Makaronia me Kima (Spaghetti with meat sauce)
Recipe type: Main Course
Cuisine: Greek
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Serves: 6
Delicious Greek Makaronia me Kima (spaghetti with meat sauce) that is simple to make and will satisfy any night of the week
  • 1 ½ pounds ground beef
  • 8 ounces of your preferred pasta noodles
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup red wine (optional)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 (15-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans tomato sauce
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons dry oregano
  • ¼ cup parsley, chopped (optional)
  • Grated cheese (Mizithra, Kefalotyri or Parmesan)
  1. In a saucepan, heat olive oil over medium heat and add in the ground beef. Pound the beef with a spoon to break up into chunks. Season with salt, pepper, cinnamon and oregano, and brown the beef.
  2. Add onions and garlic and sauté until onions have softened. Make sure to stir continuously. If using wine, add the wine and allow it to simmer for 2-3 minutes before adding the next ingredients.
  3. Add tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, and water to the pot.
  4. Cover the pot with a lid (leave the lid off slightly). Lower the heat and simmer for about 30 minutes, being sure to stir occasionally (from the bottom).
  5. While the meat sauce cooks, prepare the spaghetti according to package directions.
  6. Check the meat sauce and add more salt and pepper, cinnamon and oregano if needed. Once the meat sauce has thickened and you've adjusted spices to your taste, stir and remove from heat. Mix in the parsley.
  7. Serve noodles on a large platter and top with the meat sauce. Sprinkle on the grated cheese.
Tip: Make a double or triple batch of the meat sauce and freeze in Ziploc freezer bags. Works great to warm back up for nights where there is little time to cook.
Recipe by Eleni Saltas at