A mid-week family favourite with Dolmio #ThankGoodness Campaign

There are two things in life that can make me happy. A dish that makes everyone smile & a challenge. Britmums have teamed up with Dolmio & challenged us to make a delicious and nutritious mid-week family meal with their #ThankGoodness campaign. It’s the second half of the week that the children’s after school activities start to kick in. From football, cubs & scouts; Wednesdays & Thursdays are by far the busiest days of the week. So it helps to be able to make a wholesome, delicious meal for everyone in between the madness.

It’s the second half of the week that the children’s after school activities start to kick in. From football, cubs & scouts; Wednesdays & Thursdays are by far the busiest days of the week. So it helps to be able to make a wholesome, delicious meal for everyone in between the madness.

Britmums & Dolmio kindly sent us out a package of food {which I shared on my facebook page} to help us with our mid-week family favourite challenge. The dish I decided to make is a true family favourite – Spaghetti bolognese. This dish would go down a storm with all but one family member, my son. He’s the fussiest eater that I have ever encountered but thankfully it’s just the pasta he isn’t a fan of. However, with the baking potatoes we were sent out I decided to rustle him up some Hasselback potatoes drizzled with bolognese as an alternative. So everyone’s tummy wins!

My spaghetti bolognese recipe I use is super easy and seriously tasty. Here’s how I did it;

Dolmio #ThankGoodness campaign
First I fill a saucepan two-thirds with water and bring it to the boil. I then place my mince beef into a frying pan to brown. Once those two pans are doing their jobs I chop up some small onions and mushrooms {super small so they go undetected by the children!} and place them to one side. As the water comes to the boil I add my whole wheat spaghetti pasta and stir my mincemeat.

Once the mince has browned I drain off any excess juices, place it back onto the hob and add my Dolmio sauce, chopped up onions and mushrooms. I let that simmer until everything else is ready.

As for my Hasselback potatoes {for my ultimate fussy eater}, I cut my baking potatoes with thin slices, drizzled in oil {butter can be used} and sprinkled a little garlic seasoning on top, then placed them into a preheated oven at 180 degrees celsius for 45mins.

Once everything was ready, I dished it up and served. Everything this is served up as dinner the table is always quiet {which is a rarity!}. But it’s reassuring to know they are enjoying their food.

Dolmio #ThankGoodness campaign
Dolmio #ThankGoodness campaign
Dolmio #ThankGoodness campaign
Dolmio #ThankGoodness campaign
Dolmio #ThankGoodness campaign
The Hasselback potatoes looked super scrumptious when done, especially when a little bolognese was poured over the top. Yum! 

Dolmio #ThankGoodness campaign
Dolmio #ThankGoodness campaign
I am not one of these Mums who makes her own bolognese sauce, no no no! Are you mad? I have no time for that! However, using the Dolmio jars it’s reassuring to know that they have no artificial colours, flavours, preservatives or sweeteners.

In each 500g jar of Dolmio Bolognese Original, you can find at least 10 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, two teaspoons of beet sugar for taste, a squeeze of lemon juice, a splash of water and nothing more.

Dolmio #ThankGoodness campaign
Naturally, plates were cleared and bellies were full. The kids always love this kind of meal and I have to admit, I do too! It nice to have a little calm in between the busy family days.

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

 

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20 Comments

    • 16/03/2017 / 11:08 AM

      I would love to have the time to make it myself! So my hat goes off to you. Dolmio to the rescue everytime here, haha!

  1. 16/03/2017 / 5:05 PM

    Dolmio is yet to hit the shelves here. It sounds so delicious in your post, I have to try it.
    The photographs are too good, particularly that of mushrooms in macro.

    • 16/03/2017 / 5:12 PM

      Aww, hopefully it hits your shelves soon! Thanks for the comments on my photos. Just thinking of them is making me hungry again! haha.

  2. becca
    16/03/2017 / 6:03 PM

    Wow! So delicious looking. Such a great idea to put it over a potato, can’t wait to try that!

    • 17/03/2017 / 8:09 AM

      Thanks! It’s a great alternative for my non-pasta loving child. lol.

  3. 16/03/2017 / 8:13 PM

    How scrumptious does this look, I love dolmio and i love what you have done with the potatoes x
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  4. 16/03/2017 / 8:24 PM

    Spaghetti Bolognaise is an instant hit in our house! The only dish that is guaranteed to be eaten!

  5. 17/03/2017 / 3:49 AM

    Yum! Both the pasta and the potatoes look incredibly delicious! Such a hearty, satisfying dinner.

  6. 19/03/2017 / 10:51 AM

    I do try and make sauces but that’s only when I have lots of time. We love the dolmio sauces especially the lasagne ones

  7. 10/04/2017 / 11:20 AM

    Nothing better than full bellies and cleared plates! Commenting for myself and on behalf of BritMums and thanking you for taking part.

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