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Does Nigerian coconut Pasta really exist? Or did I make it up? ? Well this is an amazing pasta variation of our good old Nigerian coconut fried rice with tomatoes. It’s delicious, quick easy to make- the perfect weeknight dinner.
You definitely remember the age old feud between Camp coconut rice with tomatoes and Camp coconut rice without tomatoes? Don’t worry if you don’t. It’s not serious just a bunch of peeps like you and me that are probably not hungry enough to enjoy good food. ?
Oh well this Coconut Jollof Pasta is simply a spin off from the Nigerian coconut Jollof. Making coconut Jollof Pasta is a bit different from coconut Jollof rice. Because cooking the pasta in coconut milk and tomato sauce like is done with rice is not an option otherwise the result will be a sticky soggy coconut Jollof pasta. And we all know that pasta is better off al dente.
What kind of Pasta is used to make Coconut Jollof Pasta?
Any Pasta will make a delicious Coconut Jollof Pasta. But the ratio of sauce to pasta will differ. I decided to use the Rotimi sorry Rotini pasta today for variety on the blog since most of the pasta recipes on the blog are made with spaghetti.
I usually use these to make this delightful dish
- Thin Spaghetti
- Farfalle ( bow tie or butterfly pasta)
Note: if you are using Spaghetti or Linguine for this recipe, you will need to double the sauce ingredients in this recipe for the same amount of rotini pasta used. For Elbow, Penne and farfalle pasta the ration stays the same. See below
For spaghetti:- double sauce : 1 lb spaghetti or linguine Pasta
For Rotini, elbow and penne pasta:- same quantity of sauce : 1 lb of rotini, elbow, penne or farfalle pasta
Trust me You need to make this Nigerian coconut Jollof pasta because it’s easy to make, delicious, and gets ready in no time. Your perfect week night dinner!
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Nigerian Coconut Jollof Pasta
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1 medium onion chopped
- 1 habanero pepper finely chopped
- 3 oz tomato paste
- 200 ml coconut milk
- 1/2 small green bell pepper chopped
- 3 stalks of spring onions chopped
- 1 lb rotini pasta
- Heat up coconut oil, then sauté onions till translucent.
- Add the tomato paste and pepper and stir allow to cook for about 2 mins then add the coconut milk.
- Stir and add the spices
- Allow sauce to simmer till it reduces to a semi thick paste.
- Turn off heat and stir in chopped green bell pepper and/or spring onion. Let the residual hear soften them
- Bring 4 quarts of water to a boil
- Add salt then pour in the Rotini pasta
- Allow pasta cook for 8 minutes for that al dente perfection.
- Drain pasta
- Transfer pasta back to pot. Mix in the sauce until well combined.