This 10 minutes quick cook jollof  spaghetti is great for our Nigerian kids' lunch boxes as it doesn't take long to make. Spaghetti, whether it's  fried spaghetti, jollof spaghetti with baked beans and more, spaghetti bolognese, coconut spaghetti, boiled spaghetti, minced meat spaghettivegetable spaghetti with corned beef, sardine and egg spaghetti, spaghetti and plantain stir fry, spaghetti with chicken soup, or vegetable spaghetti, has to cook in 10 minutes else you have a mushy overcooked pot of spaghetti. I wish
I can mention the names of some brands that easily get mushy and make you think that you are not a good cook. I have tried making jollof and fried pasta with different brands and decided to stick to this brand because their products, whether macaroni, spaghetti or what, come out clean when cooked. They don't thicken like ikokore while cooking and even if the pot is left boiling for more than 10 minutes, you still see the water looking clear. For some, you always have to wash off starch with tap water after cooking else you serve pasta pudding, lol. 

This early morning quick cook spaghetti is easy, the recipe is the exact same one I used for the quick 10 minutes jollof macaroni I posted last week. The day I packed that jollof macaroni, my boy came home with a completely empty lunch box courtesy of his small stomach. Today, he was excited when he entered the kitchen and saw mummy scooping this colourful deliciousness into his small lunch box and I'm sure he'll be looking forward to break time.

The cake served in that small pack is from the cake I confessed to you guys that we stole from the supermarket yesterday. It was absolutely delicious with that Nigerian denseness and flavour that I love to taste in Nigerian wedding cakes, had to hide some in the fridge to help with lunch box snacks for the remaining school days of the  week.

I'm very sure that he'll come home with an empty lunch box today if he's given enough  feeding time. Lol.

I'll just give a brief recipe since it's already posted with the jollof macaroni of last week.

Adding stock to fried vegetables.

Adding jollof spice.

Adding the spaghetti to chicken stock

Adding water to cover the spaghetti in the pot.

Checking for salt and adding a little to taste.

 Stirring and checking for doneness.

Adding a little bit more water because pot began to dry up  too early.

 10 minutes after adding spaghetti, my lunch box jollof is ready to pack in my Nigerian School Lunch box.

Nigerian school lunch box with spaghetti, chicken, water melon and a piece of cake.

1 Pack spaghetti
Chicken stock and water to cover the pasta
1/2 to 1 cup vegetable oil ( I cook with soya oil)
1 medium sized onion
1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1 large sized green pepper
2 red tomatoes
2 tablespoons tomato ketchup
1 teaspoon jollof spice
1 seasoning cube for stock, another one cube for stir frying vegetables
Salt to taste
More pepper if you cooking for adults

  1. Wash, chop and fry onion, green pepper, seasoning cube in heated oil till onion is fragrant.
  2. Add the chopped tomatoes and stir. Leave to fry for about half a minute before adding the ketchup.
  3. Stir, add stock and the spaghetti as long or short as you like your pasta.
  4. Stock should cover the spaghetti in the pot if it doesn't, add water to completely cover the spaghetti as shown in the pictures above. Stir briefly, check for salt, take heat level to the lowest and cover the pot to simmer. High heat will dry up the pot while your spaghetti is still uncooked so watch the flames.
  5. Check after every like 3 minutes to stir so it doesn't stick to bottom of pot and if water dries up before 10 minutes, feel free to add a few drops of water and a pinch of salt to completely cook it al-dente, not too soft.
  6. Pack for school and watch your kid return from school with an empty lunch box.