Recipe for Family Fun ~ The Family Dish {Recipes & more!}

With as hectic as this month, and with as crazy as the holidays have been, I like to tame it down a bit away from the big meals and get back to everyday living and cook meals that are more down to Earth. Pasta is one of my favorite dishes. One can never have too much pasta! I had a fun opportunity to work with The Family Dish to work more on quality time with my family.

The Family Dish is aimed at encouraging families to spend quality time together in the kitchen cooking together. Between school, after school activities, chaotic weekends, doctor visits, post holiday adventures and trying to regain my sanity, the last thing I want to think about is what to make for dinner.

We received some of our favorite items and a gift card to help fill in our meal adventures.

  • Ragú® Pasta Sauce
  • Knorr® Sides
  • Lipton® Recipe Secrets®
  • Hellmann’s® or Best Foods® Real Mayonnaise
  • Skippy® Peanut Butter
  • The Family Dish Cookbook for some delicious mealtime inspiration

I love to make chili. It doesn’t have to be cold out to enjoy a hot bowl of chili. Here’s a recipe that I tried and love! I like the plain style chili, so I was kinda hesitant to try this, but if you read the ingredients… YUM!


  • 1-1/2 lbs. ground beef, browned
  • 1 can (16 oz.) red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 jar (1 lb. 10 oz.) Ragu® Old World Style® Pasta Sauce
  • 1 envelope Lipton® Recipe Secrets® Beefy Onion Soup Mix
  • 4 tsp. chili powder

I used homemade pinto beans, verses canned. I usually just use plain-Jane tomato sauce, so trying Ragu in my chili was a great change!

We had leftovers, so for New Years snacks, we made queso. The kids loved it! We used leftover chili in it, and added in a block of Velveeta and some milk so it wouldn’t be too thick.

Another thing that I love to make with leftover Ragu is meatball subs!

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  1. Sylvia Esparza says:

    I am always on the hunt for new recipes to make for my family. I bet using the Ragu made it even more delicious. I need to try this one out for sure. Plus it looks quick and easy.