Gluten Free Skillet Pasta

Gluten Free Skillet Pasta, originally uploaded by Kate Chan.

Oh, I’m tired. Yes, this little girl is quite the wiggly worm – I love it! But, yes, I am tired. Thankfully, her dad has been able to stay home with us for these first few weeks. I’m so happy he did, too! Not only has it helped Zoe with bonding (she adores him!) but it has helped us both transition to this new role in our lives.

And… selfishly… when I’ve been busy with the little imp. he has been great at doing practically everything else: the laundry, the cleaning, the sweeping, the … well.. everything. He does it all. Even make the best comfort food dinners possible for our family.

This recipe is simple. You’ve probably made something lke this yourselves. We used organic ingredients because that is what we have on hand, but use whatever you’ve got.

This recipe is also kid-tested and kid-approved. Zoe loved every bite of her pasta (without the meat, anyway). So far she loves just about everything she comes in to contact with – especially blueberry yogurt, bananas and Asian pears… and now this.  How do I know it’s kid-approved?  Check out this facial expression… it’s heavenly munching, I tell you.

Kid-tested, Kid-Approved Recipe

What do you all put in your skillet pasta? Here’s what we put in ours…

Gluten Free Skillet Pasta
Serves 3 (well, 2.5) for two + meals
1 package TInkyada fusili (or gluten-free pasta of your choice)
1 pound organic, grain-fed ground beef
1 can tomato sauce
1 can tomato paste
3-4 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped
1 sweet onion, roughly chopped
2 roasted tomatoes, roughly chopped (reserve juices!) (roast two tomatoes in the oven on broil, allow to cool then chop)
1/4 cup sake or dry white wine
seasoning to taste: salt, pepper, fennel, oregano, basil (about a teaspoon of fennel, oregano and basil to start with)
1/4 cup shredded parmesan
4 ounces shredded mozarella


  1. Prepare pasta as directed.  Drain and set aside.  (We sometimes try to make skillet pasta without pre-cooking, but we didn’t use extra liquid this time to allow the pasta to cook in the sauce.  We make lasagna without pre-cooking the pasta too.  Have you tried that?)
  2. Over medium-high heat in a large , oven proof skillet, saute onion until tender.    (NOTE:  When we add other veggies to this dish, like carrots, red papper strips, etc – we add them at this point depending on how tender we want them to be too.)
  3. Add the garlic for 2 minutes or until fragrant.
  4. Add the ground meat and brown.
  5. Add the roasted tomatoes, tomato sauce and tomato paste.
  6. Add the seasoning to taste.  Allow to simmer  for 5 minutes.  Taste and season again to your liking.
  7. Stir in the cooked, drained pasta.  Stir well.
  8. Top with cheeses and pop in to the oven for 12-15 minutes or until slightly browned.

Happy GF Eating, All!


  1. If that’s not one happy little girl!! She literally looks like she’s savoring every last “suck”! What a blessing!

  2. That looks scrumptious, Kate! You’re right–the picture of Zoe is the best evidence that the recipe is kid-tested and approved. LOL So cute. I remember that happy/tired feeling. It will get easier as everyone establishes a routine and everyone sleeps a little more. I’ll make this recipe soon … maybe tomorrow. Right now, we’re finishing up a chicken stew, so a beef recipe would be good in the next day or so. 🙂


  3. Jessica says:

    Sounds delish! And what a look of satisfaction!! Recipes don’t come with a better recommendation than that 😉
    I’m so glad that new family life and routines are starting to get settled into. Congrats once again.

  4. Hi Kate,
    This looks great. I wanted to let you know that I’ve tried your Homemade Oreos and they were deicious, and the sandwich wraps.
    I also flicked from your site to Book of Yum site and saw the adopt a blogger. Anyway if its still on I adopted you for this month. I wanted you to know I put a blog up on mine about your Oreos and wraps and added you to my blog list. I want to say thanks for doing all the hard work in developing these wonderful recipes. I also told my sister about them and she was coming to look tonight. We live in Australia …. isn’t the internet wonderful that we can find people like you who have made these recipes.
    Thanks again.

  5. Hi Kate!
    I nominated you for the Attitude of Gratitude award…check out my blog

  6. Hi! I made this last night – how could I not after seeing your daughters face? – and my boys LOVED it!! Ages 2 and 4, ate every bite. Thank you!

  7. Hi,

    Looks yummy and tasty! Zoe is adorable!

    (a gluten-free blog)

  8. cute blog… i need to try this, it looks easy and yummy at the same time!

  9. Okay, so it is Saturday night before Mother’s Day and I wanted to drop by and wish you the most wonderful mothers day ever! So happy that you have been blessed with such a precious gorgeous gift!

  10. I will so be making this one soon. Happy Mother’s Day Kate!

  11. Stephanie says:

    Wow! What a beauty, and what an eater!
    What adjustments would you make to use uncooked pasta? (How much water, how much extra time, anything else?)

    I’m looking for something I can throw together and then leave in the oven while I give the kids a bath!


  12. The photo looks great!

  13. Stephanie says:

    This was a hit! Major hit with hubby and me, medium hit with our kids. (“I liked it, Mom, but I didn’t like it *that* much.”) The best thing, though, is it was even better the second day! My son ate it cold at lunch, and we all ate it warm for dinner…

  14. OK, I just made this for dinner tonight. Wow!! My guy went back for seconds, and he could not believe it was gluten free. I’m thrilled to have found a new way to make pasta that tastes so good. I had not been liking rice pastas, but this was delicious.


  15. hehe the pic is great and she looks like she loves it! I will surely try this recipe..thx for posting 🙂


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