Kid-Friendly Gluten-Free Spaghetti Recipe

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Ratings (10)
  • Total: 40 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yield: 2 to 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
680 Calories
29g Fat
51g Carbs
52g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Gluten-free spaghetti is fast, easy and delicious thanks to the plethora of gluten-free products on the market today.

This is a basic recipe perfect for kids and perfect for those busy weeknights when you do not have the luxury of prep time in the kitchen. As the water is boiling and pasta is cooking, prepare the sauce so everything is done at the same time. 

When it comes to gluten-free pasta, a brand that uses a blend of ingredients, such as corn and quinoa, tends to be a better choice than purely brown-rice pasta which can get gummy. A gluten-free blend yields an al dente texture that is close to "regular" pasta. Of course, this is a matter of preference. If you enjoy brown-rice pasta, by all means, mangia!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound gluten-free spaghetti
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (divided)
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 (25-ounce) jar gluten-free marinara sauce
  • Optional: 1 tablespoon basil freshly chopped basil
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)
  • 3 ounces gluten-free Parmesan cheese (grated)

Steps to Make It

  1. Cook gluten-free spaghetti according to package directions. Drain. Toss with 1 tablespoon of olive oil to prevent the noodles from sticking together.

  2. As the pasta is cooking, heat remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil in a sizeable skillet over medium-high heat. Add the ground beef and cook until browned, using a wooden spoon or firm spatula to break apart the ground beef as it cooks. 

  3. Add your choice of gluten-free marinara sauce and optional basil to the skillet. Simmer for about 15 minutes, until heated through, seasoning to taste with salt and pepper. 

  4. Serve sauce over warm spaghetti sprinkled with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

Note: You certainly can make this recipe meatless by omitting the ground beef.

Variations

While the sauce in this recipe uses ground beef, you can certainly swap with lean ground turkey. You also can make this recipe meatless, omitting the meat entirely for a simple sauce with great flavor. 

For a sauce with an extra kick, add a hint (or more, depending on your heat tolerance) of crushed red pepper. For a slightly cheesier sauce, add Parmesan cheese to the sauce as it simmers as well as on top as a garnish.

Reminder 

Always make sure your work surfaces, utensils, pans and tools are free of gluten. Always read product labels. Manufacturers can change product formulations without notice. When in doubt, do not buy or use a product before contacting the manufacturer for verification.