Jollof spaghetti is a delicious West African dish that has gained popularity across the world due to its unique blend of flavors and spices. Originating from Nigeria, Jollof spaghetti is a variation of the popular Jollof rice dish, with the addition of spaghetti noodles. This dish is usually served at parties, family gatherings, and other special occasions.
To make Jollof spaghetti, you will need the following ingredients:
1 pound of spaghetti
2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
1 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon of ginger, minced
2 tomatoes, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 scotch bonnet pepper, chopped (optional, for spicy lovers)
2 tablespoons of tomato paste
1 tablespoon of smoked paprika
1 tablespoon of curry powder
1 teaspoon of thyme
Salt and pepper to taste
2 cups of chicken or vegetable broth
2 tablespoons of chopped parsley or cilantro (optional)
To make this dish, you will also need a large pot, a wooden spoon, a cutting board, and a sharp knife.
For those with allergy concerns, be mindful of the vegetables used in the recipe. If you have a tomato or bell pepper allergy, you can substitute with other vegetables such as carrots or zucchini. If you have a gluten allergy, you can use gluten-free spaghetti noodles.
For those concerned with calories intake, this recipe yields approximately 6 servings, with each serving containing about 350 calories. To make this dish healthier, you can use whole wheat spaghetti noodles, and reduce the amount of oil used in the recipe.
To begin, start by boiling the spaghetti noodles according to the package instructions until they are al dente. Once cooked, drain the noodles and set them aside.
Next, heat the vegetable oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the chopped onion, garlic, and ginger, and sauté until they are soft and fragrant. Then, add the chopped tomatoes, red and green bell peppers, and scotch bonnet pepper (if using), and cook until they are soft and tender.
Add the tomato paste, smoked paprika, curry powder, thyme, salt, and pepper to the pot, and stir until well combined. Pour in the chicken or vegetable broth, and bring the mixture to a simmer.
Reduce the heat to low, and add the cooked spaghetti noodles to the pot. Stir the noodles until they are well coated in the sauce, and continue to cook for an additional 5-10 minutes until the sauce has thickened and the noodles are heated through.
If desired, sprinkle chopped parsley or cilantro over the top of the Jollof spaghetti before serving.
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