How Many Syns In A Jar Of Dolmio Bolognese Sauce? & Low Syn Alternatives

Updated on 
18 July, 2023

Is Dolmio Bolognese Sauce High In Syns?

When it comes to the Slimming World plan, 'syns' are a crucial factor that can't be overlooked. This is particularly true when you're planning quick and easy weeknight dinners.

You might be tempted to opt for a pre-made pasta sauce, but it's important to remember that 'syns' are often hidden in these convenient options. How many 'syns' are in your favorite jar of pasta sauce, you ask?

Dolmio Bolognese sauce in particular has 3 syns for a serving and their low-fat version has 2 syns per serving making it a great low syn addition to your pasta. 

Down below, we have composed a small guide which will go over how many syns the average spaghetti bolognese has with some healthy swaps, the syn values of the rest of the Dolmio range, some low syn alternatives as well as a recipe to make your SW friendly bolognese.

Does Spaghetti Bolognese Have A Lot Of Syns?

On average, a spaghetti bolognese can come to around 351 calories, which is around 17.5 syns, you should also consider some additions such as cheese and garlic bread which also contribute to syns.

For only 3 syns a serving, however, using Dolmio bolognese sauce is a great choice on the slimming world plan, you could have up to double the sauce and still it wouldn't reach half of your syn allowance for the day.

Slimming World Swaps In Bolognese

Regular spaghetti bolognese can be quite high in calories, but with a few SW swaps you can reduce the syns and make it a regular meal in your weight loss programme.

We've listed some ways to make your bolognese slimming world friendly down below.

  • Use lean beef mince - Less than 5% fat lean beef mince is syn free on slimming world.
  • Make use of the cheese - Try and use your cheddar cheese as your healthy extra A, 30g will count.
  • Go for low cal spray oil - Low cal spray oil reduces the syns of your dish compared to standard oil.
  • Bulk it with veggies - Carrots, mushrooms, pepper and lots of over veggies work well with bolognese and can help to make your dish more filling.

Dolmio Syn Values

Dolmio has a whole range of bolognese sauces and other sauces for quick meals, we've listed the rest of their range and syn values down below.

  • Dolmio Bolognese Original Low Fat Pasta Sauce 500G - 2 syns per serving.
  • Dolmio Bolognese Onion & Garlic Pasta Sauce 500G - 3 syns a serving.
  • Dolmio Bolognese Original Pasta Sauce 500G - 3 syns.
  • Dolmio Bolognese Chunky Mushroom Pasta Sauce 500G - 3 syns.

Other Dolmio Sauces

  • Dolmio Lasagne Sauce White Creamy 470g - 4.5 syns.
  • Dolmio Pasta Bake Sauce Creamy Tomato 500g - 5.5 syns.
  • Dolmio Meatball Pasta Sauce Tomato & Basil 500g - 2.5 syns.
  • Dolmio Stir In Pasta Sauce Sweet Pepper 150g - 3.5 syns.
  • Dolmio Stir In Pasta Sauce Garlic & Tomato 150g - 3.5 syns.
  • Dolmio Lasagne Sauce White Creamy Light 470g - 4 syns.
  • Dolmio Lasagne Sauce Red Tomato 500g - 2 syns.
  • Dolmio Stir In Pasta Sauce Sundried Tomato 150g - 4 syns.
  • Dolmio Stir In Pasta Sauce Carbonara 150g - 5 syns.

Low Syn Alternatives To Dolmio Bolognese Sauce

Bolognese sauces tend to be pretty low in syns thanks to their base being mainly tomatoes which are low in calories, we've listed out a few low syn alternatives to Dolmio if you can't find them near you or you feel like a change.

  • Tesco No Added Sugar Bolognese Pasta Sauce 500G - 2 syns a serving.
  • Tesco Bolognese Pasta Sauce Smooth 500G - 2.5 syns.
  • Tesco Bolognese Pasta Sauce Jar 500G - 2.5 syns.
  • Napolina Bolognese Sauce 350g - 4.5 syns.
  • Little Dish British Beef & Pasta Bolognese 1-5 yrs 200g - 9.5 syns.
  • Sacla' Vegan Bolognese Sauce with Pea Protein 350g - 4 syns for 400g.
  • Tesco Beef Bolognese Sauce 350G - 8.5 syns.
  • Loyd Grossman Bolognese Pasta Sauce 660G - 5 syns.

Our SW Friendly Spaghetti Bolognese

If you are keen to save even more syns, why not try making your spagh bowl at home? We've put together a slimming world friendly recipe down below.

  • 500g lean mince beef
  • 3 cloves garlic.
  • One carrot.
  • 2x chopped tomatoes.
  • 2 large onions.
  • 2 sticks celery.
  • 600ml of stock, beef or veg.
  • 100ml of skimmed milk (can be used as healthy extra A)
  • Oregano.
  • Pinch of sweetener.
  • Salt and pepper.


  1. First fry off the onion, carrots and celery then add your beef mince and fry until browned.
  2. Now put in your tinned tomatoes plus the stock and milk then allow the sauce to simmer.
  3. Add the rest of your herbs and garlic, as well as the sweetener too.
  4. Allow cooking for at least an hour or until the sauce has thickened.
  5. Serve with cheese!

Final Words

To conclude, at 3-2 syns a serving, dolmio bolognese sauces are low in syns and help to make a quick mid-week meal which will not affect your weight loss. Make sure you are using lean beef mince and cheese as your healthy extra A to help save even more syns.

We recommend making your bolognese sauce with our recipe above if you want to save even more syns which only has 2 syns per serving for the whole sauce.

Jennifer is a certified nutritionist and weight loss coach with a Master's in Nutrition from Cambridge. With over 10 years experience, she shares healthy recipes and science-backed slimming tips on SheCooksSheEats to help people reach their wellness goals. Jennifer stays up-to-date by regularly attending conferences and continuing her nutrition education. She aims to provide research-backed advice to inspire balanced, happy living.
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