Win a $100 Visa Gift Card/Meal Makeover Kit and a Ragu Review!

This is a sponsored review from BlogHer and Ragú.

What exciting news to find Ragú® Old World Style® Traditional Pasta Sauce now has two servings of veggies in every half cup.
We are massive pasta eaters in the Picky Palate house, so I was thrilled to try Ragu’s new pasta sauce with all the extra veggies packed in.

I found that the new formulation doesn’t actually have any different ingredients than the old formula. They’ve just packed more veggies into the formula to get to 2 servings of veggies per half cup (vs. 1 serving per half cup). The taste is the same great taste and they want to assure moms that the sauce they’re used to and have been feeding their families for years hasn’t changed.

We tried the Skillet Pasta and Beef Dinner with our new veggie packed Ragu and the kids went nuts for it. Before I added the sauce, I made sure I tried a spoon of each (the old and the new) and I enjoyed the chunkiness of the new sauce because I knew it was packed with lots of vegetables!

The dinner was a huge success and it literally took minutes to prepare. I love pulling out quick and simple recipes during the busy school week and that is exactly what Ragu helps us with. A great pasta sauce packed with lots of vegetables. Mom is happy and the kids are happy!

Come be one of the first to taste Ragu with 2 servings of veggies in every half cup over at Ragu’s Facebook Page .

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322 Responses
  1. barbara wright

    I don’t have a recipe, but I throw together 1/2 box of cooked whole wheat pasta, a jar of pasta sauce, a pound of cooked ground beef/chicken (I grind my own chicken – after I tried it once, it makes me nauseous to think about what might actually be in the stuff they sell in the stores!), and then whatever frozen veggies we have laying around – corn, green beans, or shredded zucchini from the garden. Everybody eats it, and it’s quick, easy, and healthy

  2. I love to just make the pasta in vegetable broth and then put a little butter, some dry pesto seasoning, parmesean cheese and cooked frozen peas.

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  3. Gaines Simmons

    Turkey meat-balls,Ragu sauce, and pasta pin wheels. Quick and delicious. I am following, liking and subscribing.

  4. PauleyD

    We like lasagna. We will make two different batches, since my wife and daughter do not like ricotta. We’re kinda like “Garfield” when it comes to lasagna in our home!

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  5. Joyce Raymond

    I love making what we call “American Chop Suey” with ground turkey instead of ground beef, and whole grain pasta. Wanna know what it is, just ask.

  6. Sarah L

    My favorite pasta for busy nights is angel hair pasta with Ragu and a good Parmesan cheese. Thanks for the contest.

  7. rebecca

    I pre cook and freeze both ground meat and chicken. When needed I can pull out either and add two jars of Ragu sauce, and put water on to boil. Start and finish my salad and pasta is ready to be thrown in, when it is ready dinner is completed. All but the eating, and everyone leaves the table a happy camper.

  8. my kids love home made mac and cheese–pasta, cheese, milk and a bit of veggies if I can get away with it. quick and easy and not too bad for them!

  9. Ashley S

    Honestly, we just make pasta, throw on some traditional ragu sauce, and heat up frozen meatballs and the girls are all happy!

  10. This is super easy. Cut up chicken breasts and marinate in basic italian dressing. Then cook with olive oil, add alfredo and cooked fettuccini.

  11. Marcia Goss

    I like to cook ziti or rigatoni, cover it with sauce, top it with mozzarella cheese, and then put it in the oven until the cheese melts. We love this with bread and a salad.

  12. Iris

    A simple pasta dish that I love is combining any type of cooked pasta and some spaghetti sauce. You throw it all in a shallow baking dish, top with cheese and bake for about 30-40 minutes. The results are divine and you can always add ingredients as you palate desires.

  13. Benny

    Pasta and sauce is our crazy night meal…as it is in many households! Can’t go wrong with it! We’ll steam a veggie too. Thanks for the contest!

  14. susitravl

    I make Stuffed Shells on Sunday so we can just pop them in the oven on Mon or Tue when we are too busy to cook.

  15. Is it bad that I don’t really have a recipe? I really just open the fridge and whip out everything I can chop and dice mix in some jarr tomato sauce and let it sit. usually i throw in extra tomatoes, carrots, mushroom and chicken breast.

  16. When it’s a crazy night and I’m running around like a chicken with my head chopped off…I make chicken! Actually, I make garlic chicken pasta using fun-shaped wheat pasta, a couple TBSP of butter, garlic salt and pepper to taste, and diced chicken. Mmmmmmm…carbs and meat!

  17. shel

    I make meatballs ahead of time and freeze them. When we’re in a hurry, I just throw them in sauce and cook a batch of rotini noodles…yum!

  18. Debra F

    At least once a week I fry up a pound of ground beef, add it to a jar of Ragu and serve it over Angel Hair. It is so quick and easy, yet fulfilling and comforting! Certainly a staple and a go to dinner at my house.

  19. Debra B

    We love angel hair and meat sauce, its quick and simple and done in no time at all,sometims even quicker than I can bake some garlic bread in the oven , plus everyones happy and dinner is delicious

    thanks for the great giveaway

  20. Natalie J. Vandenberghe

    Crazy, busy is an understatement! I’ve discovered that I can’t be in two places at the same time! We seldom get to eat together, but the kids are pretty good about eating whatever is prepared. I’m glad pasta cooks quickly and the ease of pouring a jar of delicious Ragu’ over anything is appreciated. My daughters and I love salad and all of us like good, warm french bread to go along with our dinner.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  21. LAMusing

    I love to make Lemon Pasta, but if I’m really rushed I use a plain marinara jar sauce, add some fresh chopped tomato, garlic and a pinch more of Italian seasoning. Then add browned hamburger or grilled chicken (whichever I have) and sprinkle with cheese. Simple but tasty.

  22. I bought a jar of this Ragu last night, thanks to your post, and used it on my spaghetti dinner. It’s awesome! My boyfriend (35 years old) is like a little kid when it comes to vegetables so it was great to sneak in some veggies on him.

  23. Darcy

    Stuff pasta shells take a little longer, but the bonus is you can make two pans in the same amount of time, and freeze one for later!

  24. Milissa

    It is more of a snack than a meal…but it is pretty good that you might want to eat if for a whole meal! I spoon some pasta sauce onto a sliced bagel and top it with some veggies. Kinda like a “bagel bite” minus the cheese.

  25. For a super quick meal, I like to use giant homemade meatballs that I cook in large batches and freeze. I defrost a few, warm them in pasta sauce and toss a few on a hoagie bun with some mozzarella for quick meatball subs!

  26. Super in a Skillet is what we call it. It is hamburger mixed with a can of stewed tomatoes, diced green peppers and onions, mixed with macaroni. Top it all off with mozzarella cheese. Yum!


  27. Well, this might sound like I’m being a wise-guy, but no. Really. I just cook up whatever pasta is in the big jar at the time (right now it’s bow ties) and top with Ragu and Parmesan cheese. Add some Texas toast and we’re all set!

  28. I have quite a few favorites, but any pasta matched with an olive oil and garlic sauce or one with a chicken broth base is fast and delicious!

  29. Jenny B

    We have a homemade family spaghetti recipe that I learned to make when I was 7. I can make it with my eyes closed. It’s definitely the go to meal.

  30. Leticia

    I just go for basic pasta and sauce topped parmesan. I have fun with the pasta and opt for spinach flavored or for fun shapes. My daughter likes alphabet pasta and sauce.

  31. Becky

    Mmmm I love spaghetti and meat sauce (with garlic bread of course!), but I like to make a big pot of sauce and then freeze it in individual (meal-size) containers. Makes for a super quick meal, just pull out one container of sauce and cook some noodles!

  32. sy

    i boil pasta according to the instructions on the box and mix in some sauce. no skills required 😀
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  33. amber

    I like making Ziti, super easy. Pasta noodles, Pasta Sauce, and Cheese, that’s my kinda dinner, quick to the point and tasty! 😉

  34. I take a little sauce on the plate, top it withy cooked chicken breast, top it with some cooked spinach, and pour some sauce on top of that and sprinkle with parmesian…easy to have all those items ready in advance too!

  35. Whitney

    My kids won’t eat spaghetti, but if I use a different noodle like farfalle or penne, it is somehow better! I usually add some grated veggies (carrots and zucchini)and a dash of balsamic vinegar to a jar of Ragu!

  36. Amanda

    Our favorite weeknight pasta recipe is fresh ravioli from the local market- spinach, sundried tomato and cheese makes everyone happy!

  37. Betty N

    I cook ahead and freeze in single serving portions so we can have all our favs Manicotti would probably be our fav recipe with Ragu sauce but we also make baked spaghetti and ravioli and spaghetti and meatballs and….we like ragu sauce

  38. Brooke

    My favorite is an Olive Oil base with Capers, Calamata Olives, Lemon, Fresh Tomatoes, Garlic, and Italian seasoning. It’s pretty quick and absolutely YUMMY! My kids like Noodles with butter, and parm on top!

  39. Deanne

    Stuffed shells with Ragu, turkey hamburger, cheese and spinach … ymmm!!! Make once, pack for lunches and freeze — great whenever you need something fast.

  40. Emily Ballard

    My go to is definitely Spaghetti w/Spicy Italian ground sausage and mushrooms! So good, I love all the Ragu sauces too, they make the prep very painless 🙂

  41. My husband loves a recipe I created called Weeknight Lasagna. We love lasagna, but it can be a time consuming process. For those weeknights, when we have a craving that just cannot wait this is my go to recipe! Brown 1 pound ground beef. Drain. Cook 1 pound ziti or rotini according to package directions. Combine pasta, large jar of spaghetti sauce, 8 oz. cottage cheese, 1 cup shredded mozzarella and 1/4 cup grated parmesan. Pour the mixture into a greased 9×13 baking dish and top with several slices of mozzarella. Bake at 350-400 for about 15 minutes until cheese is bubbly! YUMMY!!!!!!!!!!!

  42. Amanda V.

    My favorite pasta recipe is baked macaroni and cheese. My grandma and my mom both made it for us as kids, and now I make it whenever I go home for my little sister. Classic comfort food that I love 🙂

  43. Vanessa

    My favorite pasta dish is my Mom’s spaghetti! The spaghetti is loaded grilled zucchini, squash, and shitake mushrooms,with of course lots of Ragu sauce. We only buy Ragu!! I’d love to win so my mom could make me some for supper!!! Yumo!!

  44. Andrea

    I like to do an easy baked ziti, yummy! Oh and I LOVE the extra veggies in the sauce, perfect for picky kids like my 3.5 year old.

  45. I love to make meatballs and freeze them and then toss them in a pan and voila–pour some Ragu over them and you have dinner with Spaghetti! 🙂

  46. anna p.

    I like to throw a couple chicken breasts (fresh or frozen) into the crockpot with a jar of sauce. Add some extra veggies and spices and cook all day, voila! dinner!

  47. Suzanne

    Spaghetti. Sometimes with meat sauce, sometimes with just marinara (I prefer it without meat). Quick, easy, delicious!

  48. Hilery

    I keep a jar of alfredo sauce in the pantry that I throw together with pasta, fresh broccoli (cooked in the pasta water) and some chicken cooked in the microwave. It takes 30 minutes or less to prepare and I have a complete meal for my family.

  49. cherie

    I am happy to say we love Ragu, even my italian husband LOL

    We grab a bag of already cooked ground beef from the freezer, dump it in a pot with italian seasoning and a jar of ragu and use it to top some whole grain pasta

    Relatively healthy and FAST

  50. Melinda McMullin

    My favorite quick and easy meal it baked ziti…just throw some cooked ziti noodles, ragu sauce, ricotta cheese and top with mozzerella in the oven and walla!

  51. My favorite pasta for those busy nights is sphaghetti with ground beef mixed in with the sauce. It is delicious and has almost every single food group. If we add a smoothie, we would be all set.

  52. Robin

    Our go to pasta dish is shells stuffed with frozen meatballs, then covered in spaghetti sauce and cheese and baked. Yum!

  53. linda

    in high school i always used ragu marinara sauce…truth…
    i still do & now i just roast some cherry tomatoes to put into the ragu!
    pretty tasty!
    thanks for including me!

  54. emily

    I pick up a rotisserie chicken on the way home from work and serve with angel hair pasta – sometimes plain and sometimes with sauce

  55. Adrienne

    I have to say on those nights that are crazy with kid activities, spaghetti and turkey meatballs are our fast go-to meal. Coincidentally, we use Ragu sauce too!!! It is the kid’s favorite.

  56. Red and White Pasta is a HIT at my house on the weekdays!! Ragu Traditional spaghetti sauce and Alfredo sauce each poured over penne noodles with mozzerella cheese!! DELISH 🙂

  57. Jey

    My favorite quick pasta meal is probably my version of pasta fresca from Noodles & Co.

    It really only takes 5 minutes of prep and 10 minutes of cooking, and I have a meal ready for several days! Reheating it on a pan makes it more delicious on the next day! 😀

  58. Margaret

    Lasagna isn’t an easy meal to make, but it’s delicious, and there are always leftovers during the week!

  59. Any combination of pasta is delicious. It is one of my favorite go to meals – quick, easy, and super tasty. My favorite during the busy work week would have to be any type of stuffed pasta (packaged tortellini and/or ravioli) and red sauce.

  60. Pasta is one of those dishes I like to sneak good stuff into. My son will generally eat anything put in front of him but disguising it with red sauce makes it even easier. I like to make a pasta primavera of sorts where I saute whatever fresh veggies I have on hand (squash, zucchini, peppers, onions, etc) and then add in some marinara and serve it over pasta. Easy and nutritious – a great combo!

  61. Linsey Brockman

    Recently I’ve gotten really into spaghetti squash with a touch of butter and parmesan cheese! I’m going to have to try those yummy-looking spaghetti pies using squash vs. spaghetti!

  62. Becky S

    Pasta with Ragu and browned sausage is a favorite school night meal at our house. With garlic bread. Yum!

  63. Talli

    I have a “one pot spaghetti” recipe that is fantastic! It’s easy, yummy, and is a busy school night “go to” recipe!

  64. Cathy

    I love spaghetti but my husband isn’t a huge fan so I add Lots of meatballs along with some Chipotle chili powder and red pepper flakes for an additional kick 🙂

  65. Scarlett

    I usually throw in some meat (turkey, sausage, or ground beef) with some onions, and mushrooms in red sauce and serve over angel hair pasta

  66. Jayne

    I love making lasagna but only recently figured out I could make it in the crockpot. That way my busy afternoons have one less thing to do!

  67. Candice

    We are all about simple-any kind of pasta topped with cheese! Throw in some broccoli and chicken for a complete meal. Course, my husband’s answer would be Ramen!

  68. Lisa

    Quick and easy pasta….definitely classic spaghetti with meat sauce for our house. The kids like it and there is no complaining!

  69. We make goulash as a favorite pasta sauce recipe, though we usually make a huge batch on a slow night. We eat leftovers and freeze the rest so its simple to just heat it up on those busy nights.
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  70. Mary Sieroslawski

    We always fall back on our homemade mac n’ cheese with a little stone ground mustard and sauteed kielbasa. Cheesy, smoky and a little tangy…perfect!

  71. Brooke

    I am an old fashioned Spagetti girl… but I make sure to add homemade meatballs and lots of fresh parmesan cheese!

  72. Trista Bytheway

    I love to do what we call pepperoni chicken–chicken, pepperoni, spaghetti sauce in the crockpot and adding mozzarella cheese at the end. That then goes over the pasta–I love the extra layer of flavor with the pepperoni.

  73. I love making Spaghetti Squash Spaghetti! Just cut the squash in half, pop it in the microwave, brown some turkey burger, heat up the spaghetti sauce and voila! A super easy but delicious and healthy meal 🙂

  74. Lori Finch

    Whole wheat pasta, frozen turkey meatballs and a jar of traditional Ragu spaghetti sauce…quick, easy and delicious!

  75. Penne with pesto and parmesan. Quick, easy and the kids love it.
    Cream of chicken soup, rotel, spaghetti…topped with cheese and baked. It’s my teens fave.

  76. Tricia Folsom

    My quick and easy pasta night is just cooking up the mini shells and my girls like it with just the simple sauce on it and some bread and salad on the side. So fast and they eat it all up!

  77. Heather

    Just any pasta with sauce, I also use marinara sauce to add more to leftover mac n’ cheese so my kids will eat it!

  78. Anna

    As a teacher, I have MANY busy school nights. 🙂 My favorite go-to pasta recipe is Pasta Puttanesca – garlic, onion, tomatoes, capers and red pepper flakes. So easy and so delicious.

  79. sheri grennille

    easiest is a bag of ravioli, a jar of sauce and a box of garlic bread – and the whole family loves it!

  80. The best pasta I can throw together in no time is a gnocchi with lemon cream sauce I grabbed from epicurious awhile ago. I always put in extra cayenne for a nice kick!

  81. Becky T

    I definitely go with the good old easy standby of spaghetti with meat sauce. If we’re lucky, we get garlic bread too. haha! 🙂

  82. I’m a sucker for homemade spaghetti and meatballs with garlic bread. If we’re in the mood for a white creamy sauce then definitely lemon basil chicken with cream sauce over penne. Yum!

  83. Heidi

    We love homemade sauce and meatballs. I usually make up an extra large batch and freeze at least 1/2 for another use! (Plus I always have to give some to my parents because my dad loves it too!)

  84. Jill

    Quick and easy pasta go to is Spaghetti, but my favorite is lasagna, I don’t make it often b/c it takes to long.

  85. Steph

    I don’t love red sauce, so if I’m in a hurry I use pesto (that I have previously made and frozen. . .) on angel hair pasta (because it cooks fastest) 🙂

  86. Kara

    My favorite weeknight pasta meal is simply spaghetti with tomato sauce and cooked ground beef/turkey with some fresh veggies thrown in! Simple and delicious. 🙂

  87. Cheryl Newton

    My super-quick weeknight pasta dinner is spaghetti and meatballs, slow-cooker style. Sometime earlier in the day, I just dump frozen meatballs (homemade or store-bought) and a jar of pasta sauce in the slow cooker. Then at dinner time, I only need a few minutes to boil some pasta, make a salad and maybe throw together a salad. Voila! Dinner is served!

  88. Lauren

    I love to make easy chicken scampi- fresh basil, olive oil, garlic, chicken, and a little bit of butter all sauteed together then poured over whole wheat pasta. Yum!

  89. Alicia

    Spaghetti and Meatballs, as long as the sauce and meatballs have been in the crock pot all day. MMMMMMMMM!!!!

  90. My favorite quick n easy pasta dish is fettucine carbonara. One block of cream cheese melted with some milk, frozen peas, and crumbled bacon, tossed over pasta… YUMALICIOUS!

  91. suzanne

    My stand by mid week pasta recipe is baked penne- jarred sauce, ground beef, pepperoni, green peppers, onion. Mix together top with mozarella and bake. Its a crowd pleaser in my house.

  92. I usually toss some pasta with olive oil, salt & pepper, and parmesan cheese. That’s my go-to pasta, especially when I’m sick and need something simple.

  93. Deann

    more veggies per serving? Awesome!!

    One of our quick and easy recipes (even uses a jar of Ragu!) is to prepare a bag of frozen ravioli then combine it with a jar of sauce in a 9×13 pan. Top with mozzarella and parmesan and bake. Tastes great with a salad.

  94. Gennie

    My daughter is crazy about gnocchi. Takes 5 minutes to cook and she just likes butter and parm on it. Can’t really get easier than that!

  95. Suburban Prep

    I found a good Pasta Carbonnara recipe from Cooking Light and it goes over very well in my house. It is rather easy as well.

  96. April in CT

    I roast whatever veggies need to be used up in my fridge and stir them into a jar of warmed sauce, serve over whole wheat rotini with a sprinkle of cheese!

  97. I love to make the kids spaghetti and meatballs on a school night, but we also love to make macaroni with corn, spaghetti sauce and ground beef all mixed in together. I think pasta is a big hit anytime.

  98. Janell

    Of course good ol’ spaghetti is always a favorite but we also like a pasta dish I ate growing up–Chilironi. Yumm!

  99. Lindsay

    I make a pasta with a soup I get in the deli section of my local Vons for the sauce (it’s their Tuscan Tomato and Basil Bisque soup…yum!). SUPER easy, just pour a generous amount of the soup over cooked pasta and top with LOTS of freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Delish!

  100. Good ol’ spaghetti and meatballs. My twist is that I make a huge batch of spaghetti sauce and another extra large batch of meatballs every few months. That way, when I need that quick meal, all I have to do is cook the pasta and heat up the rest!

  101. spaghetti squash with red sauce….couldn’t be easier. just bake the squash, scrape out the insides and you have low carb “pasta” and get your veggies in too!

  102. Miranda Eskelson

    I love spaghetti and meatballs, its tastes good, is fast and I always have all the stuff for it.

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