Turkish Pasta With Ground Beef (Yogurtlu Kiymali Makarna) (Glute

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“This is so delicious. With a sauce of garlicky yogurt and cucumber. Traditionally this dish is made with ground lamb but I make it with ground beef. A tweaked version of Pasta With Ground Beef and Yoghurt. Great meal with a salad on the side masha Allah.”
1hr 5mins
2 plates

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Bring a small amount of salted water to a boil, add garlic with skin on and cook for 7 minutes. Drain, slip from skins and crush with a fork.
  2. Stir yoghurt with crushed garlic, mint & freshly squeezed lemon juice until smooth, set in refrigerator.
  3. Grate English cucumber and set in a sieve, sprinkle with sea salt. Let drain 15 minutes.
  4. Squeeze out liquid from cucumber and mix with yogurt mixture. Add more sea salt and lemon to taste if needed.
  5. Bring salted water for pasta to a boil.
  6. Peel onions. Cut and chop in a food processor until a pulp.
  7. Heat olive oil over medium high, add onions and reduce heat cooking until transparent.
  8. Add 1 tbs butter, parsley and lean ground beef and cook until no more pink shows, stirring to break apart often.
  9. Add Baharat, If using Turkish skip the fresh mint or add fresh mint now. Add sea salt to taste. Cook until done.
  10. While frying the meat, cook pasta as per package directions. Drain and add lots of butter (2 tbs) & the sweet paprika. Mix.
  11. Add ground beef and mix with pasta or if preferred place pasta on serving dishes and spoon ground beef over top. Serve with Cakik (yogurt sauce) and a fresh salad.
  12. Enjoy :D.

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