The Crazy Suburban Mom: My Favorite go-to spaghetti and meatballs recipe and GIVEAWAY

Thursday, October 25, 2012

My Favorite go-to spaghetti and meatballs recipe and GIVEAWAY

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Update: The winner is Rebecca Shockley and I love your comment!
"All my kid's love pasta with Ragu and they sleep through my nagging as well, arggg!"

In honor of National Pasta Month I tried "Mama's Best Ever Spaghetti and Meatballs" recipe last night and it is so going in my Favorite Recipe Linkbar.  It was delicious, easy and a one-pot meal; a total winner!

Speaking of winners.... Ragu is sponsoring a giveaway to celebrate  "Ragu’s Long Day of Childhood campaign – serving your children a meal they would love because childhood is hard too!"   Details on how to win coupons for free Rago and an Amex Gift card at the end of this post.

I make a pasta meal about once a week with meatballs and spaghetti the favorite by far but I didn't have a go-to recipe.  I tried a lot of different versions, even bought ready-made meatballs thinking that would help but my son hated the dense texture of all the pre-made meatballs (Rubber balls he calls 'em)

Dinner last night was a HUGE hit on all fronts.  With just a few ingredients, one pot (YAY! Less clean-up!) and very little time or effort, I had a nice big pot of sauce and meatballs! 

Once it had been cooking about fifteen minutes my son came down the stairs (he'd been sleeping) and said,' Are you cooking something? It smells amazing!' And my kid isn't easy to wake, he sleeps through everything...  The telephone, smoke alarms.... me nagging....   But this smelled so good he not only got up but didn't wait for dinner;  had a bowl as soon as it was done and loved it.  


The meatballs had a great texture, and it was the easiest recipe I've used to make meatballs and spaghetti.  



A classic Italian-American dish that can be as simple or as fancy as you want it to be.
  • 1-1/2 lbs. lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup Italian seasoned dry bread crumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 jar (1 lb. 8 oz.) Ragú® Old World Style® Pasta Sauce, divided
  • 12 ounces spaghetti, cooked and drained
  1. Combine ground beef, bread crumbs, eggs and 1/2 cup Pasta Sauce in medium bowl; shape into 18 meatballs.
  2. Bring remaining Pasta Sauce to a boil over medium-high heat in 12-inch skillet. Gently stir in uncooked meatballs. Reduce heat to low and simmer covered, stirring occasionally, 20 minutes or until meatballs are done.
  3. Serve over hot spaghetti.
Preparation time: 20 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Servings: 6

More  Ragu Recipes (here) but the next one I'm trying is the skillet pasta and beef.

You can find more information about the campaign and recipes at their Facebook Page and Twitter @ragusauce 

Giveaway Details
One coupon prize and $25 AMEX gift card will be given out to a US resident.  Contest will end with National Pasta Month on  October 31, 2012 11:59 PM. 

 To enter just leave a comment on this post...  Maybe tell me your favorite go to Pasta Night recipe... Or which Long Day of Childhood recipe you want to try...  Or let me know your kid sleeps through nagging too.  I'd like to think I'm not alone.


Mami2jcn 10/26/12, 7:42 AM  

My kids are crazy about shell noodles with Ragu!

mami2jcn at gmail dot com

jenspurg 10/26/12, 8:28 AM  

My kids love rotini noodles so we do baked spaghetti as an easy go to meal.

Unknown 10/26/12, 9:09 PM  

We love to make spaghetti pie!

kellyr78 10/26/12, 10:39 PM  

I would like to try the Ragú No Boiling Lasagna recipe.

The Perfect Bridesmaid 10/27/12, 12:52 PM  

flyergal82 AT (yahoo) /dot/ $com^
my go to is pasta, spaghetti sauce, and sausage-easy and quick.

momandsons 10/27/12, 1:39 PM  

my kids love spaghetti, meatballs, and Ragu.

thomasbetsy2 at gmail dot com

Margie 10/27/12, 8:21 PM  

We like to make an easy lasagna recipe or fettucini alfredo with shrimp.
mtakala1 AT yahoo DOT com

Rebecca Shockley 10/27/12, 9:10 PM  

All my kid's love pasta with Ragu and they sleep through my nagging as well, arggg!

Terri P 10/27/12, 11:28 PM  

We make spiral noodle chili cheese bake with ragu and black beans!

Terri P
pr4gatheringroses AT gmail DOT com

Deanna G. 10/28/12, 9:01 AM  

I'd like to try the Ragú® Spaghetti Tacos.

calidreamin87 (at) gmail (dot) com

Roxy 10/28/12, 11:49 AM  

I'd like to try the Ragú No Boiling Lasagna recipe.

hockiemack at

Burning Moon 10/29/12, 10:10 PM  

We love making stuffed shells with ragu!

Mary Somerville 10/30/12, 2:09 PM  
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Mary Somerville 10/30/12, 2:11 PM  

Our favorite pasta night recipe is a sort of easy take on lasagna.I layer Ragu, Rotini, and a cheese filling made with Ricotta, Mozzarella, Parmesan and egg. Then bake!

lace 10/30/12, 2:41 PM  

We love lasagna made with Ragu sauce.

1porkchop 10/30/12, 2:54 PM  

We make a ton of casseroles, usually what we call cupboard clearing casseroles, where we just combine a ton of stuff from the cupboards. The two main ingredients we use are pasta and pasta sauce.

tina reynolds 10/30/12, 6:32 PM  

We love pepproni pasta bake thanks for the chance to win

Niko 10/30/12, 6:54 PM  

Thank you for the giveaway!

We love doing pasta, putting parm. cheese on top, then some ceaser, spaghetti, and a bit of italian dressing and mixing it all together. Yum!

Niko O.

1froglegs 10/30/12, 10:02 PM  

My favorite pasta dishes have al fredo sauce and a lot of breadsticks.

Lo 10/30/12, 10:33 PM  

My kids love good old-fashioned spaghetti with meatballs!

Michelle Spayde 10/30/12, 11:05 PM  

We love pasta! I'd like to try the RAGÚ® NO BOILING LASAGNA!

spayde.michelle AT

LAMusing 10/31/12, 1:05 AM  

I like Angel Hair Pasta - super fast to make and I can toss in a little shrimp.

Norma 10/31/12, 1:36 AM  

Every couple months or so I brown some hamburger, add it to sauce and freeze it in a few containers for a really quick dinner any time!
bingomamanorma at gmail dot com

Nancy 10/31/12, 7:52 AM  

We love spaghetti and it is our favorite family meal! When our kids were very little, they called it subaggi before they could pronounce spaghetti!

allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

Julie 10/31/12, 9:01 AM  

we love goulash :)

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