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    Ev's Greek Spaghetti Dinner

    Ev's Greek Spaghetti Dinner. Photo by evelyn/athens

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    1 hr 35 mins

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    1 hr 20 mins

    evelyn/athens's Note:

    Don't be put off by the long list of ingredients and instructions - it comes together really quickly and I'm a stickler for detail. This is really good and I do recommend you try spaghetti 'the Greek way'. I'm pretty sure you're going to like it.;-) If you want to make this a totally Greek dinner, then serve with a Greek salad, crusty bread, red wine, and fresh fruit for dessert.

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    1. 1
      In a medium to large sized pot, add the olive oil, onion and garlic and cook, stirring often, over high heat until onion is translucent and whole house smells good, about 4 minutes. Add ground beef and smash down with the tip of your wooden spoon to break it up. Brown beef well.
    2. 2
      When you think it’s been browned long enough and it’s time to give it a stir to redistribute the meat for more browning – STOP – wait another minute and a half to two minutes, and then stir up the meat. Do this repeatedly until all the meat is good and brown. This is important for the end result. For a good meat sauce, you want your meat to have browned sufficiently, and most people don’t give it enough time. In all, this process should take 12-15 minutes.
    3. 3
      Add all the remaining ingredients, bring back to a boil, and reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer, uncovered, for 35 minutes, then cover pot and simmer a further 30 minutes. This is as long as I cook it for my family, the sauce is as thick as we like it. If you like your sauce thicker, cook it uncovered slightly longer before covering the pot (another 5-10 minutes?). If you like your sauce thinner, cover the pot after 25-30 minutes of simmering before continuing with the additional half hour.
    4. 4
      Fish out bay leaves, chilis (if using), allspice berries and cinnamon sticks.
    5. 5
      This recipe makes quite a lot of sauce, which is a good thing as you can freeze what's left to enjoy on another day, when there's little to no time to cook a homemade meal.
    6. 6
      To make authentic greek-style pasta: Cook pasta (I usually use spaghettini, but not exclusively) in the regular way until al dente. Drain.
    7. 7
      In the dry pot you cooked the pasta in, add the butter (BUTTER, not oil, not margarine); melt and brown the butter. This takes about 3-4 minutes at high heat. Turn off heat source and add spaghetti back to the pot. Toss to coat with browned butter.
    8. 8
      Put spaghetti in large platter, pour half of sauce over, sprinkle with about ½ cup myzithra cheese.
    9. 9
      Put the remaining sauce in a deep bowl and serve at the table for people to top off their pasta along with extra grated cheese.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on September 30, 2003


      This tastes very much like my grandmother's spaghetti, so it was a very memorable meal for me. I've never liked any meat sauce but hers, and now I feel that I can recreate it myself (Grammie would be so proud!). I made this exactly as directed except for three things: had to use ground allspice (about 1/4 - 1/2 t or so), had to use ground cinnamon (also about 1/4 - 1/2 t or so), and used more cheese just because I love mizithra! The taste was really outstanding (reminded me a bit of the sauce Grammie used to make with chicken kapama). The recipe really does come together quickly; while the meat was browning, I measured out the dry ingredients in one ramekin, and put the wet ingredients (except for tomatoes and water) in another, so it was a snap to make, although it was torture to wait for the sauce to be ready - smelled too good! Per Evelyn's suggestion, we paired this with a simple salad, bread, and red wine. Wonderful and delicious!

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    • on May 27, 2008

      i think this is great!!! ecspecially since i'm a student in middle school that just got a big greek project {which was to make a greek recipe book!} i'd like to thank you for the recipe it was a big help!!!! - M.M.

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    • on February 23, 2004


      Excellent spaghetti sauce! Wouldn't change a thing except maybe to add a couple more chiles next time. Just delicious!!

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    Nutritional Facts for Ev's Greek Spaghetti Dinner

    Serving Size: 1 (325 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 486.9
    Calories from Fat 254
    Total Fat 28.3 g
    Saturated Fat 13.8 g
    Cholesterol 95.9 mg
    Sodium 689.4 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 34.5 g
    Dietary Fiber 3.6 g
    Sugars 5.0 g
    Protein 23.6 g

    The following items or measurements are not included:

    maggi seasoning sauce

    allspice berries

    mizithra cheese

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