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Persian Style Spaghetti

In Iran we call all kinds of pasta, macaroni. Therefore, if I tell I have macaroni for today it means I have Persian style spaghetti Bolognese and macaroni known as spaghetti.
Another thing about pasta is that we also cook pasta like rice. It means first simmer spaghetti in boiling water and then steamed. So we treat pasta like rice, it means in the process of cooking, we cover bottom of the pot with a slice of a flat bread or thinly slices of potatoes or simply plain noodles. BUT BUT BUT BUTTT :), at the end result is amazing and you will have tasty macaroni plus crispy bread, potatoes or noodles from bottom of the pot.

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300g spaghetti
200g ground beef
1 large onion, finely chopped
1 small bell pepper, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, grated
2 cups of fresh grated tomatoes

1 tbsp tomato paste
½ tsp turmeric
1 tsp oregano powder
1/3 tsp cinnamon
Salt and chilli powder to taste




How to make it??

Heat the oil in a frying pan, add chopped onion and saute until just soft. Mix in diced bell pepper and sauté until tender. Add turmeric, salt, flakes chili, cinnamon and oregano to the mixture and stir.
Add minced beef and stir until mixed and brown. At the end, add tomato passata and stir couple of minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside. Sauce is ready.
In a large pot bring water to a boil, add salt and 2tbsp oil to it. Cook pasta 2-3 minutes less than package instructions, strain and set aside.
Heat 3 Tbsp oil in the pot. Add a layer of a flat bread or slices of potato or plain noodles ( as you see in the photo). Then, a layer of sauce. Keep layering until pasta and meat sauce have used.
Cover the pot with a lid. Let it cook on low heat for 20 minutes. 

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