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Kokotos or vodino makaronada (rooster or beef with pasta)


  • 2 roosters or 1500 gr beef
  • 2 big onions
  • 1 head of garlic
  • ¾ cup of oil
  • 2 spoons of butter for the pasta
  • Cinnamon, clove,
  • Salt- pepper
  • 2 big spoons tomato paste
  • 1 can of chopped tomatoes
  • 700 gr of pasta No3
  • grated hard cheese 

Cut the rooster or the beef into pieces. Pour oil in a shallow stewpot. Roast the meat and put the garlic and the onions. Add salt and pepper, 3-4 glasses of water, tomato and the spices. Cover the stewpot and leave the meat to boil on a low heat for 2 hours. It may need a little bit of water during the boiling procedure. You pour some and taste it, in case you need to add some more spices for a spicier taste.

The food should remain with a thick sauce, red and dark from the spices, enough for the pasta. Boil and strain the pasta putting some butter inside.

Serve it with sauce and grated cheese. As a second dish you serve the meat with some sauce. The pasta will be tastier if you pour its sauce inside the stewpot half an hour before serving.

After you finish your meal, you will definitely think that there is no comparison with Italian pasta. By far, this is the best pasta… Kokotos makaronada!

Bibliography: “Cuisine of Lefkada - Xorexa tis nonas, ta mageria tis vavas” (the recipes of godmother and grandmother) of Toulas Skliros.