Classic Italian Meals for On-The-Go Families: Ragu(R) Skip-A-Step Recipes and Simple Tips

Apr 23, 2001, 01:00 ET from The Lipton Kitchens

    ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., April 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Parents should know that
 there are plenty of great tips and recipes available to help them prepare
 easy, kid-friendly meals -- allowing them more time to spend with their
 families, says Lynn McAndrew, Senior Home Economist, The Lipton Kitchens.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010423/NYFNSN01 )
     McAndrew gives Ragu's No Boiling Lasagna as an example, as it is full of
 flavor and a simple way to make a classic family favorite a tradition again in
 today's fast-paced society.  Visit www.eat.com for other quick tips and
 recipes.
     "Ragu's skip-a-step recipes have only five to six ingredients, take 10
 minutes to prepare and omit time-consuming steps like boiling pasta or frying
 chicken," says McAndrew.
     Classic Italian meals like lasagna, chicken parmesan and baked ziti are
 favorite kid-pleasers in many families and, based on information from the U.S.
 Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Guide Pyramid for Young Children, a
 half-cup of tomato-based pasta sauce also provides a daily serving of
 vegetables.
     Less than one-half of American households make a hot meal once a day. More
 than one-third of families today have two working members, and between their
 jobs, school and extracurricular activities, there is not much time left for
 family dinners.
     Since most kids like tomato pasta sauce, this is a realistic and easy way
 to incorporate another serving of vegetables into their meals, according to
 McAndrew.
 
      No Boiling Lasagna
 
      12 servings, Prep Time: 10 min., Cook Time: 70 min.
 
      2 containers (15 oz. ea.) ricotta cheese
      2 eggs
      2 cups (about 8 oz.) shredded mozzarella cheese
      1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
      2 jars (26 oz. ea.) Ragu(R) Robusto(TM) Pasta Sauce (reserve 1 cup sauce)
      12 uncooked lasagna noodles
 
     1.  Preheat oven to 375..  Combine ricotta, eggs, 1 cup mozzarella and
         1/4 cup Parmesan.
     2.  In 13" x 9" baking dish, spread 1 cup sauce.  Layer 4 uncooked
         noodles, 1 cup sauce and 1/2 of ricotta mixture; repeat.  Top with
         4 uncooked noodles and sauce.
     3.  Cover with foil; bake 1 hour.  Remove foil; sprinkle with remaining
         cheeses.  Bake uncovered 10 minutes.  Let stand 10 minutes.  Serve
         with reserved sauce, heated.
 
     * For a twist, add 2 cups cooked ground beef to sauce.
 
     For more recipes visit www.eat.com.
 
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    ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., April 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Parents should know that
 there are plenty of great tips and recipes available to help them prepare
 easy, kid-friendly meals -- allowing them more time to spend with their
 families, says Lynn McAndrew, Senior Home Economist, The Lipton Kitchens.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010423/NYFNSN01 )
     McAndrew gives Ragu's No Boiling Lasagna as an example, as it is full of
 flavor and a simple way to make a classic family favorite a tradition again in
 today's fast-paced society.  Visit www.eat.com for other quick tips and
 recipes.
     "Ragu's skip-a-step recipes have only five to six ingredients, take 10
 minutes to prepare and omit time-consuming steps like boiling pasta or frying
 chicken," says McAndrew.
     Classic Italian meals like lasagna, chicken parmesan and baked ziti are
 favorite kid-pleasers in many families and, based on information from the U.S.
 Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Guide Pyramid for Young Children, a
 half-cup of tomato-based pasta sauce also provides a daily serving of
 vegetables.
     Less than one-half of American households make a hot meal once a day. More
 than one-third of families today have two working members, and between their
 jobs, school and extracurricular activities, there is not much time left for
 family dinners.
     Since most kids like tomato pasta sauce, this is a realistic and easy way
 to incorporate another serving of vegetables into their meals, according to
 McAndrew.
 
      No Boiling Lasagna
 
      12 servings, Prep Time: 10 min., Cook Time: 70 min.
 
      2 containers (15 oz. ea.) ricotta cheese
      2 eggs
      2 cups (about 8 oz.) shredded mozzarella cheese
      1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
      2 jars (26 oz. ea.) Ragu(R) Robusto(TM) Pasta Sauce (reserve 1 cup sauce)
      12 uncooked lasagna noodles
 
     1.  Preheat oven to 375..  Combine ricotta, eggs, 1 cup mozzarella and
         1/4 cup Parmesan.
     2.  In 13" x 9" baking dish, spread 1 cup sauce.  Layer 4 uncooked
         noodles, 1 cup sauce and 1/2 of ricotta mixture; repeat.  Top with
         4 uncooked noodles and sauce.
     3.  Cover with foil; bake 1 hour.  Remove foil; sprinkle with remaining
         cheeses.  Bake uncovered 10 minutes.  Let stand 10 minutes.  Serve
         with reserved sauce, heated.
 
     * For a twist, add 2 cups cooked ground beef to sauce.
 
     For more recipes visit www.eat.com.
 
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