Easy and delicious, this Haitian Spaghetti is sure to become a family favorite. In 20 minutes, you’ll have one delicious meal. For a more delicious experience, pair it with your favorite proteins and side dishes.
Popular breakfast food for Haitians is spaghetti. Similarly to how bacon and eggs are popular food in the West. It is one of the tastiest Haitian Pasta Recipes. The dish is typically accompanied by eggs, hot dogs, grilled fish, chicken, beef, or sometimes shrimps. Crumbled smoked herring can also be added into the sauce for extra flavors!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- The recipe can be prepared in under 20 minutes
- Most of the ingredients are likely to be found in your pantry already
- There is a unique taste to it, where tomatoes are the highlight
- In addition, it keeps well and is easy to store.
Ingredients List and Substitutions
- Spaghetti – use high-quality pasta to make this dish. Also, spaghettini or any strand-like pasta can be used instead.
- Tomatoes – fresh tomatoes are the star of this dish so make sure you use ripe and sweet ones.
- Onion – it is entirely up to you if you want to use white or red onions. Red onions have a sweeter taste when fried so I chose that instead.
- Fresh Thyme – these have a better fragrance than dried thyme however, it isn’t necessary to use them. Dried thyme will work just fine too.
- Tomato Paste – a required ingredient in this dish because it forms the base of the sauce. It adds some tangy tomato flavors to this dish and it’s a sauce thickener. Use ketchup as a substitute.
- Garlic Powder – fresh or minced ones are fine too.
- Scotch Bonnet Powder – this is a very hot pepper so use it with caution. If you don’t have any, use cayenne pepper instead.
- Olive Oil – to saute the onions, thyme, and tomatoes.
- Vegetable Bouillion Cube – these are stock cubes that add a delicious flavor profile to dishes. A must in Haitian cuisines.
- Green Onions – also known as scallions. Slice some and use them as garnish.
- Salt – to taste
How To Make Haitian Spaghetti
- Bringing a medium pot of water to a boil is the first step. The bouillon cube should be added when the water is hot and stirred until melted. Follow the directions on the package for cooking the spaghetti
- Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium heat and add olive oil. Sauté the onions and thyme for 2-3 minutes, or until the edges are browned.
- Add the tomatoes and cook for an additional minute. Next, add the tomato paste. Stir continuously for two minutes.
- Mix in garlic powder, scotch bonnet pepper, and salt. Add 1/4 ounces of pasta water to loosen the sauce.
- Add the pasta to the sauce once it has been drained and cooked. Stir everything together well.
- Before serving, check for salt. As a garnish, sprinkle sliced green onions over the top.
What Kind Of Peppers Are Used in Haitian Spaghetti?
This dish may be spicy or not depending on your individual preference but I used scotch bonnet pepper to spice it up. Alternatively, you can use cayenne pepper, habanero pepper, or some smoked paprika. To balance out the heat, you shouldn’t forget to add ketchup.
Which Pasta Is Best To Make Haitian Spaghetti?
Typically, spaghetti is used in this recipe. Make sure you use strand-like pasta like spaghettini or angel hair to make the recipe as traditional as possible.
- Make sure the pasta is not overcooked, as that will affect the outcome.
- Don’t forget to reserve pasta water for the sauce. In the event of forgetfulness, add some water or stock.
How To Store
This Haitian Spaghetti Dish keeps well when stored properly. Store the leftovers, in an air-tight container after it has completely cooled down. Consume within a week.
More Simple Pasta Dishes To Try
- 7 oz Spaghetti
- 3 Medium Tomatoes, sliced
- 1/2 Medium Onion, sliced
- 4 Twigs Fresh Thyme (or 1/2 tbsp. of Dried Thyme)
- 3 tbsp. Tomato Paste
- 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
- 1 tsp. Scotch Bonnet Powder
- 2 tbsp. Olive Oil
- 1 Vegetable Bouillion Cube
- 2 Green Onions (Scallions), sliced
- 1 tsp Salt
- Bring a medium-sized pot of water to a boil. Add the bouillon cube when the water is hot, and stir until melted. Add the spaghetti, and cook according to package directions
- In the meantime, set a large skillet over medium fire and add olive oil. Saute the onions and thyme for 2-3 minutes, or until they have browned edges.
- Stir in the tomatoes and cook for an additional minute. Add the tomato paste next. Cook everything for two minutes, stirring constantly.
- Put garlic powder, scotch bonnet pepper, and salt in the mix. To loosen the sauce, add 1/4 ounces of pasta water.
- Once the pasta has been cooked and drained, add it into the sauce and stir to combine everything well.
- Check for salt before serving. Sprinkle sliced green onions over the top as a garnish.
1. Make sure you don't overcook the pasta, it makes a difference in the outcome.
2. Remember to save some pasta water for the sauce. If you forget, add some water or stock instead.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 376Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1450mgCarbohydrates: 53gFiber: 8gSugar: 12gProtein: 10g
Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Kitchen On The Avenue makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.