Easy Gluten Free Spaghetti and Meatballs

Easy Gluten Free Spaghetti and Meatballs is sure to be a family favorite! Simple ingredients make for an easy weeknight meal!

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Easy Gluten Free Dinner

I like most people, do not have tons of time to get dinner on the table. Between work and a toddler, some nights it feels like we won’t ever get around to eating dinner. Let alone something that isn’t hot dogs. Recipes like Gluten Free Spaghetti and Meatballs are perfect for those busy days.

Lots of flavor, but easily made with ingredients I have in my spice rack. Yes, I love a great slow cooked marinara sauce, but I don’t always have time for that and that’s when dried spices are my friend! This sauce is thrown together in just a few minutes and even has some added veggies! Meatballs are simple to make and you can even double the recipe and freeze them.

Gluten Free Spaghetti and Meatballs

Kid Friendly

My toddler love spaghetti (I don’t know any kids that don’t!). We recently were sent a sample mat from EZPZ and it was perfect for spaghetti night. Because it sticks to the table, none of it ended up on my floor, which is always a plus. I will note that the spaghetti sauce did stain it a bit, but very likely my fault because I didn’t wash it right away. The EZPZ mat is dishwasher safe, but I don’t have a dishwasher so I’m not sure how it fairs. If you’d like to check out the EZPZ mat you can see all their different options on their website!

gluten free spaghetti and meatballs

Gluten Free Spaghetti and Meatballs

Gluten Free Spaghetti and Meatballs are a great family dish. Serve it with a side of gluten free cheddar bay biscuits and some veggies for the perfect meal!

We eat spaghetti every couple weeks. It is so easy and I like to freeze the sauce. Gluen Free spaghetti sauce is good for so many things- quick pizzas, dipping, lasanga- sky’s the limit!

Do you have a favorite gluten free meal for those busy nights? Share in the comments!

 

Easy Gluten Free Spaghetti and Meatballs
Easy Gluten Free Spaghetti and Meatballs
Amanda Kanashiro
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    Gluten Free Meatballs
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/4 cup gluten free bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 2 Tablespoons milk
    Spaghetti Sauce
  • 1 18 ounce can crushed tomato
  • 1 slice bacon
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 carrot, shredded
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 Tablespoons tomato paste

    Meatballs
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Combine all ingredients, mix well.
  3. Form into one inch balls.
  4. Brown in a non skit skillet.
  5. Place on sheet pan in oven to continue cooking, about 10 minutes or until done.
    Spaghetti Sauce
  1. Cook bacon in saucepan.
  2. Remove bacon, leaving grease.
  3. Saute onion and carrot in bacon grease until onions are clear, about 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add crushed tomatoes, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and tomato paste.
  5. Simmer for 15-20 minutes.
  6. Serve with meatballs over cooked gluten free spaghetti.

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Cilantro Jalapeno Pesto

Cilantro Jalapeno Pesto is a delicious twist on traditional pesto, served with gluten free pasta, topped with First Fresh Chicken Croquettes.

Cilantro Jalapeno Pesto

This post is part of a series of sponsored recipes created with First Fresh Foods. All opinions and recipes are my own, enjoy!

Cilantro Jalapeno Pesto

I love pasta with pesto, but my husband is allergic to basil, so I haven’t had it in years. When First Fresh Foods sent me their brand new Habanero Chicken Croquettes, I was quickly in love with their flavor and ease. They are so good and that pepper flavor is just the perfect amount of spice. When I was trying to decide what would pair best with the cheesy, spicy flavor I first thought about Huancaina Sauce. It’s a classic Peruvian Sauce made with queso blanco and aji amarillo. It’s wonderful, but I wanted a bit more freshness.

That’s when I got the idea to make a Latin spin on pesto and it worked fabulous! The Cilantro and parsley, paired with the jalapeno and queso blanco is amazing! Fresh and a bit salty. The underlying spice of the jalapeno and the garlic is just perfect. I could honestly eat it with a spoon.

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Habanero Chicken Croquettes

If you have been following My Gluten Free Miami this summer, you know I have fallen in love with First Fresh Foods Chicken Sausage. It is so good, low in fat, lean protein and easy to read ingredients made in a celiac safe environment. They were the first sponsor I began to work with, just because I love the chicken sausage.

Now they are branching out into cheese stuffed chicken croquettes, and they are still gluten free! I was so excited. They are delicious. Still a great source of protein, and they are so simple. Just throw them in the oven and your good to go.

If you can’t find them in your local grocery store, you can use sliced chicken breast (or any other protein), but I strongly recommend you ask your grocer to carry First Fresh products. They are delicious.

Cilantro Jalapeno Pesto

The Recipe

The great thing about this recipe is it’s ease.

The Pesto

All you do is the throw all the ingredient in a food processor or nutri bullet. If you want it a bit spicier, leave the seeds in the jalapeno. Super simple, super yummy.

The Chicken

Obviously, I used First Fresh Chicken Croquettes. They pair so well, but if you don’t have access and your in a pinch, some sliced chicken breast would be ok….but once you try the croquettes, you will fall in love with them!

The Pasta

For this recipe I used Barilla gluten free pasta, you can use whatever is your favorite. I am also a big fan of Trader Joe’s quinoa/brown rice blend.Before draining the pasta, set aside a cup of the water to use when tossing the pasta with the pesto.

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If you love pesto, but are looking for something with a twist, check out this Avocado Pesto Zucchini Noodle Salad from Food, Faith, and Fitness. It will not disappoint!

Thank you to First Fresh Foods for sponsoring this past and making such incredible Celiac Safe Chicken Croquettes!

Happy Gluten Free Eating!

Cilantro Jalapeno Pesto
Cilantro Jalapeno Pesto
Amanda Kanashiro
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  • 1 Cup loosely packed cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 Cup loosely packed parsley leaves
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • 1-2 Jalapenos (remove seeds if desired)
  • 1/2 cup crumbled queso blanco
  • 1/3 cup olive oil (add more if needed)
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 1/4 teaspon salt.
  • 12 ounces gluten free pasta
  • 4 First Fresh Foods Chicken Croquettes

  1. Boil pasta according to package directions. Drain, reserving one cup of the pasta water.
  2. Cook croquettes according to package direction.
  3. Blend all pesto ingredients in blender. Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary.
  4. Toss pesto and pasta, adding pasta water as needed to thin pesto.
  5. Top with crumbled queso blanco and chicken.

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