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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4.87 from 15 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


  • 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


  • 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.


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


  • 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!

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    August 25, 2020 at 2:17 pm

    Same here
    I followed the google procedure

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    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
      March 10, 2022 at 4:49 pm

      Yellowish can be as as a result of too much curry(which is apparent from the taste) or not enough sauce.

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    October 12, 2020 at 3:32 pm

    Taste’s nice.😋😋😋

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    October 23, 2020 at 3:04 pm

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

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    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 was soooo tasty. I will make it again.

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    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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      March 12, 2022 at 3:36 pm

      I’m gonna try this😋😋

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    January 7, 2021 at 10:00 am

    5 stars
    The first time I tried spaghetti was at school and it was trash, so I looked up how to make one, bumped into this page and my God was it good, thank you so much, everyone at home loved it😁

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      January 12, 2021 at 1:15 pm

      You’re most welcome Tami! Glad you enjoyed it!

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    Da kid
    February 7, 2021 at 2:19 pm

    5 stars
    Lovely,… This recipe is an amazing dish after I was done with it wen i first tasted it, it was like i was in a completely new world
    I would also love to see other recipes your the best thank you

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    March 20, 2021 at 11:44 am

    I cooked this recipe for my dad & I and he loved it Thanks so much!!!

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    April 17, 2021 at 12:20 pm

    5 stars
    My siblings loved it, thank you so much.

    • Reply
      March 12, 2022 at 11:59 am

      This recipe is WOW

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    April 30, 2021 at 5:45 pm

    5 stars
    This was so good. Instead of basil I added meatballs

  • Reply
    May 11, 2021 at 4:14 pm

    This is delicious.
    Making sense

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    June 5, 2021 at 12:01 pm

    I’ve always parboiled my spaghetti so this is new for me. Will try it though and weigh the difference. Thanks for the recipe

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    June 17, 2021 at 3:06 am

    5 stars
    Cooked it for my friend we loved it 😋😋😋

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    July 10, 2021 at 11:23 am

    5 stars
    Cooked for de family. THEY L💛VED IT. thank you

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    September 30, 2021 at 9:40 am

    I cook for my family and they love my dishes

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    October 3, 2021 at 2:29 pm

    Hi, I have a question. Since you didn’t parboil the spaghetti, won’t it make it sticky? Will it make a difference to the recipe if you parboil it?

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      March 10, 2022 at 4:48 pm

      Perboiling is mainly for stir fried spaghetti

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    Kaiden Santos
    November 7, 2021 at 5:23 pm

    5 stars
    Try using orzo! Its pasta but similar enough to the shape of rice.

  • Reply
    December 27, 2021 at 5:01 pm

    5 stars
    Awesome 😋

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