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 😉 ).