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Skillet Pasta & Beef Dinner
No Frying Chicken Parmesan
Mama's Best Ever Spaghetti and Meatballs

(Family Features) - Putting wholesome food on the table that your family will enjoy doesn't have to take hours to prepare. Registered Dietitian and author, Felicia Stoler, offers some simple recipes and tips on how to add more flavor and nutrition into your meals, making meal prep stress-free and fun for the family.

Keep your pantry stocked and plan ahead. A pasta meal typically takes less than thirty minutes to make. Ragú® Old World Style® Traditional pasta sauce now has a new, thicker recipe with two servings of vegetables in every half cup. Add some pre-cut fresh, frozen or canned greens as a side dish, and you have a veggie-packed meal.

Include your kids in the cooking process. This is a great way to spend quality time with your children and teach them the skill of cooking. They love to feel like they can contribute to their family, plus - many kids will eat what they make.

Use leftovers for lunch. The Ragú® No Frying Chicken Parmesan is a classic dish that will help you save time. After dinnertime, pack it in a small container or prepare in a hero sandwich for lunch the next day to make less work (and stress) for you in the morning.

Try these recipes with the new Ragú® Old World Style® Traditional pasta sauce, available in the pasta sauce aisle nationwide. For more tips and delicious recipes, visit www.ragu.com or www.facebook.com/ragusauce.

Skillet Pasta & Beef Dinner

Description
Save any leftovers, then send to school heated and stored in a thermos for a warm lunchtime treat.

Ingredients
  • 1-1/2 lbs. lean ground beef
  • 1 jar (1 lb. 10 oz.) Ragú(r) Old World Style(r) Traditional Pasta Sauce
  • 3 cups water
  • 12 oz. uncooked rotini pasta
  • 1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese (about 4 oz.)

Preparation
    1. Brown ground beef in 12-inch skillet; drain.
    2. Stir in Pasta Sauce and water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Stir in uncooked rotini and return to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and cook covered, stirring occasionally, 14 minutes or until rotini is tender. Remove from heat, then sprinkle with cheese. Cover and let stand 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Preparation Time
5 minutes

Cook Time
25 minutes

Standing Time
5 minutes

Calories: 490g     Total Fat: 12g
Cholesterol: 85mg     Protein: 38g
Carbohydrates: 54g     Sodium: 670mg

Serves
6 servings

No Frying Chicken Parmesan

Description
A great recipe for a classic dish with a twist that will help you save time. What could be better?

Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup plain dry bread crumbs
  • 1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (about 2 lbs.)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 jar (1 lb. 10 oz.) Ragú(r) Old World Style(r) Pasta Sauce
  • 1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese (about 4 oz.)
  • 12 oz. pasta, cooked and drained

Preparation
    1. Preheat oven to 400°. Combine bread crumbs, Italian seasoning and garlic powder in shallow dish. Dip chicken in egg, then crumb mixture; turn to coat.
    2. Arrange chicken in 13 x 9-inch baking dish. Bake 20 minutes.
    3. Pour Pasta Sauce over chicken; top with cheese. Bake an additional 10 minutes or until chicken is thoroughly cooked. Serve with hot pasta.

Preparation Time
20 minutes

Cook Time
30 minutes

Calories: 570g     Total Fat: 10g
Cholesterol: 135mg     Protein: 52g
Carbohydrates: 64g     Sodium: 810mg

Serves
6 servings

Notes, Tips & Suggestions
TIP: Most dishes that call for frying can be baked to cut down on the fat. Try substituting eggplant for chicken for a vegetarian version.

Mama's Best Ever Spaghetti and Meatballs

Description
A classic Italian-American dish that can be as simple or fancy as you want it to be.

Ingredients
  • 1-1/2 lbs. lean ground beef
  • 4 slices whole grain bread, torn into small pieces
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 jar (1 lb. 10 oz.) Ragú(r) Old World Style(r) Pasta Sauce, divided
  • 1/4 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 12 oz. spaghetti, cooked and drained

Preparation
    1. Combine ground beef, bread, eggs, 1/2 cup Pasta Sauce, Italian seasoning and garlic powder in medium bowl; shape into 18 meatballs.
    2. Bring remaining Pasta Sauce to a boil over medium-high heat in 12-inch skillet. Gently stir in uncooked meatballs. Reduce heat to low and simmer covered, stirring occasionally, 20 minutes or until meatballs are done. Serve over hot spaghetti.

Preparation Time
20 minutes

Cook Time
20 minutes

Calories: 480g     Total Fat: 10g
Cholesterol: 130mg     Protein: 36g
Carbohydrates: 61g     Sodium: 630mg

Notes, Tips & Suggestions
TIP: Try adding a cube of mozzarella cheese to the center of each meatball for an easy but fun recipe twist.

SOURCE: Ragú



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