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Greek Meat Sauce with Spaghetti

This Greek Meat Sauce with Spaghetti has a thick, flavorful meat sauce, with hints of cinnamon and cloves, served over spaghetti noodles. This is an amazing, delicious alternative to traditional spaghetti sauce.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Greek
Keyword: Greek Meat Sauce with Spaghetti
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 578kcal


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper divided
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 15 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 3 tbsp fresh parsley chopped finely
  • 1 tbsp fresh mint chopped finely
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon all spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 16 ounce box whole grain spaghetti noodles


  • Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium high heat. Add ground beef and season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Saute until beef is no longer pink. Remove from heat, leaving fat in pot, and set beef aside.
  • Add onion to pot and saute until softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and saute for another minute.
  • Pour red wine into pan and let cook for 1 minute, scraping up any burned pieces of food on the pot of the pot.
  • Add crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, parsley, mint, oregano, cinnamon, all spice, cloves, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Stir well. Reduce heat to a gentle simmer and let simmer, uncovered, until sauce is very thick, about 1 hour.
  • While sauce is simmering, cook noodles according to package directions.
  • When sauce has finished simmering, stir in butter and sugar until both are well incorporated.
  • Serve sauce over pasta.


Calories: 578kcal | Carbohydrates: 74g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 58mg | Sodium: 1203mg | Potassium: 1038mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 820IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 107mg | Iron: 6.9mg