One of the fondest memories I have as a kid was going to the drive in movies. I don’t want to say I’m THAT old but it was during the 80’s when going to the drive-in was THE way to go see movies. Getting ready included loading the big yellow station wagon up with blankets, pillows, stuffed animals, and plenty of popcorn. It was a tradition to pop our own over the stove and bring it with us via brown paper bag (egad!). I do miss those simple times when I had nothing to worry about.
Tradition being passed down from generation to generation is what Ragu is all about. Did you know that Ragu’s founder, Assunta, started the company in 1937? A struggling single mother she started jarring up her pasta sauce recipe to sell to friends and neighbors. My sister was a single mother during the early years of my nephew’s life and fortunately she had a lot of support from friends and family too.
We really like the No.No.No attitude of Ragu (no artificial flavors, no artificial flavors and no high fructose corn syrup). The family recipe for tomato sauce includes fresh basil, fennel, garlice and ground pepper including vine-ripened tomatoes! She must have known she was onto something when the neighbor’s raved about it. Then the neighbor’s neighbors. Word spread and soon people across America were grabbing the jars off the shelves.
Having a homemade dinner is important to our family and spending time in the kitchen with the kids is another tradition we’ll keep. It’s very true that the kitchen is the heart of the home. I’d like my kids to grow up to be strong and independent individuals who know how to cook (or at least follow a recipe)! Assunta grew up in a time that wasn’t easy, during the Great Depression, when people were forced to put their hopes and dreams aside. She endured and had a recipe for success that’s become America’s number one pasta sauce for the past 80 years.
Lasagna is my go-to recipe lately and using Ragu makes for a tasty meal before our family festivities. Even though we don’t go to drive-in movies (there is one around here but Little C is too young) we still watch movies at home and pop our own popcorn over the stove. We have so much fun and it’s so nice spending time with the kids. It’s amazing what you learn when you relax and enjoy each other’s company! Ragu. Crafted with Passion. Simmered in Tradition.
Are you a home cook? Can you create new and unique recipes featuring Ragu sauce plus a list of other ingredients? Enter the Ready. Set. Cook! contest on Food.com by November 30th!