Sim­ple, sa­vory recipes for busy fam­i­lies

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Back-to-school sea­son means plenty of evening hours spent com­plet­ing home­work, at­tend­ing ex­tracur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties and pre­par­ing to re­peat the school-day rou­tine the next day. For many fam­i­lies, hav­ing time to pre­pare and cook qual­ity, nu­tri­tious meals can be next to im­pos­si­ble.

In­stead of choos­ing be­tween valu­able fam­ily time and hours spent in the kitchen, RAGÚ blog­ger, fit­ness en­thu­si­ast and busy mom Jamie Krauss Hess rec­om­mends stock­ing up on go-to pantry sta­ples you feel good about and in­clud­ing them in quick, nu­tri­tious recipes ev­ery­one can en­joy to­gether.

Try recipes such as Mini Tur­key Sloppy Joes, which swap out beef for ground tur­key to pro­vide a fla­vor­ful al­ter­na­tive while of­fer­ing a spe­cial twist to a clas­sic fam­ily fa­vorite. Quinoa Penne with Sa­vory Tomato-Basil Sauce can hit the spot with just a hand­ful of in­gre­di­ents. Or, if the lit­tle ones clamor for a more kid-friendly dish and the adults don’t mind a throw­back to child­hood, Grown-Up Tomato Mac and Cheese can pro­vide the best of both worlds.

All three recipes take less than an hour to make and fea­ture RAGÚ Sim­ply pasta sauces, which are made with 100 per­cent olive oil and con­tain no added sugar. They’re avail­able in four va­ri­eties in­clud­ing: Tra­di­tional, Chunky Mari­nara, Chunky Gar­den Vegetable and Fla­vored with Meat. By us­ing sim­ple in­gre­di­ents like Cal­i­for­nia vine-ripened toma­toes, car­rots, bell pep­pers, zuc­chini, onions and spices, the re­sult is a tastetempt­ing sauce with recipe ver­sa­til­ity.

Find more fam­ily-pleas­ing and sim­ple-topre­pare recipes ideal for busy school nights at

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