Slow Carb Spaghetti and Meatballs & Giveaway!

Slow Carb Spaghetti and Meatballs

Is it possible to eat good ol’ American comfort food on The 4 Hour Body Diet, AKA The Slow Carb Diet? These amazing Slow Carb Spaghetti and Meatballs are proof that miracles never cease.

Most people say they gain weight over the holidays. I can attest that some years I’ve had one too many Christmas bonbons, and needed to shed a few pounds in January. Yet in reality, summer time is when I ALWAYS gain weight.

Let’s blame it on the kids, shall we?

After all, they are home from school snacking, snacking, snacking at every moment of the day. I’m much more likely to pop handfuls of Cheddar Bunnies when they are around. Due to the summer schedule, I workout less and lay (in the sun) more. To top it all, I tend to have “vacation” mentality every day, which can only lead to trouble.

So you see, I go into bathing suit season comfortable with myself, and leave it feeling lumpy and dumpy.

4 Hour Body Recipes

Renowned author Tim Ferriss offers a solution in his best-selling book, The 4 Hour Body. His famous 4 Hour Body Diet (Slow Carb Diet) consists of: Protein (meat/eggs), Veggies, and Legumes ONLY, six days a week. The seventh day is a “Cheat Day” so you can have your cake and eat it too. Although this may sound rigid or controversial to some, there is a substantial amount of research behind Tim Ferriss’ intentional zigzag method.

My husband and I experimented with the 4 Hour Body Diet several months back and found it quite effective. So it’s time to dust off my copy of The 4 Hour Body, and start the Slow Carb Diet all over again. Although I LOVE my carbs and dairy, I noticed quite a change in my energy level when I cut them out. I hate to admit that, but it’s true.

Now for some amazing meatballs…

Is it possible to make tender, flavorful meatballs without breadcrumbs soaked in milk, and CHEESE? There was a time I would have said HECK NO. But where there’s a will, there’s a way.

These Slow Carb Meatballs are not only packed with flavor, they are light, tender, and melt in your mouth.

How To Make Meatballs

I needed to find a filler that could offer what breadcrumbs and milk do for meatballs. The milk-soaked bread breaks up the clumps and tenderizes the meat for a lighter, softer meatball.  Meatballs without bread and milk tend to be tough and heavy.

How to Make Tomato Sauce

After serious contemplation, I felt that beans might be a decent substitute, able to absorb the juices in the meatballs and break up the meat. A puree of veggies, cannellini beans, and sun-dried tomatoes was added to ground beef and Italian sausage. The result was impressive. Beans have just enough starch to hold in the moisture and flavor; plus they create a velvety texture.

Although these Slow Carb Meatballs are designed to fit within the perimeters of The 4 Hour Body Diet, they are SUBLIME. I will make this recipe again and again, served with fresh tomato sauce and roasted spaghetti squash!

Spaghetti and Meatball Recipe

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Yield: 4-6 servings

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Slow Carb Spaghetti and Meatballs

Ingredients:

For the Meatballs:
1 large spaghetti squash
1 lb. Italian sausage
½ lb. lean ground beef
1 cup drained cannellini beans (white)
2 small red onions, roughly chopped and separated
3 large carrots, roughly chopped and separated
9 cloves garlic, peeled and separated
¼ tsp. crushed red pepper
2 Tb. pre-minced sun-dried tomatoes, jarred
2 eggs

For the Marinara:
Reserved onion, carrots and garlic from above
½ cup chopped parsley, separated
¼ cup chopped basil
2- 28 oz. cans crushed tomatoes
1-14 oz. can tomato sauce
1 ½ Tb. balsamic vinegar
3 Tb. olive oil, separated
Salt and Pepper

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Cut the spaghetti squash in half length-wise and scoop out the seeds. Drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper. Place the squash cut-side-down on a rimmed baking sheet and roast for 45 minutes.

Meanwhile, place the beans, 1 onion, 1 carrot, and 3 cloves of garlic in a food processor. Puree until completely smooth.

Place the bean puree in a large bowl with the ground meats, red pepper, 1 ½ tsp. salt, eggs and 3 Tb. parsley. Mix by hand until the ground meat is completely blended.

Shape into 8 large meatballs and place on a parchment paper lined, rimmed, cookie sheet. Bake for 30 minutes.

While the squash and meatballs are baking, add the rest of the onion, carrots and garlic to the food processor. Pulse until chopped well, but not pureed.

Heat 2 Tb. of oil in a large sauce pot over medium-high heat. Add the chopped veggies and sauté for 5 minutes to soften. Then add all the canned tomatoes, 1 tsp. salt, ½ tsp. pepper, remaining parsley and basil. Bring to a simmer and reduce heat. Cover (mostly) and continue to simmer until the meatballs are done baking.

Remove the meatballs from the oven and carefully transfer them into the tomato sauce. Add the balsamic vinegar and simmer another 15 minutes so the flavors meld.

When the squash has cooled a bit, use a fork to scrape the flesh into “spaghetti” strands and place on plates. Top each pile of spaghetti squash with tomato sauce and meatballs.

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257 Responses to “Slow Carb Spaghetti and Meatballs & Giveaway!”

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    Jeanette — September 8, 2011 @ 5:34 am

    How clever, using beans instead of breadcrumbs! Served on top of spaghetti squash, this is not only low-carb, but gluten-free. Definitely going to try this (and I would make it in this cast iron dutch oven if I won it!)

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    Lisa @ Tarte du Jour — September 8, 2011 @ 5:38 am

    This spaghetti and meatball dish looks fabulous… I’d make a Pot au Feu with the Dutch oven!

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    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — September 8, 2011 @ 5:53 am

    This looks incredible! Would love to make some Lentil Soup or a small roast in this

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    Daryl — September 8, 2011 @ 5:58 am

    I would make a sweet and sour pot roast

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    Valerie — September 8, 2011 @ 5:59 am

    I’ve been wanting a dutch oven forever. I would first make some No-Knead bread, but I’m sure I can find lots of other uses for it, too!

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    Kristen — September 8, 2011 @ 6:02 am

    Those are some delicious looking meatballs Sommer!

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    jeannette — September 8, 2011 @ 6:14 am

    this looks SO good!! i’m thinking that i might have to make this in my new dutch oven ;) that and some taco chili. its football season, you know? :)

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    Lana @ Never Enough Thyme — September 8, 2011 @ 6:19 am

    What a clever way of doing spaghetti and meatballs without all the carbs! Looks just delicious even if you aren’t watching carbs. Great job!

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    Ally's Sweet & Savory Eats — September 8, 2011 @ 6:23 am

    I’d love to make my homemade ragu in this pot…have wanted one of these forever!

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    Athena R — September 8, 2011 @ 6:25 am

    I love a good Dutch oven. I love baking bread in them and also making soups and chilis. Your spaghetti and meatballs looks divine.

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    Jessen — September 8, 2011 @ 6:27 am

    I would make a Beef stew and simmer it on low for 2-3 Hours. Yum! The lingering smell would be heaven.

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    Taylor — September 8, 2011 @ 6:35 am

    I feel the same way about summer….too much ice cream and my pants are feeling a little tight! I would make a big pot of these meatballs in my new dutch oven :)

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    Amanda — September 8, 2011 @ 6:35 am

    I think I would cook french fries! Fun giveaway!

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    Cheryl — September 8, 2011 @ 6:39 am

    I want to cook a delicious pasta!

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    ladywild — September 8, 2011 @ 7:00 am

    Soup! I’m a sucker for soup: Pho, chicken noodle, tomato, veggie, etc. etc.

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    Bev Weidner — September 8, 2011 @ 7:05 am

    That is the most INCREDIBLE looking meatball I’ve ever laid eyes on. W-H-O-A.

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    Nelly Rodriguez — September 8, 2011 @ 7:12 am

    I’d cook a big pot of chilli!

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert — September 8, 2011 @ 7:14 am

    I love this meatball recipe. I’m going to check out the 4 hour body plan – sounds doable! If I won this Dutch Oven I would make chili, stew, marinara, soup and whatever fits! Thanks for the opportunity.

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    Kate — September 8, 2011 @ 7:14 am

    Now that it is beginning to get colder, I would definitely start making some stews and soups in it.

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    Alison — September 8, 2011 @ 7:15 am

    The dutch oven would be perfect for a big pot of cider beans or cassoulet.

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    Janis — September 8, 2011 @ 7:19 am

    Ox tail!

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    Liz — September 8, 2011 @ 7:38 am

    Oh, gosh, I love this dish! Wonder if my family would go for spaghetti squash? I love it…and those huge meatballs. And great giveaway…I’d make THIS recipe!

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    Chef Dennis — September 8, 2011 @ 7:45 am

    The meatballs do look really good! using spaghetti squash is a nice change up, and all the great flavors you have going on, really make for tasty meal!

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    Erin — September 8, 2011 @ 8:00 am

    I would make these meatballs, of course!

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    Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet — September 8, 2011 @ 8:01 am

    I would cook a big pot of Turkey Chili. Perfect for a chilly fall day (not that it’s fall here yet) :)

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    Kari — September 8, 2011 @ 8:10 am

    A big pot of spaghetti sauce to freeze for all those busy fall nights!

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    Carrie @ poet in the pantry — September 8, 2011 @ 8:13 am

    I would cook a huge pot of stew so I’d have leftovers for a couple of days. Beef stew always tastes best after a day or so anyway.

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    Matt — September 8, 2011 @ 8:18 am

    I would make cassoulet in this. It looks wonderful for that.

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    Sandi — September 8, 2011 @ 8:19 am

    I’ll follow on Twitter!

    Love the Tim Ferris book: 4 Hour Work Week, he has out of the box ideas!

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    Evelyn R — September 8, 2011 @ 8:23 am

    This Dutch oven would be great for soup and chili this fall.

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    Julie — September 8, 2011 @ 8:27 am

    Im making Homemade Baked Beans. Yummm

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    Nana — September 8, 2011 @ 8:30 am

    I “liked” BigKitchen Facebook and I definitely would cook these meatballs in my new Dutch Oven. I often use spaghetti squash so that would not be new but those meatballs ….. yummmmmm.

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    Elina (Russian Bites) — September 8, 2011 @ 9:40 am

    After many years of trying so many diets, I’m kind of over all of these plans but regardless, these meatballs look amazing!! (4 hour body or not) Definitely pinning the recipe!!
    I would make these meatballs in this case iron pan. True story :)

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    Alison @ Under the Big Oak Tree — September 8, 2011 @ 8:46 am

    I love that you added beans to your meatballs! I cannot wait to try this recipe!

    As for cooking in the dutch oven…..How about a big ol’ pot of Black Bean and Sweet Potato Chili! MMmmm!

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    Maria — September 8, 2011 @ 9:18 am

    I would make a big pot of veggie chili!

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    Lindsey@Lindselicious — September 8, 2011 @ 9:27 am

    Oh my friend is on the slow carb diet and she loves it! (Though she fainted 2x since on it- not sure if its related…) The meatballs sound great though, I need to give spaghetti squash a 2nd chance. Last time I didnt like it. :(

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    Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray — September 8, 2011 @ 9:36 am

    I’m very intrigued by this diet! Definitely going to try this recipe. I would make a stew or chili in this Dutch oven…something perfect for football season! :)

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    Liz @ Southern Charm — September 8, 2011 @ 9:42 am

    With that sucker I’d make Slow Carb Spaghetti and Meatballs, no lies, and then eat the entire pot myself. It looks amazing!!!!!!

    This diet sounds super interesting and I feel the need to do some research now. Thanks for sharing it!

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    shanna — September 8, 2011 @ 9:42 am

    I would make roasts and stews in this dutch oven!

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    Nancy Guyotte — September 8, 2011 @ 9:56 am

    In my new dutch oven, I would make our family favorite Tuscan Chicken with a Red Potato Crust with balsamic vinegar and lots of garlic!

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    Taylor — September 8, 2011 @ 10:00 am

    There is a local ranch here that makes pomegranate products (http://www.skylakeranch.com/) and they have this marinade that is to die for. The first thing I would cook in the dutch oven would be a pork shoulder smothered in that sauce. Oh yum…..

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    Sara P. — September 8, 2011 @ 10:06 am

    I have been wanting to make a Salt-crusted Baby Potatoes recipe from 101 Cookbooks for quite some time (http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/000494.html). This would be perfect!

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    Stephanie — September 8, 2011 @ 10:38 am

    this looks fantastic!!! I would love a Dutch oven like this. I would make sauce and soups!!

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    Stephanie — September 8, 2011 @ 10:41 am

    i would love to make a big pot of sauce or some soup!

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    kelly garner — September 8, 2011 @ 10:48 am

    Dutch oven is very new to me, so wanting to learn and start cooking with it this product.

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — September 8, 2011 @ 10:48 am

    I love the idea of these meatballs! I can’t wait to try them. I would like to get more beans in my diet, but I just don’t like them. I think this might be a way to ease in very slowly!! Can’t wait to try these – and that pot would be perfect to make them in!

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    PolaM — September 8, 2011 @ 10:58 am

    What a great idea to add legumes in your meatballs! It sounds like a great way of changing up your regular meatballs. On my list of things to try!

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    Joy — September 8, 2011 @ 10:59 am

    The spaghetti looks great.

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    Melissa@IWasBornToCook — September 8, 2011 @ 11:28 am

    Right about now I’m craving some beef stew, so that’s what I’d make :)

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    rinku — September 8, 2011 @ 11:33 am

    This looks and sounds amazing! I love the pictures.

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    Regina W — September 8, 2011 @ 11:53 am

    I plan to cook a boston butt and have my hubby make some yummy bbq sauce. It will be perfect. Then I am going to try this recipe.

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    Tricia — September 8, 2011 @ 11:59 am

    Pot roast, all kinds of soup or have you ever baked bread in a dutch oven…..

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    BettyC — September 8, 2011 @ 12:00 pm

    I would first make Beef Stew…full of veggies! What a beautiful Dutch Oven!!

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    Apron Appeal — September 8, 2011 @ 12:23 pm

    I want to try my no knead sour dough bread. Also, thanks for reminding me about spaghetti squash. It’s funny how you can use something so frequently and then all of a sudden it drops off your radar and you have no idea where it’s gone to.

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    Andrea {From the Bookshelf} — September 8, 2011 @ 1:06 pm

    Either No Knead Bread or I have some beautiful short ribs that would love to jump in there!

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    Jessie C. — September 8, 2011 @ 1:13 pm

    I’d cook sweet potato casserole

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    Suzanne — September 8, 2011 @ 1:22 pm

    I’d cook Alton Brown’s Sourdough recipe for my husband.

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    Steve @ HPD — September 8, 2011 @ 1:34 pm

    Only got our Dutch oven about two years ago, and now I have no idea how we lived without it.

    Makes for a splatter-free fried chicken.

    But posole and the carnitas salad from Spilled Milk are our two go-to recipes.

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    Heidi Jo — September 8, 2011 @ 1:36 pm

    Definitely would make traditional Italian Sunday Gravy & also Red Wine Braised Short Ribs! Hope I win!

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    Dawn — September 8, 2011 @ 1:38 pm

    I’d either make a nice big pot of chicken and dumplings or a delicious pot roast. Yummy. :)

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    Pat R — September 8, 2011 @ 1:46 pm

    How I would love to make my grandmother’s Sauerbraten……..a Maryland speciality.

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    Ralph I — September 8, 2011 @ 2:08 pm

    I’ll cook either chicken and rice .. or some slow cooked beef and sausage chilli… mmmmm

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    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — September 8, 2011 @ 2:28 pm

    I love using spaghetti squash instead of pasta, it’s a wonderful alternative. I would make my great-grandmother’s soup in that cast iron dutch oven.

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    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — September 8, 2011 @ 2:30 pm

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    Feast on the Cheap — September 8, 2011 @ 2:59 pm

    I have been SO craving meatballs. These look spectacular

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    Shewanna — September 8, 2011 @ 4:19 pm

    I’ve never tried spaghetti squash so am inspired to give it a go. My hubby and I are training for a 1/2 marathon so this is right up our alley!

    I’ve never owned a dutch pot and am convinced that I would FINALLY get my Jamaican dishes to taste like my moms and my lentil soup to taste like my mother-in-laws.

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    Nancy Long — September 8, 2011 @ 4:56 pm

    we love spaghetti squash, have never tried it with sauce, usually have it as a side.

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    Jesse — September 8, 2011 @ 5:13 pm

    I soooooo want to try braised short ribs lasagna rollups……..mmmmmmmmmmmmm

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    Cécy — September 8, 2011 @ 5:29 pm

    I like the idea of using beans. My meatballs are meatless and made out of seitan, pecans, breadcrumbs and spices. But I like the idea of throwing some beans in the mix, it adds proteins too.

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    Rose — September 8, 2011 @ 5:43 pm

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    Beth B — September 8, 2011 @ 5:58 pm

    I love spaghetti squash and this looks delicious. I would make my ground turkey bolognese in the dutch oven. It would be so good over the squash.

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    Carolinaheartstrings — September 8, 2011 @ 6:53 pm

    I would make my mothers oven stew recipe!.. Once again great recipe and wonderful post. Visually just wonderful

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    Diane M. — September 8, 2011 @ 7:20 pm

    I would make boston baked beans, slow cooked in the dutch oven.

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    Amanda Andresen — September 8, 2011 @ 7:33 pm

    I would make my Husband’s favorite- ultimate beef stew & I would love to try making bread!

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    mjskit — September 8, 2011 @ 8:04 pm

    First let me say that your idea of using the beans in place of bread was ingenious! These meatballs looks fantastic! What would I cook in a dutch oven – a lot of food! During the winter it would stay on the stovetop and cook up soups, stews, braised meats, and beans – just to name a few. :)

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    Katie — September 8, 2011 @ 8:26 pm

    What wouldn’t I make??? First up would be stew and no knead bread!

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    Laura — September 8, 2011 @ 9:21 pm

    I would love to make a potato soup or a minestrone soup!

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    Cookin' Canuck — September 8, 2011 @ 9:38 pm

    I love the idea of adding pureed beans to the meat. Great way to add in healthy protein.

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    Krista {Budget Gourmet Mom} — September 8, 2011 @ 9:58 pm

    That sounds great! I always gain a little in summer too and it is my kids fault ;) I’m sure this would help loosen the pants a bit.

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    M — September 8, 2011 @ 10:05 pm

    stews!

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    Autumn — September 8, 2011 @ 11:33 pm

    After seeing this recipe, I think I would make it in that dutch oven for sure! :D

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    Julien — September 8, 2011 @ 11:39 pm

    That dutch oven is fantastic! I’d have to make some gumbo in there; there’s no doubt about that.

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    Angie's Recipes — September 9, 2011 @ 12:14 am

    I sometimes use okra/soya crumbs instead of breadcrumbs to make meatballs.
    Those look so delicious with that stunning tomato sauce.

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    Betsy — September 9, 2011 @ 3:52 am

    Great recipe! I am saving this one. Great giveaway, too! I would like to make short ribs in this dutch oven :)

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    Betsy — September 9, 2011 @ 4:57 am

    Great recipe! I am saving this one. Great giveaway, too! I would make short ribs in this dutch oven :)

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    Will H — September 9, 2011 @ 6:08 am

    I would slow cook (5 hours) a brisket if I won the dutch oven mmmmmmm.

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    Barbara — September 9, 2011 @ 6:36 am

    Morrocan Beef Tagine

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    Linda — September 9, 2011 @ 8:25 am

    How cool are these meatballs!! I always use spaghetti squash to avoid the carbs but never thought about adding in pureed beans to the meatballs!! I can’t wait to try these out!!

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    terry — September 9, 2011 @ 8:31 am

    Hmm.. Casseroles and Chicken and Dumplins would be my choice for using the dutch oven.

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    Karen Sue — September 9, 2011 @ 8:44 am

    I would make a yummy pot of Braised Beef Short Ribs

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    Sandra K — September 9, 2011 @ 9:04 am

    I would make pot roast – thanks!

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    Elisabeth — September 9, 2011 @ 9:26 am

    Oh! I would totally make dutch oven bread in that! Mmm!

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    Heather — September 9, 2011 @ 10:23 am

    I would love to make the Slow Carb Spaghetti & Meatballs. The 4-hour body diet is great, this is a perfect recipe and I cant wait to try it!

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    Dmarie — September 9, 2011 @ 10:23 am

    As there is a whole pork loin in the fridge right now, makes me think how great a pork roast would be cooking in that! And thanks for this recipe, Spicy, looks like a great reason for me to cook a spaghetti squash for the first time.

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    Carolyn — September 9, 2011 @ 10:59 am

    Love the look of those huge, big meatballs. And quite honestly, I like the sound of this diet too. Not that I need to be one one, but it just sounds HEALTHY.
    What would I cook in that gorgeous cast iron pot? Some warming fall soup, I think. It got chilly here quickly!

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    Nana — September 9, 2011 @ 1:25 pm

    I subscribe to you on FB,and RSS. I love your recipies and I would make chili in my new pot.

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    Lauren — September 9, 2011 @ 3:12 pm

    I would make this! Or some no-knead bread!

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    Cathy W — September 9, 2011 @ 4:25 pm

    I think I’d made those great looking meatball you made!

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    Judy — September 9, 2011 @ 5:40 pm

    I would use this first to bake some delicious bread – then on to other great meals!!

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    Helen Beaty — September 9, 2011 @ 6:35 pm

    I will use this to make my special miso soup using barley miso,dulse, shitake mushrooms, daikon radish, and parsley….a macrobiotic dish.. This should keep my immune system strong as we move into cooler weather. I follow you in facebook. Helen Beaty

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    Georgia Pellegrini — September 9, 2011 @ 7:27 pm

    These look so tasty! I love a good meatball. And I have more energy too when I cut those things out.

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    Denise A. — September 9, 2011 @ 8:26 pm

    I plan on making those meatballs, yumyum!

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    Jeri — September 10, 2011 @ 1:20 am

    I actually made this recipe for dinner yesterday. It was so good. I am gluten free and love spaghetti squash so this was a perfect recipe. It’s a keeper and maybe next time I will be able to make this in that fabulous pot:)

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    Amy @ Gastronome Tart — September 10, 2011 @ 10:57 am

    I have never heard about this slow carb thing! If this is on that diet, I’m in! All in!

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    El Rose — September 10, 2011 @ 2:02 pm

    I will immediately famiarize my new dutch oven with a slow turn of extra virgin olive oil, one diced onion and a gazillion cloves of garlic. Anything else that finds it’s way in is icing on the cake. Love your recipes!

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    pam — September 10, 2011 @ 6:42 pm

    I would cook chili! The first of the fall season!

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    Jean — September 11, 2011 @ 2:43 am

    Why, I do believe the first thing I would make in my new pot would be these meatballs &sauce!!!

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    Kita — September 11, 2011 @ 6:59 am

    It’s good to know Im not the only one who gains weight in the summer! I wish I knew why! I tend to eat much heartier foods in the winter. This spaghetti and meatballs sounds awesome and I love the size of the meatballs – no messing around there!

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    nanascriv — September 11, 2011 @ 11:59 am

    I really want to cook some of your slow carb creamy asparagus soup in that pot.

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    Biren @ Roti n Rice — September 11, 2011 @ 1:19 pm

    It’s been a while Sommer…hope you are doing well. The meatballs look fantastic. Using beans as a filler is a great idea. Will have to try it some time. Looking forward to more squashes in the fall.

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    Monet — September 11, 2011 @ 3:09 pm

    What a great recipe, my friend. Isn’t spaghetti squash amazing? Thank you for sharing another delicious recipe. As always, your posts make me smile. I hope you have a blessed beginning to your week. Much love from Austin!
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    sara — September 11, 2011 @ 3:52 pm

    Those meatballs look so yummy!! Great giveaway – if I won the dutch oven I would use it to make a great wild rice-butternut squash-sausage stew that I really love.

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    Patty — September 11, 2011 @ 4:25 pm

    Headed into fall, I’m in a soup mood – I’d use the dutch oven to cook some up.

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    Misty — September 11, 2011 @ 6:17 pm

    Just found your website…….. so many AMAZING recipes!!! I would cook my boys some beef roast for french dip sandwiches.

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    Sabrina@loulousucre — September 11, 2011 @ 9:02 pm

    I can’t wait for it to get cool enough to make a big pot of chili or jambalya!!

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    Amanda Thompson — September 11, 2011 @ 10:31 pm

    I would make beef stew with the dutch oven!

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    Maris (In Good Taste) — September 12, 2011 @ 12:33 am

    I would braise something – yum!

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    Gina — September 12, 2011 @ 10:34 am

    I would love to cook a hearty beef stew with tons of vegetables and potatoes, this would be the perfect dutch oven to make it in

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    Pauline Gudas — September 12, 2011 @ 12:21 pm

    I would love to win this dutch oven. Oven baked beef stew would be the first thing I would make in it

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    Gianna Patton — September 12, 2011 @ 1:55 pm

    I *love* your idea of using beans in lieu of breadcrumbs and milk! I’m trying this out tonight! :)

    I would use the Dutch oven for some good ol’ fashion chili for the boys on gameday (among many, many other meals)!

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    cathy k. — September 12, 2011 @ 3:19 pm

    Will make chicken soup.. and the yummy sounding slow carb meatball recipe.

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    Kim — September 13, 2011 @ 12:00 pm

    I would make a roast chicken!

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    Nive — September 13, 2011 @ 3:58 pm

    I might cook ‘Chicken stew’ if i won this beautiful oven….Thanks…

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    Cathy F. — September 14, 2011 @ 2:25 pm

    In the dutch oven, I would cook all the new gluten free recipes I’m learning!!

    Thanks for posting the meatball recipe – I was unsure what to use for a filler.

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    Tara — October 20, 2011 @ 6:55 am

    I was just thinking “How can I cook up these slow carb meatballs when I don’t have a huge dutch oven?!”

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    ashley — January 8, 2012 @ 3:00 pm

    My husband has been doing The 4 hour body diet since August of 2011 with great success but meat and beans have become boring…we are trying this recipe tonight. I just assembled my meatballs they smell devine before even going in the oven. For some reason the recipe gave me 12 huge meatballs…but that is more than OK. Thank you for this post…its impossible to get my hubby to eat veggies!

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    kelly — April 18, 2012 @ 9:22 pm

    I love this recipe, but I would suggest cutting the salt.

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    Amanda — April 25, 2012 @ 8:24 pm

    I have this on the stove right now and I have high hopes for it! I did want to let you know that your recipe forgets to mention adding the sundried tomatoes to the meat mixture. It’s mentioned in the steps, but not in the actual recipe. Thanks!

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    April Hunter — February 18, 2013 @ 7:02 am

    Just wanted to say that I’ve just made this marinara sauce AGAIN…and it’s now my standard sauce that I use for all my pasta dishes!!! It’s SO Good! I even had to substitute dried herbs today and it was still good (although not quite as nice).

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    Nick — September 22, 2013 @ 12:26 am

    We made this for dinner tonight and it was amazing! It tastes better than using actual pasta! It took a bit of time to prepare, but will last for several meals over the course of the week.

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