Makaroni – Pasta with tomato and meat sauce

ماکارونی ایرانی

What does a pasta dish look like after a Persian makeover? How do you turn a classic Italian ingredient into Persian comfort food?

Well, first you boil pasta until it’s al dente, and then you layer it in a pot with a tomato meat sauce and Persian spices such as turmeric, cumin, coriander, cinnamon, cardamom and rose petals. Before cooking, the pasta on the bottom of the pot is properly prepared to create a crispy Tahdig, much like the prized Persian version of basmati rice. The Tahdig can be made with the pasta itself, as shown here, or with potatoes or tortillas.

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