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Rich And Meaty Sloppy Joes

Contributed by: NAPSA

Good Food And Good Friends: The Recipe For Tailgating Fun

(NAPSA) - During football season, while the games are cause for excitement,
Rich And Meaty Sloppy Joes
tailgating is a big part of the appeal. In fact, a recent national survey shows that 55 percent of people actually find tailgating at home or at the stadium to be more fun. To help fans throughout the season, Ragu and John Madden have teamed up to offer tailgating tips, advice and easy recipes guaranteed to score a touchdown.

"The football teams that win are the ones that have a game plan, and that goes for tailgating as well," says Madden. "You need to have a winning attitude, and be prepared to tackle all aspects of tailgating, whether it's preparing the right food or bringing the right mix of people."

Madden, a champion tailgater himself, offers these tips for the perfect tailgate:

  • Plan, Pack and Party: With any good party, success is in the details. But, when it comes to tailgating, 48 percent of people don't plan in advance, according to the tailgating survey. Madden recommends putting together a guest list and dividing responsibilities among you and your friends. Write down all the essentials, including food, beverages, coolers, trash bags and bottle openers and pack them in your vehicle the night before. Be sure to plan for unexpected weather conditions with rain or cold weather gear.

  • Share and Share Alike: Bring more than enough food to feed the crew. Nothing ruins a good tailgating party like running out of grub. And, there's no better way to make new friends than to share your food with fellow tailgaters. For fun, swap recipes and leftovers with your tailgating neighbors after the game.

  • Have No Fear, the Food is Here: Make your party an off-the-field hit this season with food that's easy to prepare, creative and hearty, such as Ragu's Sloppy Joes and Calzones. These fast and easy meals made with Ragu Rich & Meaty Meat Sauce can be prepared right before you head to the stadium and allow you to skip the steps of thawing and browning meat, which means less time preparing food and more time for pre-game partying.


  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 cups chopped red bell pepper
  • 2 jars Ragu Rich & Meaty Mama's Meat Sauce
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh basil leaves or 2 tsp. dried basil leaves, crushed (optional)
  • 12 soft Italian rolls or (6-in.) hero rolls, toasted
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (about 8 oz.)


In 4-qt. saucepan, heat olive oil over medium-high heat and cook red pepper, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes or until tender.

Stir in Meat Sauce and basil. Bring to a boil over high heat.

Reduce heat to medium and simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally, 3 minutes or until heated through.

Serve on rolls, sprinkle with cheese.

Taste Tested Recipe from The Ragu Kitchens

Serving Size: Makes 12 Servings

Nutritional Information: Prep time: 10 min. - Cook time: 10 min.



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