Recipe from Haiti: Spicy Spaghetti

06/03/14

Did someone say spaghetti for breakfast? This Haitian dish is typically served as the first meal of the day. But for those of us who can’t quite get on board with the thought of eating pasta for breakfast, this makes a tasty lunch or dinner. (Full disclosure: I chose to cook this for dinner.)

 
Spicy spaghetti from Haiti
                          This spicy spaghetti recipe serves 6 to 8 people and is ready in about 35 minutes.
 
This recipe has been slightly altered from its Haitian origin. In Haiti the tomato paste would be mixed or replaced with ketchup. They would use vegetable oil instead of olive oil. And they would add a pinch of ground cloves or even whole cloves for flavor. This is a fast, simple recipe and easy to adapt to your family’s taste buds.
 
Ingredients:
 
Ingredients for spicy spaghetti
 
1 pound spaghetti
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon garlic
1 cup white onions
1 teaspoon thyme (fresh, chopped)
5 chicken sausages (or hot dogs or any other types of links or meat)
1 1/2 tablespoons chicken bouillon powder (low sodium preferably)
1 1/2 cups reserve pasta water
1/2 teaspoon red pepper (crushed) or habanero pepper, optional
Salt and pepper to taste
 
If you like lots of sauce on your spaghetti, you may want to decrease the amount of noodles you cook or double the ingredients needed for the sauce.
 
Instructions:
Boil pasta according to package. 
In a large, heavy saucepan, heat oil and add tomato sauce or ketchup. 
If using ketchup, add 1 additional tablespoon of oil. 
Cook tomato paste for 3 to 4 minutes while stirring occasionally. 
Add garlic, onion, thyme, and sausage and cook for 4 minutes while stirring to blend. 
Add chicken bouillon and stir. 
Add pasta and stir to blend while gradually adding the pasta water. 
Lower heat and cover and cook for another 4 to 5 minutes. 
Add crushed red pepper if desired. 
Season with salt and pepper to taste. 
Serve hot. 
 
Spaghetti in the pot
                     My husband loved this dish and requested that I make it more often! Hope you enjoy it too!
 
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