made meatballs and spaghetti. Dad loves his bolognese stuffed peppers, and we all love a good lasagne. This week I tried something new because I'm on a diet that forbids pasta, I made a gorgeous Courgetti bolognese instead.

Here are our Top Five Delicous Ways With Dolmio.

1. Spaghetti bolognese.

serves 4


400g minced beef
1 jar Dolmio
1 pack of spaghetti
parmesan cheese to taste


  • Put a large pan of water on to boil for the spaghetti
  • Put the minced beef into a large pan and brown, stirring occasionally to prevent it from sticking together. (tip: I don't use any oil as the beef has it's own oil, if it does seem to dry you can add a little oil but drain it off afterwards so you don't get a greasy sauce.)
  • Once the large pan of water has boiled, pop in your spaghetti and stir
  • Once the minced beef has browned add the jar of sauce and stir, then warm through
  • When spaghetti is cooked (according to pack, but usually around 9-10 mintues) drain and add to the plates before pouring over  your bolognese sauce.
  • sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese

2. Meatballs and Spaghetti.


serves 4 

500g minced turkey
1 egg
1 jar Dolmio
400g of spaghetti

I make my meat balls with turkey mince and bind them with egg. If I make them for the grown ups too I might add some herbs like basil. If I want them to go a little further then I may had breadcrumbs to the mix. You can also use minced beef, chicken or lamb for meatballs, it's just that having tried them all we like turkey best. 


  • Cook spaghetti to pack instructions
  • put turkey mince and egg in a bowl and combine
  • shape turkey mixture into balls with your hands
  • brown the balls in a large pan with a little oil
  • once brown add the Dolmio and stir through
  • serve with spaghetti
This really is a favourite with my kids they can't wait to get stuck in!

3. Stuffed Peppers.

serves 2


Left over bolognese (or you can make fresh using previous recipe)
2 large red peppers
grated cheese


  • heat oven to 200C/ gas mark 6
  • Cut the top off your peppers and take out the seeds
  • place on a baking tray and fill them with the bolognese sauce
  • Top with grated cheese and bake in oven for 15 - 20 minutes
These were fantastic for lunch the day after our bolognese using the leftovers. 

4. Lasagne

serves 4


500g minced beef
200g sliced mushrooms
1 jar Dolmio
1 jar of Domio white lasagne sauce (or make your own)
3 sheets of lasagne (I like fresh, but you can also use dry)
grated cheese for sprinkling on top


  • Preheat oven to 190/ gas mark 5
  • brown the minced beef in a large pan
  • Add the mushrooms and fry for a further minute
  • Add the jar of Dolmio and warm through.
  • In a large lasagne dish first place a layer of the minced beef mixture
  • Follow with a sheet of lasagne
  • cover the lasagne sheet with the white sauce
  • pour another layer of minced beef mixture over the top
  • cover with lasagne and white sauce
  • do one more layer of minced beef mixture, lasagne and white sauce
  • finish with a layer of grated cheese
  • Pop in the oven for around 20 minutes or until the top is nicely cooked and beginning to brown.
For an interesting twist we often use slices of chicken breast instead of minced beef. You can also add other vegetable instead of mushrooms, such as peppers or courgette.


5. Courgetti Bolognese

I'm currently following a Paleo diet which means pasta is out of bounds. So is processed food but on finding out that Dolmio only use natural ingredients means I could use it. It is still a bit of a cheat as it contains cornflour, sunflower oil and beet sugar which are also off limits to a paleo diet, but a little cheating every now and then shouldn't hurt and they would work out as tiny amounts for one portion. Not having pasta however, meant I had to find an alternative, so I tried Courgetti for the first time and I have to say, I love it! I'll definitely have it more often now.

So what is courgetti, it's basically courgette which has been spiralized. You can buy it in packs at the supermarket or make your own. I decided to invest in a spiralizer and found one on Amazon for only £7.95 and it's great for starting out. It also comes with an e-book of recipes.

PrimeFolksCo. Hand Held Vegetable Spiralizer Bundle with eRecipe Cook Book ~ Spiral slicer creates endless spaghetti noodles ~ Includes brush for cleaning the compact spiral cutter


I actually made this just for myself because I used the same bolognese as everyone else substituting courgetti for spaghetti. But here is the recipe for 4 servings.

500g organic minced beef
1 jar Dolmio
2 large courgettes


  • brown the minced beef off in a large pan (no oil)
  • once browned add the Dolmio (And any extra vegetables)
  • spiralize your courgettes
  • In a frying pan add 1 tbs coconut oil or olive oil and warm
  • add the courgetti and stir fry for one or two minute
  • Place on plate and add sauce.

My family love Dolmio and I always have a jar in the cupboard. It's so tasty and versatile and it's also healthy and nutritious. It often features in our mid-week meals. I'd love you to try one or two of my recipes and please let me know what you think of them. Have you tried courgetti yet?

Disclosure: This post is an entry for the #Dolmio #ThankGoodness Challenge, sponsored by Dolmio. www.dolmio.co.uk/thankgoodness.”

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