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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.


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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

Easy Dairy Free and Egg Free Lasagne Recipe

#liveslow Dairy Free and Egg Free Lasagne Recipe http://dillydrops.co.ukI have not been able to find and easy dairy free and egg free lasagne recipe so I thought that I’d make one myself.  This one is based on a recipe that my Mum has made for years but is tailored to my food intolerances.  It does not contain dairy, eggs, bell peppers or chilli peppers.

As a single parent, I like to make recipes that are value for money and are nutritious for my growing children.  My Granddad was a dairy and chicken farmer, who dedicated his life to the family farm.  I have always made sure that I have bought British, farm assured meats from the supermarket or buy meat from the local butchers.  I always look out for the Red Tractor mark.  This recipe is part of the live slow campaign.

What is Slow Living?

The idea of living slow was brought about as a reaction to fast food in the 1980s.  Food should not always be fast food and should be made at the right speed, not necessarily slowly.  This Slow Movement is about valuing quality over quantity and long term benefits over short term gain.   The basic principles of utilitarianism are also a part of this, with the well being of the many being prioritised over the well being of the few.

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