I hope you are all doing well!
As you know Thomas and I had the pleasure to enjoy the company of my parents last week, which also means great food cooked by my mom!
I just love to taste her cuisine as it reminds me of so many good childhood memories when she used to cook for me and my brothers 🙂 Guilty pleasure I have to say!
For Thomas, it is quite the same since he got used to my mom’s cooking when we were living in Amman. He even claims it is one of the only things he misses!
Today, I would like to kick start the “week with Amani” recipes, with a simple but delicious first recipe, that has always been a huge success whenever I cooked it for my friends.
I have to admit it is one of the only recipes I knew how to cook before this week.
So here goes:
Ingredients for 4 (hungry) people
500 gr Spaghetti (or their gluten free equivalent)
400 gr minced meat (I guess you can switch it to minced turkey – I have never tried it though :)) Jordanian meat spices (you might get some of that in your stockings this year)
1 big onion
3 garlic cloves
6 plain yogurts (preferably Greek or goat cheese yogurt)
2 tbs olive oil
Pine kernels (optional)
Dice the onion and cook it with the meat + spices in the olive oil, until well cooked. Leave it on the side for later.
Cut the garlic cloves into small pieces. Put them in a small bowl, add a teaspoon of salt and crush it until it becomes a puree.
In a bigger recipient, mix the crushed garlic, the yogurt and salt to your liking. Leave it on the side for later.
Cook the pasta.
Roast the kernels in a pan until golden. You can add olive oil (Arabs do, I don’t for health purposes ;))
You’re almost done!
In a serving dish,
put the cooked pasta first, then add the yogurt, then the meat on top, then the cut parsley, then the kernels and voila! You can enjoy one of my favorite pasta recipes!
I hope you enjoy this dish. What is nice about it is that it gives you a great taste of Lebanese food but it is not too complicated nor takes plenty of time.
If you try it, please let me know how it comes out with turkey instead of beef (Jan), with gluten free pasta (Emi) or without any meat (Beth).
Keep me posted!
Han & Amani