Pesto Salad Dressing (Copycat Recipe for Old Spaghetti Factory’s Creamy Pesto Dressing)

Not gonna lie…this salad dressing is A-MAZ-ING. Once again, I’m sharing one of my sister Angie’s recipes. What can I say? The girl can cook. This recipe is for pesto salad dressing, and it’s a copycat recipe of Old Spaghetti Factory’s Creamy Pesto Dressing. I think this recipe actually is better than the original!

If you are looking for an amazing pesto salad dressing recipe, you've just found it! This recipe is a copycat recipe for Old Spaghetti Factory's Creamy Pesto Dressing. It's easy to make, versatile, and delicious!

This pesto salad dressing is simple to make, can be made far in advance, and will stay good in the fridge for more than a week. Not that you’ll have any of this pesto salad dressing left, but if you did, it would keep.

Pesto Salad Dressing

(Copycat Recipe for Old Spaghetti Factory’s Creamy Pesto Dressing)

Foodie Friday: Pesto Salad Dressing (Copycat Recipe for Old Spaghetti Factory's Creamy Pesto Dressing)
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  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 4 tablespoons grated Romano cheese
  • 2 tablespoons crushed dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 clove garlic, minced


  1. Whisk together oil and mayonnaise. Add buttermilk, cheese, basil, salt & garlic. Mix thoroughly. Cover and let flavors combine overnight in refrigerator.

Almost too easy to make right?! And this pesto salad dressing can be served with more than just a salad. Use it as a sandwich spread (I’ve got some more yummy sandwich spreads here). Use it as a dip for chips or nuggets. Mix it in to chicken or egg salad in place of the mayo. Spread it on a hamburger bun. It’s super versatile and it’s so good that you’ll want to eat it with everything!

If you are looking for an amazing pesto salad dressing recipe, you've just found it! This recipe is a copycat recipe for Old Spaghetti Factory's Creamy Pesto Dressing. It's easy to make, versatile, and delicious!

If this pesto salad dressing sounds yummy, you should see some of Angie’s other recipes! You can find more of Angie’s recipes here and more sandwich, soup, and salad recipes here. Want even more salad recipes? Check out my board Salads on Pinterest.


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Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana‏ (Copy Cat Recipe)

It is pouring rain here in  So Cal, which means it is a perfect day for soup…and a perfect day for my sister Angie’s copy cat recipe for Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana. It’s quite possibly one of the best soups on the planet.

So let’s hear what Angie has to say about this copy cat recipe for Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana. I know what I’m making for dinner tonight!

If you love soup, you'll love this copy cat recipe for Olive Garden's Zuppa Toscana‏! It's easy to make and very filling. Contains links to other soup recipes.

Copy Cat Recipe: Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana

This soup is my favorite thing to make and my favorite thing to eat. My kids ask me to make this soup all of the time, especially when it is cold and rainy! It is very similar to Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana (soup).

Every time I go there though, I feel like I get lots of broth, a few potatoes and that’s about it. I took that recipe and tweaked it to where this is a very hearty soup with tons of potatoes, bacon, spicy sausage and kale. You can add more water if you want it thinner. But, like my daddy always told me, go big or go home! There is no skimping here…This soup makes great left overs too. If you have young kids, you can use mild Italian sausage instead of spicy… Enjoy!!

Copy Cat Recipe: Olive Garden's Zuppa Toscana?
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  • 1 lb ground Hot Italian sausage
  • 1 large diced white onion
  • 1 lb bacon cut into small 1/2" pieces
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic (I love garlic so more OR less to suit your taste)
  • 8 cups water
  • 8 tsp chicken bouillon powder
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 5 large Russet potatoes peeled & diced into bite size pieces
  • 1 bunch of kale take thick stem out of middle and cut up


  1. Sauté Hot Italian sausage in a large pot (at least a 6qt pot). Drain excess fat, refrigerate while you prepare other ingredients.
  2. In the same pan, sauté bacon, onions and garlic over low-medium heat for approximately 15 mins. or until the onions are soft.
  3. Add chicken bouillon and water to the pot and heat until it starts to boil.
  4. Add the sliced potatoes and cook until soft, about half an hour.
  5. Add the heavy cream and just cook until thoroughly heated.
  6. Stir in the sausage and the kale, let all heat through and serve. Delicious!

Doesn’t that Angie’s copy cat recipe for Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana sound AMAZING?! And it’s so easy to make…try it tonight!

You can find more of Angie’s recipes here and more of my soup recipes here. Want more soup recipes? Check out my board Soups on Pinterest.


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Crock Pot Pork Chops Recipe

I’m super excited to share this recipe for crock pot pork chops with you! Not only is it my first official featured recipe, but it’s also one that my sister Angie wanted to share!

Angie is part of the reason why I came up with the idea of featuring recipes here. She is an amazing cook (I’ve shared her Buffalo Chicken Dip recipe here) and she asked if she could make some recipes and post them on my blog. So not only is this her first feature, you’ll be seeing lots more from her. She is going to be a regular contributor here, sharing recipes, parenting tips, and more. She has kids that range between the ages of 18 and 1, so she knows a thing or two about this whole parenting gig.

Her cooking style is very similar to mine; she uses what she has on hand, she tries to take churched-up recipes and make them quick and simple, and she also likes to use shortcuts when she can. I’ll let her take over the reins now so she can share her crock pot pork chops recipe with you!


What can I say about my crock pot pork chops that hasn’t been said before… They are the bomb! This recipe is so simple  and it is my kids favorite meal. I get a text from the kids everyday asking what is for dinner and every day someone is unhappy with what I am making EXCEPT for when I make this! It is super simple, it’s quick and you set it and forget it. Enjoy!!

Crock Pot Pork Chops

Looking for a simple yet delicious recipe for making crock pot pork chops? I've got it here, as well as other recipes perfect for busy weeknights.

Crock Pot Pork Chops
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  • Ingredients
  • 5- pork chops (bone-in)
  • 2 cans Campbell's Cream of Mushroom soup
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 6- shiitake mushrooms sliced (or white mushrooms are fine too)
  • 1/2 yellow onion thinly sliced (optional)


  1. Set crockpot to low
  2. Place pork chops in bottom of crockpot. It's ok if you have to layer them to fit.
  3. Season with pepper and a bit of garlic salt (optional)
  4. Mix 2 cans of cream of mushroom soup with 1/2 cup of milk. Pour over the pork chops.
  5. Add 1 or 2 tablespoons of butter to a sauté pan and melt it.
  6. Add onions and mushrooms to the pan and sauté until onions & mushrooms are cooked.. Approx 4-5 min on medium heat. When done pour over the pork chops & soup.
  7. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 4-6 hours. The meat will fall right off the bone.

Some Additional Tips For Making Crock Pot Pork Chops:
1. I usually use Reynolds Slow Cooker Liners or PAM cooking spray in my crockpot so there is no mess to clean up.
2. I always serve my pork chops with white rice. Use Minute Rice because it’s quick and easy on busy weeknights. After the rice is cooked, just pour the soup mixture over the top of rice. The kids like green beans with it too!
3. If you don’t like mushrooms & onions OMIT THEM.. It’s just as good without them.
4. Instead of using milk in this recipe you can also use 1 cup sour cream.. It is delicious too.

Thanks for sharing Ang! If you love pork chops, check out my Pork Chop and Rice-A-Roni recipe, and this crock pot chicken recipe can easily be made with pork chops too! I’ve also got many more crock pot recipes, so check them out. You’ll also find other featured recipes here.

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Buffalo Chicken Dip: An Easy Appetizer Recipe!

My sister has a recipe that she never wants to give out, even though everybody asks for it all of the time. She usually won’t give out her recipes because she says she likes people to come over and visit to eat her food, but she recently gave me this one and so of course, I’m going to share it with you, just don’t tell her. It’s her Buffalo Chicken Dip recipe. It’s an easy appetizer recipe that everybody always asks for once they’ve had it.

Looking for an easy appetizer that you can keep warm in a crock pot? This Buffalo Chicken Dip recipe is always a crowd pleaser, and it only has 3 ingredients!

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Buffalo Chicken Dip: An Easy Appetizer Recipe!
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  • 1 pound of cooked chicken, shredded OR 1 large can of chicken, drained
  • 8 ounces of cream cheese (I buy the whipped kind because it seems to melt faster)
  • 1/2 cup of Frank's Hot Sauce


  1. Put all three ingredients into a crock pot on low an hour or two before you are going to serve it and stir occasionally until melted.

Prepare It Ready Even Faster: Last weekend, I put everything in the crock pot and one of the girls unplugged it. So I threw it all in a pot on the stove over low heat until it melted, and then transferred it to the crockpot to keep it warm. It worked perfectly!

You can also double or triple this Buffalo Chicken Dip recipe, which we always need to do and there’s never any left. Serve with celery, tortilla chips and/or potato chips.

I love buffalo chicken anything, and if you do too, try my Buffalo Chicken and Cheesy Potatoes Casserole.

I’m also a huge fan of appetizers and have lots of great recipes. Like my Cream Cheese Dip is made with ham and cheese in a sourdough bread bowl. It’s a yummy sourdough starter that will literally leave an empty plate once it’s gone!

Or these Jalapeno Poppers that are made with a twist…all of the ingredients are placed in a won ton wrapper and then fried. You can’t eat just one!

Another crowd favorite is this Italian Sausage and White Bean Dip.

Still looking for more? I’ve got several appetizer recipes on my blog, and even more on my board Appetizers on Pinterest.