My mother’s Macaroni Jollof.
First of all, I want to give my (late) mother thumbs up for today’s recipe. Just like it was yesterday, I still remember the quickness, and easiness it takes my mother to put this meal together. Usually, all she need is a tin of tomato paste, a bulb of onion, and a box of macaroni. Then, she heads down to the kitchen, and the next thing, (in about 20 minutes or so), dinner is served – macaroni Jollof! I genuinely love my mother’s recipes; their easiness and practicability are what we need in today’s busy world. Click To Tweet
Will Never Forget My Mother’s Store.
I remember going up; my mother used to have a shop, a convenience store, so to say. She also sells almost everything – call it a one and done, well, not really but you get what I mean. From cooked foods like fried chicken, and meat to raw foods like rice, beans, onions, tomato paste, macaroni, spaghetti, Maggi, salt, pepper, to soft drinks and beer. She got everything in there, ok!
Overall, I saw my mother’s store as our neighborhood’s mini stockpile. I have seen some members of our community “buy” food stock (on credit) from my mother’s store, wouldn’t even bother to pay, and another day come back asking for more things on credit. (Eyes rolled.)
I remember countless times; my father would ask my mother to stop giving people goods on credit. Anyways, I am laughing out loud reminiscing on these childhood memories.
I wish my parents are alive to see how I re-interpret these recipes, for my kids and the entire world to enjoy. Nevertheless, I know they are proud of me.
Quick And Easy is a Real Need.
This macaroni Jollof is super easy to put together, and faster take on our beloved Jollof. Most people think of rice whenever they hear the word Jollof. But that is not the case; you can pretty much Jollof anything; Jollof quinoa, Jollof beans, Jollof Spaghetti, it goes on and on. Jollof is a way of cooking, not necessarily, a type of food. Click To Tweet
I reality, if you like easy-to-make dinner(s) consider today’s recipe. Then load it up with your favorite veggies. I decided to keep it simple in honor of my mother.
Making my mother’s Macaroni Jollof Gives (me) Real Joy.
- First, You will need macaroni, I mean; obviously, it should be the #1. I like using the exact recipe she used: elbow macaroni. Whole wheat, gluten-free, doesn’t matter. I keep it simple, though; I use the one I have in my pantry.
- Second, you will need tomato paste, I usually buy tomato paste from the store, but if you have homemade, that would be perfect as well.
- Thirdly, you need some protein; I used chicken breast; you can use fish or tofu. My mother would typically use a kind of small smoke fishes called “azu oribiri” (in the Igbo language). I don’t think it has an English name. All the above, alongside, onions, garlic, and other condiments listed under “ingredients,” are what you will need.
Anyways, if you are ready, to let’s make this marvelous deliciousness.
What is your favorite pasta recipe? I hope you enjoy my mama’s recipe as I do.
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