“ Brand: Dolmio / Type: Sauces „
I'm not amazing in the kitchen, but i do love a good old spaghetti bolognase and i like to think i make a pretty good meal.
This is a review of Dolmio Bolognase. The version i have is the low fat version, rather than the light version pictured above, but i couldn't find the exact same jar to match mine. Anyway whats the difference between low fat and light? The jar cost me about £1.80 in my local co-op and comes in a 500g glass jar. The jar has a green lid and the label on the front has pictures of tomatos and the little Italian man you sometimes see on the Dolmio tele adverts. The back of the label has nutritional information and tells you its suitable for vegetarians, like myself.
Now i'm not overly fussy what type of bolognase source i tend to use, up to now i have always thought they are pretty much the same, and the bolognase depends on what extras you add. I normally add a bit of the tin of 5 beans, pepers, onions, some lentils and some tomato puree. Being a nurse and a little bit health concious i normally go for a light/low fat version of all things really (cheese, milk, etc) so normally go for a low fat own brand jar of sauce. Anyway this afternoon i had it in my head to make spag bol for dinner tonight. I chopped up the onions and peppers and let them simmer along with another pan for the pasta when i realised i had run out of source!! Not a major disaster where i live because we have a Co-op store literally 1 minute from our house lol. So i picked this jar up because to be frank its all that was on the shelf. Dolmio is probably one of the more well known bolognase sources i guess but it certainly costs that little bit more extra than the shop own brands version.
I have to say i really noticed the taste difference with this bolognase source. Looking at the ingreadiant on the back label you can see its full of tomatos, onions, lemon juice, garlic and herbs and you can see when you pour it out the jar that it is a lot thicker than cheaper sources. These ingreadiant definitely add to the taste in my opinion. The jar was enough for me, my husband and my 3 year old daughter, with a little bit to spare so probably serves about 4 people.
Overall, you can definitely taste the difference in this bolognase compared to the cheaper brands which surprised me somewhat. I will probably try and stick to the Dolmio range again next time, perhaps taste some of the other varieties.
I don't know about you lot but I love food! Not only that I do worry about my weight rather alot because I do love food, me..... I just can't stop eating!
So from time to time I look for low fat alternatives to my favourites to try cut back a little. Usually I make my own spaghetti bolognese from scratch but I do like jars of cook in sauces in the cupboard 'just in case' and for quickness.
So the other day off I trotted to my local Tesco store and I came across this, picked up some mince, onions and mushrooms (already had some dried spaghetti in) and decided that for tea that night I was having a big hearty meal of one of my favourite dishes!
The sauce comes in a see-through glass jar thats holds 500g of the sauce and it has a screw on/off green lid to the top of it. The label that goes around the jar is also green with a photograph of tomatoes on it and we are told that it is Dolmio 'Sauce For Bolognese' and that it is low fat and there is an at a glance nutritional chart on there. On the back of the jar the sauces ingredients are given along with a recipe suggestion (the sauce is Vegetarian by the way), a full nutritional chart is given and contact details for Mars Foods (the manufacturer of the product) are given. Nice enough jar this is and of course it is informative enough.
The Sauce Itself:
To use this sauce first off all you have to do is gently fry off the ingredients you want to use within it first and then drain off any excess fat. We are told to use mince, personally I use beef mince, onions and mushrooms and then always add a sauce however if you want to use just mince you can of course and as this is a Vegetarian sauce you can use Quorn or whatever too if you prefer.
The sauce is rather runny, red and smells highly of tomatoes. You can see some chopped tomatoes within it, tiny pieces of onion and powdery looking parsley throughout it.
Through cooking I did find this to coat my meat and vegetable mix, giving colour to my ingredients but being a thin sauce it sorts of seeped into my ingredients and I didn't get alot of sauce left over.
Taste wise this is ok. It taste of tomatoes, you get a hint of basil and garlic flavouring but all in all I could personally tell this was low fat because it lacked alot of flavour. It wasn't very well seasoned at all and was quite bland. The tomatoes chunks were fleshy and naturally sweet and the sauce did make a meal but it just lacked real flavours of what I associate a spag bol to be.
Not for me sadly!
Nutritional Information Per 125g Portion:
Available in all good supermarkets etc costing about £1.39 a jar.
what is Dolmio
Well I am sure you have all heard of dolmio before, its a sauce that makes up your spaghetti bolognaise, you can also purchase dolmio for lasagne too, they do a wide range of things, and also the bolognaise sauce comes in a wide variety of flavours, you have original, garlic, plus many more. They also do this in the light range which is what I am reviewing. This range has as its suggested less calories.
How to use
this is really simple to use, firstly cook all your ingredients that you would like in, this can vary as each person likes different things. After you have cooked it all ready just empty the jar and stir in the sauce, then simmer for a while, and make sure to keep stirring or the ingredients will stick to the bottom of the pan. Also make sure that it does simmer for quite a while, as even when it seems to be bubbling it can still be a little cold in the centre. That's all there is to it, after it has simmered its ready to serve.
How many will a jar feed
I find that the normal size jar normally feeds around 4, maybe a stretch to a 5 if a couple of young children with no big appetites. For a larger family though there is also a family size jar that can be bought which will feed around 7-8 people.
This can depend on where you go, when I bought some in Morrison's it was £1.95 for your standard jar so it is pretty pricey, as you have all the rest of the ingredients to buy also. But I am sure you can find it cheaper elsewhere.
My overall opinion
This is something I have always used if doing a spaghetti bolognaise, although you can chose to make your own using tomato purée, but this really gives your meal a lot more flavour than anything else would. Yes it is expensive, but as they always say you get what you pay for, and with this you do.
I do look for this on special offer, but its not on offer that often because people buy it regardless. I would recommend this to anyone to buy it, as I am not the worlds greatest cook, but with this sauce in your bolognaise you really cant go wrong with it.
The sauce is basically a tomato tasting sauce, which is what you would expect from this sauce, but you can get it with onions in and all sorts, so there is a wide variety to chose from. Just be careful though when eating as if you do spill it on your clothes it will stain.
All I will say is that you have to at least try this sauce, you have not had a proper bolognaise until you have tried it with dolmio in.
I did a Quorn bolognese the other day because I'd heard about how low fat Quorn is, so when I went to Morrisons to get a bolognese sauce I thought I'd try Dolmio Light to see how low fat I could get our meal. I love Dolmio's sauces and didn't think this one would be as crap as it was, the Quorn was wicked but this sauce wrecked it because it's deffo not my idea of bolognese sauce.
It doesn't even SMELL that much like bolognese sauce either when you first open the jar or while it's cooking. It's got a proper strong tomato smell and looking at the sauce I was surprised to see loads of big bits of tomato.... and I didn't like that because they looked out of place and not all that fresh.
The sauce takes about 20 mins and I just mixed mine in with the frozen Quorn mince and warmed it up in a saucepan. If I had been using proper mince I would have browned that first and then put it in the sauce and cook it all together.
It looks nice and that's about all, it's a rich colour and looks lovely and thick when it's mixed in with the mince. The trouble is that it hasn't hardly got any flavour, well it has but it's just a strong tomato and herb flavour and it doesn't taste like bolognese. It tastes BIG TIME low fat and you can tell Dolmio have used shedloads of tomatoes to bulk the sauce out..... and that's GREAT if you're after a plain tomato pasta sauce but this was supposed to be bolognese sauce!!!
It's got a weird after taste as well, like tomatoes that have been soaked in garlic or something. I don't actually know if there is garlic in the sauce because you can't taste it but after I'd finished my dinner I got the weird tomatoey garlic taste in my mouth and it lasted for ages.
I won't bother with this again and any way there wasn't that much difference in the calories and fat between this and the normal lush Dolmio. The bits of tomato were as bad as I thought they would be, they stayed tough even though I cooked the sauce for longer than I should have done. They didn't taste or feel like fresh tomato and deffo don't add anything to the sauce.
Not recommended..... go for regular Dolmio instead!!!!