Persian style meatballs spaghetti

Dear friends, please do not forget this is a Persian style spaghetti so do not surprise if the method of preparation is a little bit different because In Iran we  cook pasta like cook the  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, 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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Ingredients

  • 150 g spaghetti
  • 200 g ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, grated
  • 1 bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 potato, thinly sliced
  • 1 can tomato, diced
  • 3 Tbsp tomato paste
  • Salt- chilli powder to taste
  • 1 Tsp turmeric
  • 1 Tsp cinnamon
  • Extra olive oil

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Preparation

In a bowl with ground beef, add grated onion. Season with salt- pepper, and also add turmeric and cinnamon. Mix all ingredients together well. Give small ball shapes to the meat and fry them in a pan until meatballs are brown. Then, add tomato paste to the meat balls and heat for 2 minutes and set aside.

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In a separate pan, heat the oil and saute chopped bell peppers for 5 minutes. Add diced can tomato to the bell pepper and fry for 2-3 minutes, then pour fried bell pepper and tomatoes over the meat balls, gently stir. Your sauce is ready.

Now, in a pot, bring to boil water, add some salt, 1 Tbsp oil and spaghetti. Cook it for 10 minutes then drain the spaghetti using a colander.

Now pour 3 Tbsp oil in the pot, let it hot, then lay on sliced potatoes as you see in the image, then pour par cooked spaghetti top of the potatoes and at the end pour meatballs over the spaghetti. Cover the pot with a lid and let spaghetti cook for 20minutes over medium to low heat.

Once spaghetti is cooked , you would serve spaghetti but there is surprise at the bottom of pot, yes it’s crispy fried potatoes that is called ‘ tah dig’ in Persian cuisine and it is speciality of Iranian cuisine.

Serve the dish with pesto and salad. Bon appetite

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