In my family, pasta is a staple. We aren’t Italian, it’s just so good and so versatile. Don’t you think? It’s one of the first things I taught myself to cook and one of the first things I taught my kids to cook. I figured that if I wasn’t around and they thought they would starve to death before I got home, they could cook some pasta and open a jar of Ragu and have a good meal. Since I’ve been cooking for awhile, I like to create great meals for my family and pasta with some form of sauce is often on the menu. I recently made this Loaded Lasagna and it was a huge hit.
I love so many things about Ragu. First, there are so many amazing flavors. My favorites involve the Chunky variety, but any with extra vegetables are awesome for us. It’s really hard to get my husband to eat veggies, so the Garden Combination has 2 servings of vegetables per 1/2 cup serving. Such an easy way to get the vegetables in a picky eater.
I also love that Ragu is a company that has stuck close to it’s roots from the founder’s front porch in 1937. If you love history, you should read the story of Ragu. It isn’t too long and involved, but it is interesting.
Ragu is made with no artificial flavors, no artificial colors and no high fructose corn syrup. It also contains farm grown ingredients, which is where all those awesome veggies come from, a farm.
Loaded Lasagna is a great way to get the extra vegetables in your family, while sitting around a table enjoying each other’s company. I love having family dinners. It’s a time to talk about your day, your goals, your hopes and dreams and even to work out problems you might be having.
When I was growing up, we had family dinner almost every night. When my kids were growing up, we continued that tradition. There is a statistic that talks about how much better off kids are when they grow up having family dinner at least 5 nights a week. I strongly agree with that. It’s a non-threatening place for conversations.
I said we are a Ragu family. Here are two of our family members that prove just how great it is. The baby on the left is my son, who is 23 now, when he was 2. Apparently he wasn’t finished with dinner. That was such a mess, but he loved the sauce so much, he wanted more. The baby on the right is my grand daughter when she was less than two, but equally loving her spaghetti and sauce. I’m pretty sure they both got some in their mouths, even though they appear to be wearing a lot of it.
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 pound extra lean ground beef
- ¾ cup sweet bell pepper, chopped
- 1 jar of Ragu Pasta Sauce
- 1 cup carrots. chopped
- 1 cup mushrooms, chopped
- 2 zucchini, shredded
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tomato, diced
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 2 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 32 ounces ricotta cheese
- 2 cups shredded Italian blend cheese
- lasagna noodles
- Heat oil in a large skillet.
- Sauce the onion until tender.
- Add the ground beef and garlic and cook until the meat is cooked through.
- Add the Ragu, carrots mushrooms and spices and simmer for 20 minutes.
- Add the peppers and tomatoes and simmer for 10 minutes more.
- To assemble the lasagna, spread a thin layer of sauce in your pan.
- Layer noodles, sauce, ricotta cheese and shredded cheese in 3 layers, finishing with sauce. Do not add the cheese to the top layer.
- Bake at 350* for 40 minutes.
- Remove from oven and add ½ cup of shredded cheese.
- Return it to the oven and bake for an additional 10 minutes, until the cheese melts.
- Allow lasagna to sit for 10 minutes before cutting.
Wouldn’t you love to have wonderful, tasty family time? Ragu has some really amazing recipes on their website for you to share with those you love the most and start some new traditions. I think I will try the Oven Baked Chicken Parmesan. It looks so good. What will you choose to share with your family? Check it out and then come back and let me know in the comments below.
I was in the store yesterday and saw these fun adult coloring books. I thought maybe you were in love with them as much as I am and I bought someone these two, some colored pencils and of course, chocolate.
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