In our family, food is our love language. My husband and I have known each other since I was in high school, he’s the one who taught me how to cook and I completely owe everything I know to him.
We never really took on traditional roles in our marriage until our daughter was born, and our attachment parenting lifestyle made it difficult for me to work. So I stayed home while he worked and took over domestic duties– and at the same time, created this blog, forever ago.
Although it was never really my priority before, now that I stay home full time (and work from home full time) I’ve come to really embrace my duties as a homemaker. So seriously, all of this stuff is still pretty new to me. My husband comes from a more traditional family, one where food has also played an integral role his entire life.
Since I’ve been being more mindful of what I eat, and I prepare all of the meals in our house, my family has grown accustomed to lots of salads and veggies, lighter fare. I wanted to create something fun for my husband that was different than how I typically cooked. I came up with this easy but hearty stew as a play on one of the foods that he grew up eating– traditional beef stew– but a more manly version. A beefed up version, if you’ll pardon my pun 😉
This recipe uses Ragu Grilled Steak pasta sauce + fresh beef + bacon. Because.. it’s a manly stew, remember?
If you’re not familiar with the Ragu story, it all began in 1914, when Assunta Cantisano came to America from Naples, Italy, with little more than a delicious family recipe to her name. Assunta stayed true to her upbringing and literally put down roots—planting her own backyard garden that would ultimately put her Italian family’s beloved sauce recipe on the map.
By the ‘50s and ‘60s, Ragú had become a staple in many American kitchens. Today, Assunta’s commitment to quality in every jar of Ragu is a time-honored tradition. For the past 35 years, Ragu has been made with 100% vine-ripened, California tomatoes grown and picked from family farms and then carefully cooked to perfection.
In keeping up with its origin, I paired the sauce with tons of fresh onions, garlic and mushrooms. Throw it all in a crockpot and you have a delicious, affordable and filling meal for your family that contains farm-grown ingredients and No.No.No (no artificial flavors, no artificial flavors and no high fructose corn syrup)!