Gluten Free Country Living

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Gluten-Free Pasta and Meatballs

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With our son needing a gluten-free diet, we have searched high and low for fun, tasty recipes that even he would enjoy. The following is one such recipe. All kids love spaghetti and meatballs, right? We found a fun way to prepare homemade spaghetti and meatballs and do it completely gluten-free.

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Here is the link to the meatball recipe: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/meatball-nirvana/
I make my own gluten-free breadcrumbs by keeping the heels of the gluten-free bread we use regularly, and drying them out. For the meat, I use one pound each of ground beef, ground turkey and ground mild Italian sausage.

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For the sauce, I use what I’ve prepared homemade. You can use your favorite pasta sauce.

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While the meatballs were baking, I had the water boiling for the pasta and cooked it until it was al dente (slightly chewy), drained it and added it to the sauce I had warming up in a large pan. We use white rice noodles (spaghetti, elbow mac, etc.). The consistency is nice and they taste great! We have been able to find them at WinCo or a local natural food store.

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When the meatballs were done baking I added them to the pasta and sauce mixture, gave it a quick stir and it was ready to serve. If you like, you can garnish with dried leaf parsley or basil. After it’s been dished up I always like to top it off with grated parmesan cheese.

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