How Do You Celebrate the Magic at Mealtime During the Busy Holiday Season?

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Every year I try to have a stress-free holiday season, but despite my best efforts, the busy hub of activities overwhelms our family calendar! It’s tough enough to get our normal chores and day-to-day events in, so when you add in the bustle of shopping, holiday parties, special concerts and programs, it’s a wonder I ever get a home cooked meal on the table from Halloween night straight through New Years Eve!

How Do You Celebrate the Magic at Mealtime During the Busy Holiday Season?

Family time and home-cooked meals are weekly traditions important to me and my crew so I don’t like to sacrifice sit down dinners or quality kitchen time chats with my children during the holidays. That’s when I turn to some of my best go-to quick and easy recipes, many of which include Ragu® products! (Pasta dishes are definitely a family favorite!)

This week I created a simple Sundried Tomato and Sweet Basil Ravioli with Italian Sausage dish that was a true crowd pleaser. Everything I needed, I found at Kroger to whip up this tasty four-ingredient dish. My time in the kitchen was minimal, leaving me free to help the kids with homework, get ready for the upcoming holiday weekend and still have a hearty supper on the table before we had to head out to basketball practice. Now that’s magical!

How Do You Celebrate the Magic at Mealtime During the Busy Holiday Season?

Quick and Easy Sundried Tomato and Sweet Basil Ravioli with Italian Sausage

Serving Size: 6

Quick and Easy Sundried Tomato and Sweet Basil Ravioli with Italian Sausage

Ingredients

  • 2 (23.9 ounce) jars Ragu® Chunky Sundried Tomato & Sweet Basil Pasta Sauce
  • 2 pounds frozen cheese-filled ravioli
  • 1 pound mild (or sweet) Italian Sausage
  • 2 cups of mozzarella (or an Italian blend) cheese

Instructions

  1. Cook Italian sausage according to package directions.
  2. Allow sausage to cool. Slice into 1-inch slices.
  3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, add Ragu®, ravioli, sausage and 1 cup of cheese. Mix together until ravioli are fully coated with sauce and cheese and sausage are incorporated throughout the mix.
  5. Pour ravioli mixture into a 10 x 13 glass baking dish.
  6. Evenly layer remaining 1 cup of cheese on top of the ravioli.
  7. Bake for 45 minutes or until ravioli is cooked (per package instructions) and cheese is melted and lightly browned.
  8. Remove from oven, serve and enjoy!
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How Do You Celebrate the Magic at Mealtime During the Busy Holiday Season?

Having ingredients on hand like Ragu® Pasta Sauces allows me to easily celebrate the magic at mealtime during the busy holiday season by giving me the freedom to create quick, delicious meals my whole family enjoys. In addition to the new recipe I’ve shared, we also love to make spaghetti, pasta Alfredo, lasagna, meatball sandwiches, rigatoni and even DIY pizzas with the wide variety of Ragu® pasta sauces. There’s a whole lot of inspiration for meal recipes on the Ragu® website, too, giving me even more holiday-time meal solutions to try!

Do you have a favorite recipe you create with Ragu® Pasta Sauces? How do you celebrate the magic at mealtime with your family during the holiday season?

How Do You Celebrate the Magic at Mealtime During the Busy Holiday Season?

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Ragu® . The opinions and text are all mine.


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Barb Webb. Founder and Editor of Rural Mom, is an author and sustainable living expert nesting in Appalachian Kentucky. When she’s not chasing chickens around the farm or engaging in mock Jedi battles, she’s writing about country living and artisan culture.
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Comments

    • Jenn @ EngineerMommy
    • November 3, 2015
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    Wow, this looks so delicious! We love Ragu pasta sauce, too. I will be trying your recipe very soon!

    • Valerie@Occasionally Crafty
    • November 3, 2015
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    That looks so simple and delicious! Holidays get so busy that it’s nice to have some easy meals in the aresenal!

    • Wendy
    • November 3, 2015
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    This looks so good! Nice to have a recipe that is easy and satisfying on those busy cold winter nights! Will have to put this on my idea list!

    • Alli
    • November 3, 2015
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    I’m getting hungry seeing all these fabulous pasta dishes made with my favorite sauce – Ragu! Gosh, I may have to make this tonight. Looks delicious.

    • Erin (@SugarCrumbs)
    • November 3, 2015
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    My kids love this so much! I make something similar to this and it never lasts for more than one meal. Bummer since I would love to have it for the lunch the next day too! LOL!

    • Maureen
    • November 4, 2015
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    Oh I love pasta and I haven’t had them in awhile now that I am going paleo. My boy would love this tho.

    • Stephen Parry
    • November 5, 2015
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    Pasta dishes are my favorite! Always looking for tasty, simple recipes – thanks so much for this yummy idea!

    • Francisca Ramos
    • November 12, 2015
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    The recipe looks great. Your is simple and I love Ragu pasta sauce. My kids will love your recipe. Thanks for sharing it.

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