Spaghetti bolognese is always a firm favourite in our house.  One of the few meals that the kids won’t turn their noses up and will be eaten with out whinging or the “two more mouth fulls” game.  Especially when spag bol is served with garlic bread.

It’s one of those great mid-week meals that I always have what I need in the cupboards to throw together.

I have two methods of making bolognaise, both have been tried and tested.  

Thank goodness for spag bol

Spag Bol Method One:

1 Settle children in front of the TV with an engaging activity so you are free to prepare dinner.

2 Chop carrots and courgettes whilst shouting orders into the other room such as “Stop licking your brother” and “take it in turns”.

3 Separate fighting children and issue time out warnings.

4 Next chop an onion and use all the swears under your breath when your eyes start streaming and you can no longer see what you are doing.

5 Break up another fight and place the little one in time out for standing on his brothers head.

6 Start browning the mince and onions whilst testing the big one on his spellings, emptying the washing machine, and running the water for the washing up.

7 Remove the little one from time out seat him at the kitchen table with a colouring book and crayons.

8 Add carrots, courgettes, chopped tomatoes, stock and marjoram to the frying pan and stir.

9 Chase after the little one who has escaped down the hallway with contraband crayons in his hand.

10 Put water on to boil for the spaghetti.

11 Fend of whinges about being hungry, “I’m staaaarving”,  and snack demands with the standard “you won’t eat your dinner.”

12 Agree that the big one can do the washing up after removing all sharp and fragile items from his reach.

13 Stir the bolognese and add the spaghetti to the saucepan.

14 Halt all proceedings to change the little ones nappy.

15 Stir the spaghetti and bolognese and attempt to lay the table.

16 Mop up the spilt water on the kitchen floor after the big one has finished ‘helping’ and make mental note to re-do the washing up later.

17 Drain the spaghetti and serve dinner.

18 Place meals on the table and begin hunt for the cutlery that the little one has removed.

19 Herd the pack to the table and let feeding time at the zoo commence.

20 Roll your eyes as the kids manage to pick out every piece of carrot and courgette from their bolognese.

Thyank goodness for spag bol jar of dolmio

 

Or you could try the following…

Spag Bol Method Two:

1 Settle children in front of the TV with an engaging activity so you are free to prepare dinner.

2 Brown mince and add a jar of Dolmio bolognese sauce whilst wondering if you should be delighted or concerned that all is quiet in the next room.

3 Cook the spaghetti whilst laying the table and fielding “how long to dinner?” questions. 

4 Herd the pack to the table and sigh with relief as their dinner is eaten with no complaints and only one spilt drink.

Spag bol

 

I know which method I prefer.  And just to make sure there’s no cause for mum guilt, a jar of Dolmio bolognese sauce contains no artificial colours, flavours, preservatives or sweeteners.   A jar of Dolmio bolognese sauce provides a family of four with one of their 5-a-day each and that’s before you add any further veg to the meal! For more information visit http://www.dolmio.co.uk/thankgoodness. or if you’re looking for mid-week meal inspiration check out the label on Dolmio jars.

This post is an entry for the #Dolmio #ThankGoodness Challenge, sponsored by Dolmio. http://www.dolmio.co.uk/thankgoodness.  

This is a collaborative post.

 

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Claire Kirby

7 Comments on #ThankGoodness for Spag Bol

  1. LOL method one sounds more realistic than method two for sure! Seeing crayons being carried down the hall brings fear to all mothers & why are kids always starving to death when dinner is nearly done but they simply can’t wait?! It’s some sort of conspiracy. Spaghetti bol is the best – sounds like a yummy recipe here. xx

  2. Hahah this made me laugh out loud! I think we all attempt method one in the beginning before realising that actually, it is a living hell, and method two becomes the norm! We love spag bol but the days of making my sauces from scratch are long gone, I just want to get the kids fed as quickly as possible with minimum fuss!!

  3. Hahah this made me laugh out loud! I think we all attempt method one in the beginning before realising that actually, it is a living hell, and method two becomes the norm! We love spag bol but the days of making my sauces from scratch are long gone, I just want to get the kids fed as quickly as possible with minimum fuss!!

  4. I love how you compare and contrast the two methods and are so clear about which one you prefer. Commenting for myself and on behalf of BritMums and thanking you for taking part.

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