What's in our jars?

DOLMIO® Sauce for Bolognese Original contains a few very simple ingredients, the main ones being crushed tomatoes and tomato paste. In fact, just over 391g in every 500g jar is made up of them, and each serving has over 97g of tomatoes, which is 17g more than one of your five-a-day portions of vegetables. Essentially, it’s almost identical to a Bolognese sauce that you’d make from scratch at home, but without the fuss and preparation and has a great taste you’ll love!

What’s more, our jars are full of goodness – take a look for yourself below!

whats in jar

How do you make your Bolognese sauce?

First thing’s first, we chop, mix and expertly blend our ingredients, before pouring the recipe into jars.

Once that’s done the jars are then sealed and put into a giant cooker, where the sauces are heated through and pasteurised. Pasteurisation is the perfect preservation process for tomato sauces, and means we don’t have to add any artificial preservatives to our products.

Did you know that our state of the art factory can produce up to 500 jars of sauce a minute? That’s more than 8 per second!

The jars are then cooled and packaged into cases, before being distributed in double decker trucks to reduce our environmental impact.

What is NACAFOP and what does it mean?

NACAFOP is an acronym which proves how simple and unspoiled each jar of Dolmio® Bolognese Sauce really is. It means No Artificial Colours, Artificial Flavours Or Preservatives.

Dolmio® Bolognese products don’t need and cannot contain any added or artificial colour.

As we said, diced tomatoes and tomato paste are the main ingredients in our tomato sauces. Tomatoes contain lycopene, which is naturally red in colour, so we don’t have to add anything to colour our sauces. And in any case, it’s illegal in the UK to use added colours in tomato sauce products.

Dolmio® Bolognese products don’t need any artificial flavours

The culinary experts in our kitchen have developed a simple recipe with almost the same ingredients you would use when you prepare a tomato sauce from scratch at home. These ingredients complement each other perfectly, so we don’t need to add any extra flavourings to create the authentic taste and aroma of the final meal.

But what about preservatives?

In our tomato products we use mild pasteurisation to ensure that our products are as good on the day you open them as they are on the day we make them. This means that we don’t add any artificial preservatives to our sauces.

Why do your products contain sugar?

Our products pack loads of tomatoes into them, which means our products contain the sugar in the tomatoes. Tomatoes contain sugar naturally. In fact, you get sugar from any kind of fruit or vegetable – it’s a natural energy source for plants. A whole large tomato weighing 184 grams contains more than 4.75g of sugar. An average medium-sized 120g tomato has 3.25g of sugar, whilst a 57g plum tomato provides only 1.6g of sugar.

So then why do you add sugar?

As we mentioned above, tomatoes naturally contain sugar. However, to get the level of acidity just right in our sauces, we add a little citric acid, which is the same acid that you’ll find in lemons. We add about 2 teaspoons of sugar to our 500g Dolmio® Original Bolognese sauce to balance the taste of the acid and get the perfect flavour – that’s only 1/2 a teaspoon per serving.

How do your products last so long?

Our tomato sauces have a long life because they go through a mild pasteurisation process to ensure they are just as good on the day you open them as they are when we make them. This process involves heating our jars once they’ve been sealed to make sure that we kill any bacteria and ensure that our sauces are completely safe. Because our jars are sealed before pasteurisation, once the process has happened no more bacteria can get into our products, meaning our products can last a long time.