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Makaronia Me Kima (Greek Pasta with Meat Sauce)

Course Main
Cuisine Greek
Keyword beef, meat, noodle, pasta, sauce, spaghetti
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
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Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 4 -6 Servings


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 2-3 allspice berries or large pinch ground
  • pinch ground cloves
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 15 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 tablespoon butter
  • 1 pound dried spaghetti
  • Grated cheese for garnish (mizithra, kefalotyri)


  • In a large saucepan, drizzle olive oil over medium high heat. Add the ground beef and cook, breaking up into small pieces, until browned. Stir in the onions and cook until softened. Add the garlic and cook just until fragrant, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Add the red wine and simmer for 2 minutes.
  • Stir in the cinnamon, sugar, allspice, cloves, salt, pepper, tomato sauce, and water. Reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered and stirring occasionally, until just a little liquid remains, 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  • Stir in the parsley and butter until the butter melts.
  • In a large pot, bring water to a boil. Cook pasta until just tender, al dente. Drain and serve pasta topped with meat sauce and grated cheese.