Easy Hawaiian Upside-Down Deep Dish Pizza Recipe ~ Ragu #NewTraDish

What are your favorite meals to cook? I love experimenting with new recipes, and this Ragu Hawaiian Upside Down Deep Dish Pizza Recipe is perfect for a quick, satisfying for the entire family.  It was easy to prepare, tasted great and everyone loved it!

My friends at Ragú asked me to put a unique twist on a recipe from Ragu.com. There were so many amazing recipes to choose from, but I was drawn to the recipe for the Upside Down Deep Dish Pizza.  When I think of pizza, "Hawaiian" is one of our family favorites. So, I decided to add diced ham and pineapple to this recipe and it was even better than I imagined it to be.

As a mom who is always trying to get my family to eat more veggies, it's great to know that each jar of Ragú Old World Style Traditional Sauce is made with 11 juicy tomatoes making it Ragú's thickest, richest sauce. 

Here are the ingredients for my Hawaiian Upside Down Deep Dish Pizza

  • 1 lb. very lean Ground Beef (I used the kind that was 96% fat free) You could substitute Ground Turkey too.
  • 1 jar (1 lb. 8 oz.) Ragú® Old World Style® Traditional Pasta Sauce
  • 10 ounces of Pineapple Tidbits (very well drained)
  • 4 ounces of cooked diced Ham 
  • 2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1 can (13.8 oz.) refrigerated pizza dough

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Preheat oven to 375°. Brown ground beef in large nonstick skillet and drain any excess fat.
  2. Stir in Pasta Sauce and bring to a boil; turn into 2-quart deep dish pie plate or baking dish.
  3. Top with pineapple tidbots and diced ham, then cheese. Place pizza dough over dish, sealing edges tightly.
  4. Bake 20 minutes or until crust is golden. Let stand 10 minutes.

It's that easy!

To make it even simpler, the ground beef mixture can be even be cooked ahead of time and refrigerated in the baking dish until assembly time. Just heat it in the microwave until hot before topping and baking.  Perfect for those busy nights when we're coming home from a sports practice around dinner time!

If you're family likes ham and pineapple pizza, I think they'll really like this recipe. It was hot, rich and very satisfying! Plus, it was so easy to make, that it didn't leave me with a mess in the kitchen - which I love too!

Visit Facebook.com/RaguSauce for more quick, easy and delicious recipe ideas.

Check out the Ragú Better and Better Sweepstakes for a chance to win Italian themed prizes and a trip to Venice, Italy, for a family of four! www.RaguSweeps.com


Try Hockey for Free on March 1st, 2014

Any parent who has ever had a child play hockey knows that it can be a huge investment of time and money, so you really want to make sure your child is committed before signing up. A couple of years ago, my son begged us to play hockey. My husband and I let him give it a try, only to find out that it wasn't his cup of tea.  Over time, he has found other sports which he loves, and now enjoys watching hockey games from the sidelines instead.

Does your son or daughter want to try playing hockey? Thanks to the Try Hockey for Free program, your kids across the U.S. can have a free hockey session before you take the leap to skating lessons or team sign ups.

As part of the NHL's Come Play Hockey Month, ice rinks across the U.S. will be hosting programs for kids to try hockey for FREE!  This is a great opportunity for your child, between the ages of 4 to 9,  to get on the ice and learn more about the sport. 
These FREE hockey trial sessions will take place on Saturday, March 1, 2014.  
To learn more and find a location near you, go to the Try Hockey for Free website.  All locations have a limited amount of equipment available for use so you will need to register as soon as possible.

Get Ready for the Olympics: Movies, Books & Crafts for Kids


Do you remember watching the movie Cool Runnings when you were a kid? Both my husband and I fondly remember watching this movie and we were thought it was the perfect time to share it with our kids, since the Winter Olympics are about to begin.

My sons are 5 and 8 and they both loved this movie which is based on the true story of four Jamaica athletes and their their journey to the Winter Olympics. There a few words in the movie that may not be appropriate for small kids, but overall, this movie is really funny and entertaining. It's a positive story about athletes who face so much adversity, but never give up.  It's definitely a winner in our house, and I have a feeling we will be watching Cool Runnings over and over again this winter.

Are you excited for the Olympics too? Here are 10 Movies, Books and Crafts based on Winter Sports and Olympics that should keep the kids busy. (Some of the following are affiliate links)





Flash Ticket Giveaway: Tickets to Ringling Bros. Circus in Philadelphia

A few days ago, I told you how Chick-fil-A has partnered with the Barnum and Bailey Circus to promote their new Legends tour. We have gone to the show the past couple of years and the kids love it!

This year, the Circus will be in Philadelphia from February 12, 2013 through February 16, 2014 at the Wells Fargo Center and it's a great chance to get out of the house and do something different.

The Show Dates & Times Are:
Wed, Feb 12 - 7:00PM
Thu, Feb 13 - 10:30AM ,  7:00PM
Fri, Feb 14 - 10:30AM ,  7:00PM
Sat, Feb 15 - 11:00AM ,  3:00PM ,  7:00PM
Sun, Feb 16 - 11:00AM ,  3:00PM ,  7:00PM

In another city? Check here to see if the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey's circus is coming to your area.

Do you want to buy discounted tickets to thePhiladelphia show?  Enter the promo code BLOG to save money on your purchase of tickets. Go here to purchase tickets to the circus.

Want to win tickets?

One of my lucky readers will win 4 tickets to the Philadelphia Barnum & Bailey® Legends show - Valid for either: Wednesday, Feb 12th at 7pm, Thursday, Feb. 13 at 10:30am or 3pm, or Friday February 14th at 10:30 am.

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