23 Reviews

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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Lizzie-Babette September 30, 2003

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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mmsaphire96 May 27, 2008

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

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sugarpea February 23, 2004

I loved the chilli in this and the nice flavours of the herbs and spices, but would have preferred a good slug of red wine to the maggi seasoning, Worchestershire sauce and red wine vinegar the recipe called for. But I think the family will ask for this again as a change from our normal pasta sauce. I will be browning my meat the same way as this no matter which version I make-that was a really good lesson thanks Evelyn.

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JustJanS November 03, 2003

This is an amazing dish!! I used 1/2 tsp of ground cinnamon and 1/2 tsp of ground allspice instead of the sticks and berries. I thought all the spices/herbs were an odd combination but it all worked out well. Browning the butter and tossing the noodles in it definitely cinched the deliciousness of this recipe. I put the browned buttered noodles in a large serving bowl and then tossed it with the sauce. Next time I will make Greek salads as a side dish to accompany this.

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charlaro August 03, 2014

Excellent recipe. Came together really easy. I was looking for a meat sauce recipe that would come close to my grandmothers (greek decent), and this came very close. My family loved it.

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Chef Kleme December 28, 2012

Delicious. Works great with vegetarian crumbles.

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Cinnamon Turtle March 19, 2011

I really liked this but the family was not as excited about it. As with most tomato sauces the flavors really deepened after sitting a day, and we would have rated it lower if we had done it directly after eating. I used 1/4 t of ground cinnamon and allspice instead of the whole spices. One big disappointment....I was really looking forward to the flavor tossing the pasta in the browned butter would add, but we could not taste a differnce from just plain pasta at all, so I do not think I would do that step again. But with all that said I would make this again, and that is all that really matters.

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Michelle S. January 11, 2010

Ev, I made this last night and it was delicious. I used the last of our fresh tomatoes from the garden instead canned, so I did have to simmer the liquid out a bit longer, but boy was it good! It did come together quickly just as promised. You are my favorite chef on this site! I love your recipes!

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Kate-O October 17, 2009

I made this for company, everyone loved it. Made just as directed. Thank you, Ev

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Imagenie October 13, 2009
Ev's Greek Spaghetti Dinner