Easy and Gluten-Free Meatballs in Tomato Sauce Pasta Recipe

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If you're looking for a healthier alternative to make for dinner, here's a quick gluten-free meatballs in tomato sauce!

I made these gluten-free meatballs in tomato sauce which I served with gluten-free pasta a while ago when I came back to Finland from Vietnam. I’ve made this several times before and is my go-to easy meatball recipe if I am craving for it as I am gluten-intolerant and should not be eating wheat products which I still do because I’m a rebel who can tolerate two days of pain.

Meatballs are a regular occurrence in my everyday life when I was living and working as a chef in Helsinki (I’ve worked mainly in Finnish restaurants) and have made so much of it that there were days I dream of it.

Finns love meatballs and their version is very similar to the famous Swedish meatballs (brown sauce, lingonberry jam, mashed potato, the whole shebang) thanks to IKEA.

I’ll make that for you guys one day. It is really delicious.

Anyways, I’ve made that type of meatballs so much in my life that nowadays, I prefer my gluten-free meatballs in tomato sauce and often serve it with either rice or pasta. In this recipe, it is with pasta.

Easy and Gluten-Free Meatballs in Tomato Sauce Pasta Recipe

Ingredients for this gluten-free meatballs in tomato sauce recipe.
Ingredients for this gluten-free meatballs in tomato sauce recipe.

What makes these meatballs gluten-free?

Traditionally, breadcrumbs are added in the meatball mixture as it is an excellent ingredient to soak up whatever juices the meat lets out during the cooking process and it also keeps the meatballs moist!

The problem with most gluten-free meatballs is that most gluten-free flour/breadcrumbs do not substitute well and leave the meat dry after cooking but in this recipe, I used potato flour which is a game-changer!

The great thing about potato flour is that even though it does not absorb the juices, it binds it instead!

Wait, what!?

Potato flour is an amazing binding agent especially for fat and anything with liquid! It works pretty much the same as if you add flour in stews, it makes it thicker. Potato starch does the same and it works well in this gluten-free meatballs in tomato sauce.

Cooked gluten-free meatballs in tomato sauce.

What else you can serve these gluten-free meatballs in tomato sauce?

I often eat this with pasta or boiled rice but you can also serve it with the following:

  • Mashed potatoes
  • Cauliflower mash (to make it keto-friendly)
  • Boiled rice
  • Zucchini Noodles

And many more!

Ready to be served!

Tips for the meatballs and possible alterations

  • You can sautée the aromatics, cool down, and add in the meat mixture if you want to really do it right. However, I didn’t sautée mine as I want to make this dish quick in easy (plus your girl is hungry!)
  • You can add whatever spice mix you want! Whatever you feel like adding (just make sure you know what you are doing).
  • You can omit the egg if you’re allergic. This will keep intact even without it.
  • Instead of frying in the pan, you can stick it in the oven to brown before adding in the tomato sauce.
  • To make it keto, you can add use almond flour instead of potato starch.
  • You can use this meatballs in other sauces, you don’t need to have it with tomato sauce.

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Easy and Gluten-Free Meatballs in Tomato Sauce Pasta Recipe

The perfect comfort food that is not only easy to make but also gluten-free, my delicious meatballs in tomato sauce pasta recipe is indeed one of those dishes I keep on rotation each month!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 2 Portions
Calories per serving: 727kcal

Ingredients

Pasta

  • 1 L Water
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 150 g Dried Pasta

Gluten-free meatballs

  • 200 g Minced Meat
  • 1/2 small Shallot - Chopped
  • 1 clove Garlic - Minced
  • 1/2 tsp Dried Thyme
  • 1/2 tsp Dried Basil
  • 1/2 tsp Paprika Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 ml Salt
  • 1 pinch Black Pepper
  • 2 tbsp Potato Starch
  • 1 medium Egg
  • 1 tbsp Oil

Tomato sauce

  • 1/2 small Shallot
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • 1 small Carrot - Peeled and diced really small
  • 1/2 tsp Honey
  • 2 tbsp Red Wine
  • 1 tbsp Tomato Paste
  • 2 dl Pasta Water
  • 2 dl Canned Crushed Tomatoes

Instructions

Make the meat balls

  • Combine minced meat, shallot, garlic, paprika, thyme, basil, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, potato starch, egg, salt and pepper in a bowl
  • Form the meatballs, you can make about 14 small balls out of this recipe
  • Heat your frying pan on medium heat, add oil and fry the meatballs until browned (it's okay if it is not fully cooked, you'll finish it in the sauce)
  • Set aside

Cook the pasta

  • Boil water in a pot and add salt
  • Add the pasta and cook according to package or until al dente
  • Once cooked, save 2 dl of water and set aside
  • Drain the pasta but DO NOT rinse/cool down with water

Tomato sauce

  • Heat the same pan you cooked the meatballs in medium heat, sautée the shallot and garlic until soft, fragrant, and carmelized
  • Add the carrots and let it sautée for a minute
  • Add the honey and mix until it bubbles then pour the red wine in and et the red wine cook for a minute or until the red wine reduced in half
  • Lastly, add the tomato paste, 2dl of pasta water, and crushed tomatoes
  • Stir everything until combined and let it boil for a minute or two then add the meatballs in the sauce
  • Simmer until the meatballs are thoroughly cooked and then lower the heat and let it cook for about 10 minutes or until the sauce thickens
  • Put the pasta in and mix until everything is covered in sauce
  • Serve and top it off with grated parmesan!


Nutrition

Serving: 1Serving | Calories: 727kcal | Carbohydrates: 77g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 31g | Sodium: 1140mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 10g | Iron: 5mg

CourseMain Course, Pasta Dish
CuisineFusion, Italian, Modern
DietGluten Free
Keyworddairy free meatballs recipe, easy recipes, GF meatballs, gluten free recipes, meatballs, quick recipes
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