Traditions are all around us, wouldn’t you agree? Everything from birthdays to holidays carry with them traditions passed down from previous generations. The kitchen is no different, we gain experience from our elders and take recipes from our ancestors to our families as part of our heritage. I vividly remember the smells of Sunday dinner coming from my grandmother’s kitchen. Her cooking was simple yet always comforting, those smells are ingrained in me for life.
The simplicity of my grandmothers cooking is something I have taken to heart in preparing meals for my family. I tend to make easy, non-complicated dishes that are family friendly such as this Sausage Ziti Casserole! This is a wonderfully delicious meal that’s full of simmered in tradition flavors thanks to Ragu pasta sauce. Yes, Ragu! I bet you have a jar or two in your pantry right now, I sure do.
The simmered in tradition history of Ragu all begins with Assunta Cantisano. If you’re not familiar with her name, let me tell you why you should be. Assunta Cantisano was a woman with a dream! A dream which resulted in her recipes being available on grocery stores shelves for over 80 years now. She carefully transported her treasured family recipes on her voyage to America. Recipes that are chock full of vine-ripened tomatoes, spices and herbs. Ragu pasta sauce is indeed simmered in the tradition of Assunta Cantisano’s Italian heritage. Ragu has become America’s number one pasta sauce and is conveniently packaged for us to take home and use in our own kitchens, all thanks to a woman with a dream. You can read more about her remarkable story by clicking HERE!
I’m continuing the tradition of making delicious home cooked meals for my family. Ragu is a pantry staple which helps me incorporate the simmered in tradition flavors which bring dishes to life and make my family happy. This Sausage Ziti Casserole reminds me of all the traditions and heritage that have been passed down from generation to generation to us, resulting in deliciously comforting food that brings families together.