Gluten-Free Sicilian Spaghetti

Gluten-Free Sicilian Spaghetti Recipe

The other day I got a call from a friend who suggested we go out for a bite to eat. I was in workout clothes all day with no makeup on and was not about to change that, so instead I suggested I make something for us to eat at my house. Sounded good at first but I suddenly realized I had no game plan! Time to raid my well-stocked gluten-free pantry to see what I could come up with.

With a little bit of pressure to make something on the spot, my creativity kicked in and I created this delicious Gluten-Free Sicilian Spaghetti recipe.

Gluten-free pasta is always in my pantry (especially Sam Mills, which I used for this recipe). Plus, I have canned meats like chicken, tuna, and anchovies; jars and cans of veggies like tomatoes, capers, artichokes, pickled asparagus, hearts of palm, etc.; a variety of rice and beans; and plenty of dried herbs and spices. So, throwing together a quick meal is usually not too much trouble for me, I just have to brainstorm a bit.

For this recipe, I decided to use tuna, anchovies, capers, pasta, and a few staples for seasoning. I had fresh cherry tomatoes on hand so those went in as well. The result was a delicious Sicilian-inspired dish that takes as long to make as it takes to boil the pasta, making it a quick weeknight meal!

Gluten-Free Sicilian Spaghetti Recipe

5 from 2 votes
Gluten-Free Sicilian Spaghetti
Gluten-Free Sicilian Spaghetti Recipe
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 578 kcal
Author: Carol Kicinski
  • Kosher or fine sea salt
  • 12 ounces Sam Mills gluten free corn and rice spaghetti
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil , plus more for serving
  • 1 heaping tablespoon capers , drained
  • 1 teaspoon anchovy paste or 2 anchovy fillets
  • 2 cloves garlic , peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 (6-ounce) jars tuna packed in olive oil
  • 2 pints cherry or grape tomatoes , cut in half
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Black pepper
  • ½ cup Italian parsley , chopped
  1. Bring a large pot of heavily salted water to a boil. Cook the spaghetti according to the package directions.
  2. While the spaghetti is cooking, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, add the capers and fry until crisp, 1-2 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, remove the capers and set aside.
  3. To the oil, add the anchovy paste and cook, stirring, until it melts into the oil, about 1 minute. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Drain the tuna, then flake it into the oil along with the tomatoes, oregano, and red pepper flakes. Add 2 ladlefuls of the pasta cooking water and simmer until the pasta is done cooking and the tomatoes break down a little and everything is heated through.
  4. Reserve about 1 cup of the pasta cooking water, then drain. Add the spaghetti to the pan and toss to mix. If the dish seems too dry, add a little of the reserved pasta water, as needed. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Take off the heat and stir in the parsley. Top with the reserved capers and drizzle with a little olive oil.
Nutrition Facts
Gluten-Free Sicilian Spaghetti Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 578 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 26%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 16mg 5%
Sodium 479mg 20%
Potassium 794mg 23%
Total Carbohydrates 73g 24%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 6g
Protein 35g 70%
Vitamin A 55.3%
Vitamin C 51.9%
Calcium 7.1%
Iron 21.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Tags: Anchovy Capers Sam Mills Spaghetti Tomatoes Tuna
  1. Sunil Dogra
    July 10, 2019

    This recipe is so versatile. Tastes very good. My family loved it. Will definitely make it again.

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