Happy Friday! How is it almost Father’s Day? I know that on Father’s Days past, I’ve talked about my dad’s favorite foods (aka “Hagen Daas is the nectar of the gods”), but I’m not sure I’ve ever talked about one of the, like, four foods my dad actually cooks. I say this with love, obviously.

Anyway, my dad’s special dish is what we call “Greek Macaroni” in our family. I have no idea why it’s called that, but I never thought to even question the name until a few years ago. Still a mystery. Anyway, here’s what this Greek Macaroni entails:

  • Elbow Macaroni
  • Onion
  • Ground Beef
  • Canned Tomatoes
  • Oregano


  1. Boil and drain macaroni and set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet. Add onion and sauté. Add ground beef and brown.
  3. Add tomato and bring to a boil then reduce heat and allow to simmer. Season with oregano.
  4. Pour meat sauce over macaroni. Dinner is served.


I think if I were to give this recipe a more Greek-to-me update, I might sub in some lamb for the beef and use rice instead of macaroni and then find an excuse to add eggplants and maybe top with feta if we’re going to go all-out with the Greek cuisine cliches, but then it wouldn’t be my dad’s Greek Macaroni—it would just be another of my excuses to eat too much eggplant.

Did your parents have any signature dishes when you were growing up? What’s your signature dish? 


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