There is something about eating food with the people I love that makes me very happy. Since the very first time my mother let me into the kitchen to help her cook dinner I have felt the joy that comes from seeing full bellies and happy faces at the dinner table after a good meal.
I think my fondest memories as a child and now as a mother are centered around the dinner table. I am a firm believer that you do not have to travel the world and spend a lot of money to make the best memories and have the happiest of lives. A simple, homestyle meal is all that is needed to spark a fabulous conversation or to evoke a table of laughter.
We had seven people in our family growing up. There was a lot of work to do to feed a big family. My mom encouraged me to be in the kitchen assisting with cooking meals and eventually making dinner myself. She gave me little jobs like washing veggies and stirring batters at first. I worked my way up to standing at the stove with her close by and chopping veggies with her watchful eye making sure I kept my fingers out of the way.
I learned to take pride in my cooking at a young age. Our meals did not have to be a fancy, complicated to be a winner in our family. Just good, delicious, simple food on the table is all it took to make my family happy and me beaming with pride at my creations.
Now that I have my own big family… EIGHT!… I feel even more pride and satisfaction when I serve my family delicious meals. When we all sit at the dinner table there is a nostalgia of when I was growing up and learning to serve my family. I am so excited to have my own children in the kitchen with me now, learning to stir, and chop, and measure.
I can’t wait for the day Jimmy serves his first meal that he made all by himself! He already is so proud of what he can do in the kitchen. Someday, I hope he will carry on our homestyle cooking and teach his kids pride in cooking good food and serve his families meals simmered in tradition.
This Garlic Italian Roast is made with RAGU® Homestyle Thick and Hearty Roasted Garlic Sauce and slowly simmered in a slow cooker. It tastes like you slaved all day in the kitchen. But in truth, it is very simple to put together and turn on the slow cooker. This sauce hugs the pasta and you can taste the attention to herbs in the RAGU sauce. Their new line of Homestyle Sauces is just delicious! Our pantry is stocked with them to make dinner delicious and simple any day of the week. Make sure you visit RAGU and learn more about their new Homestyle Sauces and find a taste of home.
- 1 large Onion, sliced
- 1 lb Mushrooms, sliced
- 2-3 cloves Garlic, chopped
- 1 tsp Beef Bouillon
- 3-4 lb Chuck Roast
- 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
- 2/3 tsp Salt
- 1 tsp Garlic Powder
- 1 tbsp Olive Oil
- 2 jars RAGU Homestyle Thick and Hearty Roasted Garlic Sauce
- Grated Parmesan Cheese (for garnish)
- Chopped fresh Basil (for garnish)
- 1 lb cooked Pasta of choice
- Place sliced onions, mushrooms, garlic, and bouillon in bottom of slow cooker.
- Heat a large skillet with olive oil.
- Season roast with pepper, salt, & garlic powder on both sides of meat.
- Sear roast in hot skillet on both sides.
- Place roast in slow cooker.
- Cover roast with RAGU sauce.
- Cover slow cooker and simmer on low for 7-8 hours.
- Remove and shred meat.
- Return to slow cooker and combine with sauce.
- Pour shredded roast and sauce over pasta in a large bowl.
- Garnish with parmesan cheese and basil.
Happy Homestyle Eating!
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