Moroccan style meat sauce with spaghetti

Hello all! I know its been about two weeks since I last posted — how time flies! Speaking of that, I can’t believe today is the last day of August. Yippie! I’m anticipating cooler weather and cozier days, although that’s not for another two months. At least for Houston’s standards, cooler weather doesn’t appear until mid – late October. Oh well! ūüôā
I’m already dreaming about some of the baked goodies soon to come. Apple tarts, pumpkin spice bundt cakes, and more! Oh my. But for now, I have a savory meal to share with you all. Just the other day I was thinking¬†of spaghetti with meat sauce. I find it to be a complete meal packed with protein, lycopene and fiber. It seemed forever¬†since I had a meal such as this,¬†so I decided to whip up a batch — but with a twist! Instead of the usual Italian route that most enjoy, I decided to bump it up a notch with Moroccan flavours. Think of cumin, turmeric, and all things exotic! I present to you a hearty recipe¬†of Moroccan style meat sauce with spaghetti.

Moroccan Style Meat sauce
* 6 juicy vine-ripened tomatoes, chopped
* 1/2 tsp sweet paprika
* 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
* 1/2 tsp turmeric
*  1 teaspoon ground cumin
* 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
* 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder
– salt to taste
* 1/2 yellow bell pepper, diced
* 1/2 diced onion
* 2 cloves garlic, minced
* 1 pound ground lamb or beef
* 2 tbs. olive oil
* 1/2 cup water
* 1 tbs. tomato paste
* 1 tbs. red pepper paste
* 2 tablespoons each Рflat leaf parsley & coriander, chopped, for garnish

— In a medium sized pot, saute diced onions with olive oil until translucent. Add chopped tomatoes and garlic into the pan and stir for one minute. Once the fragrance releases, toss in the ground lamb or beef. For this recipe, I used lean ground lamb and the results were lovely. Toss in the diced yellow pepper. Cook the ground meat until the color darkens. Add in all of the spices + salt and stir well. At this point, the flavours are bubbling and the sauce is emerging. But you’ll need more sauce, so combine 1/2 cup of water with two tablespoon tomato paste and red pepper paste. Both of these ingredients can be found in Middle Eastern Markets.
— You’re basically creating a home made tomato sauce, so adding water is necessary. The water will also help to properly cook the meat. At this point, simmer the meat sauce with a nice tight lid. Add a bit more water if the sauce is too thick. Adjust seasonings + salt to your liking. Want it spicier? Add cayenne. Need more salt? I suggest pink Himalayan salt. It truly brings out the flavor. Make sure to cook the meat sauce thoroughly. It roughly takes about 30-35 mins to come together. At this point, make sure you have a pot of boiling salted water for the pasta of your choice. I used a package of organic brown rice pasta. The flavorful meat sauce combined quite nicely with the brown rice spaghetti. I didn’t use the whole package, but if you have many to feed, then i’d suggest to use the whole pasta package. You can serve this alongside crusty french bread as well. Garnish with parsley + coriander. Serve with some spicy Harissa! It’s basically a lemony and spicy Moroccan style hot sauce and it truly comes together with this meal.

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This juicy home-made tomato sauce soaked up the chewy brown rice pasta. Each bite was bursting with flavor. There was no need for Parmesan cheese, which the the typical Italian meat-sauce consists of.

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I really enjoyed this meal and so did my family! It was something different.. exotic.. and unique. That’s how I like my food. The ability for¬†it to take you away.. to another cultural realm. That’s the beauty of home-made cooking! This dish didn’t long to prepare and there was plenty of leftovers for the next day. Have any questions on this particular recipe? Just let me know! Other than that, enjoy your Thursday, ’cause its almost the weekend. ūüėČ Labor day weekend that is! Have a great rest of the week & make it eventful!

// Cheers,
Sara <3

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