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Easy Dairy Free and Egg Free Pasta Sauce Recipe

This dairy free and egg free pasta sauce recipe has been a favourite of mine since I was about 18 years old.  When I first left home, pasta became a huge part of my diet.  From making spaghetti bolognaise to my favourite pasta and sauce dishes, I have continued to make many pasta dishes over the years.  I was asked to write about this dish as a part of the Belling’s Cooking in Style campaign.  You can find more wonderful recipes by searching for the hashtag  #GoodLookingCooking on social media.

I’ve always dreamed of having one of the Belling range ovens to enable me to create new dishes.  I love that these come in different colours too.

The Problem with Pre-made Pasta Sauces

After finally figuring out that I had some food intolerances, I realised that many of the pasta sauces I was using actually contained some of the foods I was intolerant to.  I can’t have cows’ milk (unless it is a2 milk), eggs, bell peppers or chilli peppers (including paprika).  It is very difficult to find pasta sauces that don’t contain these foods.

As a result, I have spent some time devising my own pasta sauce recipes that are just as quick and easy as the store bought sauces.

Easy Dairy Free and Egg Free Pasta Sauce Recipe

Enjoy your dairy free and egg free pasta!

Serves 3


200g dried pasta
Tin of chopped tomatoes
6 rashers of bacon, cut into squares
1 tsp dried oregano
2 tsp vegetable oil
A pinch of salt and pepper


1. Add 1 tsp vegetable oil into a pan of boiling water. Add the pasta and leave to cook until al dente.
2. Fry the bacon in 1 tsp oil.
3. Put the chopped tomatoes, oregano, salt and pepper into the pan with the bacon. Leave to simmer on a medium heat.
4. Drain the pasta and add to the sauce.
5. Stir the sauce to cover the pasta.
6. Serve and enjoy!

Dairy free and egg free homemade pasta sauce ingredients: chopped tomatoes, black pepper and dried oregano.
Dairy free and egg free homemade pasta sauce ingredients.
Fry the bacon and cook the pasta.
Fry the bacon and cook the pasta.

Tasty, quick and easy pasta sauce recipe. Enjoy!

A Fantastic Dish for Students, After Work and After School

I found this a great recipe to use as a student.  It  is also a quick, easy and filling meal to make after work when I have very little time between getting home and starting to work from home again during the evening.  My children also love this dish.  They always clean their plates when we have this after school.

My children love helping me to measure out the pasta (I am not good at this as I always put way too much in. It’s a good job they are there to help me get it right), as well as to mix the ingredients for the sauce.  H often makes sure she taste tests the pasta before I serve it.

Alternative Pasta Sauces to Try

This pasta sauce recipe lends itself to having more vegetables added to it.  In the past, I have added grated carrot to it, sliced carrot also works well.  Broccoli and chopped onion with a hint of crushed garlic are also tasty additions to this dish.  Also, I have, on occasion, swapped the oregano for basil that gives this a different flavour even though the base ingredients are the same.

This dish is so versatile, family and allergy friendly that it is a recipe that we will continue to use again and again throughout the coming years.  Maybe one day, it will be a dish that my children can cook when they leave home.


Disclosure: This is a Collaborative Post.

School Bake Sale Cakes for Children in Need 2016

This evening, we have been baking cupcakes for the school bake sale for Children in Need 2016.  Each child was given a paper plate to fill with cakes ready for the sale to raise money tomorrow.

School Bake Sale Cakes for Children in Need 2016

We really enjoy baking cakes.  These dairy free and egg free red velvet cakes are our favourites.  You can read more about our cake baking here.

We made the red velvet cup cakes and let them cool.

We waited for the cakes to cool then covered them with buttercream icing.  I decided to use plain buttercream rather than putting food colouring in it.  I thought that it would help the sprinkles to stand out more for these cakes.  As Children in Need usually means lots of spots, we decided hundreds and thousands would be a great choice.  We also added some lovely colourful dried flowers, although these do look a little bit like feathers. Continue reading School Bake Sale Cakes for Children in Need 2016

Delicious Dairy Free and Egg Free Apple Pie Recipe

Delicious and simple dairy free and egg free apple pie recipe.

After spending time picking up fallen apples from my Gran’s apple tree, we blanched some then made this delicious apple pie recipe.  This recipe has always been made by Gran and Mum so I am carrying on the tradition by making it for my children.  They both really enjoy tasting this recipe.

Apple Pie Recipe

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How to Blanch Apples

How to blanch apples this autumn.

It is that wonderful time of year again, where collecting fallen apples and making apple pie is a must.  My son absolutely loves apple pies, especially when we have been able to collect the fallen apples from his Great Gran’s apple tree.  Here is how to blanch apples.  My Mum has been doing it this way, for what seems like, forever.

What to do if you have too many apples: how to blanch apples

We managed to collect a few too many this year.  We really don’t like seeing food go to waste.   I peeled, cored and blanched the apples that were spare. Continue reading How to Blanch Apples

Most Popular Blog Posts for September

Most Popular Blog Posts for September family, lifestyle, reviews, food and recipe blog posts.As the new school year has started and we are getting into our new routines, I thought that looking through out most popular blog posts for September would be a great idea to help me get back into the routine of blogging.  September has been a hectic month for my family, which has meant that blogging has taken a bit of a back seat.  Now that things are settling down, I am excited at the prospect of having more time to write blog posts.

Although I have been away from this blog for a little while, my posts have still be read and shared so thank you all for stopping by.   Here are the most popular blog posts for September on Dillydrops Blog.

Popular Family Posts

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