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ONE-POT PASTA WITH MEAT SAUCE: MACARONIA ME KIMA

One-Pot Pasta: Greek Macaronia me Keema

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Ingredients

  • ​Serves 6-8:
  • ​2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 small onions, finely chopped
  • 4-6 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce or crushed tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon or 1 cinnamon stick
  • ​Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1-pound uncooked pasta
  • 5 cups water
  • ​grated parmesan or kefalotiri

Instructions

1

Place the chopped onion and garlic cloves along with the olive oil in a pot and cook over medium heat until soft and golden. About 15 minutes.

2

Add the ground beef along with salt, pepper, cinnamon, oregano, and red pepper flakes. Break up the meat and cook over medium-high heat 3-4 minutes or until browned.

3

​Add the canned tomatoes. Rinse out the can with some water and add to the pot.

4

​Cover the pot and cook over high heat for about 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. The sauce will thicken.

5

Taste and adjust seasoning if needed. If the sauce tastes acidic add 1 teaspoon of sugar or honey.

6

​Add the pasta, 2 teaspoons salt, and 5 cups of water and bring to a boil.

7

Reduce to a simmer and cover the pot with the lid. Simmer for 15-20 minutes or until the pasta is cooked al-dente. Taste and add some more salt and pepper if needed.

8

Add the parsley and stir.

9

Serve immediately.

10

To reheat the following day, add ½ cup of water and warm through over medium-low heat.

11

Top with grated cheese and Enjoy!

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