Macaroni “Po-Flotski” literally translates as “Navy Noodles”. Made with simple ingredients — noodles, minced meat or preserved meat (spam or canned beef) — this dish was served as a hot dish as far back as the middle ages.
Legend has it that navy men ate this while at sea, and upon coming home shared the recipe with their wives.
Here’s a classic recipe. Feel free to add spices to make it your own!
1 lb pasta (macaroni, penne, noodles)
1-1/2 lb ground meat (beef, chicken or pork)
1 large onion
1 clove garlic
5 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp butter
1/2 cup grated cheese (garnish)
salt and pepper to taste
1) Cook the pasta al dente, following the instructions on the package.
2) Finely chop or dice the onion and garlic.
3) Saute the onions and garlic in butter until golden brown in a large skillet. Remove the mixture from the skillet and set aside in a small bowl.
4) Add the ground meat and olive oil into the same skillet and brown thoroughly on high heat until it is almost crispy.
5) Combine the pasta with the meat and add the onion and garlic mixture. Season with salt and pepper.
Let stand for about three to five minutes to marry the flavors. Serve hot topped with your favorite freshly grated cheese. Garnish with fresh scallions or dill.