Thursday, October 24, 2013

Simple Weeknight Spaghetti with Meat Sauce (with a Greek twist)

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I know right, just a weeknight dinner any time of the year. However, the wind is blowing like a son of a gun right now, it's dark, gloomy, rainy and they are calling for snow showers...

Spaghetti it is!!  But we're not going to be opening up a jar, no, no, no!!  We will make homemade in less than 45 minutes.  You're family will love you, you will love yourself, heck they might even do the dishes!!
What I absolutely love about this version of the sauce is the special "Greek" ingredient found in most red sauces that just tantilizes your taste buds for the sake of a better word.  It's just slightly there, no one can really figure out what it is, but man oh man is it good! And what better weather for this hearty, comfy dish than the weather we are having tonight.

Ready for the recipe?  Here we go;

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 30-40 minutes
Yield: 4-6 servings

1lb ground beef
1lb dried spaghetti
2 tbsp olive oil

1 medium onion, diced
2 large garlic cloves, minced
1 medium green bell pepper, diced
28oz can of crushed tomatoes
15 Oz can of diced tomatoes drained
1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried thyme 
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
*magic ingredient*
1 tsp cinnamon
4 tbsp unsalted butter *optional*


-In a medium saucepan, brown your brown beef and drain excess fat, remove onto a plate, and set aside. 

-Using the same saucepan, add your olive oil and bring to medium high heat.  Add your onions, saute for a few minutes till translucent and then add in the garlic.  Saute for one minute more.  Add in the diced pepper , saute for 1 minute more then add in the ground beef and spices.  Saute for a couple of minutes till the spices have been nicely incorporated.  

-Add in your sauces and your sugar.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat to very low and simmer for 20-30 minutes.  Taste for seasonings.

-Meanwhile, about 10 minutes before your sauce will be done, bring a large saucepan filled with water and a pinch of salt to boil.  Add in your spaghetti and cook till Ala dente and drain.

-You can either drain pasta and then add the butter so the noodles won't stick (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED) or you can return the drained noodles to the sauce omitting the butter.

I highly recommend the first tip!!  There is just something about a pasta under an amazing sauce... it like sings to me!!  Plus it's absolutely delicious with that hint of butter and a good grating of cheese!!

Till next time!!

Dishin with Didi


  1. Yes! I know folk who use both cinnamon & chocolate in their tomato based sauces... I never have but I'll have to give it a try one of these days! :)

  2. Oooooh! Gonna have to try that!

  3. Hi Didi, the meat sauce looks and sounds great and flavor-rich!!! A very favorite dish in our household! Hope you enjoy the weekend :)

  4. Didi my friend I love this dish! I could eat the whole pot! You made it super delicious! Filakia polla!

    1. I love your cooking as well Katerina! ♥

  5. What a great comfort food dish for busy weekends and time-crunched weeknights! It's not even 10 am here and I'm already drooling! Thanks for sharing another wonderful dish with us my sweet friend! xo