Jollof Spaghetti: Easy, Classy and Delicious!

May 26, 2017 (Last Updated: February 27, 2020)

Am I one of those people that turns everything into jollof….? Maybe. But it’s delicious, so it doesn’t really matter. My goal in making this jollof spaghetti recipe was to make sure it tasted like jollof, not spaghetti and sauce, and if I have to say so myself: I nailed it.

Jollof Spaghetti - bon appetit

Some people have asked me for my jollof rice recipe; to those I say, “hold please”. I, just like most other west Africans love jollof rice, but sometimes, I want a quick and easy jollof flavor that does not require me making jollof rice. In came my jollof couscous that takes only 20 minutes to prepare. I then became low-key addicted to quick and easy jollof recipes. I have also always loved pasta, so the no-brainer next step was to make a jollof spaghetti. My goal in making this recipe was to make sure it tasted like jollof, not spaghetti and sauce, and if I have to say so myself: I nailed it.

Jollof Spaghetti - Mise en place

I had tried to make jollof spaghetti in the past, and it was not a success! It tasted okay, but it was missing that special “jollof-ness” for some reason. We Nigerians LOVE to ram it down the throats of the world  that we remain the purveyors of jollof perfection: that right balance between tomato and spice, that slight burnt taste that can only be achieved with years of diligent practice, using only the finest of local coal-pots tested and adequately burned over time, and yes all importantly: the validation of a least one true-born Nigerian who will remain the ultimate judge of pure jollofness, bollocks to what anyone else may say! Lol! Anyway, it goes without saying that my jollof spaghetti had to pass the same test.

Jollof Spaghetti - preparing the tomato sauce and adding the spaghetti Jollof Spaghetti - ready in the pot

Well thankfully, I did not give up, so I kept trying until I came up with this jollof spaghetti recipe. It was one of those dishes that I barely had enough to take pictures of, because everyone started to “taste” before I was done taking pictures. In my home, the rule is that when I am taking pictures of food, you may taste, but you can only have the full meal after the pictures have been taken. My sisters and husband in the house totally abused their tasting privileges. So to anyone in my home on picture day, I am officially revoking your tasting privileges! Unless I invite you to taste ( I will also control the taste serving), you can no longer taste at will. I most likely will invite you to taste, but you may not taste on your own. Thank you! Lol!

Sorry if this reads like a low-key family meeting, I just have a very interesting family. In any case, this is a really delicious dish, and I am sure no one will be able to resist when you cook it as well.

Jollof Spaghetti - Overhead shot of plate

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4.67 from 6 votes

Jollof Spaghetti Recipe

My goal in making this jollof spaghetti recipe was to make sure it tasted like jollof, not spaghetti and sauce, and if I have to say so myself: I nailed it.
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time40 mins
Servings: 6
Calories: 484kcal
Author: Yummy Medley

Ingredients

  • 1 lb usually 1 box thin spaghetti
  • 2 3/4 cups chicken stock I used a home made stock
  • 5 large about 2 lbs plum/ roma tomatoes
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 2 scotch bonnet peppers
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp bouillon powder
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • A small handful of basil optional
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

  • Blend the tomatoes, onions, and peppers until smooth.
  • Boil down the tomato sauce on in a pot on medium- high heat until the sauce is about half the amount, and has thickened significantly to look like a paste. This takes about 15-20 minutes, depending on how high the heat is.
  • Be sure to stir the sauce occasionally to prevent it from burning.
  • Once the sauce is reduced, pour in the stock, oil, thyme, curry powder and bouillon. At this stage, taste the sauce and adjust for salt.
  • Add in the spaghetti, pushing it down or breaking it to fit into the pot.
  • Cover and allow to cook for 5 minutes on low-medium heat.
  • After 5 minutes, the pasta should be soft enough to stir. Stir, turn down the heat to low, and allow to cook for another 8-10 minutes.
  • After 8 minutes, stir, and the pasta should be cooked. If it is not, add in a splash (about 1/4 cup) of water and continue to cook for another 5 minutes.
  • If you choose to add basil, add it in at this stage, and then serve.

Notes

When stirring the pasta, you may notice that the bottom of the pot may burn slightly, do not panic. This burn gives your dish a distinct party jollof taste. Count it as a bonus privilege.

Jollof Spaghetti - taking a delicious bite

40 Comments

  • Reply
    Ukpono Emmanuel
    June 16, 2020 at 7:24 am

    I googled cooking spaghetti and came across your recipe. I nailed this on my first try and it was so amazing. I can’t thank you enough. Thank you so much. God bless!

  • Reply
    Brenda
    August 25, 2020 at 2:17 pm

    Same here
    I followed the google procedure

  • Reply
    Emmanuel
    October 12, 2020 at 3:30 pm

    3 stars
    I tried this and unfortunately some things went wrong.😔😔😔
    Firstly, the spaghetti look was like a little bit yellowish instead of being the usual colour. 🍝
    Secondly, the curry powder was tasting alot. 😟😟
    But with all of this my chef mom ate it, though I added one of secret ingredients to make it splendid 😁😁

  • Reply
    Emmanuel
    October 12, 2020 at 3:32 pm

    Taste’s nice.😋😋😋

  • Reply
    Mira
    October 23, 2020 at 3:04 pm

    I cooked this for my Nigerian boyfriend and he went for seconds ! I love this recipe!

  • Reply
    Shandoo
    November 11, 2020 at 10:52 am

    I made this dish for my husband who is Nigerian and I am a non Nigerian , and we loved it. I followed this recipe step by step with shrimp and chicken added..it was soooo tasty. I will make it again.

  • Reply
    Precious Joe
    November 18, 2020 at 12:50 pm

    5 stars
    I did it for my mom on her birthday and she loved it. I also enjoyed it.

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