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"Life We Live" Haitian Spaghetti: The Perfect Weeknight Meal

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If there's one thing everyone needs in their life, it's a good spaghetti dinner or pasta recipe. And this Haitian spaghetti is the perfect recipe for any busy cook and a great entry into Haitian cuisine.

Over the last 10 years or so I've become more and more exposed to Haitian food. I'd say Haitian spaghetti is now one of my favorite dishes let alone Haitian meals. I love the rich and complex flavors, and the fact that it's so easy to make. It's also a very comforting and satisfying dish. If you've never made Haitian spaghetti before, don't worry—I'll show you how. Keep reading for the recipe.

This traditional recipe starts with a flavorful tomato sauce, which is then spiced up with a variety of herbs and spices. Scotch bonnet peppers, thyme, and garlic give it a nice kick. The whole thing is then simmered until the sauce is nice and thick.

Now for the fun part – the spaghetti itself. This Haitian dish uses thin spaghetti noodles, which cook up quickly and absorb all of that delicious sauce. Haitians like to eat spaghetti for breakfast. Though I don't make it specific to breakfast those leftovers hit kinda hard that next morning.

spaghetti and sausage cubes on a plate

Beats and Eats (music to pair with Haitian Spaghetti)

Spaghetti has always been in the survival food category for me. There have been a few different periods in my life where I atr spaghetti for days straight. It was mostly out of necessity given my brokeness at times and later out of compulsiveness to master making the perfect spaghetti recipe.

Project Pat always seemed to capture the essence of what I was feeling during those times as I put my head down and tried to grind things out. "The Life We Live" song was in heavy transition.

Ingredients You'll Need For This Spaghetti Recipe

My version of Haitian spaghetti calls for Haitian epis and it is a key ingredient in this dish, as it gives it its distinctive flavor. If you can't find Haitian epis, you can substitute another type of seasoning, such as Creole seasoning or Cajun seasoning.

Bell peppers add a touch of sweetness to this dish, while the scotch bonnet pepper gives it a bit of spice. If you don't like things too spicy, you can always omit the scotch bonnet pepper altogether.

How To Make Haitian Spaghetti (step by step)

Cook the spaghetti

In a medium or large pot add a few cups of water along with kosher salt and bring to a boil. Boil pasta to al dente. Strain pasta and set aside. Reserve one or two cups of the pasta water.

Make the Sauce

In a large saucepan heat oil then add the sausage and brown for 2-3 minutes.

Puncture a few holes into the scotch bonnet pepper and then add it whole to the skillet.

Add the diced tomatoes and allow to cook for 2-3 minutes or long enough for much of the juices to cook down. Add the epis and mix well then allow to cook another 2-3 minutes. Lower heat to a simmer and allow the tomato sauce mixture to cook slowly as the flavors meld together. Add some of the reserved pasta water to thin the sauce to desired consistency.

Add the cooked pasta to the pan. Mix well and allow to cook 2-3 minutes. Serve

spaghetti and sausage cubes on a plate

Cooking Considerations and Tips for Making This Haitian Spaghetti Recipe

Use whatever sausage you prefer. Chicken sausage, turkey sausage, Italian sausage, hot dogs, or hell even vienna sausages are in bounds. Well, the last two not so much for me. I swore off vienna sausages after high school since we ate them so much back in the day.

In my research I also saw mention of sardines and smoked herrings as protein option. Yeah not my thing, but feel free to have at it if you're interested.

Most recipes call for tomato paste, but I use canned fire roasted tomatoes from time to time. Clearly fire roasted tomatoes are more an American thing but they're a good add nonetheless.

Haitian style spaghetti is not a very saucy dish. So mix the dish extremely well to ensure the sauce coats spaghetti well.

Add a little ketchup or a lot to make this even more Haitian!

For a more low carb version make this with spiralized zucchini.

Serve the cooked spaghetti with a hard-boiled egg and topped with fresh green onions and grated parmesan cheese. I also like to top mine with a bit of pikliz for additional flavor and texture.

Many folk like their Haitian spaghetti with eggs. I'm an eggs on top of everything kinda guy so I guess I'm including in these "folks" lol.

spaghetti and sausage cubes on a plate

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Haitian Spaghetti

What is Haitian spaghetti?

Haitian spaghetti is a dish made with thin spaghetti, andouille sausage, bell peppers, and scotch bonnet peppers. It is typically seasoned with haitian epis, a type of seasoning that gives the dish its distinctive flavor.

What can I substitute for Haitian epis?

If you don't have time to make Haitian epis, you can substitute another type of seasoning, such as dry Creole seasoning or Cajun seasoning.

Can I make this recipe without the scotch bonnet pepper?

Yes, if you don't like things too spicy, you can always omit the scotch bonnet pepper altogether.

For similar recipes try these:

Haitian Pikliz

Haitian Soup Joumou

Instant Pot Spaghetti

Pesto Spaghetti Squash

Homemade Pasta Sauce

Zoodles with Salsa Verde

Make This Recipe

This Haitian pasta recipe is a quick and easy way to get a delicious meal on the table. With just a few simple ingredients, you can have a hearty and flavorful dish that the whole family will enjoy. So what are you waiting for? Give this simple dish a try today and add it to your budding list of Haitian recipes!

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Haitian Spaghetti

Haitian spaghetti is delicious, quick and easy. It is made with epis seasoning, which gives it flavor unlike any other spaghetti recipe.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Caribbean, Haitian
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 1269kcal
Author: Marwin Brown

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 lb Andouille Sausage chopped
  • 1 cup Haitian Epis
  • 1 Scotch Bonnet Pepper
  • 14.5 oz can Fire Roasted Tomatoes
  • ½ tablespoon Kosher Salt
  • 8 oz Thin Spaghetti
  • ½ cup of Pasta Water

Instructions

Cook the spaghetti

  • In a medium or large pot add a few cups of water along with kosher salt and bring to a boil. Boil pasta to al dente. Strain pasta and set aside. Reserve one or two cups of the pasta water.

Make the Sauce

  • In a large saucepan heat oil then add the sausage and brown for 2-3 minutes.
  • Puncture a few holes into the scotch bonnet pepper and then add it whole to the skillet.
  • Add the diced tomatoes and allow to cook for 2-3 minutes or long enough for much of the juices to cook down. Add the epis and mix well then allow to cook another 2-3 minutes. Lower heat to a simmer and allow the tomato sauce mixture to cook slowly as the flavors meld together. Add some of the reserved pasta water to thin the sauce to desired consistency.
  • Add the cooked pasta to the pan. Mix well and allow to cook 2-3 minutes. Serve

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Notes

Use whatever sausage you prefer. Chicken sausage, turkey sausage, Italian sausage, hot dogs, or hell even vienna sausages are in bounds. Well, the last two not so much for me. I swore off vienna sausages after high school since we ate them so much back in the day.
In my research I also saw mention of sardines and smoked herrings as protein option. Yeah not my thing, but feel free to have at it if you're interested.
Most recipes call for tomato paste, but I use canned fire roasted tomatoes from time to time. Clearly fire roasted tomatoes are more an American thing but they're a good add nonetheless.
Haitian style spaghetti is not a very saucy dish. So mix the dish extremely well to ensure the sauce coats spaghetti well.
Add a little ketchup or a lot to make this even more Haitian!
For a more low carb version make this with spiralized zucchini.
Serve the cooked spaghetti with a hard-boiled egg and topped with fresh green onions and grated parmesan cheese. I also like to top mine with a bit of pikliz for additional flavor and texture.

Nutrition

Calories: 1269kcal | Carbohydrates: 98g | Protein: 58g | Fat: 70g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 13g | Monounsaturated Fat: 31g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 195mg | Sodium: 3917mg | Potassium: 1045mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 963IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 110mg | Iron: 5mg
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Recipe Rating




Megan

Monday 18th of July 2022

This spaghetti was absolutely epic! A new favourite for sure!

Amanda Dixon

Sunday 17th of July 2022

This was so good! I just love the spice kick the scotch bonnet pepper gave the sauce, and it was super simple to whip up.

Lauren Michael Harris

Sunday 17th of July 2022

My husband and I really love spicy food and this Haitian spaghetti really hit the spot! A new favorite for sure!

LaKita

Sunday 17th of July 2022

This Haitian spaghetti is so rich in flavor, comforting, and delicious. It makes the perfect meal!

David

Saturday 16th of July 2022

Enjoyed chatting with you yesterday for my podcast, Marwin! This looks delicious, pinning it to my recipes to try board.

Marwin Brown

Sunday 17th of July 2022

Thanks David. It was my pleasure!