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A Classic Dish w/ a Twist: Kelp Spaghetti and Meatballs

Category: Recipes
2 June 2010, Comments: 3



Kelp noodles in bowl




As I’ve discussed before, cooking in bulk is the way to go.  With a dish like spaghetti and meatballs, you definitely cannot go wrong. Today, I’m bringing you a classic dish not only packed with a combination of essential proteins and carbohydrates, but it also has properties that boasts the same health properties as sea vegetables. Did I mention this dish is 100% Paleo? 

Our pasta substitute is Kelp Noodles. Don’t let the name push you away from this dish. Kelp Noodles are just so versatile, you could prepare almost any Paleo meal w/ them. Fast, easy, and convenient. 


Can you say that about regular pasta?

If you want to try out these noodles you could easily purchase them at Whole Foods, several Asian markets, or even here Sea Tangle Noodle Company. Depending where you go, one package would cost up to $5.00 and easily feed between 2-4 people (depending on your appetite).

Sometimes I get that craving for pasta, and this is what I come up with.

Hope you enjoy it!


Kelp Spaghetti & Meatballs



  •   2 lbs. grassfed ground beef (if you don’t have this Trader Joe’s has 96/4 Lean Ground Beef
  •  3 or 4 chicken apple sausage links (diced up)
  •  chopped celery, onions, carrots, and bell pepper (optional: spinach)
  •  3-4 cage free eggs
  •  2/3 cup almond meal
  •  spices & herbs: dried oregano, thyme, parsley, garlic powder/garlic salt, cracked black pepper, pinch of cumin seed
  • 2 tbsp flax seed oil (optional)



  •  1 bottle of Trader Joe’s Organic Marina Sauce
  •  1 can of diced tomatoes
  •  handful of fresh basil
  •  about 5 chopped garlic cloves
  •  a pinch of salt
  •  using a big saucepan (place all the ingredients and warm it up for a bit)


Prep Time: 20 minutes

Baking Time: 45 minutes to 1 hour

1) Saute the diced up chicken sausage in olive oil and garlic, prior to adding to the mixture.
2) Using your hands mix ingredients together (be careful the sausage maybe hot still)
3) Preheat oven to 375 F.
4) From into large meatballs.
5) Brown the meatballs just a bit —  prior to setting them in the baking dish.
6) After placing the meatballs in the baking dish, pour the sauce all over leaving no meatball “unsauced”
7) Place in oven (I like to use foil to cover the dish), and bake for about 45 minutes to 1 hour or until you see the sauce bubbling a bit.
8) Rinse your kelp noodles and leave them in a bowl of water for just a few minutes to give them a chance to breathe and soften. Before serving, don’t forget to drain your noodles.
9) Place your noodles in a bowl and top w/ your meatballs.

There you have it. I hope you enjoy it.Enjoy!



3 responses on “A Classic Dish w/ a Twist: Kelp Spaghetti and Meatballs

  1. I would have never thought to use kelp as noodles. I’ll have to try it.

  2. I would have never thought to use kelp as noodles. I’ll have to try it.

  3. taobao buy says:

    The best idea in this post.

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