This time of the year the holiday traditions are packed away in the garage and the families get ready for the Big Games. Seems like every weekend there is some sort of sporting event to get excited for. In our house we have sports on the brain and on the TV pretty much every weekend. Poor kids; daddy won't share the TV! Now, I am going to be honest with you, I don't care a bit about the sports that are on TV, instead I think about hosting the best Big Game party for our friends and family! Hosting is the best part - meal planning, decorating and of course the kitchen visiting.
My biggest issue with hosting these great parties is the timing - usually the Big Games are in the evening. Dinnertime with kids means we need to provide more than chips and salsa for our menu and just any other day, I do not want to spend a ton of time around the stove preparing a meal.
Introducing our new favorite Game Day menu item - Pizza Baked Potatoes. This recipe is a whole meal without having to spend a ton of time in front of the oven. When I first came up with this idea, I was literally holding a jar of RAGÚ®
Homestyle Traditional Pasta Sauce while looking at some potatoes on my counter. It's like it was meant to be.
Pizza Baked Potatoes
Free Printable Recipe here.
RAGÚ Homestyle Traditional Pasta Sauce
Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
Optional: any other pizza toppings
1. Prepare potatoes to be baked. I do mine in the oven, slightly oiled.
2. Place potatoes on a foil lined baking pan; preheat oven to 400 degrees.
3. Once potatoes are baked, slice them open in order for them to be filled with sauce and toppings.
4. Pour about 3 TBSP of RAGÚ Homestyle Traditional Pasta Sauce into the potatoes.
5. Sprinkle shredded Mozzarella cheese over the sauce.
6. Place pepperoni and any other pizza toppings on top of the cheese.
7. Bake Pizza Baked Potatoes at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.
8. Remove from oven and serve while hot. Enjoy!
Although, this might seem like an adult Big Game meal option, I will let you know that this creative spin on a kid favorite is a hit in my house. It is so much fun to think of new recipes using traditional household favorites like RAGÚ pasta sauce.
Big Game Party Tip:
Create a Pizza Baked Potato bar to allow your guests a little freedom with their Big Game meal. Set out prepared baked potatoes along with sauce and all the toppings in bowls on a bar or table. Instruct your guests to add sauce and toppings to their baked potato and then the hostess can pop them in the oven while the game is on.
Super easy tip but this will have your guests in awe over your Big Game Party hosting skills!
Start your creative Big Game spread planning by heading to your local Kroger like I did. You can find your favorite RAGÚ pasta sauces and get cooking! I told Jeremy that we have to start thinking of other non-pasta dishes using these great RAGÚ sauces that come in three other varities - RAGÚ Homestyle Cheese Pasta Sauce, RAGÚ Homestyle Meat Pasta Sauce, and RAGÚ Homestyle Roasted Garlic Sauce. There are so many possibilities and so many of them could be great for any upcoming parties like the Big Game.
Why do we choose RAGÚ?
This is a Homestyle Pasta Sauce I can feel good about serving my family and friends!
What #Ragutailgating non-pasta dishes will you create using RAGÚ pasta sauces for The Big Game?
Be sure to download the coupon for $0.75 off any ONE RAGÚ Homestyle Pasta Sauce today!