Monday, November 2, 2015

Starting our own tradition with #Ragu! {Homemade Spaghetti & Meatballs} #simmeredintradition

I don't know about you, but I love traditions! I love it even more when it involves food, and passing down one recipe to another! I have a recipe that I have in the back of my mind. Something that my mamaw used to make! This is something that I want to pass down to Lydia, because it is so easy! One tradition we used to do was go to Mamaws on Sunday afternoon after church and eat Spaghetti! One tradition that I would like to pass down to my daughter is gathering her family for spaghetti and meatballs! I put a spin on mine, and I know when she gets older, she will make hers her own too. Did you know that Ragu's founder, Assunta started Ragu in 1937? At the height of the great depression, she wanted a way to support her family and began selling her sauce to her neighbors! WOW! Who would have thought that Ragu wouls be what it is today! I love a good story about a self-made woman doing something for herself and family! Luckily, we were able to use Ragu Pasta Sauce for this recipe, and I wanted to share with you! Ragu Pasta Sauce is 100% affordable, made from farm-grown ingredients, and slowly simmered to add layers of flavor! I almost forgot to mention No.No.No (no artificial flavors, no artificial flavors and no high fructose corn syrup)! How cool is that? Check out what I did below!
These meatballs are so easy to make! Check out what all you need below to make the meatballs! It made about 24 of them.
  • 2 lbs ground beef 
  • 2 Jars of Ragu Pasta Sauce 
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic 
  • 2 large eggs 
  • 4 tsp Worcestershire sauce 
  • 1 cup Italian bread crumbs 
  • 1 cup dry parmesan cheese 
  • 1/2 tsp salt 
  • 1/2 tsp pepper 
  • 1 box of pasta in your choosing. I chose angel hair
  1. Preheat oven to 425*, grease a baking sheet with sides.
  2. Go ahead and start your noodles.
  3. Combine every ingredient  with the exception of the Ragu in a bowl and mix with your hands. I always use gloves.
  4. Scoop out 1 tbsp or more of the meat mixture and form into balls.  I use an ice cream scooper so that I get an even amount each time.
  5. Arrange on greased baking sheet.
  6. Bake 435* for 15-20 minutes. You have to check them to be sure they are completely done.
  7. Once cooked, remove from oven and let cool.
  8. Mix meatballs and Ragu sauce and let simmer 10 minutes or so. 
  9. Serve and Enjoy!
If you want to see the process below, I snapped a few pictures for you to enjoy! These meatballs are so great with Ragu Pasta Sauce!
Visit the Ragu website to learn more about Ragu's founder and her journey! And share your traditions! Also, There is a sweeps contest running on The contest is titled Ready. Set. Cook! and it challenges home cooks to create new and unique recipes featuring Ragu sauce plus a set list of other ingredients. Check it out!
Do you have any traditions that you would like to share with me? What are YOU passing down to the next generation in YOUR family? Tell me below!


  1. This looks really delicious. I love cooking with my niece and starting new food traditions with her. It's so much fun and a great way to bond with family.

  2. I love the classic spaghetti and meatballs.

  3. That sounds like a great way to save some time! I always make my own sauce, but it's time consuming.

  4. I've never made meatballs like this before. Sounds delicious!

  5. OMG yum! The extent of my meatball making expertise is "Open bag of meatballs and heat in crockpot". And that is because I chose not to use the microwave. So these sound outstanding. I used Ragu today in my "fake lasagna" (lasagna with no ricotta which is basically just spaghetti with meat in it), it's a family favorite.

  6. Those meatballs look delicious. We are a Ragu family, I keep a jar no hand all the time for quick and easy dinner!

  7. Love Ragu and I love classic meals like this!

  8. What a fun challenge. I always have some marinara on hand, but the challenge of using it in new ways is so much fun. I hope to share family favorites and some new creations with my family.

  9. I need a better meatball recipe, thank you!


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