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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!

Recipe Summary

25 mins
59 mins
5 mins
1 hr 29 mins
6 servings


Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Place cilantro and garlic in a food processor; pulse until finely chopped.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

546 calories; protein 25.7g; carbohydrates 63.9g; fat 20.6g; cholesterol 49.6mg; sodium 818.2mg. Full Nutrition