Ragu Simply Sauces

Favorite Features is where I share products that I love and make my life easier! Today I am sharing my love for Ragu Brand Simply Sauces!  I am not getting paid or sponsored in any way to tell you about my Favorite Features I just happen to love them.

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Favorite Features, is where I share things that I use and love. I am not receiving any products or incentives. In fact they don't even know I'm writing this! But I sure love them, let me tell you why!

Health is my priority: My husband is a type 1 diabetic. It is extemely difficult to find any kind of tomato based sauce even bbq sauces, ketchups, etc that don't have sugar or high fructose corn syrup as one of the first ingredients. So any brand of sauces that are free from added sugars are going to be something I am going to try. 

Homemade Lasagna using Ragu Simply  Chunky Marinara Sauce

I try and grow my own tomatoes and make and can my own sauces, but this past year, we had so much rain here in Virginia, that my garden was a total bust. So I've run out of my home canned sauces. 

My homemade sauce.... which I'm now out of.

Ingredients I feel good about: I had to go back to store bought. I found the Ragu Simply line, Started with the marinara sauce and then tried the garden vegetable too. They all start  with No added sugars, and 100 % Olive Oil. That 's good for his / my heart. the ingredient lists are basically all the exact same things in my own canned versions!!!   

Here is their ingredient list right from the jar: 
Tomato Puree (Water, Tomato Paste), Diced Tomatoes In Puree (Diced Tomatoes, Tomato Puree, Calcium Chloride, Citric Acid), Sweet Potato, Onions, Olive Oil, Carrots, Salt, Garlic Powder, Dehydrated Onions, Spices.
I LOVE that I can pronounce all of them. The calcium chloride and Citric Acid are food preservatives, of which I am already familiar, and  common in food preserving, and production. and guess what?? everything else is garden fresh in my own gardens (in a good year at least!)

The REAL ENDORSEMENT:  When I served dinner with the Simply Ragu sauce, my husband asked where I found a stash of my own home canned sauce. He loves my homemade sauce, and is sad that we are out. He totally thought it was my own!! I served another dish with the same sauce a week later, and again, he raved on the sauce, and I had to convince him, it wasn't mine! No kidding, this really happened! Like I'd hide a stash of marinara sauce.. (ok I would actually do this, along side a stash of chocolate, but nope.. it's all gone,and it really was the Ragu Simply brand, yummo!)

 Italian Sausage Grinders using Ragu's Simply ChunkyGarden Vegetable

Find The Sauces: They have a variety of sauces and you can find them in your local grocers!

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Roasted Garlic Parmesan Cream Sauce

This Rich and Creamy Sauce is Big on flavor, but short on it's list of ingredients. It is easy to make, and simply luscious with any pasta or chicken dish you  wish to serve it with.

I love making my own garlic cream sauce that is versatile and you can use it to make all sorts of dishes, from a simple mix it into spaghetti noodles, to serving over baked or grilled chicken, or like today's dish, served over tortellini, with rotisseri chicken, and chopped spinach. It 's simpy so rich, so creamy, so flavorful, that you'll find yourself using this recipe as your go to again and again.

I prefer this to a traditional alfredo sauce even, so this sauce replaces that for me. It onlyk has a few ingredients, but they are rich, simple uncomplicated ones, that just make this perfect in my book.

Today I had one of those days at work, where I needed to figure out what to make for dinner, based on what I had on hand at home. I was having a bit of a stomach ulcer issue, so knowing that, it ruled out a tomato based sauce. I  knew I had on hand a rotisserie chicken,  some fresh spinach, and  some cheese tortellini. I realized my Garlic Parmesan Cream Sauce would be perfect and I could whip up some thing yummy with all those ingredients, in no time at all.

It's easily made into a skillet meal served with a seasoned cooked chicken breasts, or served with angel hair pasta as a side dish next to grilled chicken or a pork roast. the possiblitiies are endless.

Let's get cooking!

Yield: 2 cups of sauce

Roasted Garlic Parmesan Cream Sauce

This Rich and Creamy Sauce is Big on flavor, but short on it's list of ingredients. It is easy to make, and simply luscious with any pasta or chicken dish you wish to serve it with.


1 head roasted garlic
6 Tblsp butter
1 3/4 cup heavy cream
4 oz. garlic & herb cream cheese
1 1/4 cups Parmesan Cheese
2 tsp. flour + 1 Tblsp. heavy cream mixed together


Remove cloves of garlic from head of garlc and mash with a fork.
In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, melt the butter, and add in the garlic.
Pour in the cream and heat to simmering.
whisk in Parmesan cheese.
Add flour and cream mixture and whisk till smooth.
Continue stirring til sauce is thickened,for a 1-2 minutes.
Fold in any pasta or ingredients you wish to serve it with, it is ready to serve.

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Ultimate Chocolate Lovers Recipe Collection: Celebrate 365 Blog Party

It's the perfect time of year to celebrate love and what better way to do than with Chocolate?
Celebrate 365 Blog Party is gathering together all the different ways we can celebrate our love of chocolate for this month that celebrates love.

Whether it's cake, or candies, Pie or puddings, Chocolate is so versatile that it can be used in nearly every kind of dessert form you can think of!

What better way to show someone you love them, then to give them a homemade chocolate treat?

Come on and join the party

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We will be visiting you and commenting,  as well as, at least one of us will create a collection post from this link up and share it on social media as well to get you some more exposure!
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Beef & Cheddar Stuffed Rolls

Beef and Cheddar Stuffed Rolls, are a filling hot sandwiches, that can be made ahead and go from freezer to oven. They are sure to please any hungry crowd.

Whether you need hot sandwiches for a dinner on a chilly night for your family, or to serve for a party, like a football party these sandwiches will be a hit. You will love them too, as you can make these ahead of time, wrap them in foil, and freeze them. Then, just pop them in the oven to warm them to serve them. Makes them a great grab and go meal, or perfect for game day to toss to those cheering fans!

Today I am celebrating with my best blogger friends ahead of the "Big Football Game" and gathering #FootballFood Party Ideas.

Flexible recipe: I'm sharing a basic recipe but feel free to play around with the ingredients a bit to suit your own tastes too! That's what I love about this recipe! It's so flexible! Add in some chopped veggies, or some tomatoes w/ green chiles to spice it up, the possiblities are totally endless. The seasonings are basic as well, make it more savory with worchestshire sauce, or be adventurous with some thai seasonings.

Take for Lunches or keep on hand for snacks: I love keeping a stash of these in the freezer for any kind of meal. So for lunches or snacks that you may want to use the microwave, when I make freezer batches, rather than eat right away meals, I will often wrap them first in Press and Seal plastic wrap and then in foil. If a family member wants to take it in their lunch I quickly unwrap the frozen sandwich from the foil and toss it in their lunch. it thaws through the morning, and all they have to do is open one end of the press and seal wrap to heat it up in the microwave for 1 min or so till warm. then unwrap the rest of the way to eat. Same with a snack, except if it's from frozen, it'll take another minute or so to heat through. If heating in the oven, you'll need to unwrap the foil, take off  the plastic wrap, and re wrap in the foil before heating.

Let's get cooking!

Yield: 8 Sandwiches

Beef & Cheddar Stuffed Rolls

Beef and Cheddar Stuffed Rolls, are a filling hot sandwiches, that can be made ahead and go from freezer to oven. They are sure to please any hungry crowd.
prep time: 10 minscook time: 10 minstotal time: 20 mins


1 lb. hamburger
1 medium onion diced
1 cup cheddar cheese shredded
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 tsp. mustard
2 Tblsp. catsup
salt and pepper to taste
8 bakery style hamburger buns (unsliced open)


Cook hamburger in skillet over medium heat with diced onion. Drain grease.
 Remove from heat.
Stir in soup, cheese, mustard, salt and pepper (to taste).
Slice the top 1/3 off the bun leaving a larger "bowl" for the bottom 2/3rd's of the bun. 
Remove a bit of the center of the bread from the bottom of the bun leaving a well for the filling to sit into. Be careful not to puncture a whole in the bottom of the bun. 
Crumble a cup of the removed bread and stir into your filling. Save the reminaing bread crumbs for another use.
Fill the buns and place the tops of buns on each one.
If serving immediately, they are ready to eat.
If freezing to serve later, wrap in either plastic wrap (I like press and seal) for microwaving, or foil for heating in the oven. 
Freeze up to 3 months.
Thaw rolls in fridge 8 hours i f possible and place foil wrapped sandwiches on cookies sheet and bake 350 degrees for 30 minutes.  If baking from frozen, it will take 45-50 minutes to heat through.
To Microwave, open one end of the plastic wrap and heat for 1 min if thawed, if frozen heat additional time up to 1-2 minutes, depending on microwave wattage. 
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Stuffed Pepper Meatball Soup

Stuffed Pepper Meatball Soup is the perfect soup to take the winter chill off! Just like the title says, it's a soup with all the ingredients of a stuffed pepper in wonderful soup form! It'll have you craving a second bowl!

Today, January 19th is National Soup Swap day! the entire month of January is National Soup month! So what better way to celebrate than to share/ swap soup recipes with some blogger friends of mine!
I am sharing this Stuffed Pepper Meatball Soup and below you'll see all the other soups we are sharing/swapping!

If you've never heard of Stuffed Pepper Soup, it's actually quite popular, you'll find recipes all over the Internet. I came across it in the recipe section of my local paper, and clipped it out waiting on a great excuse to try it, and today was the perfect excuse! My family is so glad I did!

The version I clipped used  made from scratch meatballs, other recipes I looked up used plain ground hamburger. I modified my version to make my own style, and used my  Soup Pantry staple: Mini Brat Meatballs for soup PLUS ground hamburger to make it even more hearty! I love using brat sausage and rolling tiny little meatballs for soup (remove casing) it adds instant flavor! By adding the additional hamburger I added just that extra touch of heartiness and it's more reminiscent of stuffed peppers also, so I keep that more traditional taste.

With green and red bell peppers, rice and a rich broth and tomato base this soup just warms you body and soul!  This soup is definitely going into my rotation of fall and winter soups!

Yield: 6-8 Servings

Stuffed Pepper Meatball Soup

prep time: 15 minscook time: 40 minstotal time: 55 mins
Stuffed Pepper Meatball Soup is the perfect soup to take the winter chill off! Just like the title says, it's a soup with all the ingredients of a stuffed pepper in wonderful soup form! It'll have you craving a second bowl!


1 lb. ground hamburger
5 bratwurst mild Italian sausages
1 medium onion chopped
1 medium red bell pepper cored, seeded, and chopped
1/2 large green bell pepper cored, seeded, and chopped
4 garlic cloves garlic, minced
1 quart beef broth
1 28-oz. can crushed tomatoes
1-1 1/2 cups cooked rice 
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/2- 1 teaspoon salt
1 14-oz. can white beans drained


Remove casings from bratwurst sausages. Cut each sausage into 10 small slices. Roll each slice into mini meatballs. You should end up with 50 miniature meatballs approx. 3/4 inch in size.
Cook meatballs in dutch oven or large pot over medium heat till browned on all sides and cooked nearly through.  Remove from heat. 
Cook hamburger, onions, garlic, and peppers, in the same pot over medium heat, till meat is cooked through.  Drain .
Add meatballs back into pot.
Stir in broth, tomatoes, Italian seasoning, and salt. Simmer on low 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Stir in rice, and beans to soup, simmer until everything is heated through, about 10 minutes, 
(I do this while I'm cooking up biscuits or cornbread) . Taste for salt.

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