Μακαρονάδα (Spaghetti with Meat Sauce)

Tonight heralded the start of fall…I had to wear my hoodie outside! yay! Fall is my most favorite season!  and one of the many reasons why is because I start to crave hearty meals like this one.  To be honest, I have not craved this meal in a long time since this was a weekly standby my Mom made for us growing up.  But last week, when I saw the Greek Gourmand’s Post on the subject, I knew it was time.  This is COMFORT food.  Why?  Because it is so easy, so filling and so simple! (I left out one very important characteristic of comfort food: it’s probably bad for you…bad in a good way 🙂 )

…And don’t we all need a lil’ comfort, especially today?  I remember where I was 7 years ago, in a darkroom at the Forensics Lab processing film (back in the ol’ days before adopting digital technology), when I heard the news on the radio.  I wish I could send all my warm & hearty meals out to the world…at least here’s a recipe.  Eat more, fight less.

My mom’s recipe is just a bit different than Sam’s, but to me it’s the only one (sorry Sam!).

Μακαρονάδα (Spaghetti with Meat Sauce)

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp nutmeg (or to taste)
  • 1 package spaghetti (or any pasta, my made it with egg noodles a bunch)
  • Grated Mizithra (or if you don’t have any around like me, Locatelli Pecorino Romano is a good substitute)
  • 1 tbsp butter

Brown the beef in pan with oil, add onions and saute until transparent.  Add tomato sauce, nutmeg and S&P.  Simmer until water evaporates out (reduced).  While you are making the sauce, cook the pasta.  Drain pasta and toss with butter and some of the grated cheese.  Serve pasta with meat sauce and sprinkle a little bit more cheese on top (more cheese never hurts 😉 ).

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5 Responses to Μακαρονάδα (Spaghetti with Meat Sauce)

  1. Nicole says:

    I wore my hoodie for the first time yesterday as well! I can’t wait Fall is my favorite! Weird we both posted about comforting food that we grew tired of. Why does fall trigger so many memories?

  2. ophile says:

    I totally was inspired by your post on the subject and your theme for supper club! That’s what triggered the idea of comfort food in this post.

  3. Peter says:

    I can have this pasta summer or winter…it’s just that good!

  4. Kelly says:

    I want to make this immediately. I cook with a lot of healthier meats and nonmeats but sometimes nothing beats good ol’ beef. Do you think parmesan would work here?

  5. ophile says:

    Peter- agreed! I was licking my plate last night!

    Kelly- You could use parm but most grocery stores carry locatelli (it’s worth it!). And yes sometimes you have to go with beef. This beef was actually pretty lean, I got it from Greensgrow but not sure which farm they got it from. It was so delicious! I’m sure grazing on grass has to do with it’s leaness ;).

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