I was recently challenged to undertake a cooking challenge from BritMums, and in the wise words of Barney Stinston, Challenge Accepted!
We were sent a shopping haul from Tesco with the aim to make a nutritious family meal with Dolmio Bolognse Sauce. Normally I make my own pasta sauce thinking that jars contained extra additives, colours or flavourings which we are trying to cut down as a family. I was really surprised to find that Dolmio Bolognse Sauce contained only natural ingredients with no extra added nasties. In fact it was almost the same as my own sauce so I was excited to put it to the test, especially with Nathan who loves my pasta sauce.
A bit of info for you on Dolmio, 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! 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.
Our delivery arrived and we were excited to see what we had been sent. Being set the challenge for making spaghetti for the family seemed a little too easy, everyone makes spaghetti, so let’s see what else we can do with our food delivery.
Hidden Veg Spaghetti Bolognase
- 2 carrots
- 1 onion
- 2 large mushrooms
- 1 red pepper (diced finely)
- 300g mince beef
- 1tsp lazy garlic
- 2tsp beef bullion
- 1.5tsp paprika
- 1tsp oregano
- 0.5tsp ground black pepper
- 0.5tsp nutmeg
- Good pinch of salt
- Whole wheat spaghetti
- Parmasan or a hard Italian cheese to serve
Using a food mixer or chopper, we blended the carrots and onions till very finely shredded. This mix was added to the frying pan with a splash of olive oil and softened over a med-high heat.
In the same chopper we the finely chopped the mushrooms and added these to the pan too, followed by the diced red pepper. We added a good teaspoon full of lazy garlic and softened the veg in the frying pan over a high heat, stiring frequently.
Next we added the mince beef to the pan and browned this off with the veg mixture. While this was cooking I measured out my herbs and spices and added these to the pan once the mince was browned off.
One jar of Dolmio Bolognase Sauce was added to the pan and a splash of water if needed, reduce the heat and cook for 15 – 20 mins while the spaghetti is cooking.
Once the pasta has cooked, serve onto large plates or pasta bowls, top with grated hard Italian cheese and enjoy! I added a glass of wine too, optional but recommended!
The spaghetti was a hit with Nathan who was dubious while I was cooking. Even though he said it smelt nice, mushrooms and onions put him off but he admits that it was great and he could not taste the veg. This recipe contained 4 out of 5 portions of recommended fruit and veg! We have plenty left over which takes me on to our second recipe using Dolmio!
Leftover cheats chili con carne topped nachos and melted cheese
- Left over Bolognase Sauce
- One tin of kidney beans, drained
- One tin of baked beans
- One packet of mild fajita seasoning
- Nacho chips
- Grated cheese
- Sour cream and salsa if required
With the left over Bolognase Sauce, I added a tin of baked beans, a tin of drained kidney beans and a flavour mix of mild fajita seasoning and heated it all through on the hob.
Large bowls were filled with nacho chips, topped with the chili mixture and covered in grated cheese. Under the grill for a few moments to melt the cheese.
And you have family meal number two, ideal for a quick meal on a week night or handy for throwing together to watch a film with friends. This recipe contains five portions of fruit and veg with the addition of the beans.
We still have another jar of Dolmio sauce and a load more veg and some chicken breasts, so let’s go for the hat trick with recipe number three which you can say #thankgoodness to Dolmio!
Stuffed Chicken Breast with Tomato Sauce Served With Spiralised Veg
I was given a spiraliser at Christmas and I have been trying to find a reason to use it and now I have!
- 1 courgette
- 1 large carrot
- 4 chicken breasts
- 2 large slices of ham
- 4tbs grated hard Italian cheese
- 1tsp lazy garlic
- 4tsp creme friche
- One jar Dolmio Bolognse Sauce
- Olive oil
- Paprika, salt, pepper
Using a spiraliser, cut the courgette and carrot up into shreds and place in a bowl of water till ready to use later on.
Dice the sliced ham into a bowl and add the cheese and lazy garlic, mix well.
Take the chicken breasts and with a sharp knife carefully make a pocket in the middle of the chicken fillet that you can stuff with the cheese and ham mixture. Complete with all chicken breasts and place onto a lined baking tray.
Brush the top of each chicken breast with creme friche and then season with salt, pepper and paprika. Place into pre-heated oven at 200c for around 20 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and the top looks golden brown.
While the chicken is cooking, heat the Dolmio Bolognse Sauce in a small sauce pan on a medium to low heat.
In another pan, heat a dash of olive oil and then add a good handful of the drained spiralised veg to the pan. Normally about one handful per person is ideal. Sauté the veg off in the pan to add some colour but do not over cook.
Once the chicken is cooked it’s time to plate up. Place the veg on the plate next to the stuffed chicken and spoon over the tomato sauce to complete the dish. Serve with crusty bread too to complete the meal.
Three mid week family meals which we certainly did say #thankgoodness to Dolmio for. I was very surprised to find out the ingredients of Dolmio sauce being all natural and I will be purchasing the jars of sauce again to keep on hand for midweek meals. It makes meal times easier and is so verities, too. I had plenty of other ideas on how to use the sauce that included pizzas, tagine and even risotto, it was difficult to choose which meals to prep this week.
Why not take a look at our Youtube Video of how we made all these tasty meals?
We would like to say thank you to Dolmio, BritMums and Tesco for the delivery and the opportunity to take part in this challenge.
This post is an entry for the #Dolmio #ThankGoodness Challenge, sponsored by Dolmio. www.dolmio.co.uk/thankgoodness