Dominican spaghetti with salami is an underrated fusion dish. It is packed with refreshing and complex flavors, loaded with crispy and tender textures, and makes an extremely filling, cheap, and nutrient-dense meal! What’s not to love?
If you love Dominican cuisine or would like to try more of it, go check out my website. You will find some delicious Pasteles En Hoja (Chicken And Beef Versions), Arroz Con Dulce (Dominican Rice Pudding), and Pollo Guisado Dominicano (Chicken Stew). This cuisine is loaded with unique flavors and combinations. You won’t regret giving it a try!
What Is Dominican Spaghetti?
Spaghetti a la Dominicana or Espaguetis is a surprising dish that comes from this beautiful part of the world. You may not know it, but it’s actually one of the many popular pasta dishes Dominican cuisine has to offer.
Sure, it will go against everything Italians preach about pasta and how to serve it. Nevertheless, nobody can deny that it is extremely hearty, easy to make, budget-friendly, and loaded with delicious flavors!
Dominican spaghetti is made with a tomato sauce that is heavily seasoned with Caribbean and Latin American flavors. It also contains a bit of vegetable and most importantly, Dominican salami.
This salami is made with a combination of beef and pork. It is extremely meaty with a slightly smoky undertone.
While I wouldn’t say that the salami makes or breaks this dish, it does add an extremely important meaty flavor. If you substitute it with an alternative or a cheap Dominican salami brand, your spaghetti won’t turn out nearly as good as they could!
Where To Buy Dominican Salami
This is definitely an ingredient that isn’t easy to find across the globe. If you don’t have a Dominican or Latin American grocer near you, you can try ordering it online.
You can also make your own Dominican salami at home, but it’s quite the process.
What You Need To Make Dominican Spaghetti With Salami
Many of the elements in this recipe can be made from scratch. However, to save yourself some time and possibly even money, it’s best to buy pre-made alternatives.
You can easily find Dominican salami, sofrito, Abodo seasoning, and Sazon online. Don’t try to make your own or use an “easy-to-find” substitute. It’s not worth it, and your dish will lack the traditional flavor it needs.
I’ve also incorporated some red onion, garlic, red and green bell pepper, and, of course, tomato sauce.
If you cannot find Dominican oregano, use regular instead. The Dominican version is just slightly tarter than the generic (more common) version.
Variations Of This Dominican Spaghetti Recipe
As you may have noticed like with most cuisines: there are MANY versions of the same dish. It can vary between regions and even households.
Lots of people love to add pitted green olives to their Dominican spaghetti with salami. They do add a nice texture and pop of color, but not everybody loves their bitter flavor.
Evaporated milk is another common addition. It makes the tomato sauce base much creamier and completely changes the flavor of the dish.
If you cannot find evaporated milk, you can also use cream. It will create a similar effect.
Tips And Tricks
- To make the Dominican spaghetti with salami pasta sauce runnier, just add the pasta water without bringing it to a simmer. The simmering/boiling step is what activates the starch to make the sauce thicker.
- For a thicker sauce, you only need to simmer the pasta water-tomato mixture for a couple of minutes to be effective. This isn’t a very thick sauce, but it should also not be watery.
- If you want to add evaporated milk, only add it once the tomato sauce has cooked for a while. Slowly whisk it in to prevent the mixture from separating.
More Delicious Dominican Recipes
This is a relatively healthy dish. It’s not necessarily low in calories, but it doesn’t contain a bunch of fat or sugar. It’s also very nutritious and is made with loads of fresh ingredients. So whether or not it’s “healthy” depends on what your definition of healthy is.
There aren’t many alternatives that will do Dominican spaghetti with salami justice. You can try to find Turkish salami (sucak) or Bierwurst. If you can’t find any of these, just get something that is made with a mixture of beef and pork that has been smoked.
Believe it or not, this dish is actually extremely popular at picnics and beach days! Some of the most popular accompaniments include Tostones (I have many different recipes) and a bowl of rice. You can also serve this Dominican pasta dish with Homemade Garlic Bread.
Dominican Spaghetti With Salami Recipe – Rich, Hearty, Easy Meal
- 6-8 ounces spaghetti
- 1-2 tbsp olive oil
- 6 ounces (2 cups) diced Dominican salami
- 1/2 medium red onion
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/2 red bell pepper
- 1/2 green bell pepper
- 1/3 cup sofrito
- 1/2 tsp Abodo
- 1 tbsp Sazon (1 packet)
- 1 tsp Dominican oregano
- 4 ounces (1 1/2 cups) tomato sauce
- 3/4 – 1 cup reserved spaghetti water
- 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- Sea salt, to taste
- Cook the spaghetti first. Use the instructions on the package, and don't overcook the pasta. When draining it, make sure to set aside 1 cup of pasta water.
- To start the pasta sauce, heat some olive oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat.
- Add the Dominican salami and leave it to fry until it becomes brown on both sides (roughly 3 minutes per side).
- Once the salami is cooked, lower the heat to medium and add the diced red onion and garlic. Stir the ingredients well and leave them to saute for about 3 minutes.
- Add the red and green pepper and stir them in. Leave them to sweat for 2-3 minutes.
- Next, you can add the seasoning ingredients. They include the sofrito, Adobo, Sazon, and Dominican oregano. Stir them in well while they sweat for a minute.
- Then, add the tomato sauce and mix so all the ingredients are uniformly distributed. Leave the Dominican pasta sauce to cook for about 5-8 minutes.
- Season the sauce with black pepper and sea salt to your liking.
- Now, if your sauce is too runny, you can add a little bit of the pasta water and bring it to a simmer. The starch in the water helps make the sauce thicker.
- Finally, stir in your cooked, drained spaghetti noodles and serve this pasta while it's still warm.