Hello, Fantastical friends! I picked up a jar of the new RAGÚ® Homestyle pasta sauce to make a new recipe of baked spaghetti. I am so excited to be sharing this new recipe with y'all that I whipped up for my family in a jiffy the other night (Thursday night to be exact). I am definitely no stranger to baked spaghetti, but I thought the new pasta sauce with the promise of hugging the pasta needed a new (and better) recipe!
I definitely prefer a hearty spaghetti sauce, so it really was a no-brainer for me to test out the new RAGÚ® pasta sauce. One of my new favorite things to do is to throw roasted grape tomatoes into any pasta dish - whether that be spaghetti, alfredo, pesto, etc. Another new favorite of mine is to do faux baked casseroles. Basically, I will cook all my ingredients completely and throw them into a baking dish. Then I simply top whatever it is with cheese and put it under my broiler. It comes out looking and tasting like it's been baked and it is wonderful!!
The new RAGÚ® pasta sauce comes in five different flavors. I opted for the roasted garlic, but I also purchased the meat sauce as well. I will definitely be picking up the four cheese, mushroom, and traditional sauces soon too! All of them sound incredible and I love to try new pasta sauces out. Since roasted tomatoes have been my thing lately, I thought that I really needed to do roasted garlic as well. Everything roasted! I tossed my grape tomatoes with salt, pepper, basil, and olive oil to kind of match the flavorings of the sauce a little, so the tomatoes did not stand out so much or overpower the sauce. The sauce itself is rich, hearty, and so flavorful. It's definitely one of my all-time favorite sauces. The roasted garlic sauce is just plain good. The roasted tomatoes were the perfect compliment to the RAGÚ® Homestyle Thick and Hearty Roasted Garlic pasta sauce.
I love that RAGÚ® is calling their new line "Homestyle" and love even more that they say it is "simmered in tradition". Spaghetti has always been my most favorite meal. Growing up with a stepdad whose heritage was Italian meant we had a lot of Italian meals. A lot. But I never got sick of it. As I got older, I definitely tried my hardest to find a good homemade spaghetti sauce. I do have a few great recipes, but I admit that with three kids now, I am as busy as ever and prepared sauce is the way to go. I think that a homecooked meal doesn't always have to be from scratch and it certainly doesn't have to be a super complicated recipe. I think it's so important to just sit around the table with your family and enjoy each other's company over a meal made in your own kitchen. Those are the homestyle meals and it really does mean the world to your loved ones.
I, myself, have made spaghetti a million times for my family. Probably more times than anything else I've ever made and my children (the oldest two - little guy doesn't talk to that extent quite yet) raved about how amazing it was and how it was the best spaghetti and meal they had ever had. They say that about a lot of foods I make, really, but I could tell this time was just a little different. I'm really glad that they enjoyed this recipe because I certainly did. A big shout out to RAGÚ® for sponsoring this post and inspiring me pass on my family traditions, not to mention, for making such a great product that not only tastes good, but has no artificial colors or flavoring. Y'all have to stop by the RAGÚ® recipe page and check out all the wonderful recipes there!
What you need:
- 1 pint grape tomatoes
- Fresh basil, chopped
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Extra virgin olive oil
- 1 lb. ground beef
- 1 jar RAGÚ® Homestyle Thick and Hearty Roasted Garlic pasta sauce
- 1 lb. thin spaghetti
- 2 Tbsp. salted butter
- 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan
- Shredded mozzarella cheese
- Brown ground beef in a skillet over medium to medium-high heat, crumbling as it cooks.
- Meanwhile, halve the grape tomatoes lengthwise. Sprinkle with basil, salt, and pepper, and toss with a drizzle of olive oil.
- Place tomatoes on an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet and roast in a preheated 425 degree oven until they burst.
- Cook pasta in salted boiling water according to package directions. Drain and toss with butter.
- Once ground beef is cooked through, drain if needed, and then add RAGÚ® pasta sauce.
- Simmer ground beef with RAGÚ® while pasta cooks and tomatoes finish roasting.
- Stir in roasted tomatoes and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese.
- Place cooked pasta in a greased casserole dish and top with meat mixture.
- Top the meat mixture with shredded mozzarella cheese to your liking.
- Place casserole dish under the broiler under low until the cheese is browned and bubbly.
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