Arabic Pasta with Yogurt Sauce
This Arabic pasta is the perfect solution to a lighter "white sauce" pasta. Its made with a yogurt, garlic and tahini sauce and layered with ground beef spiced with warm middle eastern spices. Top it with fresh herbs and crunch pine nuts, and you've got the perfect weeknight dinner.
Calories 426 kcal
For the pasta: 400 g pasta I used mafalda corta Salt 2 tablespoons olive oil For the meat: 700 g extra lean ground beef 2 cups chopped white onions roughly 2 medium onions 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 teaspoons allspice you can also use 7 spice 1 teaspoon cinnamon 2 teaspoons salt 1 teaspoon black pepper 5 tablespoons tomato sauce For the sauce: 2.5 cups plain full fat yogurt 750g ½ cup tahini paste 1 large garlic clove crushed 4 teaspoons dried mint more per preference ½ teaspoon salt A squeeze of lemon For garnish: Toasted pine nuts Fresh herbs
Start by boiling the pasta in salted water until al dente. Drain and then drizzle with olive oil and set aside
Meanwhile, make the meat mixture by firstly cooking the chopped onion with the olive oil on medium high heat until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes
Add the ground beef and break it up into small pieces and cook it for 5-7 minutes, until browned and most of the moisture has dried up
Add all the spices and the tomato sauce and mix well. Taste and adjust
To make the yogurt sauce, mix all the sauce ingredients together using a fork (do not use a blender)
Toast the pine nuts with half a tablespoon of olive oil on a pan until lightly golden
To serve, layer the pasta, add the ground beef mixture, then the yogurt sauce, and top with the pine nuts and any fresh herbs you like. Enjoy!
Serving: 200 g | Calories: 426 kcal | Carbohydrates: 14 g | Protein: 33 g | Fat: 27 g | Saturated Fat: 7 g | Trans Fat: 1 g | Cholesterol: 86 mg | Sodium: 1517 mg | Potassium: 935 mg | Fiber: 3 g | Sugar: 8 g | Vitamin A: 499 IU | Vitamin C: 7 mg | Calcium: 187 mg | Iron: 5 mg