Now that I am a Mother, I realize how important holiday traditions are for families. As a child you don’t truly appreciate them…but once your an adult- those traditions make up a huge part of “your story”. It’s the traditions you will never forget, the ones you will reminisce about and pass down to your children. When I was 10 years old, my grandmother fell in love with an amazing man, Joseph and he inherited our little family. In return, we inherited a new Italian heritage, new traditions, and an amazing Grandfather.
Joseph is the kind of Italian man that is passionate about his family and about his food- especially his Italian food! Oh, man how I loved his Olio! Every year in December, the kids would go over to Grandma and Papa Joe’s house for tree decorating, Christmas music, and hand made pizza. We are going on 20 years of tradition here……..
From my sister, brother and I, to now my children.
It doesn’t get any better than Christmas tree decorating and pizza making! This year in our own home, I decided to bring in a little Italian to remember by heritage (the inherited kind). And while I won’t be simmering my own sauce……….we will be #SimmeringinTradition! For our Italiano recipe we went with America’s number one brand;Ragu pasta sauce!
Ragu has it’s own story as well- a tradition special to them. Ragu was founded by Assunta Cantisano, a woman who came to the US from Italy during the Great Depression with a passion for cooking. She was a single Mom with sooo much going against her but not a single thing stopping her! She never let her situation compromise her sauce integrity, and brought the best pasta sauce to the table and made Ragu what it is today! Made with fresh ingredients, simmered in layers of flavor……Ragu never contains artificial ingredients or corn syrup. It’s something I am proud to serve my little ones. * For more great info on the Ragu founder….click HERE!*
This weekend we are getting everything finished for the Christmas season, so I whipped up these easy Lasagna Cups in 30 minutes total!! These make little mess and are really easy for kids to eat, the last thing I need right now is messes! They would be great for large family parties or just great for Christmas tree decorating day 🙂 I love bringing a little bit of my childhood tradition into my own home with my family.
These Italian Lasagna cups are layered with Ragu pasta sauce, spinach, mozzarella and ricotta cheese!
Want to make these yourself using Ragu pasta sauce? Print out our recipe card for your collection!
- Ragu pasta sauce
- won ton wrappers
- ricotta cheese
- Italian seasoning
- frozen spinach
- fresh spinach
- Mix together in a bowl 1 cup of ricotta, 1 cup mozzarella, 1 tablespoon garlic, salt and pepper, Italian seasoning and as much spinach as you would like, In a greased muffin tin- layer your lasagna starting with a won ton wrapper (found in produce section in Publix). Won ton wrapper......Ragu....ricotta.....won ton wrapper.....Ragu......ricotta....fresh spinach leaves......mozzarella.
- Cook at 350 for 15-20 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and edges are brown 🙂
What do your traditions look like? Do they include delicious food passed down throughout the generations? Enjoy the holidays and embrace your traditions!