Money Saving & Tasty Dishes from Ragu!

Confession: I grew up with my mother making any pasta dish from Ragu. I cannot tolerate any imposters when it comes to my pasta. I am just that picky. Ask my family, friends, husband – they will tell you it’s true.) While I was at BlogHer ’10 last week in NYC, I was invited to an amazing pentHOUSE where it was decorated beautifully and so cozy, as well as I was able to taste test some new things and broaden my horizon on some new dishes.

This first dish was delicious as can be, and to be honest, I never thought about Ragu as a ‘One Skillet Meal‘ before.

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

6 servings

Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 25 minutes
Stand Time: 5 minutes

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


  • Brown ground beef in 12-inch skillet; drain.
  • 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.

Nutrition Information per serving:
Calories 470, Calories From Fat 110, Saturated Fat 5g, Trans Fat 0g, Total Fat 12g, Cholesterol 85mg, Sodium 670mg, Total Carbohydrate 52g, Sugars 6g, Dietary Fiber 7g, Protein 39g, Vitamin A 10%, Vitamin C 4%, Calcium 40%, Iron 30%

Here’s another recipe that you all might enjoy. I am not a seafood person, but this did look tasty!

Buy ready-peeled shrimp and this recipe is ready in minutes!

6 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes

  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/8 to 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 lbs. large uncooked, shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped OR 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 jar (1 lb. 10 oz.) Ragú® Old World Style® Traditional Pasta Sauce
  • 1 box (16 oz.) spaghetti, cooked and drained


  • Heat olive oil in 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat and cook red pepper flakes, stirring occasionally, 1 minute.
  • Add shrimp and garlic and cook 3 minutes.
  • Stir in Pasta Sauce. Simmer 5 minutes or until shrimp are done and sauce is heated through.

Serve with hot cooked pasta.

Cost per recipe*: $17.44.
Cost per serving*: $2.18.

*Based on average retail prices at national supermarkets.

Nutrition Information per serving:
Calories 410, Calories From Fat 70, Saturated Fat 1.5g, Trans Fat 0g, Total Fat 8g, Cholesterol 170mg, Sodium 530mg, Total Carbohydrate 51g, Sugars 7g, Dietary Fiber 4g, Protein 32g, Vitamin A 10%, Vitamin C 6%, Calcium 25%, Iron 30%

If you haven’t tried the Margherita Pasta Sauce… Oh boy – you are missing out! I tried this last year and this is what I buy to make our spaghetti and lazagna meals now. Three words: It. Is. Yummy! Another favorite of ours is the Ragu Pizza Sauce. Oh my! I think my blood flows with pasta and pizza sauces. We use the Pizza Sauce a lot to make homemade tiny pizzas from crackers, Ragu Pizza Sauce, mozzarella cheese and either a broiler on your oven or a pizza oven.

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Mumbo Jumbo: I was not given any product of Ragu or any type of cash/monetary compensation to facilitate this post. I was at BlogHer 2010 in NYC and I sampled Ragu at an event. I grew up with Ragu and if I didn’t like it or approve it, I wouldn’t include it on my blogsite or feed it to my family.


  1. Love it! I have tons of Ragu in the cupboard. I can’t wait to try both of these!

  2. You are making me hungry! Ragu is seriously my number one choice when it comes to sauces.