Gluten Free Recipes
Kid Favorite Gluten-Free Recipe: Spaghetti and Meatballs
As a busy mom, spaghetti is one of my go-to meals. Kids love it, and it is easy to prepare. Making it gluten free is also easy. Find a gluten-free pasta that you like (I mentioned a couple favorites in my macaroni and cheese recipe) and your favorite spaghetti sauce. Most pasta sauces are gluten free, but read the ingredients just to be sure.
Typically, I add browned ground beef to the sauce, but occasionally I like to vary our spaghetti meals so the family doesn’t get tired of it. One way I do that is to use sausage instead of ground beef. The kids always notice the flavor and particularly enjoy it.
Another way to dress up spaghetti is to make meatballs. Of course, most meatballs contain bread crumbs, which means that your best bet for gluten-free meatballs is to make them yourself. It does take a little time, but with a few tricks which I’ll share with you, it doesn’t take as much time as you might think.
The first trick is to substitute instant potato flakes for bread crumbs. I keep a small box in my pantry just for this purpose. They work great and there is no need to worry about making gluten-free bread crumbs.
The second trick it to use a stand mixer to combine your meatball ingredients. Dump everything in the bowl, turn the mixer on low, and in less than a minute it’s combined.
My final trick is to bake the meatballs. There is no need to stand over a spattering skillet turning meatballs. Just place them in a baking dish, pop them in the oven for 15 minutes, and they’re done.
Gluten-Free Recipe: Meatballs
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 1/3 cup Betty Crocker Potato Buds (instant mashed potatoes)
- 1/4 cup milk (or milk substitute)
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 1 Tablespoon gluten-free Worcestershire sauce (Lea & Perrins)
- 1 Tablespoon dried parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
- Preheat oven to 400°.
- Grease a 9 x 13 inch baking dish.
- Place all ingredients in a mixing bowl.
- Combine well using your hands or use a stand mixer with the paddle attachment and mix on low.
- Gently form balls about 1 1/4 inches in diameter. Place them in the greased baking dish.
- Bake at 400 degrees about 15 minutes or until done in the center. You can cut one of the meatballs to check for doneness.