Category: Italian & Pasta

Dairy-Free Alfredo Sauce

This is one of my favorite recipes to make as it’s so comforting to have developed a recipe for one of my favorite sauces I missed since learning I was lactose intolerant, a dairy-free alfredo sauce! This one is super thick and creamy, and can be edited and changed by adding more veggies for a colorful kick, spice for a flavorful punch, or different varieties of non-dairy cheese to switch up the consistency or tanginess. Let us know your cool additions or what you added to your version in the comments below! We love to serve this with grilled chicken and pasta or some lemon pepper shrimp. This can easily be doubled to make a second batch that can be frozen for later (the pictures I’ve included above are from a double batch).


Mom’s Meatball Recipe

This is my mom’s meatball recipe (infamous in my family), with a twist! Check it out below with some cool variations on it (coming soon, stay tuned!) to spice up your weeknight dinner or party!

Recipe Notes:

  • When making meatballs, we typically add about half the amount of ground pork to the amount of hamburger, so 1 lb. of hamburger = 1/2 lb. of ground pork. This recipe can be cut in half if you’d like, however, we always love leftovers so this is the bigger version of our original recipe!
  • We suggested using soy milk in this recipe (not traditional, as my mom’s original version called for cow’s milk). However, through testing, we found that soy was the best replacement when it came to fat, protein content, and taste, so this is what we went with! Our brand of choice (not a sponsor) is West Life Organic Soy Milk, Unsweetened Plain (you can find it through the link on Amazon). If you have a soy allergy though, please feel free to use either almond or oat milk; we tested both of those and they worked just as well.

Shark Bait Shrimp Pasta

This one is for all the Shark Week lovers out there! I was inspired to make this Shark Bait Shrimp Pasta with a lobster-based sauce as I had some leftover lobster bisque from Cousins Maine Lobster in my fridge. Check out the second link for the story of how I first found out about the awesome food truck along with more on my inspiration for this recipe. Perfect for date nights in too!


Rachel Ray Inspired Sausage Baked Ziti

We were inspired by the original Rachel Ray recipe (linked below) to create this dairy-free version of her Sausage Baked Ziti! This was a really cool thing to make as a family-friendly meal prep dish, as it makes a lot of leftovers (our favorite). We also found that after making the dish, it ended up tasting better if you mixed the bechamel, cheeses, and tomato sauce together and then baked it, as everything combined better, but it’s simply a taste preference for us there. Try it either way and let us know which way you prefer in the comments below!


Pumpkin Baked Ziti with Sage Sausage

This week, I made a recipe inspired by a fellow blogger on Pinterest that I have on my Pimento & Prose “Fantastically Foodie” board (#shamelessplug, I know, here’s the link 😂) called Pumpkin Baked Ziti with Sage Sausage.

I was in the mood to use my cast iron skillet, and I like to try and use what’s already in my pantry when I can — this week, that item happened to be canned pumpkin! It’s been so dull and dreary outside I wanted a warm, feel-good dish for meal prep this week.

You can also definitely sub out multiple things in this recipe to better suit what you have on hand:

  • Vegetable broth for Chicken Broth
  • Sage sausage for Italian sausage
  • Olive oil for Canola oil
  • Red pepper flakes for Paprika or Chili powder
  • Cast iron skillet for Saute pan & Oven safe baking dish
  • Depending on the size of the container you use, I got about 7-8 single-serve Tupperware containers out of this for meal prep.

Homemade Pizza Two Ways

This includes recipes for Heirloom Tomato Pizza with Pesto & a White (Non-dairy) Alfredo pizza, perfect to make for nights with friends coming over and the kids love to help with this one too! The recipe for my dairy-free alfredo sauce is here, and my classic pesto- dairy-free recipe is here too.