Sheet Pan Spaghetti and Meatballs – Gluten Free

Published on Sep 20, 2021

  by   Kristina Stosek

14 reviews

Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 25 minutes Serves: 4
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This Sheet Pan Spaghetti and Meatballs recipe is for busy weeknights when you have little time to throw a healthier pasta dinner together. Or when you want last minute comfort food. A perfect gluten-free pasta dish with meatballs for any day of the week.

Take classic spaghetti and meatballs and replace the tomato sauce with fresh veggies, olive oil, and Italian herbs. The meatballs with seasoned veggies are roasted together and then tossed with hot spaghetti and fresh parsley – so much flavour and a healthier way to enjoy pasta night.

Sheet pan spaghetti and meatballs is a good mix of fresh veggies, good olive oil, herbs, spices and delicious tender cheesy meatballs.


sheet pan spaghetti and meatballs in bowls topped with parmesan


Sheet pan spaghetti and meatballs — recipe overview

This gluten free Italian dish is so simple that even novice cooks can master the recipe. Here are the simple steps to follow.


raw meatballs on a baking sheet line with parchment paper

1) First make the gluten free meatballs

The grain-free meatballs take minutes to put together. Using a large bowl, mix ground beef, cheddar cheese, almond flour, herbs and spices, egg and a splash of water. Shape them into meatballs and bake for 10 minutes.

If you like meatball recipes, you may enjoy the Firecracker Rice Bowl with Sesame Meatballs or another easy weeknight meal you should check out is the Sweet and Sour Meatballs with Sesame Noodles.


chopped veggies with herbs in a bowl

2) prepare the veggies

While the meatballs are baking, toss the fresh tomatoes, bell peppers, mushrooms, garlic with olive oil, herbs, and spices. This is where the flavour comes from.


roasted veggies with meatballs on a baking sheet

3) Scatter the seasoned veggies over partially cooked meatballs

Once the meatballs are partially baked, scatter the seasoned veggies with olive oil over the meatballs and continue baking until the veggies start to soften. The juices from the seasoned veggies are so flavourful. YUM!

4) Cook the pasta

While the veggies and meatballs are baking, cook the pasta. The pasta should be cooked al dente. After the pasta is finished cooking, drain the water and toss the hot pasta and fresh parsley with the meatballs and veggie mixture. The sheet pan spaghetti and meatballs dish oozes with Italian flavours, and the aroma of freshly cooked veggies, herbs and meatballs is unforgettable.


close up of spaghetti and meatballs with vegetables in a bowl

What gives this sheet pan pasta dish so much flavour?

The bright coloured healthy veggies, when roasted, become very tasty. However, it is the roasted garlic that adds truly amazing flavour.

When garlic is roasted, it adds depth to the juices and veggies, and the garlic itself becomes deliciously sweet. If you can’t have garlic, use sliced shallots, yum!


a bowl of gluten free pasta with meatballs and roasted vegetables with a fork and a spoon

Why add almond flour to meatballs?

When the meatballs are baked, the protein in the meat makes them shrink, and as a result, the meatballs become tough and dry. Adding almond flour and moisture such as water or milk and eggs will help the meatballs be tender and moist.

What can I substitute for almond flour?

If you have a nut allergy, there are several replacements for almond flour. Gluten-free breadcrumbs, gluten-free quick oats, gluten-free bread, gluten-free unsweetened cereal or gluten-free savoury crackers. All these will lighten up the gluten-free meatballs and keep them moist.


close up of Italian pasta with meatballs, herbs, parmesan and fresh veggies in a black bowl

Make it low-carb.

If you follow the keto diet and are looking for a low carb option, I recommend serving this sheet pan Italian dish with zucchini noodles, spaghetti squash or keto noodles. These are my favourite keto noodles.

I hope you enjoy this gluten-free sheet pan spaghetti and meatballs dish. It’s delicious, quick and easy to make, and you can add it to your list of healthier gluten-free pasta recipes.


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