Today I want to talk about family traditions and and how important they are. I was born in New Orleans, and am a proud Cajun. I enjoy spicy food, and thankfully the rest of my family does too. We moved away when I was young but we would come back to Louisiana to visit our family in the summer. Visiting my aunt and uncle was at the top of my list of favorite things to do. My uncle would cook the best seafood dishes in the world and I still remember how delicious they were and how much I loved spending time with him. My aunt always had the best sweet tea and made the most savory gumbo that I have ever eaten. If you’ve ever had authentic gumbo, you’ll know that it’s fantastic. I love the one-of-a-kind delicious flavors of Louisiana cooking. There is really nothing else quite like it.
Even though my aunt and uncle are no longer with us, I still love to serve my aunt’s wonderful Chicken and Sausage Gumbo to my own family on cold winter days. It smells heavenly as it simmers, and it has a way of warming up our hearts as well as our tummies. However, sometimes a busy mom needs a few shortcuts to save a little time. That’s where Ragu pasta sauce comes in. Ragu saves me time in the kitchen and adds an amazing zest to my favorite family gumbo recipe.
Ragu pasta sauces are an affordable way to save me time in the kitchen. I can rest assured that there are no artificial flavors or fructose corn syrup and the ingredients are farm grown. The sauces are slow simmered to perfection so I know they’ll make any recipe a huge success.
Now, I’d like to share our family favorite Chicken and Sausage Gumbo recipe made just a little easier with Ragu pasta sauce!
1/4 cup oil
1/4 cup flour
1 chopped green pepper
3/4 cup chopped celery
1 small onion, chopped
2 cups cooked chopped chicken
1 lb. smoked sausage, sliced
1 26 oz. jar Ragu Pasta Sauce (any flavor)
1 32 oz. carton chicken broth
1 tablespoon Worcestershire
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon soy sauce
2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning (add more or less to taste)
- Heat the oil in a large pot over medium to high heat. Add flour and stir constantly until mixture turns a golden brown color.
2. Reduce heat to low and add green pepper, celery, and onion. Cook for about 10 minutes or until tender, stirring frequently.
3. Add chicken broth, smoked sausage, cooked chicken, and jar of Ragu pasta sauce. Stir to combine.
4. Add remaining ingredients and simmer for about 25 minutes.
5. Serve this delicious gumbo over hot cooked rice or with fresh bread. For a little extra kick, add a dash or two of your favorite hot sauce.
This gumbo is a great family tradition that I am thrilled to pass down to my own children, and now Ragu pasta sauce makes it even easier for this busy family.
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What is your favorite family meal?