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Jollof Spaghetti

Jollof Spaghetti


  • 1 Packet Spaghetti (cooked) 120z
  • 3 Bell peppers/tatashe (yellow, green, and red) sliced/julienne
  • 2 Tomato
  • 1 Habanero /Rodo
  • 1.5 Onion (divided)
  • 1 teaspoon Ginger (minced or whole)
  • Garlic (grated)
  • 2 Tablespoons Oil
  • 1/2 Pound Shrimps (deveined, peeled/unpeeled)
  • Season of your choice
  • Knorr powder/cube
  • Salt and Pepper


  1. Bring a pot of water to a rolling boil, season with salt and the pasta. Drizzle some oil (to avoid sticking) and cook according to the packet less 1- 2 minutes. Reserve some pasta water, drain and set aside.

    Jollof spaghetti
  2. Clean habanero (rodo), tomatoes and half onion. Rinse and blend until smooth. 

    Jollof spaghetti
  3. Place a skillet over high heat, add the two tablespoons oil and allow it to get hot. Slice the remaining onion and add seasoning, garlic and ginger (I used a whole) you can minced as indicated in the ingredients, sauté until fragrant.

    Jollof spaghetti
  4. Add sliced peppers.

    Jollof spaghetti
  5. Add blended pepper, bay leaf and fry until it reduces. 
    Jollof spaghetti
  6. While the pepper is frying. Peel the shrimps, deveined, clean and season.

    Jollof spaghetti
  7. Season the pepper, seasoning powder, salt, onion powder or any seasoning of your choice. The mixture should be thick.

    Jollof spaghetti
  8. Add the seasoned shrimps and combine. Cook for a few minutes, about 1-2 minutes, you don't want to overcook the shrimps but don't worry before you take it off the heat it will be fully cooked.

    Jollof spaghetti
  9. Add the cooked pasta, small pasta water (depending on how long you think the pasta need to cook further) and combine. Let everything warm up.

    Jollof spaghetti
  10. Check the seasons, re-season if necessary, remove the bay leaf.  Turn off the heat. 

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  11. Serve and enjoy.

    Jollof Spaghetti

Recipe Notes

When you're cooking pasta make sure the water is boiling before you season it if that way it will boil with the pasta and not just settle down.