Greek Meat Sauce and Pasta

Greek Meat Sauce and Pasta

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Greek Meat Sauce and Pasta or as my kids like to call it Pasta me Kima (kee-MAH) is one of our favorite family recipes. Very popular all over Greece and super easy to make. Every cook tends to make adjustments here and there so this is the version I was taught and the version my kids and their friends love to eat!

Tip… When I first started making this dish, one of my best friends gave me a tip so that I would never overcook or burn it. That’s the fear of the pressure cooker in my mind. You can’t see what’s going on in there until it’s too late. So she said to open the pressure cooker at 20-25 minutes and if you see the sauce to be too watery, then just continue cooking on high heat with the top off for another 5-10 minutes until it thickens. This tip has been my safety net and I have yet to burn or overcook anything in the pressure cooker!

Greek Meat Sauce and Pasta

Ingredients –

  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 pound ground beef ( I use 80% lean 20% fat but any will work)
  •  1/2 Tbsp salt
  • 1 Tsp pepper
  • 1 Tsp ground cloves
  • 2 to 3 bay leaves
  • 1 Tsp cinnamon
  • 1 Tsp allspice
  • blended 14.5 oz can of diced tomatoes (or plain tomato sauce)
  • 2 cups of water
  • Any type of pasta
  • Mizithra or parmesan cheese

Directions

1. Add 1 Tbsp. olive oil and brown ground beef on medium heat, about 5 min. You can do this in a pan or in the pressure cooker.

2. Strain ground beef then add it to the pressure cooker

3. Add salt, pepper, ground cloves, bay leaves, cinnamon, allspice, blended 14.5 oz can of diced tomatoes (or plain tomato sauce), 2 cups of water to the pressure cooker

5. Close and lock the lid of the pressure cooker, set on high heat until the yellow button pops up ( about 8 minutes). This indicates that the pressure has been built.

6. Now set cooktop heat to low and set your timer for 25 min

7. After the timer goes off, turn the heat off, unlock the valve to release steam

8. Once the yellow button goes down, it’s safe to open the top completely

9. If you see the sauce to be a bit thin and watery, don’t worry, just continue cooking on high heat with the top off for another 5-10 minutes until it thickens.

10. This a good time to make boil your pasta.

11. Add pasta and meat sauce to the plate and sprinkle with mizithra or parmesan cheese

 

 

Greek Meat Sauce and Pasta is a huge favorite at our house!

Check out my other favorite recipes here…

 


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