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Dirty Macaroni – a taste of Dubrovnik on your table

Written by  Jan 31, 2019

This recipe is a traditional one for this time of the year in Dubrovnik. Dirty Macaroni, or as they say in Dubrovnik, Šporki Mararuli, is always served on and around the day of the patron saint of Dubrovnik, St. Blaise. It is a fairly straightforward recipe and it quite easy to prepare, so why not have a touch of Dubrovnik on your table and feel the spirit of the patron saint of Dubrovnik.

So how did it get the name of “Dirty Macaroni, well quite simply it’s the meat and the meat sauce that gives the pasta a dirty look. It’s similar to many Italian pasta dishes and the dish is better made in large portions so that you can invite friends and family to try it. And of course you’ll need a glass (or two) of a good, strong red wine to accompany the dish.


Ingredients for six generous servings

400g lean beef (dice into cubes)

1 onion finely chopped

3 tablespoons of tomato puree

olive oil

250ml heavy red wine

500 ml beef stock

500g macaroni (Penne)

Handful of chopped parsley

Small pinch of ground cinnamon

Salt and pepper

Recipe for Dirty Macaroni

Quickly fry the chopped onion in a large and deep frying pan on olive oil until soft and then add the cubed beef and brown them all off.

Add the wine, stock, cinnamon and tomato puree into the pan and cook on a low heat for around three hours. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking and from time to time add more water.

Cook the macaroni (Penne) and drain

Add the macaroni to the sauce which should be thick by now and mix together. Add the chopped parsley at the end as decoration.

There you have it, a traditional Dubrovnik recipe and dish on your table.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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