Somali Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

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Everett Published: February 19, 2021 Modified: May 31, 2021

How To Make Somali Spaghetti Sauce

Ground beef, tomatoes, potatoes, and carrots are combined for a tangy, rich in spices, and loaded Somali-style spaghetti sauce!

Preparation: 30 minutes
Cooking: 59 minutes
Total: 1 hour 29 minutes



  • 2tbspfresh cilantro,chopped
  • 4garlic cloves
  • 1tspcumin seeds
  • 1tspHimalayan pink salt
  • 1tspground turmeric
  • 1tsppaprika
  • 1tspItalian seasoning
  • 1tspsalt free seasoning blend,such as Mrs. Dash®
  • ½tspground black pepper
  • ¼cupolive oil
  • 1lblean ground beef
  • 1onion,diced
  • 1large potato,peeled, cubed
  • 2carrots,diced
  • 14oztomatoes,(2 cans), diced
  • 2tbspwater,or to taste
  • 16ozangel hair pasta,(1 package)


  1. Place the cilantro and garlic in a food processor, then pulse until finely chopped.

  2. Toast the cumin seeds in a small pot over low heat for 2 to 3 minutes until fragrant.

  3. Allow to cool for 5 minutes, then grind into a powder.

  4. Transfer the ground cumin to a small bowl. Add the Himalayan pink salt, turmeric, paprika, Italian seasoning, seasoning blend, and black pepper to make the seasoning mix.

  5. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the ground beef, then cook and stir for about 5 minutes until browned. Stir in ½ of the seasoning mix. Add the onion, then cook and stir for about 5 minutes until softened.

  6. Add the potato and carrots. Cook, covered, stirring occasionally for about 5 minutes until slightly softened.

  7. Stir the tomatoes into the pot and bring sauce to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low, stir in cilantro-garlic mixture and the remaining seasoning mix.

  8. Simmer, stirring occasionally, for 30 to 40 minutes until flavors combine. Thin the sauce with water if it seems too thick.

  9. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook the angel hair in boiling water, stirring occasionally for 4 to 5 minutes until tender yet firm to the bite. Drain.

  10. Serve sauce over pasta and enjoy.


  • Calories: 636.70kcal
  • Fat: 25.71g
  • Saturated Fat: 7.27g
  • Trans Fat: 0.89g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 13.48g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.93g
  • Carbohydrates: 75.42g
  • Fiber: 5.96g
  • Sugar: 6.18g
  • Protein: 25.44g
  • Cholesterol: 53.68mg
  • Sodium: 465.92mg
  • Calcium: 70.77mg
  • Potassium: 924.81mg
  • Iron: 4.21mg
  • Vitamin A: 212.08µg
  • Vitamin C: 24.78mg
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