6 Month Supply of Ragu Pasta Sauce & Robin Miller Cookbook Giveaway!

Ragu Sweet Tomato Basil

No funny titles.  No sarcastic wisecracks. This is a serious post. Seriously….AWESOME!

Ok,  return to sober tone.

Money is tight.  Everywhere.  There appear to be a lot of very smart people whom I am inclined to trust, trying to solve this problem. But all of them are telling us that things are not going to improve overnight.  So until then (and in all likelihood for many years after), in many families, the buck stops with Mama. Big business seems finally hip to the fact that Mama makes the majority of the financial decisions, big and small.  Sure we are the ones researching and choosing Jayden and Maddy’s See Kai Run shoes, but we’re also the ones with the last word on vacation planning and automobile purchases.

Big purchases come along every once and a while, but every day we make little choices in the grocery store about what to put on our tables to feed our families.  Choices that affect not only our health but also our bank accounts.  It’s nice when we can make decisions that impact both in a positive way.

So maybe it’s time to take a second look at Ragu pasta sauces.  I have always preferred Ragu on my raviolis.  You can ask my mom. Ever since I was little raviolis have been my favorite food.  And I always liked the smooth texture and comforting flavor of Ragu with raviolis. Always.  As I wrote last week, I was recently invited to see Robin Miller of the Food Network’s popular show “Quick Fix Meals,” demo and shoot recipes created with Ragu’s new varieties of Old World Style sauce: Sweet Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce and Margherita Pasta Sauce. Tell me that they don’t sound good.  I got to interview Robin and ask her a few questions about cooking for toddlers (check out my post about raising adventurous eaters), and I also learned some kind of surprising things about Ragu that I’m going to share with you right now:

  • Ragu red sauces contain more than a full serving of vegetables in every half cup of pasta sauce.
  • Ragu red sauces are all natural and contain no artificial additives or preservatives.
  • Ragu red sauces are a good source of Vitamins A and C, contain lycopene, and have no cholesterol or trans fat.
  • Ragu pasta sauce is available at a suggested retail price of $2.34 for a 26 oz jar.  Probably more in New York. But that’s not Ragu’s fault.

Check out Ragu.com for budget-friendly recipes using Ragu and money-saving tips for eating well on a budget.

And thanks to the amazing people at Ragu, one Mama’s grocery shopping budget is going to get a little bit easier this year!  One lucky Babies Gotta Have It reader is going to win a Six Month Supply of Ragu Pasta Sauce and a copy of Robin Miller’s cookbook, “Robin to the Rescue: Quick and Simple Recipes for Delicious Home Cooking.” Like I said, seriously…AWESOME!

To Enter the Ragu Giveaway:

  • Take a swing by Ragu.com and check out their recipes.  Then, leave a comment on the post letting me know which one you would try first if you won and WHY (Make sure you include the WHY part.  This prize is so awesome…I will be definitely reading comments to make sure that everyone has entered correctly).  Entering is that easy!

***Want extra chances to win? Do anything listed below and leave me additional comments for each one letting me know what you did! Make sure you include your email address with your entry. Maximum of three entries per person.

  • Follow me on twitter (click the birdy button on the left to do so easily)
  • Blog this giveaway (send me the url so I can enjoy your post!)
  • Twitter this giveaway (I’ve even made it easy for you, just cut and paste): @BabiesGottaHavT is giving away a 6 month supply of Ragu! http://tinyurl.com/d35tgc
  • Subscribe to my blog using the button on the left
  • Email a friend about the giveaway and cc me in the message at babiesgottahaveit@gmail.com (I promise I will not spam you or your friends – cross my heart)

Giveaway only open to those with U.S. addresses. Giveaway begins on Thursday March 26th and ends on Sunday April 5th  at 11:59 Eastern Standard Time. On Monday April 6th Random.org will select a winner, and I’ll email you and announce it immediately. After my baby called Larry the Cable guy the last time she did a drawing, we have decided to take a little vacation from her choosing the winner. Random.org is in no way as cute and unpredictable as my baby, but it is much more efficient and does not use any pieces of paper, even recycled ones. I am sure you will understand. Thanks for entering!

UPDATE! Now you have two chances to win this great prize!  After you enter here…take a trip to Skimbaco the Lifestyle, meet the amazing Katja, and enter to win 6 months worth of Ragu there too!

UPDATE #2!  We have a winner.
“Result:  61”

Congratulations Shirley! Enjoy your cookbook and Ragu Pasta Sauce!

And may I say, so many of you mentioned the Spaghetti and Meatballs recipe that I decided to check it out…and it’s delicious.  So simple and quick.  Cooking the meatballs in the sauce instead of in a frying pan in oil makes them so moist and delicious!  My toddler loves them and I highly recommend them!


178 Responses so far

  1. 1

    reva skie said,

    April 1, 2009 @ 9:01 pm

    I tweeted. http://twitter.com/revaskie/status/1435366895

  2. 2

    reva skie said,

    April 1, 2009 @ 9:01 pm

    I added your feed to my google reader.

  3. 3

    Robyns Online World said,

    April 1, 2009 @ 9:49 pm

    You are right, great giveaway! I would try the NO FRYING EGGPLANT PARMESAN because I love eggplant parmesan, but honestly hate the messing frying part and it soaks up the oil and sometimes it just looks like a nightmare. The Ragu version looked healthier and SO much easier! We love Ragu already at our house so I’m glad to have some new recipes to try and a huge supply of Ragu would be awesome with the cost of groceries rising so quickly these days!

  4. 4

    Robyns Online World said,

    April 1, 2009 @ 9:53 pm

    I am following you on twitter @RobynsWorld

  5. 5

    Robyns Online World said,

    April 1, 2009 @ 10:18 pm

    I sent a tweet http://twitter.com/RobynsWorld/statuses/1435652948

  6. 6

    Carrie said,

    April 2, 2009 @ 12:16 am

    I would try the pizza pitas because they’re supposed to be quick and kid-friendly, which are the two main things I look for in food!

  7. 7

    Noreen said,

    April 2, 2009 @ 1:53 am

    Italian Cheese Steaks look yummy

  8. 8

    Karen said,

    April 2, 2009 @ 9:47 am

    I would try the spanish rice :)

    Thanks for the giveaway!!!

  9. 9

    Marie said,

    April 2, 2009 @ 1:23 pm

    I would make the Mamas Best Ever Spaghetti and Meatballs because my kids love Sphaghetti but I almost never make meatballs and they would probably really like that!

  10. 10

    Vickie Bartlett said,

    April 2, 2009 @ 4:41 pm

    I think the 1-2-3 CHICKEN CACCIATORE sounds good. The why, it also looks very quick and easy to make.

  11. 11

    Vickie Bartlett said,

    April 2, 2009 @ 4:46 pm

    Tweet tweet

  12. 12

    Vickie Bartlett said,

    April 2, 2009 @ 6:24 pm


  13. 13

    Maureen said,

    April 2, 2009 @ 8:14 pm

    Ok, Ragu and Robin Miller in the same giveaway, Amazing, I love Both…
    Ragu is always on my shopping list.
    I would love to try the Pizza Sloppy Joes, the Pizza, and oh so many other recipes.
    Thanks for this terrific giveaway… Really Ragu and Robiin Miller, just terrific.

  14. 14

    Lois Shores said,

    April 2, 2009 @ 10:30 pm

    The CHICKEN MARGHERITA because it looks good has only 5 ingredients and
    takes only 15 minutes

  15. 15

    Lois Shores said,

    April 2, 2009 @ 10:31 pm

    following on twitter

  16. 16

    Elissa said,

    April 2, 2009 @ 10:32 pm

    I would make the BAKED PASTA PRIMAVERA CASSEROLE. It has lots of veggies (healthy!) and cheese (yummy!)

  17. 17

    Lois Shores said,

    April 2, 2009 @ 10:32 pm

    I tweeted

  18. 18

    Pamela S said,

    April 3, 2009 @ 1:33 am

    I would try the “CHEDDAR TOMATO BACON TOASTS”.

    Why??? Because they sound incredibly easy & quick to make so would make a great quick snack when my husband or kids start complaining they’re hungry!

  19. 19

    Jessica R said,

    April 4, 2009 @ 12:19 am

    I have three picky boys and I think they would eat this. Baked ziti was a success and this is very similar.

  20. 20

    Vicki Wurgler said,

    April 4, 2009 @ 11:37 am

    First one would be the Ragu chili because that would be my husbands favorite meal! but the kids would say pizza dippin strips because they could eat pizza daily and they do not care for chili

  21. 21

    Carolsue said,

    April 4, 2009 @ 6:31 pm

    I’d try the BAKED PASTA PRIMAVERA CASSEROLE cause it sounds pretty healthy.

  22. 22

    Carolsue said,

    April 4, 2009 @ 6:36 pm

    I posted on my blog

  23. 23

    Carolsue said,

    April 4, 2009 @ 6:37 pm

    I just subscribed on Google Reader

  24. 24

    Lauren said,

    April 4, 2009 @ 7:56 pm

    I think I would first try the Chicken Margherita recipe because I just love the flavor combination of tomato, basil, and mozzarella.

  25. 25

    Kathleen C said,

    April 5, 2009 @ 4:52 pm

    Unstuffed peppers. My kids don’t like the whole peppers in regular stuffed peppers but do eat them if they are chopped up in a recipe. So this will be perfect for them.

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    Janet F said,

    April 5, 2009 @ 11:09 pm

    I would make the RAGU NO FRYING CHICKEN PARMESAN first because it looks quick and easy to make. I have been frying my chicken and this looks like a healthier way to make it.

    Thank You!

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

  27. 27

    Janet F said,

    April 5, 2009 @ 11:13 pm

    I sent a tweet:

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

  28. 28

    Janet F said,

    April 5, 2009 @ 11:14 pm

    I subscribed with Blog Lines.

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

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