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The Spaghetti Bolognese dish is a staple meal in our household, and it goes without saying that it deserves the best sauce which compliments both the meat and the pasta alike. Dolmio sauces are the perfect answer. More specifically, their extra onion and garlic bolognese, which is near perfection. I have previously tried Dolmio's original sauce, and as nice as it was, it was lacking that certain je ne sais quoi which I later found in the extra onion & garlic sauce. *****Packaging***** This specific bolognese sauce comes in a 500g transparent glass jar, complete with a vibrant green lid. The label present covers half the jar, so through the glass with no label over it you can see the dark red sauce that's inside. The label itself has a lavender/white background, the Dolmio logo and a few onions to the left of the text. *****Price***** It's reasonable priced at £1.66 for a 500g jar from Tesco, and actually at present there's an offer on - buy any two 500g Dolmio sauce for just £3, so you've really no excuse for not trying this sauce! *****Taste***** As soon as you open the lid of the jar, you are immediately hit with the scent of rich tomatoes, which is pleasant and a taste of what's to come! This initial smell leaves you in high hopes for the final result, and I must say that it does not disappoint. The promise of extra roasted onion and garlic is not broken, and these two ingredients give the sauce that extra va-va-voom that makes your Spag Bol taste so good!
Dolmio have a rich tradition of creating tomato based sauces, this Bolognese Sauce has extra garlic and onion to give extra flavour to a meal, it is something we have in our store cupboard as a back up product for us for emergency dinners. There are a number of flavours in the Dolmio range, with added herbs and spices, as well as the original, but this is one we keep coming back to as the extra onion and garlic give the meat extra flavour and provide a perfect contrast to the dish. Packaging: This is a 320g Jar of Bolonese Sauce, the Packaging is green with the contrast of the bright red sauce, it has the usual Dolmio wrap over the packaging and is clearly definable on the shelves. The glass jar can easily be recycled following use or reused for making jams and chutneys. Prices: You can buy a jar for £1.35 in Tesco or Asda but there are generally two for one offers on these jars and I have bought many jars at a 2 for £1.50 offer which is very good value. A jar easily makes enough sauce for a meal for 4. You can often combine the deals and buy one of these with an original jar or with one of the other jars in the range. Flavour: The product is free of preservatives and additives and it does have an authentic tomato taste, but with an added kick which I really like. The texture is perfect as it is not too thick or too sickly. The flavour is a perfect contrast to mince and has a genuine oniony taste too which doesn't taste manufactured. This does taste similar to the Bolognese sauces you get in restaurants and it is similar to those we have made at home with a wide variety of tinned tomatoes, onions and herbs. Ingredients Tomatoes (75%), Tomato Puree (14%), Onion (3.5%), Sugar, Lemon Juice, Roasted Garlic Puree (Garlic, Sunflower Oil, Salt) (1.5%), Olive Oil, Salt, Basil, Herbs, Parsley, Spices. There are 61 calories per 125g serving with 0.3 per cent fat, this is excellent in making it a healthy option with your mince. It tastes great and is good value and doesn't throw ridiculous calories at you. We often make our own sauces nowadays and freeze them but this is a perfect storecupboard ingredient for dates when we don't have all the ingredients or the time to make a decent sauce. It is available in all supermarkets and is one of the top brands for Bolognese sauces. With this sauce you simply need to cook the mince and add this which makes it a perfect example of healthy fast food which doesn't burn a hole in your pocket. It saves the niggly little jobs of chopping onions and garlic and provides the right balance whereas you know when you cook yourself that you can occasionally get that balance wrong.
I like to prepare my own version of Spaghetti Bolognese but since I have an assignment to finish in a few days I spend my time on writing it rather than cooking from scratch. We have received a voucher from Sainsbury's for Dolmio sauce products so I picked this Extra onion and garlic Bolognese. I bought a 750 g jar in Sainsbury's for 2.39 pounds. It is available also in a 500 g jar as well for 1.67 pounds. I have tried Dolmio products previously so I wasn't surprised when I found that it is of premium quality. I had pork mince at home which I fried on a little olive oil then I added the content of the jar and boiled it for a couple of minutes. In the meantime I prepared the spaghetti al dente. I put the spaghetti on the plates and I topped the sauce on it then I put some grated mozzarella on the sauce and ready. The meal was ready in 20 minutes. The sauce is vivid red coloured due to the tomato and there are vegetable pieces in it. I found larger onion pieces in it. The sauce itself is a little bit sour and has tomato taste with Italian herbs. I think it was really delicious. My own version is a little bit sweeter but as a change it was perfect. You can prepare it with other vegetables instead of meat as well so the variety is really big. The ingredients of this sauce are as follows: Tomatoes (75%), Tomato Puree (14%), Onion (3.5%), Sugar, Lemon Juice, Roasted Garlic Puree (Garlic, Sunflower Oil, Salt) (1.5%), Olive Oil, Salt, Basil, Herbs, Parsley, Spices. The sauce is free from artificial colour, flavours and preservatives. It is suitable for vegetarians. The nutritional information per 100 g are as follows: Energy: 50kcal Protein: 1.5g Carbohydrate: 8.1g of which sugars: 6.2g Fat: 1.3g of which saturates: 0.2g Fibre: 1.0g Sodium: 0.4g The manufacturer of Dolmio products is Masterfoods (Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE13 OBR). For more information about the Dolmio products visit www.dolmio.com. To sum up: I think this is a brilliant product if you wish to eat a Spaghetti Bolognese at home quickly. It is easy to prepare it and the variety is really great. You can prepare it with courgette or mushrooms instead of meat if you are vegetarian or want some change. This sauce is low in calories and made of really good quality ingredients. I think its price is quite good and it is worth having one at home just in case...
I love Spaghetti Bolognaise and there's nothing like making your own. Fair enough I don't make the pasta, don't make the Sauce and only brown some Mince, but you know what I mean. I'm not that interested in just plain old Tomato Sauce, and can't be bothered chopping Onions up let alone sorting some Garlic out. So this is easy to get this and chuck it all together. The normal price of this is about £1.60 for a 500g jar. Sure i've seen this in larger jars, but this size is just right to mix with 500g of Mince. It gives a good coating without it dripping with Sauce. The jar is alright. It is a see through jar with a wrap around label. The main colourings are white with red and green. There is a nice looking Tomato on the front and it looks healthy and nutritious enough. The lid is a screw top lid and easy enough to get off. The consistency is pretty runny, but I have seen runnier Sauces from the Supermarket own brands. The Sauce is a medium red colour and you can see speckles of green through it, which I would assume is Herbs. You can smell a nice rich-ish Tomato scent when you open the jar with a slight hint of Roasted Garlic and an Onion-y tang to it. As I mentioned before this mixes in well with the cooked Mince and you can see the odd schard of Onion mixed though with the Sauce and Mince. When you eat this I would say you do taste the Garlic, but it's more afterwards when I had the odd tiny burb that I felt like I was tasting the Garlic, but it wasn't that apparent when I was eating it. Nutritional Information per jar 82 Calories 1.6g Fat 0.2g Saturates 1.2g Salt A nice tasty, flavoursome Sauce which will make your Bolognaise lovely.
Once a week in my home (usually on a Friday night lol) we have a spaghetti bolognese. It's happened every week for the past five years, and me I'm not a fan of the stuff but it's not me that cooks it! If I've ever made it I've made up my own sauce from scratch but my Mother (who is the chief cook and bottle washer in our house according to her!) uses a sauce and cheats! My Mother is a fan of using 'stir in' sauces and her favourite one's seem to be Dolmio cos that's all I've ever had on my plate off her but last week we had this different variety! The Packaging: 500g glass jar with a green twist on/off lid to the top of it. On the front of label there is photograph of red peppers and onions on there and then I'm told it's Dolmio Extra Onion & Garlic Sauce For Bolognese and I'm told it is made with 100% good honest ingredients and that it has no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives and the size is stated (as I've listed already). On the back of the label ingredients and advice on how to use it are given, there is a recipe on how to cook a bolognese 'from scratch', contact details for Masterfoods are given (the manufacturer of all Dolmio products), size and the recycle symbol are shown and finally there is a bar-code on there. To Use The Sauce: On the jar the instruction is to fry off 500g mince and then add this sauce til it heats through and serve. Serves 4 Using It: Well of course you can use this as directed or keep it Vegetarian and use it with Quorn mince (or whatever really it is up to you of course lol) or simply throw over cooked pasta or something for a quick meal. My Mother always fries off some mince, onions and mushrooms and then adds this to her ingredients. So the sauce itself is a dark orangy red in colour and it's runny though it isn't like water or too thick or gloopy or owt like that. It's very tomatoey in flavour (and naturally so) with a few specks of onion in it and plenty of basil and parsley in there which has a fresh feel to them opposed to being dried. The amount of garlic is well blended into the mix and blends really well with the other ingredients without making it too smelly or overpowering to eat. Verdict: Once cooked the sauce thins out quite a bit and it is rather nice and fresh tasting really. It is well herbed up and well spiced and generally nicely seasoned and of good quality. It's a meal in a hurry that is low in fat and incredibly versatile! No where near as good as a home made sauce in my opinion but it's not too shabby an offering and it's easy to use and at least it tastes nice enough! Nutritional Information: Calories: 82 Sugars: 7.7g Fat: 1.6g Saturates: 0.2g Salt: 1.2g Available in all good supermarkets at about £1.39 a jar.