Thursday, September 8, 2011

Ragu: A little spice... and something nice! Ends 9/16/11


I must tell you how inspired I am by Ragu's amazing new program called Mom's the Word on Dinner!

A couple of weeks ago, I told you about The One-Bite Rule and how Mike and I used it (and still use it) to get our daughter and ourselves to try new foods.


Watching the video's of other Moms describing their meal plans, offering tips and suggestions, offering support, sharing recipes... it's an incredible source of invaluable information and knowledge. After all, who knows what a Mom needs more than another Mom?

There are many issues facing Mom (or Dad) when it's time to plan dinner: What to cook, how to make it appealing, how much to cook, and what to do with left-overs.

You and I know that pasta on it's own is fairly bland. It must be paired with other ingredients to really shine.

Spicy foods are always popular as long as the heat is manageable. Too hot and it's too much. Especially for the younger kids.

Recently, Mom's The Word on Dinner asked this question:
How do YOU spice up dinner?



Tonight, I'd like to tell you how we not only spice up our pasta dishes but how we get two great meals out of one quick and easy prep session!


Recipe #1: Shrimp fra Diavolo

Ingredients:

1 1/2 pounds of shrimp: heads off, peeled, deveined
1 large jar Ragu Traditional Sauce
1 small jar of hot (or medium for a milder heat) salsa
1/2 cup fresh pico de gallo
1 box linguine
Fresh grated parmesan cheese
Butter (real butter is best)
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/4 cup finely diced red onion

DIRECTIONS:

Place Ragu and salsa in a pot and stir together. Allow to simmer on low while preparing the shrimp.

Rinse the peeled, deveined shrimp to ensure all the shell is off.

In a skillet,  saute the butter and onion and simmer on medium-low for 5 minutes until onions begin to soften, add the shrimp and garlic and toss occassionally until all of the shrimp is bright pink. Make sure each shrimp is nicely coated with sauce.

Add the shrimp mixture to the Ragu / salsa pot and stir together. Continue to simmer on low as you prepare the linguine. Resist the urge to simmer on a higher temp as you don't want to over cook the shrimp!

Prepare the linguine as directed. Drain and plate. Pour 1/2 of the Sauce over the pasta. (Don't add the pasta to the sauce pan!)

***Be sure to reserve 1/2 of the sauce / shrimp mixture for tomorrow's meal!***

Sprinkle the top of the plate with pico de gallo and parmesan cheese and enjoy!

A gourmet pasta dish in under than 30 minutes!

Recipe #2: Shrimp Po-Boys

This is my take on the New Orleans version of the Po-Boy. Simple, quick, and oh-so-delicious!

Ingredients:

Provolone Cheese -- sliced
Mozzarella Cheese -- sliced
Hoagie Rolls
Left-over Ragu / Shrimp mixture

DIRECTIONS:

Re-heat the Ragu / Shrimp mixture on low. (About 15 minutes).
Slice open Hoagie rolls and place a slice of mozzarella on one side and provolone on the other. Toast until the cheese is bubbly. Pour some of the shrimp mixture over the Hoagie roll and serve with a side of veggies or a salad.

It's a spicy, delicious meal that you and your kids will love!

Your prep time for this dish? About 15 minutes!

Two meals -- easy prep. More time spent with the kids!

Left-overs don't have to be boring and bland. They can always be spiced up and eagerly anticipated -- you just have to think outside the... recipe box! ;0


The fabulous folks at Ragu want to know what you think about dinner, too! You can connect with them at Mom's the Word on Dinner, @ragusauce on Twitter, and on their YouTube Channel.

They have also very generously offered *FIVE* of my readers a chance to win a Jar of Ragu Sauce PLUS a $10 GC to help you prepare a fabulous meal for your family!

Just follow the instructions below for your chance to enter to win!

DISCLOSURE:
I received no compensation for this post. The opinions expressed herein are my own and based on my own use of and experience with the item(s).




137 comments:

abfantom said...

I would like to try the Ragu Chicken Margherita recipe.

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lewalk said...

We are a southern family so substituting sausage for meat is a good one for us. We also add Tony Chacherie's to everything, even ramen noodles. Lol.

Leah W.

lewalk said...

The CHICKEN ALFREDO WITH FETTUCCINE sounds really good to me.

Leah W.

Kristen said...

I add fresh veggies from the Farmer's Market...whatever's in season.

Kristen said...

I'd like to try the No Frying Chicken Parmesan recipe.

cruzgrl1 said...

i spice it up with a dash of hot sauce;)

cruzgrl1 said...

RAGÚ® NO FRYING CHICKEN PARMESAN sounds healthy!

Mami2jcn said...

I use cumin and Sazon Goya to spice up my recipes.

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Mami2jcn said...

I'd like to try the MAMA'S BEST EVER SPAGHETTI & MEATBALLS recipe from the Ragu site.

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Frugal Mom from California said...

I like to add some garlic and fresh herbs to my pasta sauce.

Elena

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Frugal Mom from California said...

I would like to try the Easy Beef Lasagna

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tweety800265 said...

I spice up my pasta dishes with red and green peppers and a dash of garlic or garlic powder
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tweety800265 said...

I would like to try Ragu's No Frying Chicken Parmesan
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clc408 said...

I spice up pasta dishes with Romano cheese, garlic and a sprinkle of crushed red pepper.

clc408 said...

I'd like to try the RAGÚ® NO FRYING CHICKEN PARMESAN recipe.

Nancy said...

We spice up our sauce with onion and garlic.

Nancy said...

I would like to try the skillet pasta and beef.

McKim said...

I like to add fresh garlic and mushrooms.

McKim said...

I would like to try RAGÚ® NO BOILING LASAGNA

Kristie said...

I like to add garlic and cheese :-)

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Kristie said...

I'd like to try the RAGU NO BOILING LASAGNA.

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kryan said...

I spice it up with garlic - fresh garlic, powdered garlic, garlic salt - you name it! No wonder no one comes near me at work! :) Thanks! irishluck1114@yahoo.com

kryan said...

I would like to try the no frying chicken parm recipe. Thanks! irishluck1114@yahoo.com

stepperB said...

I like to add a few extra dashes of all spice to my sauce to kick it up a notch.

stepperB said...

The Ragu Chicken Margharita recipe sounds really good.

Cindy said...

I'm big on hot sauce, onions, hot peppers as well as various spices.
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Cindy said...

I'd like to try the Ragu No Boiling Lasagna. Looks delicious and easy. :)
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Marianna said...

We spice up our recipes with red pepper flakes! Yum!
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Marianna said...

I'd like to try the easy beef lasagna!
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MANDY83 said...

i use lots of pepper to spice up my pasta!

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MANDY83 said...

the skillet pasta and beef dinner looks yummy!

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jcwega27 said...

lots of basil and oregano
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Saramiah said...

I spice meals up with a little white wine and fresh herbs.

Saramiah said...

I'd like to try MAMA'S BEST EVER SPAGHETTI & MEATBALLS from the Ragu site.

Helen Keeler said...

I spice up your pasta dishes by adding three types of meat and olives. helenkeeler@comcast.net

erin m. said...

We spice up regular ol' pasta by adding brocolli and tomatoes! Yum. (Erin Mize)
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erin m. said...

Their RAGÚ® NO FRYING CHICKEN PARMESAN recipe caught my eye to try!
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Julie said...

I spice up my dishes using a little Red rooster hot sauce:)
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Julie said...

i would like to try the no Fry chicken Parmesan recipe
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Kathy Rambousek said...

I love to add oil oil, fresh garlic and basil to spice things up

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Kathy Rambousek said...

I'm al;ways looking for a quick and wasy lasagna recipe so the EASY BEEF LASAGNA caught my eye

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Lynda Del. said...

I'd add my home-grown fresh herbs and add a can of stewed whole tomatoes to it.
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Lynda Del. said...

I'd love to try the SKILLET PASTA & BEEF DINNER.
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ohstac said...

I like to add some red pepper flakes to my sauce and homemade meatballs are always great.
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ohstac said...

I'd like to try the SLOW COOKER PIZZA MEATLOAF recipe.
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puye said...

I'd like to try MAMA'S BEST EVER SPAGHETTI & MEATBALLS from the Ragu site.

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puye said...

i spice it up with a dash of hot sauce
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slehan said...

I add lots of garlic.
Thanks for the contest.

slehan said...

CREAMY CHICKEN PRIMAVERA looks good.
Thanks for the contest.

sweetsue said...

I spice up pasta with spicy sausage
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sweetsue said...

I would like to try the sloppy joe recipe.
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aliasr2 said...

My hubby grows a variety of peppers, dries them and makes a seasoning from them. My family loves them sprinkled on pasta dishes. dguillen at kc dot rr dot com

aliasr2 said...

I'd like to try the Chicken Alfredo...my family loves alfredo. dguillen at kc dot rr dot com

kisted22 said...

I use pepper to spice up my food :)
kisted22

kisted22 said...

I would like to try the Ragu No Frying Chicken Parmesan

JC said...

I'd add mushroom, peppers and a bit of Parsley.

JC said...

I' d like to try CHICKEN ALFREDO WITH FETTUCCINE

s8r8l33 said...

We add fresh veggies and some secret seasonings

buzzd said...

I use hot sauce to spice up my recipes

buzzd said...

I would try the RAGÚ® NO FRYING CHICKEN PARMESAN recipe

s8r8l33 said...

I want to try: RAGÚ® NO BOILING LASAGNA

hale2005 said...

I like to use red pepper to spice up my pasta.

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hale2005 said...

Favorite ragu recipe.

MAMA'S BEST EVER SPAGHETTI & MEATBALLS

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Brittney said...

I like to add pesto
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Brittney said...

I want to try the no fry chicken parm
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Carolyn G said...

I add red chili flakes and fresh garlic

Carolyn G said...

My favorite recipe is RAGÚ® SLOPPY JOES

Amanda said...

I used only freshly grated cheeses!

Amanda said...

I'd like to try the MAMA'S BEST EVER SPAGHETTI & MEATBALLS

martha yusko said...

the recipe i would love to try is EASY FETTUCCINE PRIMAVERA
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martha yusko said...

i spice up my pasta with lots of garlic yummy!!!
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thatlittlehouse said...

i like to add anchovies and capers

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thatlittlehouse said...

i like thre SKILLET PASTA & BEEF DINNER recipe

kelley said...

I spice it up with some red pepper!

kelley said...

I d like to try the easy fettucine primerva.

blue65829 said...

I spice up my dishes with a ton of salt and fresh garlic!
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blue65829 said...

I want to try ragu sloppy joes, looks like an excellent quick meal!
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Selinda said...

I do have sausage half hamburger to spice ours up!

Thanks,

selinda_mccumbers at yahoo.com

Selinda said...

I would like to try the RAGÚ® NO BOILING LASAGNA!

Thanks,

selinda_mccumbers at yahoo.com

lyndsey said...

i add veggies and basil! yum!

lyndsey said...

i want to try sloppy joe's

kathy pease said...

i love adding all kinds of spices like oregano and basil..pretty much whatever i find in my cupboard :)

kathy pease said...

id like to try the BEEF STROGANOFF WITH ROASTED GARLIC SAUCE

Jessyca said...

we add fresh ground pepper to everything!
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Jessyca said...

I would like to try the Chicken Alfredo with Fettuccine recipe.


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Gina F. said...

I spice up my pasta with some Slap Your Mamma spice and a little hot sauce too.

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Gina F. said...

I would like to the SKILLET PASTA & BEEF DINNER Recipe.

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Sarah said...

I spice up my pasta dishes by adding my own personal touches to jarred sauce, like meats, peppers, or mushrooms.

Sarah said...

I most want to try the Ragu Sloppy Joes...my daughter love them!

Becca Ann said...

I put fresh fruit and simmer meats into it

Becca Ann said...

No frying chicken Parm

Jenn S. said...

I spice it up by adding lots of herbs like basil and garlic and veggies (green pepper, mushrooms, onions).
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Jenn S. said...

I would love to try the RICOTTA CHEESE PIZZA WITH ZUCCHINI recipe.
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Deborah said...

I like to add a little hot pepper flakes to my pasta sauce.

Deborah said...

I'd like to try Ragu's EASY VEGGIE QUESADILLAS recipe - they look so yummy!

clynsg said...

I spice them up with adding sausage to the meat dishes, and various herbs to many that use sauces of different kinds.

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clynsg said...

I would like to try the Ragu Sloppy Joes.

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EmmaPeel said...

Spice it up = black olives and endive- yum

EmmaPeel said...

Ragu Chicken Margherita
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vmkids said...

I spice it up by adding extra veggies

vmkids said...

MAMA'S BEST EVER SPAGHETTI & MEATBALLS yummy

Mari said...

I add basil to the sauce.

Mari said...

I'd like Easy Bake Lasagna.

Molly K said...

I spice it up by adding crushed red pepper flakes and adding lots of extra garlic.

Molly K said...

I would love to try the BUFFALO BLUE CHEESE CHICKEN PIZZA

ard1977 said...

lots of garlic powder! thanks! amied027@yahoo dot com

ard1977 said...

I would like to try the CHICKEN PARMESAN PASTA TOSS. amied027@yahoo dot com

Sonya Allstun said...

Some tasty meatballs

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Sonya Allstun said...

Ragu Chicken Margherita

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laurasloves said...

I would love to try the Easy Skillet Ravioli. It looks so good and so easy to make.
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laurasloves said...

I spice up my dishes by adding herbs and spices to just about everything I cook. I especially like to add Lemon Pepper and Paprika.
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Its Just Me said...

I spice up my pasta with garlic

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Its Just Me said...

I would like to try the RAGÚ® NO FRYING CHICKEN PARMESAN

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MISTYSUNRISE

amy16323 said...

add hot sauce
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amy16323 said...

no fry chicken parm
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amyd said...

cheese,all kinds
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amyd said...

SKILLET PASTA & BEEF DINNER
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imaclutz89 said...

I add fresh vegetables and italian dressing to my pasta dishes.

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imaclutz89 said...

I would love to try the Classic Stuffed Shells.

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susan1215 said...

I add sausage, pepper flakes and mushrooms

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susan1215 said...

I'd like to try The CHICKEN ALFREDO WITH FETTUCCINE

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Trinity's Journey... said...

I would like to try the easy skillet ravioli

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Trinity's Journey... said...

I like to add in chunky vegetables! and spices!

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js22 said...

I love to add some hot red peppers to pasta sauce to give it some bite! Also, depending on what we are making, we'll add some fresh sliced mushrooms, or chopped garlic & onion!
Thanks for the giveaway!
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js22 said...

Their recipe of the day "FETTUCCINE WITH CHUNKY FETA -TOMATO SAUCE" sounds great!
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willdebbie said...

I usally add some kind of can or jar sauce
willdebbie

willdebbie said...

Ragu Chicken Margherita
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ladyt64 said...

I like to use fresh spices to make my food spicier.

ladyt64 said...

I like the FETTUCCINE WITH CHUNKY FETA -TOMATO SAUCE recipe.

Aliyah said...

I usually add sauted onions and galic and cheese to spice up my pasta.
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Aliyah said...

The COD VERACRUZ recipe looks yummy!
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tyson2468 said...

I would like to try the RAGU NO BOILING LASAGNA recipe.
Thanks! :)
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LuckyTJG said...

I'd like to try the Ragu Sloppy Joes. Sounds yummy!
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LuckyTJG said...

I love to put Tapatio in dishes for spice.
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pauline15 said...

I spice up my pasta with my kids favorite... mega meatballs, they love trying to fit these things in their mouth!
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pauline15 said...

I love having CHICKEN ALFREDO WITH FETTUCCINE!
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yadgirl said...

I add basil to pasta