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Apr 25, 2010 03:30 PM

What size DO would you use for this recipe?

I'm looking to get an enameled cast iron dutch oven. I currently have a 12 qt. Cusinart Multiclad-Pro DO/Stock Pot (great deal for $89.99 at

I use the Cusinart to make large pots of homemade pasta sauce and chili.

I want to make the recipe below. You sear the meat, then saute the onions etc. on the stove top, then cover and finish in the oven.

Would a stainless work as good as the enameled cast iron?

I'm thinking the 9.5 qt. Le Crueset would work. Would the 7.25 qt be large enough? I watched the show and can't figure what size he used. There aren't many choices in the 9.5 qt. range.



Extra-virgin olive oil
8 Ultimate Meatballs (these are tangerine size
)2 tablespoons kosher salt, plus more for seasoning
1 tablespoon black peppercorns, plus freshly ground black pepper for seasoning
2 tablespoons fennel seeds
1 rack 8 pork spare ribs, cut into 2 to 3-rib pieces
1 (2 pound) boneless pork shoulder, cut into 2 pieces (so it cooks at the same time as the ribs/meatballs)
4 sprigs fresh thyme
4 sprigs fresh oregano
4 medium carrots, roughly chopped
1 large onion, roughly chopped
2 ribs celery, roughly chopped
2 cups dry red wine
3 (28-ounce) cans tomatoes (recommended: San Marzano)
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 pounds spaghetti, cooked al dente in salted water

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  1. Without actually trying it, I think the 7 1/4qt would be too small. It might hold everything initially but overflow in the oven. Why not use your Cusinart Stock Pot? At least for one time to see how it works.

    Good luck.

    2 Replies
    1. re: RichardM

      I watched the show again and it looks like he's using an oval crockpot. The largest oval LC is 6.25 qt.

      Maybe the 7.25 qt. would work.

      Will a Stainless Stock Pot work as good as enameled cast iron?

      1. re: pguidry

        pguidry: The largest oval LC is 6.25 qt.

        There are bigger sizes for an oval shape than 6.75 qt (not 6.25 qt) .
        - 9.5 qt.

        - 8 qt, which is not listed at the LC website (strange?) but available at Amazon and Bloomies, etc.

        I kind of agree with Richard for the size. A 7.25 qt sounds too small for this recipe, but I did not try it either.