When I tell you that spaghetti bolognese is, and always has been, my favourite food, you probably won’t believe me. You probably think I’m just saying it because I’ve been asked to write about it on my blog. But believe me, I’m telling the truth. I have loved spaghetti bolognese for literally my entire life. I still eat it twice a week most weeks and I never get bored of it.
There was a tough time when I turned vegetarian at the age of 17 and couldn’t eat it any more. I still ate pasta with cheese, but it wasn’t quite the same as bolognese.
But then I discovered veggie mince. I could eat bolognese again! In my early 20s, I started making my bolognese with Dolmio. And I’ve never looked back. In the old days, the veggie mince was dried and from the cupboard. You had to hydrate it with water before cooking. Thank goodness for frozen veggie mince, which came along a few years later and was far easier to cook.
My eldest and I are vegetarian, while my husband and younger kids are meat eaters. Every week, you will find me juggling a pan of veggie bolognese and a pan of regular meat bolognese. Veggie mince isn’t cooked quite like meat – you don’t brown it first. You have to put the sauce in immediately and it cooks entirely in the sauce. Our regular midweek bolognese is just friend onions, mince (veggie or meat) and of course Dolmio!
Personally, I’d add a few vegetables, but my kids would only pick them out and they’re getting one of their five-a-day with the Dolmio at any rate.
I like proper long spaghetti, but my kids prefer fusilli and other pasta shapes. But we’re all agreed that we absolutely have to have lots of cheese on it!
I was very pleased when Dolmio sent me a huge range of ingredients, sufficient to make several vegetarian meals. As it was midweek and I was juggling kids and their activities and only had one pair of hands, I decided to stick with the tried and tested bolognese. Although I used wholewheat spaghetti and parmesan, rather than regular pasta and cheddar cheese. I really enjoyed the little bit of variation.
And the kids? They’re a fussy bunch and there is usually at least one of them complaining about what they’ve been given to eat, but I know they will always finish spaghetti bolognese without moaning. Thank goodness!
Although I use Dolmio to make bolognese most regularly, it’s not the only meal I make with it. Other vegetarian meals I make are:
- Vegetable lasagne
- Veggie chilli
- Vegetables (usually onion, pepper and carrot) cooked in Dolmio with pasta for days when I feel I need extra vegetables in my life
- Pitta bread pizzas (10-15 minutes in the oven depending on how many toppings you have)
- Pasta, Dolmio and cheese on its own (for when I’m in a real hurry or the fridge is bare)
We were sent ingredients to make a vegetarian meal for the purposes of this blogpost. All views are our own.
This post is an entry for the #Dolmio #ThankGoodness Challenge, sponsored by Dolmio. www.dolmio.co.uk/thankgoodness