Spaghetti Persian style.

There is nothing so delicious as spaghetti Persian style! Complete with taadig ( a crusty bottom) if you want it! This is one of the few times I’m happy to let my other half loose in the kitchen simply because he makes it so much better than I can!  We use Gluten free pasta but you can use wheat pasta. Serves 4


  • 400 gr’s ground beef
  • 1 large onion
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • Tomato puree
  • 1 tin of tomato’s
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon,
  • 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon of fresh chopped ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon of curry powder
  • A pinch of dried mint
  • Water
  • Olive oil.
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Fry the chopped onion in some olive oil until it begins to turn transparent
  2. Add the turmeric, ginger and cinnamon
  3. Add the mince  and the curry powder and cook until brown.
  4. In a separate pan heat some olive oil,  add the garlic, a little turmeric and a good pinch of dried mint.
  5. Add the tomato puree and fry
  6. Add the tin of tomato’s, salt, pepper to taste  and 1/2 glass of water  and cook for 15 minutes over a low heat until the sauce thickens.
  7. Combine the meat and sauce in one pan
  8. Allow to simmer for 30  mins on a low heat.
  9. Meanwhile cook the pasta.
  10. Combine the meat sauce and  pasta and return to the heat for about 15 mins.
  11. If you want to make a taadig simply allow it to cook in the pan for about 15-20  mins on a low heat.  When ready to eat, cover the pan with your serving dish and quickly turn upside down. If it doesn’t all come out at one, rest the pan in some cold water for a few minutes and try again.

Serve with a salad or sabzi and we like ours with mast or natural yoghurt .

Nooshi Joonet. Enjoy ( I did!)

22 thoughts on “Spaghetti Persian style.

  1. I am used to making the same recipe but without ginger, cinnamon and curry. I am not sure of this recipe but may try it

  2. I just made this but had no ginger or mint, but my god it was still sooooo yummy and full of flavour! 🙂 Thanks for the recipe!

      1. Hi Samantha I hope the spaghetti was a success and Im sorry I didnt see your message earlier. The potatoe is for the tahdig but its optional! 🙂

  3. thanks for the recipe ,it help me a lot to be confident in trying to prepare the dish…i did not use the ginger and curry powder (bet scared ill get it wrong:) )i used thinly sliced potatoes tor the taadig it was nice and crispy and layered the pasta and sauce on top of it…my percian friends says its nice ….i hope they are not tarofing ..but for me its this dish is a winner…a million thanks

  4. thank you for the great description 🙂 i will try it tonight .. for my fiance, he is iranian. but it sounds super delicious.

  5. My boyfriend is Persian and is always raving on how much Persian spaghetti is his favorite food. I want to do something really nice for him so I looked up this recipe. I know his mom cuts up long potatoes and puts it in there, do u know how I can do that? It’ll be a lot of help!! Thanks!

  6. I’ve made this recipe twice, the first time I was leery about the cinnamon and ginger, but added it any way; I’m happy I did. This has become one of my family’s favorite. Thank you for posting it. Now I need a simple recipe mash pollow. 🙂

  7. Thanks javane for lovely recipe.Its so delicious.
    who is this handsome man in the top of the site? you are both so beautiful. of course for me you are the best.Please come with new recipes azizam.

  8. Mmmm…sounds wonderful. I look forward to surprising my family with this next time I make spaghetti. I have been adding sumac to my spaghetti meat for years (my little way of adding Persian spice to a non-Persian dish), and it is amazing how good that extra spice makes it. It adds enough flavor (along with the garlic that I use) that it can trick people into thinking ground turkey is a rich ground beef, with the full-bodied flavor. People never can put their finger on why they love my spaghetti so much, but I know it is the large quantity of sumac in the meat. I think sumac would probably work similarly for flavoring other meat substitutes for vegetarians, making it taste more like traditional ground beef. I am excited to find your blog & explore the recipes you have here! Thank you!

  9. OMG I am so happy I found this recipe! I made it today and can’t stop eating it! I will keep making this from now on. I absolutely loved it and made no changes to the recipe and I am so glad that I didn’t because it really hit the spot.. Thank you for posting it 🙂

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