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When I cook traditional…Greek?-Spaghetti with minced meat

No matter how traditional a recipe is as I am cooking it becomes untraditional in no time, either because of me as I will add some extra stuff and alternate the tradition, or like today I will tend to chose a dish which will happen to have, well,…lets call it… wide spread roots …Take the “makaronia me kima” (spaghetti with minced meat) the ultra “traditional” Greek dish which you will taste in every Greek home…
It turns out the dish and its variations exists in many traditions espacialy the Indian with a similar name Keema or Queema…
DSC_0150otvWhat differs KIMA from KEEMA is a very important ingredient added to many meat dishes in Greece-CINNAMON

I love combining many spices so I have added some extra ingredients such as all spice, petimezi and bay leaves…


  • Spaghetti – 1 lb
  • Lean Ground Beef – 1 lb (You can use Lamb or Pork instead of Beef)
  • Finely Diced Onions – 2-3 medium
  • Fresh diced tomatoes – 2-3 medium
  • Tomato Paste – 1/4 cup
  • Minced Garlic – 3 cloves
  • Cinnamon stick–1
  • Cinnamon powder – 1 tbsp
  • All spice-1 tbsp
  • Bay Leaves – 1
  • Sugar or Petimezi–1 tbsp
  • White wine – 1 cup
  • Olive Oil – 1/2 cup
  • Salt – to taste
  • Water – As needed



  1. Wash the minced meat thoroughly in a colander atleast 4 or 5 times and allow it to drain.
  2.  Heat 4 tbsp oil in a deep pan and add onions. Saute till the onions become translucent.
  3. Add garlic and saute till cooked
  4. Add the marinated ground meat and cook for 10 minutes till almast dry
  5. Add white wine and cook…let the wine evaporate
  6. Add tomato paste to the pan along with 1/2 cup of water. Mix everything well.
  7. Add the bay leaves, all spice and cinnamon stick
  8. Add the marinated ground meat and tomato paste to the pan along with 1/2 cup of water. Mix everything well.
  9. Allow to cook for 10minutes on a medium medium flame.
  10. Switch off the stove and add cinnamon powder
  11. Cook the spaghetti in boiling water according to the instructions on the packet. Add salt and 1/2 tsp olive oil while cooking spaghetti.
  12. Drain the spaghetti and keep aside.



  1. Sprinkle the plate with grated cheeseDSC_0007otv
  2. Place spaghetti on the plate and sprinkle with cheese again
  3. Pour the cooked minced meat along with its gravy on top of the spaghetti
  4. Sprinkle with cheese and adjust salt and pepper to taste.
  5. You can add chopped parsley on top (optional)DSC_0156otv

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