Makaronia Me Kima (Greek Spaghetti and Meatsauce)

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Photo updated July 2012 (original photo lost in domain switch)
Photo updated July 2012 (original photo lost in domain switch)

 

Normally, I don’t feel like cooking on Fridays so I tend to throw something in the crockpot in the morning, or we eat out that night. Tonight neither was an option, so I went with something pretty simple–spaghetti and meatsauce. Rather than the traditional pasta sauce, I made a Greek-style one (well, it’s traditional for me, I guess). Greek meatsauce (kima) is thicker and more spicy-sweet than a regular bolognese. To say it was a staple growing up would be an understatement. We ate it at least weekly and I find myself making it almost monthly (that’s a lot for someone who likes to try new foods as often as I do).

It does take a bit of time to cook, but it’s mostly hands-off.  You can also make it ahead of time and then just gently reheat it with a small amount of extra water or broth while your pasta boils. I like to use small food safe bags for the allspice, cinnamon, and bay, which is much easier to fish out at the end!

Makaronia Me Kima (Greek Spaghetti and Meatsauce)