I love this pasta, Oussama thinks i am just being lazy when i suggest eating it for dinner. I absolutely love this dish because it is creamy with juicy, flavorful meat and of course one of my favorite herbs parsley! This dish is the perfect dish for kids, for a fast dinner and of course for a lazy day :-). (ok side note again doesn't that smiley look like me with the shameh...it was by accident but i should make it my signature) Anyways back to the pasta, this can be made with or without the meat but i prefer it with meat. I am not exactly how this is a Syrian dish since pasta isn't in the Syrian history, it is just a dish that people started making when they found out about the yummiest of carbs. Here is how i make mine:
Start off with mixing in a bowl yogurt (i use low fat) tahini, lemon juice and garlic (same mix as when you make fateh)
I cook up my ground beef and when it is almost done cooking i add in salt and the mixed arabic spices. The meat releases juices and i let the meat keep cooking until all of the juices cook into the meat or evaporate (whatever you want to believe).
Boil some noodles, i used penne here but i have used spaghetti before and i like both.
So once the noodles are done cooking (optional) put some butter or samneh on then so they don't stick together (i don't do this, no need for the extra calories but it would taste good). I add the ROOM TEMP yogurt on top. The reason i say room temp yogurt is because otherwise it will cool down the whole dish and i like eating hot food.
Top it with the ground meat and some parsley and pine nuts if you want. You can either leave it like this or stir it up but it looks prettier like this. When you stir it the yogurt will get brown from the spiced meat.
1 pound of pasta (penne of any you prefer)
2 cups of yogurt
3 tablespoons of tahini
2 crushed cloves of garlic
juice of half a lemon
salt to taste
1 cup of ground beef
1 teaspoon of mixed arabic spices
Chopped parsley for garnish
Toasted pine nuts (optional)