Recently I was contacted by the good people at Britmums to see if I wanted to take part in the Dolmio #ThankGoodness campaign. As I love to cook, but am short on time this week, it was perfect timing. We are off on holiday on Monday so our weekday evenings have been pretty busy at the moment. My husband is working 4 x 12 hour shifts in a row so all of the food preparation is down to me. Now this isn’t unusual but I’m also busy working this week.
Thanks to receiving this great delivery of goodies I’ve been able to cook up a storm. Infact I spent just 45 minutes in total in the kitchen and I prepared enough food for FOUR dinners. From two jars of Dolmio original bolognese sauce. Four dinners for 3 people – from two jars of sauce! Now I can eat all the delicious food on holiday next week safe in the knowledge that I avoided takeaways for another week!
I used a few of my own store cupboard ingredients such as chilli powder, paprika, flour, olive oil & yeast. Then I used a number of the items from the delivery pictured above.
Here are the meals after I had prepped them:
Slow cooked jacket potatoes stuffed with Dolmio bolognese sauce, chicken, peppers & cheddar. All the cheesy goodness!
Homemade pizza with Dolmio bolognese sauce, chicken, pepper & mushrooms. Yet more cheese! Yum.
Beef chilli with Dolmio bolognese sauce, green peppers, onions, courgette & kidney beans.
Bolognese with Dolmio bolognese sauce, courgette, onions & mushrooms.
The prep work was really straight forward. I chopped the vegetables. I fried off the mince. The chicken breasts went in the oven for 25 minutes. Then I brushed my potatoes with olive oil and salt and wrapped them in tin foil. These went in my slow cooker for 5.5 hours on high. I put my pizza dough mixture in the breadmaker and set the timer for 6 hours time. I combined the ingredients for the chilli & the bolognese and cooked on the hob for 10 minutes. In just 35 minutes I was able to prepare 4 different dinners for the coming days.
We ate the pizza the first night. This was straight forward as all I had to do was roll out the dough, top the dough with some Dolmio bolognese sauce, spread the toppings on and top off with cheese. I used a mixture of cheddar cheese and parmesan and it was delicious!
We ate the jacket potatoes the next. Once they had finished in the slow cooker I popped them in the fridge. Then all I had to do was give them a quick warm through in the oven + top them with sliced chicken breast, combined with Dolmio sauce, peppers & topped with cheddar. Then I grilled them for a few minutes until the cheese was bubbling.
This was another dinner that I popped in to the slow cooker. Again I cooked this for 6 hours on high. At the end of a busy day we had a lovely chilli and all I had to do was microwave some rice!
Unfortunately I ran out of time to cook the spaghetti bolognese before our holiday. What is great though is that I have been able to put the pot in the freezer. This means we’ve got a nice meal waiting for us when we get home from our holiday.
I’ve used Dolmio bolognese sauce before and have always been impressed by the quality. This is a fantastic convenient product that works really well and can be kept in the cupboard. I love that you can make a tasty bolognese from scratch in under 30 minutes.
Overall I’ve been really impressed by the quality of the Dolmio bolognese sauce. Firstly the jars are a great size and then they are a great price too! I love that the ingredients that go into a jar of Dolmio are wholesome ingredients – the sort that I would use myself if making a pasta sauce. For example a jar of Dolmio bolognese sauce has 76% tomatoes and 11% tomato paste. That is a high ratio of tomatoes alone!
You can watch this handy video to see exactly what goes in a jar of Dolmio:
I have really enjoyed taking part in the #ThankGoodness campaign with Dolmio. I’ve enjoyed seeing how versatile this bolognese sauce is. I managed to make four meals, for three of us, from just two jars of Dolmio bolognese sauce.
Here is a breakdown of the contents of a jar of Dolmio bolognese sauce:
I had so much fun being creative with this Dolmio sauce. I was surprised at just how far I could make the sauce stretch and yet the flavour of each of the dishes was delicious. Turning this sauce in to a chilli, with a few spices, was a brilliant idea and I’ll definitely do it again.