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Molly Ringwald's Recipe for a Good Start

Posted Mar 12 2010 2:52pm

IMG_0306.jpg Ragu recently announced they are teaming up with Molly Ringwald for the Ragu Recipe for a Good Start program and contest where one lucky entrant could win a $5000 scholarship for their child! Beth and I were invited to an event to learn more about this campaign and while we were there, we learned how to make lasagnas which were being donated to a local food bank, and we met film and television actress Molly Ringwald who shared how she gets her family off to a "good start" at mealtime.

Plus, we got to sit down with Food Network chef, Marcela Valladolid to sample some of Ragu's recipes. I have to admit, I was skeptical of the jarred sauce as I make my own, but to my surprise, the food, which were all made with Ragu, was delicious. We left with quick and easy recipes to make on our own. Here's Ragu's No Boiling Lasagna:

RAGU NO BOILING LASAGNA
Ingredients
2 containers (15 oz. ea.) ricotta cheese
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (about 8 oz.)
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 eggs
2 jars (1 lb. 10 oz. ea.) Ragu® Old World Style® Pasta Sauce
12 uncooked lasagna noodles
Directions
Preheat oven to 375°. Combine ricotta cheese, 1 cup mozzarella cheese, 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese and eggs in bowl; set aside.
Spread 1 cup Pasta Sauce in 13 x 9-inch baking dish. Layer 4 uncooked noodles, then 1 cup Sauce and 1/2 of the ricotta cheese mixture; repeat. Top with remaining 4 uncooked noodles and 2 cups Sauce. Reserve remaining sauce.
Bake 1 hour covered tightly with aluminum foil. Remove foil and sprinkle with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses. Bake uncovered an additional 10 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. Serve with remaining Sauce, heated.

IMG_0300.jpg Coincidentally, lasagna is a staple in my house ~ I like to make two pans at a time and freeze one before baking it for those weeks and weekends when there's no time to cook. I basically follow the same recipe listed above, but for a jazzed up version, add ¼ cup of pesto to the ricotta mixture ~ it is yummy! If you enjoy meat in your lasagna, you can also brown 1 lb. of ground turkey or beef to layer in there as well. The Ragu sauce really is a delicious alternative to homemade sauce ... and it even has more than a serving of vegetables in every half cup! Go to Recipe for a Good Start for more easy recipes and contest details. Who knows, maybe your recipe for a good start could win a $5000 scholarship for your child!

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