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Greek Style Meat Sauce {Makaronia Me Kima}

An easy traditional Greek style meat sauce for pasta.  Perfect for busy weeknight suppers.
Course Main
Cuisine Greek
Keyword greek style meat sauce, Makaronia Me Kima, meat sauce recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 572kcal
Author Erren @ Erren's Kitchen

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large red onion chopped or sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • ½ cup white wine or red wine
  • 28 oz can crushed or pureed tomatoes
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • 4 leaves fresh mint chopped
  • fresh parsley (a good handful) chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ lb pasta

Instructions

  • Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large pan over medium heat. Cook the onion until soft, add the garlic, followed by the cinnamon, allspice, ground cloves, and dried oregano. Cook to release the flavors.
  • Fry until fully cooked and no pink shows at all in the meat (about 8 minutes). Add the tomato paste and stir into the meat.
  • Stir in the wine and allow to cook down.
  • Add the tomatoes, sugar, parsley, and fresh mint. Stir together, season with salt and pepper. Lower the heat and simmer for 25 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to the package instructions. Drain and serve topped with the sauce.

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Notes

  • This recipe calls for ground beef, but authentic recipes would call for lamb.  You could easily use ground pork or turkey too.
  • The longer you simmer, the deeper the flavor, so if you have the time, cook the sauce longer and add a little water if it gets too thick.
  • For a more authentic combination, instead of serving with Parmesan cheese, try using Greek Mizithra cheese.
  • For a low-fat option, try dry frying the meat and adding cooking spray when adding the onions and garlic.
  • Different regions of Greece use varied ingredients.  Other options are adding cayenne pepper, ground cloves, bay leaves or topped with mozzarella cheese.

Nutrition

Calories: 572kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 117mg | Potassium: 662mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 80IU | Vitamin C: 3.6mg | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 4.2mg