I don’t know about you, but one of my favorite foods has always been spaghetti with meatballs. In fact, ever since I can remember, I have been willing to eat spaghetti and meatballs for any meal at all, even for breakfast!
But, sadly, spaghetti noodles are one of the most gluten-filled foods you can eat. If you have a wheat or gluten allergy, you will definitely experience a reaction after eating noodles.
When you adopt a gluten-free lifestyle, wheat spaghetti is one of those foods that you will either be forced to give up entirely or find a tolerable substitute. I, for one, prefer finding a substitute since noodles were just one of those food items that I couldn’t give up. Here are some solutions and alternatives for gluten free noodles I have found.
There are several different kinds of gluten-free noodles on the market. You can find them online or at your nearest natural food store. There may even be some sold at your local grocery store. You will probably have to shop around in order to find which source has the best selections and/or the most reasonable prices.
Over the years, my family has done a lot of experimentation with gluten-free noodles. We have tested various brands and have tried cooking the noodles in different ways. Below are some of the results of our years of gluten-free noodle exploration:
DeBoles is one of the best brands for gluten-free noodles. Their product is made with 100% organic, all-natural ingredients. Also, it looks and tastes similar to wheat multigrain spaghetti. This spaghetti is fairly inexpensive if you order it online. However, it is sometimes available the health food stores for less. These gluten-free noodles provide a great way to have healthy, all-natural spaghetti dinners.
Here is another delicious and healthy brand of gluten-free spaghetti. In addition to being made with organic ingredients, these noodles are, low fat, very low sodium and contain no cholesterol. This is a super grain pasta made spaghetti style made with a tasty corn-quinoa blend that cooks just like traditional wheat spaghetti. Ancient Harvest is a brand that is easy to locate in the natural-food aisle of most grocery stores.
This brand sells a variety of pastas made with other ingredients such as, quinoa, rice bran and white rice. However, we have found that their brown rice pasta has the best texture and test. It does not get mushy during cooking and it tastes pretty good for pasta that is gluten-free. We like it best with lots of cheese, tomato sauce and/or pesto. Tinkyada is also very easy to find in the stores that have a natural food section.
Each one of these gluten-free pastas is made the traditional way of cooking noodles, which is boiling them in a pot of water with a pinch of salt. The only thing that varies from brand to brand is the length of time it takes to fully cook them. Some will take five minutes and some will take over ten minutes to boil. Just be sure to read the instructions on the package carefully!
For most of us, no spaghetti meal is complete without meatballs. I, myself, have enjoyed eating meatballs ever since I was very young. They are so easy to make and taste so delicious when using the right recipe. Here is our own special recipe from our cookbook for gluten-free meatballs.
Gluten-Free Swedish Meatballs
Recipe from my book Gluten-Free With Love, page 63.
Prep Time: 10 minutes.
Cooking Time: 40-45 minutes.
Total Time: 50-55 minutes.
Yields: Approximately 1 dozen meatballs.
1 egg, slightly beaten
⅓ cup of plain yogurt
½ cup of dried gluten-free cereal (such as corn or rice chex)
1 teaspoon of sea salt
⅛ teaspoon of black pepper
¼ cup of onion, minced
1 pound of ground beef or ground turkey
Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and form into balls. Place balls on a non-stick spray treated baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees F. for about 40 minutes or until browned and cooked through. Excellent for spaghetti or can be served with Sweet and Sour Sauce.
Quick meals with Gluten-Free Noodles
Spaghetti and meatballs provides the perfect meal for any number of people. It is easy and quick to make, yet delicious and filling. The noodles are so versatile since they can be combined with any number of toppings ranging from cheese and olive oil to red sauce and meatballs in order to form your own personalized dinner.
And, sometimes, when I’m in too much of a hurry to make meatballs, I simply drizzle a little olive oil over my spaghetti and pour a good layer of powdered Parmesan on it for a quick, delicious and filling lunch! Now, with special gluten-free noodles, made from all-natural ingredients, you can enjoy these timeless dishes without violating your gluten-free lifestyle.
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