Greek Macaroni With Meat Sauce

READY IN: 1hr 15mins




  • In a large, deep skillet over medium high heat, warm oil.
  • Add onions and garlic and saute till translucent (about 5 minutes).
  • Add beef and brown well, breaking meat up as it cooks.
  • Stir in cloves, cinnamon, bay leaf, tomatoes, tomato paste and wine. Stir, reduce heat and simmer till thick and flavors are well blended (about 1 hour).
  • Adjust seasonings.
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil, add macaroni and cook according to package directions, or till just tender to the bite (15-20 minutes). Drain well. (the original recipe calls for 2 lbs of pasta - this sounded like a huge amount to me, so use your own judgement regarding your own family's tastes).
  • Place half the macaroni on a large heated platter. Sprinkle generously with cheese. Place remaining macaroni on top and sprinkle again with cheese.
  • Melt butter in a large skillet over medium high heat till it foams and turns golden brown, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon so that it does not burn.
  • Pour butter over macaroni then spoon some of the meat sauce over the top.
  • Serve macaroni with remaining meat sauce in a bowl alongside. Pass additional cheese and serve immediately.