Somali Spaghetti Sauce

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  • Published Jul 5th
  • Ready In1h 29m
  • Servings6
  • Calories546
This is Somali-style spaghetti sauce with my own little twist. We make this once a week in our house (my daughter craves it!). I hope you enjoy this as much as we do!

Somali Spaghetti Sauce Ingredients

The following are the ingredients needed to make delicious Somali Spaghetti Sauce for 6 servings:

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt-free seasoning blend (such as Mrs. Dash®)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 large potato, peeled and cubed
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 (14 ounce) cans diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons water, or to taste (optional)
  • 1 (16 ounce) package angel hair pasta

Somali Spaghetti Sauce Cooking Instructions

  • Prep25m
  • Cook59m
  • Ready In1h 29m

To cook Somali Spaghetti Sauce, you need about 25 minutes of preparation time. The time needed to cook this Somali Spaghetti Sauce is about 59 minutes , and you can serve your Somali Spaghetti Sauce within 1 hour 29 minutes . The following are the steps to cook Somali Spaghetti Sauce easily:

  1. 1 Place cilantro and garlic in a food processor; pulse until finely chopped.
  2. 2 Toast cumin seeds in a small pot over low heat until fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes. Allow to cool, 5 minutes. Grind into a powder.
  3. 3 Transfer ground cumin to a small bowl. Add Himalayan pink salt, turmeric, paprika, Italian seasoning, seasoning blend, and black pepper to make seasoning mix.
  4. 4 Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add ground beef; cook and stir until browned, about 5 minutes. Stir in 1/2 of the seasoning mix. Add onion; cook and stir until softened, about 5 minutes. Add potato and carrots. Cook, covered, stirring occasionally, until slightly softened, about 5 minutes.
  5. 5 Stir tomatoes into the pot and bring sauce to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; stir in cilantro-garlic mixture and remaining 1/2 of the seasoning mix. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until flavors combine, 30 to 40 minutes. Thin sauce with water if it seems too thick.
  6. 6 Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook angel hair in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until tender yet firm to the bite, 4 to 5 minutes. Drain. Serve sauce over pasta.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • Substitute pasta sauce for the canned diced tomatoes, if desired. You can substitute another type of salt for the Himalayan pink salt.
  • Mince cilantro and garlic together with a knife instead of a food processor, if you like.
  • For added flavor, you can toss the cooked and drained pasta in the oil that collects on the top of the sauce. Top spaghetti with shredded cheese if you like.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 546 calories; 20.6 grams of fat; 63.9 grams of carbohydrates; 25.7 grams of protein; 50 milligrams of cholesterol; 818 milligrams of sodium.

  1. Sep 14th 2018

    This one is a keeper with requests to have it in the regular rotation. I substituted fresh basil for the cilantro and Italian seasoned ground turkey so therefore omitted the Italian seasonin ...

  2. Nov 10th 2017

    I LOVED IT!!!! My 7 yr old found the carrots and potatoes off-putting but after a few times, I think she'll get used to it. It takes like regular spaghetti for the most part. I always cut pa ...

  3. Feb 22nd 2017

    Pretty good recipe I dont think Ill make it again. Not that it wasnt good just I prefer pasta without potatoes (too many carbs) and wasnt saucy enough for my liking. I think I will stick wit ...

  4. Feb 2nd 2017

    Yum! I put turmeric in anything I can, but never thought of cilantro in spaghetti sauce. Very fresh tasting. My only substitution was to use soy crumbles instead of beef. Not only delicious ...

  5. Jul 10th 2016

    Very interesting and very delicious. I made mine without the meat. Will definitely make again. Thank you for the recipe.

  6. May 23rd 2016

    I'm glade you liked it. I'm not one to follow recipes exactly either! The fresh rosemary and basil sounds really good, that I will try using them on my next sauce.

  7. Apr 10th 2016

    Though I didn't follow the recipe exactly, I never thought of putting turmeric in spaghetti sauce. I had some fresh turmeric root to use so I grated one in. I've never put potato in before ...