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Vegan Greek Meat Sauce Pasta Recipe (Makaronia Me Kima)

This comforting vegetarian pasta dish is full of the robust flavor of tomatoes scented with the spiced flavors of cinnamon and cloves.


Stove, or Single Burner



Picture of the Greek meat sauce over a plate of spaghetti.

A pasta recipe that adds Greek flair to vegan meat sauce!

Everyone knows Pasta Bolognese, but its Greek cousin hasn't been as fortunate in fame. Which is a shame! Few pasta dishes are as heart warming and comforting as Makaronia Me Kima, the Greek-style meat sauce recipe.

This easy vegan dinner recipe makes your house smell divine!

The cinnamon, clove, and allspice cooked together with garlic, onions, and tomatoes will make your house smell so inviting. Few meat sauces for pasta dishes offer such a rounded collection of scents and flavors. It is perfect for using a vegan ground beef substitute!


Substitute for cinnamon, allspice, or cloves: If you are missing one of these spices you can just use more of the other two to accommodate. You can make this recipe using only cinnamon, but the flavor will lack depth.

Substitute for red wine: You can use extra 1/2 cup veggie broth if needed.

Substitute for tomato paste: You can use tomato sauce and an extra 1/2 tsp brown sugar, or an extra 1/2 tsp brown sugar and also an extra 2 tsp soy sauce.

Money Saving Tips

You can substitute the wine to save money (see above)

Soy sauce can be bought cheaper at Asian grocery stores.

My vegan ground beef recipe is cheaper than store-bought versions.

Lets Begin:

Picture of the ingredients for this recipe including onions, carrots, veggie broth, vegan beef alternative, etc.

Gather the ingredients.

Picture of onions and carrots cooking in the pan.

Heat 2 Tbs of oil in a pan over medium-low heat. Dice the 1 red onion. Dice the 1 large (or 2 small) carrots as small as you can. Mince the 3 large cloves of garlic. Add the onions and carrots to the oil.

Picture of softened onions and carrots after 10 minutes.

Cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes. Do not let them burn.

Picture of the onions and carrots with the ground beef substitute.

Add the 3 cups of ground beef and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. If using my ground beef recipe: add 2 more Tbs of oil, then add 1 Tbs soy sauce and 1/2 cup water and cook for the 5 minutes.

Picture of carrots, onions, beef substitute, and garlic.

Add minced garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until garlic is fragrant, about 1 minute.

Picture of all the ingredients added into a pan to simmer.

Add all the other ingredients: 1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes, 1/2 cup red wine, 1 cup veggie broth, 2 bay leaves, 2 Tbs soy sauce, 3 Tbs tomato paste, 1/2 tsp brown sugar, 1 tsp oregano, 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon, 1/8 tsp ground cloves, 1/8 tsp ground allspice. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Raise the heat to medium high and bring it to a boil. Cover with a lid and lower heat to low.

Picture of the pan after simmering with the completed Greek meat sauce.

Simmer, covered, for 20 minutes. This is a good time to cook the 1 lb spaghetti according to the directions on the package. After the 20 minutes, taste and add salt and pepper if needed.

Picture of the Greek meat sauce in a bowl over a bed of spaghetti.

Serve over pasta and enjoy!

What do I serve with this pasta dish?

I think this recipe is pretty easy to pair with most Mediterranean side dishes. You might try these;


This recipe is good in the fridge for 4-5 days. It reheats nicely in the microwave, so it is a good option to take for lunch!

Can I freeze it? The sauce freezes nicely! It will be good in the freezer for 1-2 months. It can be reheated either in a pan or in the microwave.

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