#ThankGoodness for 10 Dolmio bolognese meal ideas

We have all been there. When you are tired, hungry, want to make a meal from scratch but use a jar instead. You maybe even felt guilty, I mean, aren't all perfect mums and dads not making each and every meal for their child with only organic ingredients picked from their own garden? I know I have felt the pressure before but have you ever actually found out what goes into a jar of cooking sauce? I know I haven't... until now.

When we got the opportunity to take part in a challenge from Britmums along with Dolmio, where we were asked to create a #ThankGoodness mid-week meal using a jar of Dolmio Bolognese sauce (which contains no artificial colours, flavours, preservatives or sweeteners) as well as a variety of healthy ingredients I instantly agreed. 

Obviously a good old spaghetti bolognese would have been an easy choice, it is after all, the only things I would ever have used these jars before now, that or lasagne, but I realised there was so much more that I could do. 

Did you know: 


Dolmio Bolognese Original 500g sauce is 100% natural. In each jar, you’ll find at least 10 juicy diced tomatoes, a dollop of tomato puree, half an onion, a tablespoon of sunflower oil, a couple of cloves of garlic, a handful of herbs including basil, a teaspoon of cornflour, a teaspoon of salt, a pinch of pepper, two teaspoons of added 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 each and that’s before you add any further veg to the meal! 

10 Dolmio Bolognese sauce meal ideas:

OK. I confess. Before now when I got a jar sauce the only thing I would add to it was meat. I used it as directed on the jar, never venturing away from that so I am glad I got to experiment a little with this.
  • Moussaka

This was really simple and my goodness did the kids (1 and 3 years ) enjoy it. I chopped up some onions and fryed them with some mince before adding a jar of Dolmio Bolognese sauce.

I then made a simple white sauce (or buy a jar!).

Fry off some aubergines.

Layer the bottom of a casserole dish with thinly sliced potatoes, then layer some of the bolognese sauce, white sauce, aubergines, bolognese, white sauce, aubergines, bolognese, white sauce and spinkle some paramsan cheese to top.

Put in a preheated oven at 200 degrees for around 40 minutes.


  • Chilli
Brown mince and onions. Add a jar of Dolmio Bolognese sauce, a jar of kidney beans and a 1-2 teaspoons of chilli powder (to suit taste). Serve on chilli nachos or rice with grated cheese and sour cream and guacamole.
  • Slow cooker sausage casserole
In a slow cooker put a jar of Dolmio Bolognese sauce, add a chopped onion, add potatoes for four people.

Cook for 4 hours on high or 7 on low.
  • Tuna and pasta casserole
Put a tin of tuna, a jar of Dolmio Bolognese sauce, some chopped olives and simmer. Then add some cooked pasta and serve. Sprinkle with cheese.
  • Meatballs

Brown meatballs add Dolmio Bolognese sauce to pan and simmer until meatballs are cooked through. Serve on pasta.
  • Chicken bolognese
Brown chicken and add a jar of Dolmio Bolognese sauce. Add any extra vegetables. Serve on spaghetti or tagliatelle.
  • Shepherd's pie
Brown mince, add a jar of Dolmio Bolognese sauce, add some frozen peas. Cook for 15-20 minutes. Add contents to casserole dish and top with mashed potato and cheese. Bake in oven for 30-40 minutes.
  • Cannelloni
Make a bolognese with mince and a jar of Dolmio Bolognese sauce. Stuff cannelloni with the mixture. Pour white sauce into of the cannelloni. Sprinkle with cheese and bake for 40 minutes in the oven.
  • Chicken fajitas
Fry off some onions and chicken. Add a jar of Dolmio Bolognese sauce. Service in tortillas.
  • Stuffed Peppers
Remove seeds from peppers. Cook mince with a jar of Dolmio Bolognese sauce. Stuff peppers with the sauce and top with cheese. Bake in oven until cheese in melted.

Get more information or meal inspiration:

For more information visit www.dolmio.co.uk/thankgoodness or if you’re looking for mid-week meal inspiration check out the label on Dolmio jars.

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

I was sent a hamper of good foods in exchange for this review. All opinions are mine and mine alone.

Training Mummy

Training Mummy is a 30 something mum to two beautiful children - a girl born February 2014 and a boy born in October 2015.

1 comment :

  1. Tasty! Commenting for myself and on behalf of BritMums and thanking you for taking part.

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