Let’s Make a Meal Mondays

Fresh and Simple are two words that inspire me to purchase products to create mealsfor my family. So,when asked by Mom Central to participate in Ragu’s new Fresh and Simple pasta sauce pouches blog tour, it was a fast and simple YES!

Not only am I a carb-oholic who would be happy eating pasta and pizza evey night, I also look for every opportunity to create simple, fresh meals for my family. It just doesn’t get any simpler than this. Three easy steps: Clip it (to vent), Pop it (in microwave), Pour it (on pasta) – all in 90 seconds.

Ragu’s new Fresh & Simple pasta pouches come in three varieties: garden vegetable, traditional tomato basil (my favorite), and tomato, onion, and garlic. The microwavable pouches heat up in 90 seconds, and there’s no messy pot to wash. There’s no added sugar, and just like the traditional Ragú Sauces, no artificial additives or preservatives. You also get a full serving of vegetables in each 1/2 cup of sauce.

Ragu also has a great website full of recipe ideas in which I quickly found two that will be perfect to try on my family. Maybe your family would enjoy them as well.

(Be sure to read the FREEbie offers at the bottom of this post!)

Chicken & Rotini Margarita Toss:

Toss hot cooked rotini pasta with Ragú® Fresh & Simple™ (heated according to pouch directions), rotisserie chicken, veggies and mozzarella cheese.

Spaghetti Cupcakes
Sometimes playing with your food makes total sense, so we love these cheesy cupcakes.

Preparation time: 20 minsCook time: 15 minsServings: 8

8 ounces spaghetti, cooked and drained
4 eggs, slightly beaten1
/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
1-1/2 cups Ragu
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (about 8 oz.)

1. Preheat oven to 375°. Grease 12-cup muffin pan; set aside.
2. In large bowl, combine spaghetti, eggs, Parmesan cheese and pepper. Evenly press into muffin cups to form a crust. Evenly top each cup with Pasta Sauce, then mozzarella cheese.
3. Bake 15 minutes or until bubbling. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

TWO Freebies: The Ragu website features a helpful, FREE Ragu® Recipe Widget tool that enables you to get fast, wholesome meals five days a week at your fingertips. For a FREE recipe book filled with great meal ideas from Ragu’s expert panel, visit Feedourkidswell.com , click FREE stuff to get your 34 page booklet.

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