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Savor a New Flavor at the Family Dinner Table

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Chicken Margherita
Hearty Baked Rigatoni
Upside-Down Deep Dish Pizza
Pasta Margherita

(Family Features) - Make flavor the centerpiece of the dinner table by creating delicious meals the whole family will enjoy. Family pleasing favorites can be simple and affordable when you have quality ingredients and meal ideas at your finger tips.

Here are a few meal ideas that are quick to prepare, easy on the pocketbook and will have the entire family smiling:

  • If variety is the spice of life, then dinnertime just got a little more exciting with two new pasta sauce flavors from Ragú*. Ragú Old World Style* Sweet Tomato Basil and Margherita pasta sauces offer the smooth texture and Italian flavors kids (and parents) will welcome. These new products complement Ragú's extensive portfolio of great-tasting sauces to please even the pickiest of palates.

  • Get more of the good stuff. As with Ragú's other all-natural red sauces, Sweet Tomato Basil and Margherita smooth pasta sauces contain more than a full serving of vegetables in every half-cup of sauce, have no artificial additives or preservatives, contain lycopene, are a good source of Vitamins A and C and have no cholesterol or trans fat. In addition, the two new sauces are also considered healthy by the FDA.**

  • Savor the Flavor. Keep creativity in the kitchen and money in your pocketbook with recipe ideas for as little as $3 per serving.**

  • For moms on the clock, every minute counts. With recipes that take as little as 15 minutes, moms can spend more time at the dinner table than in front of the stove.

  • Got five ingredients? You've got dinner! Be an at-home convenience cook with delicious five ingredient recipes including Ragú Upside-Down Deep Dish Pizza or Hearty Baked Rigatoni. Visit www.Ragu.com for more simple, budget-friendly recipes.

*According to the FDA, a "healthy" product must be low in fat and saturated fat, contain limited amounts of cholesterol and sodium and contain at least 10% RDI or DRV of at least one of six nutrients.
**Prices are based on major retail chain prices and may vary.

Chicken Margherita

Ingredients
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (about 1 pound)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cups Ragú Old World Style Margherita Smooth Pasta Sauce
  • 4 slices fresh or packaged mozzarella cheese (about 4 ounces)
  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh basil leaves

Preparation
    1. Season chicken, if desired, with salt and black pepper. Heat oil in 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat and brown chicken, turning once, about 5 minutes.
    2. Add pasta sauce and simmer, covered, 5 minutes or until chicken is thoroughly cooked. Top chicken with cheese, then let stand until cheese is melted, about 1 minute. Garnish with basil.
    3. Serve, if desired, with hot cooked penne pasta topped with additional pasta sauce, heated.

Preparation Time
5 minutes

Cook Time
10 minutes

Serves
4 servings - $8.52 for recipe / $2.13 per serving

Hearty Baked Rigatoni

Ingredients
  • 1 pound rigatoni or large tube pasta, cooked and drained
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (about 8 ounces)
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 jar (1 pound 10 ounces) Ragú Old World Style Sweet Tomato Basil Smooth Pasta Sauce, divided

Preparation
    1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Toss hot rigatoni, 1-1/2 cups mozzarella, ricotta, parmesan and 1/2 jar pasta sauce; turn into 13 x 9-inch baking dish. Evenly pour on remaining pasta sauce.
    2. Bake, covered, 30 minutes or until heated through.
    3. Top with remaining 1/2 cup mozzarella and let stand until cheese is melted.

Preparation Time
20 minutes

Cook Time
30 minutes

Serves
8 servings - $10.12 for recipe / $1.27 per serving

Upside-Down Deep Dish Pizza

Ingredients
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 jar (1 pound 10 ounces) Ragú Old World Style Sweet Tomato Basil Smooth Pasta Sauce
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped broccoli OR spinach, thawed and squeezed dry (optional)
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (about 8 ounces)
  • 1 can (10 ounces) refrigerated pizza dough

Preparation
    1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Brown ground beef in 12-inch nonstick skillet; drain and season, if desired, with salt and ground black pepper. Stir in pasta sauce and bring to a boil; turn into 2-quart baking dish.
    2. Top with broccoli, then cheese. Place pizza dough over dish, sealing edges tightly.
    3. Bake 20 minutes or until crust is golden. Let stand 10 minutes.

Preparation Time
10 minutes

Cook Time
25 minutes

Standing Time
10 minutes

Serves
4 servings - $13.76 for recipe / $3.44 per serving

Pasta Margherita

Ingredients
  • 1 pound penne pasta, cooked and drained
  • 1 jar (1 pound 10 ounces) Ragú Old World Style Margherita Smooth Pasta Sauce, heated
  • 4 ounces pepperoni, sliced or cubed (optional)
  • 1 pound mozzarella cheese, cubed or shredded
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced loosely packed fresh basil leaves

Preparation
    1. Toss all ingredients in a large serving bowl. Mangia!

Preparation Time
25 minutes

Serves
8 servings - $13.60 for recipe / $1.70 per serving

SOURCE: Ragu



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