Kid Friendly Gluten-Free Spaghetti
By Teri Gruss, MS Updated 03/14/17
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.
1 lb lean ground beef
1 25-oz jar gluten-free marinara sauce
1 lb package gluten-free spaghetti
2 tbsp olive oil, divided
1 tbsp freshly chopped basil (optional)
3 oz freshly grated Parmesan cheese (confirm gluten-free)
salt and pepper, to taste