Dolmio Bolognese

Dinner time can be stressful in this house as it’s often a battle to get my boys to get to the dinner table and eating. They are either playing outside, or are so engrossed with the TV or their tablets that it can take 10 minutes of pleading aka shouting for them to come and eat!

We’re pretty strict in this house when it comes to eating together and it’s a family ritual come weekday or weekends that we enjoy dinner together, offering us a precious time to catch up, bond and chill out over food with one another.

Peter, my husband, and I, don’t allow tech on the table either (for the kids, nor for ourselves) but the boys still try their hardest to postpone eating so they can play for as long as possible.

It can take a big dose of tough love and even bribery in some cases (e.g. your toy will end up in the bin if you don’t sit down right now) before they eventually listen to us, making some nights feel like hard work. Bizarrely, other evenings are the total opposite but a little bit of research has helped me discover the nights go easier if they’re super hungry (so physical exercise pre-dinner is always good) and of course, cooking meals they love means winning at dinner time!

Honest Mum makes spaghetti Bolognese


Dolmio’s Bolognese sauce makes for one of their much-loved dishes and the fail-safe option of spag bol with Dolmio’s convenient Bolognese sauce always takes the drama out of dinner time, enabling me to cook, and feed, the kids quickly (because they go from ‘NOT HUNGRY’ to ‘STARVING’ in seconds), and our evenings are more relaxed because of it! 

Dolmio Bolognese sauce

We love Dolmio’s new ‘No drama’ TV ad which stars Dominic West, a tongue-in -cheek commercial which underpins exactly how stressful dinner time can be.

Despite 88% of British parents agreeing that dinner time is the perfect opportunity for quality time like I feel, new research by Dolmio reveals that dramas are taking over domestic life AND the dinner table.

Help is at hand with Dolmio’s sauces and psychologist and family expert Corinne Sweet, offers some tips stating that whilst it’s tempting to appease children with a dessert or television, when they play up, the focus should be on creating a fun, family atmosphere that everyone can get involved with.

Corinne says, ‘Try involving children in meal planning, deciding together what you will eat as a family and then getting involved with the preparation and a bit of cooking. Not only will this encourage healthy eating habits for the future, but when children feel involved in decision making they are less likely to throw a tantrum or waste food. Fun dinner time games can be a good way to start the meal off on a positive note, for instance: ‘High, low, and haha’ – where everyone shares the peak, the low and the funniest moment of their day’.

We always try to keep family dinner time fun and lively, with varied, seasonal food and long-time favourites on the table. We love to play board games after dinner or charades and by promising some kind of after-dinner activity, the kids know that they have something to look forward to after ‘tea’ before bedtime routine, as those two never seem to want to sleep!

Our evenings go something like this:

  1. Homework
  2. TV time.
  3. Delicious dinner.
  4. Card games/stroll to the park if it’s not too late.
  5. Bath and bedtime.

spaghetti Bolognese

Sometimes it can be hard to feel inspired for midweek meals but we opt for tasty, quick and easy meals so we can manage some fun along with bedtime routine.

Dolmio’s Bolognese makes for an easy, delicious and filling dinner (my kids love it with beef or even turkey mince, carrots, onions and garlic) and corn on the cobs on the side, and what’s more, a 125g portion even includes one of your 5 a day.

Spaghetti Bolognese


child waits for spaghetti bolognese

This always gets them onto the dinner table…

happy kid at the dinner table

child eats Dolmio Bolognese

no more drama with Dolmio

There are now, also two new Dolmio product lines to add to your faves too with chicken tray bakes and no added sugar pasta sauces and here on the blog, I’m giving away a Dolmio hamper and £100 John Lewis gift card.

Dolmio hamper

Dolmio chicken tray bake hamper with Dolmio sauces

UK only.

No cash alternative.

Ends 26th September 2017.

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Good luck guys and as Mary J Blige once sang, here’s to no more drama (and lots more tasty dishes at dinner)!

delicious spaghetti bolognese

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425 Responses


    I’d love to win as myself and my family are huge fans of eating Dolmio products, The gift card would be great to treat the kids to some extra presents for Christmas.

  2. Hekna

    Would love to win as I’d like to try the tray bakes (and the John Lewis voucher would certainly come in handy!).

  3. lizzie Murray

    I’d love to win 🙂 We enjoy Dolmio sauces over pasta every week, it would be great to try the tray bakes too.

  4. Sammie

    I want to treat myself, I love pasta and Dolmio!!!! I’d use the gift card for Xmas shopping! Fingers crossed xo

  5. sarah rowland

    i would love to win these fantastic goodies to cook up a storm in the kitchen as the colder nights draw in for my family to enjoy

  6. Cherry Edwards

    Who wouldn’t love to win ? I know I would love these products, they make life so much easier and then you get to spend more time with family and friends eating, rather than stuck in the kitchen. The gift card is just fab, so many lovely treats in John Lewis for the whole family

  7. Lynda Jones

    I would love to win, I have never tried Dolmio or pasta, I think it is time I gave my taste buds a treat 😀

  8. Lindsey Smith

    We love Dolmio and it would be lovely to try out this whole range rather than buying the same products we always buy 🙂

  9. Milly Youngman

    Because Dolmio always reminds me of my mum cooking when I was small!
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  10. christine taylor

    I’d love to win because we love Dolmio and have our Dolimio Day every Monday x
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  11. Rosie Miller

    I usually make my own pasta sauces so it would be nice to try the sauces, also the voucher would be excellent for Christmas shopping!

  12. Sarah Evans

    I’m a working mum and sometimes you just need something or a quick dinner and dolmio is perfect for this

  13. tracy baines

    who wouldn’t want to win, love Dolmio stuff and with the vouchers as well is a great prize

  14. Helen Stratton

    Our family love a Dolmio meal and the John Lewis voucher would allow me to buy some fancy new plates to serve it on.

  15. Gary Topley

    Would love to win so I can make some nice dishes for my daughters. Thankyou for the competition x

  16. Sharon Worsley

    This would be a lovely thing to try and introduce my son to different tastes and foods

  17. Kathryn Hipkin

    I’m a Dolmio fan! And the giftcard would kickstart my Christmas shopping.

  18. Kelly White

    I love Dolmio! And the gift card would come in extra handy for Christmas gifts for my bestie’s 2 kids who have had a rough year after losing their mum in January.


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