Kid Friendly Gluten-Free Spaghetti

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    40 mins
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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, I prefer ta brand that uses a blend of ingredients, such as corn and quinoa, instead of purely brown rice pasta. I find brown rice pasta can get gummy whereas a blend yields gluten-free pasta with similar al dente texture as "regular" pasta. Of course, this is a matter of preference. If you enjoy brown rice pasta, by all means - mangia!

While the sauce in this recipe uses ground beef, you can certainly swap with lean ground turkey. You can also 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. 

Updated June 2016 by Stephanie Kirkos.

What You'll Need

How 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 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 marinara sauce and basil (optional) to the skillet. Simmer for about 15 minutes, until heated through, seasoning to taste with salt and pepper. 
  1. Serve marinara sauce over warm spaghetti sprinkled with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

Note - You can certainly make this recipe meatless, omitting the ground beef.

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.