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      01.04.2010 15:12
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      A familiar brand

      I'm very low on food at the moment, so I was limited for lunch choices and decided to throw together a quick pasta dish. Almost completely lacking in ingredients, I found a Dolmio express packet in the cupboard, which is basically just a stir-in sauce.

      Dolmio sauces can be found in all the main supermarkets in various tomato-based flavours. You can buy family-sized jars, small stir-in tubs and microwave pouches. Most people make their own pasta sauce from scratch, however I only do this when I have time and ingredients! Also, as I'm only cooking for myself the single portions of sauce are much easier and quicker, not to mention less wasteful. This is a big plus point for me with Dolmio because many companies either aim for the individual or the family, and don't cater for both. But Dolmio sauces cover all bases.

      The flavour I had this lunchtime was 'Sun-ripened Tomato and Basil' and is very simply made with few ingredients. 170g cost under £1, and that was from the Co-op so you could probably find it cheaper elsewhere. All I had to do was cut open the top corner and stick in the microwave for 45 seconds, so I cooked my pasta and veg and then stuck the sauce in at the last moment. To be honest I should have just been more organised and had the ingredients to make my own, but it tasted lovely and rich, and this is true of all the Dolmio sauces I've tried in the past. The use by date was also next year, so it's good to keep on hand just in case.

      I have to say that I don't normally buy Dolmio sauces, and this is really because I prefer to buy the supermarket's own organic sauce at around the same price, or buy Jamie Oliver's lovely sauces. Having said that, as far as I know Dolmio is the only company that does the microwavable pouches, which are definitely a selling point.

      Overall, Dolmio sauces definitely aren't a food essential, but they can be good to have on hand for a quick meal.

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        02.02.2010 13:37
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        A nice simple meal for the whole family

        I'm quite new to Dolmio sauces and really only tried them as I was looking for quick easy meals to prepare after late nights at work. They have proved to be quite popular at home.

        For the purpose of this review I'm going to look at the one we had for tea last night, Dolmio Tomato and Cheese Pasta Bake.

        This sauce is sold in a 500g glass jar with the familiar Dolmio logo on the front. All the necessary nutritional information is on the front which is quite handy as you don't need to read all the small print like on some pre-packaged food.

        The instructions are really easy to follow to (they must be if I can do it!), its basically just pre-heat your oven, cook your choice of pasta according to the instructions, drain, place in an oven proof dish, pour over the sauce, give it a stir and sprinkle with some grated cheddar and voila!!

        Simple, bake for 20 minutes and there you have a delicious meal that the whole family can enjoy. I served it as it was with a lovely garlic ciabatta loaf, I found it to be filling and tasty, just what you need after a long day at work.

        A good thing about this particular Dolmio sauce is that one serving contains one of your five a day, so its a great way to get veg into your kids without them suspecting a thing!

        On to the taste. I thought it may taste a bit synthetic, but the sauce was nice and thick, plenty of small chunks of tomato and onion, and quite sweet with just a hint of the cheese (which is parmesan). The tomato is the main flavour, as I was a bit concerned that it may be too 'cheesy' as my kids aren't that keen on parmesan. It got a bit thumbs up in our house last night, so much so, that they have asked to have it again.

        Overall, if you are pushed for time, want something quick, simple and tasty - give this a try :)

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          29.11.2009 21:23
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          Try and SEE

          This is a review on 'My Dolmio Tomato and Cheese Sauce'...

          I first came across this specific range of sauces when I was looking for quick lunch/dinner meals.

          In Tesco, these were on offer so I picked them up to give them a try...

          Dolmio are famous for their brilliant pasta sauces which I find irresistible!

          This comes in a small 150g plastic carton which has a green theme. I would say it is more suited for children, this is because it has doodles on the front of a personalised tomato and there is also a fingerprint stating 'Hold Me From Here'. The design is very simplistic and I love the way it has a section you tear off to pour the sauce out.

          This is tomato and cheese sauce but I think the tomato is the main flavour with only a slight hint of cheese. It is free from artificial colours, flavours and preservatives. For the whole packet there are 62 kcal which is not too bad but this does cover the average child aged 5-10 3% of their allowance, if you consider this with pasta too it will be a lot more!

          To cook all you have to do is microwave it for 45 seconds and then pour on top of hot or cold pasta!

          I like this because it is not too expensive- around £1.50 a carton and you can buy it from supermarkets and other local shops. It is also not too fatty and it does contain real tomatoes. I like the way it looks on the packet and I would rate this 5/5!

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            10.11.2009 21:05
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            Dolmio Express Carbonara Sauce

            I love pasta, actually I just had one tonight and I quite enjoy it. It's Dolmio Express creamy carbonara pasta sauce. I usually have that in my kitchen cupboard. It's very easy to prepare if you fancy a quick ready made pasta. Dolmio offered a variety of sauces to choose from but this creamy carbonara sauce is my favourite among them. Carbonara is a classic italian white sauce with cream, ham and cheese. Dolmio's sauce includes sweet cream, ham, tangy cheese and aromatic garlic to create quality taste. The sauce is quite thickish but free from artificial colours, flavours and preservatives. Well, as what they say that good food has just become much quiker, Definitely for Dolmio!

            NUTRITIONAL DATA
            (per 100g)
            Energy 157kcal
            Protein 3.3g
            Carbohydrate 3.9g
            of w/c sugars 1.3g
            Fat 14.3g
            of w/c saturates 5.8g
            Fibre 0.5g
            Sodium 0.6g

            AVAILABILITY & PRICE
            Available in all leading supermarket
            Asda 98p
            Tesco 98p
            Sainsbury's offered this for £1.21 per sauce.

            Got it from tesco for 98p, the price at the moment is reduced. They used to sell it for £1.24 so have to get more while it's still on offer.

            PACKAGING
            These sauce comes in a microwavable pouch of 150g. It's mainly green with images of cream in a bowl, ham and garlic. The brand Dolmio express creamy carbonara pasta sauce, serves one were written on the front including nutritional information on the lower left side of the packet.

            USING A MICROWAVE
            Cut open corner where indicated, then microwave for 45 seconds (800W). For different powered microwave adjust heating time according to manufacturer's instructions.

            REMINDER
            Take care when hot, if serving with dolmio express pasta, heat the sauce first, remove from microwave and allow to stand while heating the pasta.

            Always store in a cool dry place. Once opened refrigerate up to 2 days.

            USING A PAN
            Heat contents gently in saucepan, stirring often.

            MY WAY
            The sauce can be easy to cook as they can be microwave for only 45 seconds but I prefer to cook it on the pan. The serving is for 1 person but I manage to make it for 2 serving. I usually add bacon and mushroom to make it more exciting. I chopped them into small pieces and fried them then put the sauce and stir for few minutes. Prepare the pasta and mix my creamy sauce. My lovely carbonara is ready... Easy as that!

            CONCLUSION
            Love Dolmio! I can have a carbonara on my table instantly! Just like that!I recommend it for pasta lover who don't have enough time to cook and prepare. This one is definitely for you, but if white sauce is not your cup of tea, they have variety of sauces to choose from.

            So when is your Dolmio day?

            Thank you for reading ;-D

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              06.09.2009 23:35
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              I personally wouldn't buy it again

              This review is for Dolmio Pasta Bake cheese and tomato. My husband informs me he got it ages ago and it cost about a quid!! Not very helpful I know so having looked online I see its about £1.68 for a 480g jar.

              Firstly why he bought it I don't know as I do all the cooking and shopping and cook everything from scratch.. he must have been having an odd thought at the time!!

              Anyway its a clear jar showing a vivid red sauce inside with the green lid and green label top.

              Basically you cook some pasta then stir in the sauce top with grated cheese and bake in the oven for about 20 minutes (all the instructions are clearly printed on the back).

              On opening the jar I can't say I could smell anything really after a big sniff I got the faintest whiff of tomato and no cheese smell at all despite the claims on the back. When I was pouring it into the pasta it appeared very watery and in fact splatted onto the surface although wasn't being poured from a great height. After the baking process I have to say the sauce had thickened considerably.

              Taste wise...well it didn't rock my world but I didn't want to run screaming from my plate either. It was a little tomatoey but I really couldn't taste any cheese from the sauce itself. Although I can't say I would buy it again my husband said he would should he get the urge to "cook". The sauce I make myself is not only cheaper but much more flavoursome.

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              04.08.2009 01:05
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              A nice sauce, definatly worth a try

              Dolmio Express Tomato And Basil is something I swear by for those lunch times I want something quick, but still healthy and great tasting.

              I first discovered this after a favourite sauce of mine appeared to disappear. So I went out hunting for something new.

              In Morrisons, they cost around £1.40 and are sometimes on offer.

              Packing is like a pouch, in green and is quite average size for single person, just the right size. No wastage.

              To use, you cut the corner where indicated and place in the microwave in the pouch standing up.

              Apparently you can microwave them in about 45 seconds on a 750 Watt microwave, I have a 700 Watt and 50 seconds is enough. The sauce itself appears to make a loud popping sound, that's probably it splatting against the top of my microwave, which I seem to have to clean more since using these. But that doesn't bother me.

              During this time, I drain my pasta off well and place it back into the saucepan, just as the sauce finishes cooking. Then upon removing the pouch from the microwave, it's best to hold it at the top corner where it isn't cut, as it is really quite hot further down, I use it myself as a stir in sauce, it can be used as a pour over though.

              The sauce itself has bits of tomato, basil and onion are most noticeable. The flavour is really nice too, quite sweet but savoury I'd think.

              One disadvantage I'd like to point out is sometimes there's a lack of sauce compared to pasta, it could do with a bit more in the pouch.

              Overall, great for a quick fast lunch or tea that tastes great. I'd be a bit happier if I got a bit more sauce though.

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              30.03.2009 17:20
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              Great sauces for your everyday pasta!

              In this review i am reviewing the Dolmio express sauces in pouches. The flavours that they have in these are:

              - Creamy Carbonara
              - Creamy mushroom
              - Spicy Italian chilli
              - sun-ripened tomatoes and basil
              - Minced beef bolognese
              - Minced beef bolognese with extra mushroom
              - minced beef bolognese with extra onion and garlic

              All of these sauces can be bought at most supermarkets including Asda, Tesco's and Sainsbury's. They cost about £1.15 per sauce. They are serving for 1 person, although i do eat them on my own my and my sister sometimes share one which still goes a long way. They all are free of artificial colours, flavours and preservatives and are easy to cook as they microwave in only 45 seconds. Each of these sauces comes in a microwavable pouch of 170g. They are mainly green with a red edge around the ones with a red sauce and white for the ones with a white sauce. They each have pictures of what's in the pouch i.e. Italian chilli - chilli's.


              * Creamy Carbonara

              This is a classic italian white sauce with cream, cheese and ham. This creamy sauce is a favourite italian classic. Dolmio have used sweet cream, ham, tangy cheese and aromatic garlic to make the taste top quality. The sauce is of a thickish consistency. I don't like this sauce very much though as i don't really like ham and you can taste it in this product.
              Nutritional Information per 100g- Energy - 618kj/149kcal Fat - 13.2g Protein - 3.4g Carbohydrates - 4.2g


              *Creamy Mushroom

              This consists of chunks of mushrooms and cheese. Again this is an italian sauce is full of mushrooms and sweet cheese. It is a creamy white sauce, which i have come to the conclusion that i don't seem to like these! It's kind of like a thick soup but obviously has a more sweeter sauce taste.
              Nutritional Information per 100g - Energy - 358kJ/86kcal Fat 5.9g Protein - 2.0g Carbohydrates - 6.2g


              * Spicy Italian chilli

              This sauce is a combination of mixed spicy Italian chilli's with fresh tomatoes, onions, garlic and olive oil. It has chucks on tomatoes in and is a runnier sauce which mixes well in pasta. We always have this one at home as if one of your favourites; though i prefer others is it is a bit spicy sometimes.
              Nutritional Information per 100g - Energy - 213kj/51kcal Fat - 1.6g Protein - 1.5g Carbohydrates - 7.5g


              * Tomato and Basil

              This sauce is full of flavour - juicy tomatoes and fragrant basilica fresco. This is another great one to have on your pasta and has very tangy taste in a good way! The herbs really make the sauce here as it adds a lot of flavour. This sauce again is slightly runnier than others.
              Nutritional information per 100g - Energy - 218kJ/52kcal Fat - 1.6g Protein 1.5g Carbohydrates 7.9g


              *Minced beef bolognese

              Tasty beef bolognese with juicy tomatoes, and a balance of herbs and olive oil. This is a great sauce for any kind of pasta and for a more traditional taste. This sauce is a more chunky sauce full of mince and bits of tomatoes. This is my favourite and has a real great taste.
              Nutritional Information per 100g - Energy - 369kJ/ 88kcal Fat 3.3g Protein 7.4g Carbohydrates 7.1g


              * Minced Beef bolognese with extra mushroom

              This is the same as the other bolognese sauce just literally with added mushrooms. I like his as well as the other as in this one you can see chopped mushrooms but couldn't taste it in the other sauces. This is definitely one for mushroom lovers!
              Nutritional Information Per 100g - Energy - 384kJ/91kcal Fat - 3.3g Protein - 7.8g Carbohydrates - 7.4g


              * Minced beef bolognese with extra onions and garlic

              Again it has the same mince, tomatoes and herbs yet you can actually see the chunks of onion and taste the extra garlic. I'm not too sure if i like the one as much, i don't really like to be able to see onions if I'm going to be eating them, and the garlic you can clearly taste there is more which I'm not too keen on.
              Nutritional Information per 100g - Energy - 374kJ/89kcal Fat - 3.3g Protein - 7.4g Carbohydrates - 7.3g


              I would definitely recommend these sauces as with a wide selection there's a sauce for everyone! They are very easy to use, just cut the corner and pop it in the microwave!

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                27.01.2009 21:45
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                The most expensive way to purchase a tomato.

                In my opinion Dolmio sauces are such a waste of money, and this fact was reinforced to me, when my better half purchased a jar of this and then proceeded to cook it, and fed me it almost unknowingly. I didn't even realize it was a (semi) instant sauce, other than noticing it was too sweet.

                When you consider that the basic Italian pasta sauce (which Dolmio is) is just created by cooking out finely diced onion, some crushed garlic until its all soft (but not burnt), and a Passata mixed with a few dried herbs. (Passata is just sieved tomatoes, minus skin an seeds) it becomes apparant what a waste of cash it is.

                So where am I going with this?

                Well the point is, when a basic Italian sauce is so cheap and simple to make, and can be made more exciting just as easily by adding a few more ingredients of your choice, why would I (or anyone else for that matter) want to spend more on a ready made sauce.

                Its not a mute point, Morrisons bettabuy Passata sauce is 32 pence, the equivalent quantity of Dolmio sauce is around 3 to 4 times that amount. Even when you add the cost of cooking it, and a few herbs, its still more than half the price.

                So I guess it must taste supremely better? Well no actually it doesn't, the taste is not hugely different. I mean how different can you make tomatoes and a few herbs taste. Its not Masterchef to knock up a quick sauce.

                The only noticeable difference was that Dolmio was much sweeter, and had larger chunks of onions in. (and no doubt a longer list of unecsseary ingredients). So ok, you don't have the time in the evenings, well cook a large batch of sauce, and keep it in the fridge for a few days, or freeze its the same thing and used the same way.

                So in summary, save your money, and set your culinary skills loose on the humble tomato sauce, and rest assured it is probably the easiest Italian meal to cook. Enjoy!

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                  03.10.2008 13:27
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                  tasty & delicious sauces

                  we love italian food & eat a fair amount of spaghetti, swirls, penne, pasta bakes, lasagnes etc - usually I like to make my own sauces but sometimes due to lack of time or unexpected visitors I have to rely on readymade sauces.

                  I've tried cheaper makes such as tesco's own & iceland's own brands but to be honest we all prefer dolmio sauces

                  I've tried quite a few - eg

                  lasagne white sauce
                  bolognese sauce
                  stir-in cabonare
                  stir-in sun-dried tomato
                  tomato & roasted garlic

                  but our current favourite is the extra spicy bolognese sauce in jars which is delicious

                  not cheap at £1.47 for 500g from tesco - but very tasty & good to have in for an emergency

                  I think iceland sometimes sell dolmio on offer at £2.50 for 2 jars but it's still much cheaper I guess to make your own sauces from scratch!

                  the extra spicy one is a favourite with my 17 year old daughter who's fussy about her food.
                  There are no 'bits' in it & the flavour is nice & strong so she'll eat it quite happily with pasta quills or penne which is a good quick meal when she comes home 'starving' from college with her friends

                  lovely served with parmesan or grated cheese for extra protein

                  ingredients
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                  tomatoes (77% - which is high)
                  tomato puree
                  onion
                  sugar
                  lemon juice
                  olive oil
                  basil
                  garlic
                  green peppercorns
                  herbs
                  parsley
                  spices

                  nutritional info
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                  I won't bore you with them all - the main ones of interest to me are
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                  calories - 498 per 100g
                  protein - 7.7g
                  fat - 1.2g


                  there is a recommended recipe on the reverse which I've used but adapted several times using mince but I've also added vegetables to make the sauce go even further.

                  I would recommend all the dolmio sauces I have mentioned but would look out for offers

                  I prefer the jars to the pouches & other containers (our cat has her cat food in pouches!) but they are heavy if you have to carry your shopping & can be awkward to open. The good thing is though that you can re-cycle these jars as they are a good size & very strong.

                  The taste & texture of all of them to date has been great but it is definately not the cheapest way of preparing italian food.

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                    29.09.2008 21:09
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                    a nice sauce for a quick easy meal, just follow the directions on the pack

                    I had the cheese and tomato pasta bake one of these sauce in the cupboard and decided that I would make it for tea tonight as I didn't feel in the mood to cook anything else, You simply boil the pasta and then welly it in a baking dish with the sauce and a couple of small tines of tuna before grating some cheese on the top. Once you have done this the baking dish goes in the oven for 20 minutes at 200 degrees and the meal is supposed to be ready, however, I didn't think it was done properly after 20 minutes so gave it an extra 10! I'm not usually a fan of tomato based sauces, expecially not with tuna but this once was actually quite enjoyable and for the 90 odd pence I paid for it I would definately recommend it if you want something nice and easy for your tea. The sauce isn't too tomatoey but does have rather a lot of onions in it.

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                    A quick and easy meal.

                    I love pasta and I like to try out different sauces. I like to make my own and I also enjoy the bought ones as they are so quick and easy.

                    I decided to write about Creamy Tomato Dolmio Pasta Bake after enjoying it for my dinner yesterday. So, I started by doing a bit of research online, looking for the history of the company etc. To my dismay I couldn't find much, only that it is by Al Dolmio and is a brand which is manufactured by Mars, made by Masterfoods.
                    Even though Dolmio is a very Italian sounding name it isn't actually sold in Italy.

                    So, I am reviewing the Creamy Tomato flavour pasta bake. They do come in other varieties as well, Tomato & Cheese, Roasted Mediterranean Vegetables and Creamy Carbonara.

                    Price
                    £1.41 in Tesco and Asda.
                    Currently any 2 for £2.50 in Asda until December!

                    The Jar
                    This pasta bake sauce comes in 500g jar. The jar is transparent with a label going around the middle and a green lid. Both the jar's label and the lid have the 'Dolmio' logo on them. There is a picture of a cooked pasta bake (serving suggestion) on the front along with the variety of pasta bake and a sort of stamp which states it has no artificial colours, flavours and preservatives.
                    The back of the jar label gives the cooking instructions, ingredients, nutritional data and the companies information such as address and telephone number.

                    Ingredients
                    Tomatoes, Fresh Cream, Onions, Sunflower oil, White wine, Tomato paste, Sugar, Modified maize starch, Butteroil, Salt, Cheese, (Parmesan), Basil, Glucose syrup, Lemon Juice, White wine vinegar, Bouillon, Spices, Herbs, Lactose, Milk proteins.
                    Allergy information contains celery, lactose & milk proteins

                    Nutritional data per 100g
                    Energy 447kJ/107kcal
                    Fat 7.1g of which saturates 2.7g
                    Protein 1.5g
                    Carbohydrates 9.1g of which sugars 5.7g
                    Fibre 0.5g
                    Sodium 0.46g

                    Cooking instructions
                    To cook a delicious oven baked meal for 4 that everyone will love:
                    Cook 250g of pasta and place in an ovenproof dish.
                    Brown 250g of diced chicken in a little oil for 4-5 minutes and place on the pasta in the oven dish.
                    Pour over the sauce, stir through and sprinkle with grated cheese.
                    Bake in an oven preheated to 200°C/400°F/Gas Mark 6, for about 20 minutes until cheese has melted.

                    If you prefer a lighter meal:
                    Cook 375g of pasta and place in an ovenproof dish.
                    Pour over sauce, stir through and sprinkle with grated cheese.
                    Bake in an oven preheated to 200C/400C/Gas Mark 6, for about 20 minutes until cheese has melted.

                    I find this so easy to make. I followed the above instructions (lighter meal) exactly.

                    When I opened the jar a lovely tomato smell came drifting out. It was orange in colour with pieces of herbs in it. I then stirred it into the pasta and sprinkled cheddar cheese over, then placed it in the oven. During the cooking process, my boyfriend came home from work and immediately commented on the aroma coming from the kitchen.

                    Shortly after, it was time to take it out of the oven to devour.
                    It looked delicious, the cheese had melted over the pasta perfectly and once again the smell was lovely.

                    So, we dished out and dug in. It had a tasty tomato flavour and I could make out the taste of onion and herbs. It had a creamy consistency and went very well with our accompanying garlic bread and side salad.

                    Now, I made the pasta bake according to the instructions but I didn't think there would be enough for a family of 4. Between my boyfriend and I, we nearly polished off the lot. There was enough left for maybe a small child. So, for a family I would suggest you use maybe 2 jars or what I have done in the past is to add a tin of chopped tomatoes.

                    We don't have this dish that often, I usually keep it in the cupboard to use on a day where we may have been quite busy and haven't had time to prepare and cook a big meal, or if we're short of ingredients and need to go shopping. It also comes in very handy when my nieces and nephew come to stay - they love it!

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                      16.04.2008 13:39
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                      An alternative to boring pasta and sauce, this pasta bake is quick, easy and tasty!

                      I like Dolmio sauces now and again but have tried to branch away from the usual, and in my opinion, boring tomato sauce and pasta option so when I saw the Dolmio Roasted Mediterranean vegetables Pasta Bar jar in my local Sainsburys I decided to give it a go. It was only £1.49 a jar so quick an inexpensive dinner in my opinion.

                      The taste and flavours itself sounded really lovely and different. Apparently according to the jar one serving equals 1/5 of your daily intake of fruit and vegetables recommended by nutritionists. This is an excellent way to make sure that you are getting your five a day and in my opinion quite an easy one. Also if it fools my family into eating their vegetables then nothing could be better. Each jar contains 71% tomatoes, 11% of roasted vegetables including courgettes, onions and red and yellow peppers.

                      After tasting it I really did like the flavour of the sauce, it was quite thick and you could see all the chopped up vegetables in it. The taste was strong but not overpowering, quite tomatoey obviously with some herbs as well.

                      The dinner itself is easy to make. You cook your pasta first and put it in an ovenproof dish. Then you can add chicken if you like for a full meal or just keep it to the pasta and sauce for a lighter meal. If you add chicken you will need to brown this, put it over the pasta and then pour over the sauce. It then only takes 20 minutes in the oven so quite quick and easy even with the other preparations.

                      The calorie count is not too bad either. The jar is 500g and per 100g there are 54 calories and 1.8g fat so if you have half a jar you meal is really only just over 100 calories. I find one jar works to feed two people, any more and then the sauce gets a bit thin so you may need two jars for more people.

                      All in all another quick and easy dinner alternative.

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                      Fast food that tastes fantastic.

                      I'm a great believer in doing things easily if I can and it's only occasionally that I actually have loads of time to prepare a meal from scratch although I do love proper cooking when I get the chance. I also find that it works out much cheaper to uses sauces like these rather than buying all the separate ingredients too and as we're a family very much on a budget then this has to take priority when shopping is done.

                      Dolmio have created lots of different sauces for pasta which come in a variety of containers including jars, little plastic tubs and microwavable express packets like my favourite kind, which is Creamy Carbonara although I do usually add it and heat in a pan rather than the microwave. I will go into more details of this product later as it's the one I use most but first I want to enlighten you a bit more about the full Dolmio range.

                      ***Bolognese***

                      One of the most famous sauces that Dolmio do has to be the gorgeous range of Bolognese made from mainly tomatoes. Now tomatoes are a fantastic product which contain the antioxidant Lycopene which is what makes tomatoes have that lovely red colour and best of all is believed to prevent certain types of cancer so what better reason can you have for eating bolognese.

                      300g of tomatoes are packed into every 500g jar of these bolognese sauces and there are 5 different varieties to choose from in the original bolognese range which include a light version for the people out there worried about fat content (this contains only 0.1g per 100g) and one that is extra spicy for the more adventurous of you out there as well as one with extra mushrooms, one with extra onion & garlic and one for those who like things extra spicy.

                      ***Chunky Bolognese***

                      If you like your bolognese to contain that little bit extra though there is also the new chunky range which has Sweet Pepper, Mushroom & Courgette, Roasted Onion & Garlic or Mediterranean Vegetables to choose from. Whichever one you choose to use though they are very simple to use and only require you to be able to open the jar (which can sometimes be a chore for us weaklings out there) and pour the sauce over your choice of mince. A portion of spaghetti goes delightfully well and is a firm favourite in our house. The original sauces sell for around £1.15 for a 500g jar and the chunkier variety sells for around £1.40. Of course you can be a bit more adventurous with these sauces and I will include a couple of my favourite recipe ideas at the end.

                      ***The Lasagne Range***

                      Lasagne is another one we love and for anyone who isn't familiar with it this delight it is made up of layers of flat pasta sheets and mince with tomato and white sauce too. You can either choose to use a bolognese sauce to do this or use Dolmio's specially prepared tomato sauce which has a mixture of basil and sweet garlic blended in with the tomatoes to give this it's lovely flavour. Lasagne wouldn't be Lasagne though without the gorgeous white sauce to help you layer your sheets of pasta and although I have tried a few other brands of this, Dolmio for me has to be the creamiest one around. This is another dish that is easy and quick to prepare and tastes fantastic. Both sauces sell at around £1.30 for a 500g or 470g jar. This can also be bought as a mealpack with both jars and some lasagne sheets too.

                      ***Stir In Sauces***

                      The next range of sauces available are the Stir in sauces which come in a plastic tub. I haven't actually tried these yet but there are some really tempting flavours including Creamy Carbonara, Italian Spicy Chilli, Roasted Vegetables, Slow Roasted Garlic & Tomato, Smokey Bacon & Tomato, Spicy Pepperoni & Tomato, Sun-Dried Tomato, Sweet Pepper and Sun-Dried Tomato Light. The flavour that interests me most here is the Pepperoni variety as I love this type of sausage and mixed with red peppers and tomatoes it sounds delicious. These can be bought for around £1.25 for 150g tub and as the name suggests you simply stir into whichever pasta dish you are making.

                      ***Express Pasta Sauces***

                      The last range of actual sauces are the Express range which are presented to us in packet form which can either be heated up in the microwave in 2 to 3 minutes or in a pan and then poured over your pasta. The flavours to choose from are Creamy Carbonara, Creamy Mushroom, Rich Tomato with Basil Pesto, Roasted Vegetable, Spicy Italian Chilli, Sun-Ripened Tomato & Basil, Bolognese, Bolognese with Extra Mushroom and Bolognese with Extra Onion & Garlic.

                      My favourite and the sauce I use most from Dolmio is, as earlier mentioned, the Creamy Carbonara and this is the form I like to buy it in. There are 2 size packs that you can buy in this range the single portion 150g size which costs around £1.10 and the larger 330g 2/3 portion which sells for around £1.50. I tend to buy the larger size as even if I am only using part of it the beauty of this is that it can be stored in a refrigerator once opened for up to 2 days so it works out a lot cheaper for us this way. It is very easy to use and if cooking in the microwave you just snip the corner and cook in the packaging although it can be extremely hot when you remove it and you have to leave it to stand whilst heating the pasta. I find it just as easy to heat in a pan though and this again just takes a couple of minutes. After it is ready you simply pour it over the pasta and you have a deliciously tasty hot meal.

                      The carbonara variety has ham, cream, cheese and garlic in it and tastes delicious. I've found some of the other brand's carbonara sauces to be a bit bland but the flavours compliment each other to perfection here and the delicate garlic flavouring isn't as strong as with some other dishes so there isn't quite so much need to worry about the dreaded garlic breath for the rest of the evening. Unless that is you serve it with a side helping of garlic bread which is what we usually do as we tend to have it when we aren't venturing out.

                      ***Pasta Bakes***

                      As well as the sauces there is also a range of pasta bakes available which can be poured over cooked pasta and baked in the over for a slightly different way of enjoying the Italian dishes. There are 4 varieties to choose from and they are Creamy Mushroom, Creamy Tomato, Sun-Dried Tomato and Tomato and Cheese. Now this is one area of the Dolmio range that I'm not so keen on. It's not that I find anything wrong as such with the flavour of the sauces but I'm not so keen on the oven-baking bit as I find this tends to make the pasta too soft for my liking. They sell for around £1.40 for a 500g jar.

                      ***Dolmio Website***

                      The Dolmio name is well known and is brought to life on the advertisements by a lovely traditional Italian family all centred round the fact the these sauces are as good as 'Mama' makes - well nearly. Their friendly and lovable characteristics really make their products spring to life and the website is excellent for getting recipe ideas from. This is where I located the recipes below which I had to try myself. As well as this you can sign up for news from Dolmio and you can get money off vouchers to print off if you want to try some of these products for yourselves. There are also some nutritional facts on here as well as Mama's question time where you can find all sorts of useful and fun tips.

                      www.dolmio.co.uk

                      ***Tasty Treats***

                      I will leave you with my favourite recipes for these delicious sauces, I hope you try them and enjoy.

                      Hawaiian Sausages to serve with Mash for 4 people

                      You need, 1 jar Original Bolognese Sauce, 8-10 Sausages, 2 large slices of leg ham and a small tin of pineapple chunks

                      This is a very simple but tasty meal and shows you don't need to use pasta for these pasta sauces. Cook the sausages in a large frying pan and cut up the slices of ham. Cut the sausages into pieces of around 1cm and put them back in the pan along with your pasta sauce. After simmering for a couple of minutes add the ham and pineapple and bring this to the boil. Simmer for a further 4-5 minutes and serve with a lovely helping of mashed potatoes.

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                      Spicy Italian Sausage for 4 people

                      You need 1 380g Dolmio Express Spicy Italian Chilli Sauce, 250g dried spaghetti, 1 red pepper cut into strips, 175g Salami or other spicy sausage of your choice, 15mls of olive oil and some basil to garnish.

                      Firstly fry the red pepper and salami in your oil for 3-4 minutes before adding your sauce to the pan. Heat this slowly until hot and leave to simmer. Cook your spaghetti for around 10-12 minutes until al dente (cooked but still slightly firm) then drain and serve the spaghetti before topping in off with your sausage and sauce mix. Top it off with some basil and grated Parmesan if you have it.

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