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Soul Food Spaghetti Recipe

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Not your average pasta recipe, this spaghetti is made with smoked andouille sausage, onion, and bell pepper. This delicious dish pairs perfectly with fried catfish, collard greens, and cornbread.

soul food spaghetti

There are few recipes our family loves more than soul food-style spaghetti. To be honest, our kids are probably tired of it because we have it so much!

This recipe is based on Marrekus’ mom’s spaghetti recipe. It is also similar to the spaghetti I ate growing up that my mom and grandma often make.

It’s fast, easy, and fills you up. On busy weeknights carpooling between cheer and football practice, this soul food spaghetti recipe is our go-to. A satisfying meal at the end of a long night.

What is soul food spaghetti?

Soul food spaghetti, also lovingly known as black people spaghetti, is a variation of Italian-style spaghetti. It incorporates flavors and cooking techniques commonly associated with Black food culture (rich, savory, and sometimes spicy flavors). While it shares some similarities with traditional Italian spaghetti, the differences are in the sauce and seasonings.

Ingredients

  • Neutral oil (vegetable, canola, or peanut oil)
  • Spicy smoked sausage (andouille, beef, etc.)
  • White onion (or you can use two small yellow onions)
  • Green bell pepper
  • Garlic cloves, minced
  • Butter (unsalted)
  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper
  • Ground beef 80/20
  • Spaghetti seasoning packets (McCormick, Lawry’s, etc.)
  • Tomato paste
  • Tomato sauce
  • Sugar (optional)
  • Spaghetti pasta
  • Optional: Crushed red pepper, diced tomatoes, shredded cheese, cayenne pepper, hot sauce, etc.

How to make this soul food spaghetti recipe

Step 1: Brown sausage and sauté vegetables: Heat oil in a large skillet. Then, sear the sliced smoked sausage in the skillet until browned; remove the sausage from the skillet and set aside.

Next, melt butter in the same skillet. Sauté onion and bell pepper in melted butter and sausage drippings until softened, about 4 minutes. Add garlic, salt, and pepper, and sauté for 1 minute more.

Step 2: Add ground beef and make the sauce: Mix in ground beef, breaking it into smaller pieces as it cooks. Cook until browned, about 5 minutes. Stir in spaghetti seasonings, tomato paste, pasta sauce, and water. Return the smoked sausage to the skillet, reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.

Step 3: Cook pasta and pull it all together: While the sauce is simmering, cook pasta according to package instructions. Add sugar to the meat sauce mixture, and stir to combine. Combine spaghetti and meat sauce, stirring to coat all the pasta evenly.

soul food spaghetti sauce

What to serve with soul food spaghetti

Marrekus loves to make fish and spaghetti, a combination I had not tried until we met. It also goes great with garlic bread, cornbread, and collard greens.

Pulled pork BBQ spaghetti

A variation of soul food spaghetti, Marrekus loves to make pulled pork spaghetti. It’s basically a delicacy, most commonly found in the BBQ Capital of America: Memphis, Tennessee.

The process is simple. First, mix tomato sauce with your preferred barbecue sauce. Then, add seasonings, spices, and smoked meat. Marrekus uses his own smoked pork butt, but the recipe is adaptable. You can buy pre-cooked pulled pork or substitute with rotisserie chicken.

Frequently asked questions

Why do people put sugar in spaghetti?

People put sugar in spaghetti sauce because it is believed to cut the acidity of tomatoes. One cup of tomato sauce has about 10 grams of sugar in it, so adding more may seem redundant. However, it’s an ingredient Marrekus says he will continue to put in his spaghetti recipe!

What is the best sauce for spaghetti pasta?

Any tomato-based pasta sauce will work for this recipe. Two of our favorite sauces are Dagostino Smooth Tomato Sauce and Victoria Organic Toasted Garlic Sauce.

What is good pasta substitute for spaghetti?

You can substitute spaghetti pasta for linguine, bucatini, or even fettuccine.

What is spaghetti seasoning?

Spaghetti seasoning is made with onion, garlic, tomato, paprika, and other spices. It is intended to be used with water and tomato paste to make a sauce. However, this recipe uses store-bought spaghetti seasoning packets to add more robust flavor and spice for soul food-style spaghetti.

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Soul Food Spaghetti Recipe

  • Author: cooks with soul
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: main course, dinner
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: southern, soul food

Description

Not your average pasta recipe, this soul food spaghetti is made with smoked andouille sausage, onion, and bell pepper. This delicious dish pairs perfectly with fried catfish, collard greens, and cornbread. 


Ingredients

Scale

Spaghetti

  • 1 pound spaghetti pasta
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons neutral oil
  • smoked sausage (beef, andouille, etc.), cut into half moons
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 white onion (or 2 small yellow onions), diced
  • 1 large green bell pepper, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground black pepper
  • 1 pound ground beef 80/20
  • 1 1/2 packets of spaghetti seasoning
  • 1 6-ounce can tomato paste
  • 1 jar of pasta sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons white sugar
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Instructions

  1. Cook pasta according to package instructions.
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  3. Sear smoked sausage in skillet until browned; remove from skillet and set aside.
  4. Melt butter in the same skillet over medium heat.
  5. Sauté onion and bell pepper in melted butter and sausage drippings until softened, about 4 minutes.
  6. Add garlic, salt, pepper, and sauté for 1 minute more.
  7. Mix in ground beef, breaking it into smaller pieces as it cooks. Cook until browned, about 5 minutes.
  8. Stir in spaghetti seasonings, tomato paste, pasta sauce, and water.
  9. Return smoked sausage to the skillet; reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  10. Add white sugar to the meat sauce mixture, and stir to combine.
  11. Combine spaghetti and meat sauce, stirring to coat all the pasta evenly.
  12. Serve spaghetti with garlic bread, cornbread, or fried catfish.

Notes

This recipe uses our Fish and Spaghetti recipe.

Optional ingredients: crushed red pepper, diced tomatoes, shredded cheese, red and yellow pepper peppers, cayenne pepper, hot sauce, etc.

Keywords: soul food spaghetti, black people spaghetti, fish and spaghetti

One Comment

  1. I made this soul food spaghetti last night for dinner and the family raved about how amazing it was. The smoked beef sausage was really the highlight of the dish.

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