Pasta with meat sauce (Makaronia me Kima)

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A nice easy to make comfort food, that will become your family’s favorite


  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil (optional)
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 23 berries of allspices (or a nice pinch of ground)
  • Pinch of ground cloves (optional)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 15 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 tbsp. butter
  • 1 lb. pasta
  • Grated Mizithra or Kefalotyri cheese


  1. In a 4-quart saucepan, add oil and brown the ground beef over medium-high heat until all pink color disappears.
  2. Add the onions and sauté until translucent. Add garlic and sauté until fragrant, about a minute. Add the wine and allow it to simmer a minute or two before adding the next ingredients.
  3. Add, cinnamon, allspice, cloves (if using), salt, pepper, sugar, tomato sauce and water. Bring the heat down to low and simmer uncovered for at least 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. The sauce should be meat with some juice.
  4. Add the parsley and 1/2 tbsp. butter. (The flavors of the sauce will develop the longer if it sits, and it’s sometimes even better the second day after you make it.)
  5. Prepare the pasta according to package directions. Serve pasta with meat sauce topping and don’t forget the grated cheese.
  6. Note: If you cant find Mizithra or Kefalotyri cheese, substitute with Pecorino Roman or Parmesan Cheese
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