Makaronia me Kima recipe (Greek style spaghetti in meat sauce)

Makaronia me Kima recipe (Greek style spaghetti in meat sauce/bolognese)

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  • Author: Eli K. Giannopoulos
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 30 min
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 6 portions 1x
  • Category: Main
  • Method: Boiled
  • Cuisine: Greek


Makaronia me Kima (Greek style spaghetti in meat sauce recipe) – The Greek version of spaghetti bolognese – is one of the most popular dishes in Greece.



For the meat sauce

  • 750g beef or lamb mince (26 ounces)
  • 2 red onions (chopped)
  • 2 cloves of garlic (chopped)
  • 1 carrot, grated (optional)
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes (400g/ 14 oz.)
  • 1/4 of a cup water
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 glass of red wine
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • a pinch of cinnamon or one cinnamon stick
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 1/4 of a cup olive oil

For the spaghetti

  • 1 package spaghetti
  • salt
  • boiling water
  • 2 tsps olive oil
  • 200g Parmigiano-Reggiano or kefalograviera (7 ounces)


  1. To prepare this Greek style spaghetti with meat sauce recipe (Makaronia me kima), begin by preparing the meat sauce. Heat a large pan to medium-high heat and add the olive oil. Stir in the chopped onions and carrot and sauté, until softened and slightly coloured. Stir in the garlic, tomato puree and the mince breaking it up with a wooden spoon and sauté, until caramelized. Pour in the red wine and deglaze (wait to evaporate). Add the tinned tomatoes, water, sugar, cinnamon stick, cloves, bay leaf and a good pinch of salt and pepper. Bring to the boil, turn the heat down and simmer with the lid on for about 30 minutes, until most of the juices have evaporated.
  2. Cook the spaghetti in salted boiling water according to package instructions. Drain the pasta in a collander and stir in 2tsp of olive oil.
  3. Serve with grated cheese and a nice refreshing Greek feta salad and enjoy over a glass of  wine!


  • Serving Size: 1 portion
  • Calories: 767kcal
  • Sugar: 8.5g
  • Sodium: 1562.3mg
  • Fat: 26.1g
  • Saturated Fat: 9.6g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 15.1g
  • Trans Fat: 0.1g
  • Carbohydrates: 75.2g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Protein: 52.8g
  • Cholesterol: 99mg

Keywords: Makaronia me Kima recipe, Greek Spaghetti sauce, Greek Bolognese