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Greek Meat Pasta (Makaronia me kima)

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A staple pasta dish in the Greek house. The cinnamon is what gives it the flavorful richness. The combination of Greek Mizithra cheese makes it even better.

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Nutrition

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  • Calories:
  • 516 kcal
  • 26%
  • Fat:
  • 21.9 g
  • 34%
  • Carbs:
  • 95.3g
  • 31%
  • Protein:
  • 23.9 g
  • 48%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 69 mg
  • 23%
  • Sodium:
  • 1317 mg
  • 53%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Directions

  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil; cook the rotini at a boil until tender yet firm to the bite, about 8 minutes; drain. Transfer to a large bowl and toss with 2 tablespoons olive oil.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat; cook and stir ground beef until browned, about 10 minutes. Add tomatoes, onion, water, tomato paste, cinnamon, sugar, cayenne, salt, and pepper; stir to combine. Simmer meat sauce over medium-low heat until flavors combine, 20 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  4. Pour meat sauce over rotini; mix well. Pour half the pasta mixture into a casserole dish; sprinkle with half the Mizithra cheese and half the mozzarella cheese. Top with remaining pasta mixture; sprinkle remaining Mizithra cheese and mozzarella cheese.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven until cheese is melted and bubbling, about 40 minutes.
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Reviews

nectaria
5
9/6/2012

My husband is from the Peloponesian region of Greece we liked the addition of the mozzerella cheese, but the sauce is missing approx ( to taste ) 8 whole cloves and a bayleaf....the only way my husband will eat it.

Lilcat
1
9/4/2012

I am so sorry to be the first reviewer and not leave a rave review for this recipe. I do love Greek food and this was OK. Not spicy, almost bland. I found it interesting but it is too much cheese for me. Not sure how I could change it to something I would like better. Sorry.