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Haitian spaghetti prayer breakfast

“Spaghetti for breakfast? Really?” BMS film crews are used to eating some unusual food in their pursuit of stories around the world, but in Haiti they saw the strange and familiar collide in the form of a common breakfast: spaghetti.

Eaten at all times of the day (but regularly at breakfast) this savoury spaghetti recipe is perfect for a prayer breakfast with a Haitian flavour.


Use this recipe and the Haiti prayer focus in this magazine to host an authentic Haitian prayer breakfast.


Serves:  4 (for tips on cooking for large groups, visit and click ‘feeding the 5,000’)

Preparation time: 45 min

1/4 cup oil
1lb / 1 packet spaghetti
5 cloves garlic (minced or pressed)
1 pinch thyme
1 large onion
2 medium red peppers
2 teaspoons tomato paste
1/2 cup ketchup
Meat to taste (diced ham/ sliced hot dogs/ strips of chicken)


Boil spaghetti until al dente and, while doing that, chop onion and slice peppers into thin strips.

In a large frying pan, sautee the onions and peppers. After a few minutes, add in garlic, thyme and meat (if using chicken, lightly fry chicken first).

Stir in tomato paste and, when the spaghetti is ready, add to frying pan and stir fry the pasta with the other ingredients.

Add in ketchup and serve!

To highlight the plight of most Haitians, cook a more representative meal using just the spaghetti and ketchup.

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