Haitian Spaghetti

Can I be clear about this?  Just do it.  Yes – the ingredients seem weird for spaghetti but this is so good you’ll probably finish up dinner and go online to donate to these deserving people!  I’ve had this in Haiti and I can tell you – it’s authentic (minus a rooster crowing in the background while you’re preparing it)!

1lb spaghetti
4 tablespoons canola (or any other neutral) oil
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon garlic
1 cup white onions
1 teaspoon thyme (fresh, chopped)  You can use dried.  It’s gonna be ok.
5 or so Hot dogs sliced into 1/2 inch circles
1 ½ tablespoons chicken bouillon powder or a cude
salt (to taste)
½ cup reserve pasta water
1/4 chopped habanero

Boil the pasta in salted water.  Set a side some pasta water when draining

Heat oil and fry your sliced dogs!  then add tomato paste.  You’re basically frying the paste too.  Isn’t this fun?!  Keep going for about 5 minutes – you’ll see a few black specks, then you’ll know it’s time.

Add garlic, onion, thyme, habanero and hotdogs and cook for 4 minutes while stirring to blend.

Add chicken bouillon and stir.

Add pasta and stir to blend while gradually adding a little pasta water.  You don’t want it to be liquidy – just a bit more moist…

Lower heat and cover and cook for another 4-5 minutes.

Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Serve hot.  Start speaking Creole!