My mother is in town for several days and we just so happened to have some lamb left over from some delicious burgers that we made the other night. She kept talking about a pasta dish that her mom (my grandmother) used to make for her as a kid that had lamb and cinnamon in the sauce. We scoured the web trying to find a recipe that was at least somewhat close to what my mom remembered. We found nothing and so decided to try to replicate the dish on our own with ingredients that are easy to find at your local mega-mart. What we got was something that brought my mom back several decades and was nearly spot on. So, why keep this recipe to ourselves when it would be far better to share it with others.
The sauce for this greek-style pasta is not something that you are going to be able to make in a few minutes. It will take ours but do not let that turn you away. If you think that you will be in a time crunch, prepare the sauce the night before and then when you are ready to serve it, just place it on the stove for 10-15 minutes to heat it up while the pasta cooks. The long simmer time is needed to both fully cook the meat, infuse the unique flavors of oregano, cinnamon, thyme, and basil into the meat and the sauce, and thicken the sauce down to something that goes well over pasta. Whatever you do, do not rush the sauce as you will be disappointed with the results if you do so.
This dish is great for sunday dinner or a party. The cinnamon adds quite a unique touch that will likely surprise the family and/or your guests. However, I am sure that they will be pleasantly surprised. We hope that you and your friends/family enjoy our greek-style pasta with lamb and cinnamon tomato sauce.