Dolmio Bolognese

Updated post.

This post was written prior to me becoming vegan.


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)!

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425 Responses


    I think every family should have a DOLMIO night, don’t you? Just being an HONEST mum!

  2. Kim Styles

    I would love to win as we love a dolmio meal on a sunday night and I could really use the voucher for a new toaster- ours blew up!

  3. Adele Knight

    The whole family love Dolmio, it’s perfect to make quick tasty meals and the vouchers would be handy for christmas

  4. karen

    I’d love to win as Dolmio makes it so easy to whip up tasty family meals! Plus I would love to get a new winter coat with the voucher!

  5. N Lynch

    The John Lewis vouchers would come in amazingly handy for Christmas (thought I’d be honest!)

  6. Elizabeth Cooke

    Because I love Dolmio sauces and it would be great to get some new pans to cook in too!

  7. Tracey Peach

    Because money’s tight so the Dolmio goodies will come in handy & I can buy some new bedding with the John Lewis voucher

  8. Jordan Jarmain

    Spag Bol is my hubbys fave food (after pizza) so he’d love this hamper and a John Lewis voucher would come in very handy for Christmas xx

  9. Hali kinson

    I would love to win as I have a 4 week old son and some nice easy meals would help me out!

  10. Emma Ellams

    We absolutely love Dolmio, so easy to cook with and full of goodness. The John Lewis voucher would be a welcome treat too!

  11. Pam Lawrence

    I want to win because anything i can do to help me keep within budget is necessary these days. Not a sob story, but it is genuinely my reason.

  12. Nadia Stanbridge

    Healthy, delicious and nutritious …. plus perfect for a quick mid-week treat!

  13. Rebecca Mercer

    I’d love to win because my family love dolmio and would love to try some of the new products

  14. sophie grayling

    pasta is one of those easy family meals. little effort, great taste. Espeacilly with dolmio sauces, currently have many a white dolmio sauce in the cupboards as i use them often.

  15. Alice Johnson

    Oh yum! I’d love to win. My daughters just had surgery. We have alot of time on our hands to make some yummy food And treat ourselves! Xx

  16. Alex Benson-Wilson

    Would love to win this to take my partner shopping and then cook her a lovely meal

  17. Christina Curtis

    I would love to win because Dolmio is a great hit here with all the family and the Voucher would come extra handy towards Christmas!

  18. Anne Johnston

    I’d love to treat myself to a new dinner set to serve up some delicious Dolmio meals

  19. Gill Mitchell

    I need to buy an outfit for an important family wedding so this voucher would be amazing and allow me to really splash out.

  20. Naz M

    I’d love to win as I love dolmios sauces, they’re a reliable company and my go to when it comes to an easy meal. I’d love to try the tray bakes!

  21. Jane Davies

    Would like to win as we’re big Dolmio fans, always have been. I love how easy it is to whip up a meal using Dolmio which is great after a busy day when I don’t have much time, and it means we don’t end up ordering in ! Thanks 🙂

  22. Sam McKean

    We love Dolmio in our family which is a huge milestone given that a year ago my son would solidly refuse to eat anything too ‘saucy’.

  23. Samantha Mann

    Id love to try the new tray bake pouches… and the voucher would go well towards some new cook ware =)

  24. Lorna Roberts

    I want to win as my family loves Dolmio Pasta Sauce and this would be great for the kids especially.

  25. jacqueline jackson

    I would love to win to make quick and easy tasty family means, in half the time it usually takes.

  26. Alex Telford

    As a working mum knowing I have tasty food available quickly takes away a whole heap of stress!

  27. Claire Elizabeth Noke

    I’d love try some new and exciting things. The most daring I’ve gotten with dolmio in the past is A chicken lasange instead of beef lasagne! LOL x

  28. Becky Duffy

    We like Dolmio products and this lot would be perfect to keep my kitchen cupboards stocked up

  29. Jeanette Leighton

    Because we all love dolmio , my daughter Sheriahs favourite meal is spaghetti bolognese so we enjoy it at least once a week


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