Dominican Espaguetis (Dominican-Style Spaghetti)

Espaguetis Dominicanos (Spaghetti a la Dominicana): Surprise friends and family with this unusual but flavorful spaghetti dish. Be prepared for encores.
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Dominican, Latino
Keyword dominican spaghetti, espaguetis dominicanos
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 725kcal
Author Clara Gonzalez


  • 1 lb spaghetti [0.43 kg]
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 lb Dominican "salami" [0.43 kg] (Amazon affiliate link)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion , large diced
  • 1 bell pepper cut into small cubes
  • 1/4 cup pitted green olives
  • 2 garlic cloves crushed
  • 1 tbsp capers (optional)
  • 4 plum tomatoes cut into small cubes
  • 1/4 tsp oregano
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 1/4 tbsp vinegar (optional)
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp pepper or to taste
  • 1/4 cup ground Parmesan cheese (optional)


How to boil spaghetti

  • Boil the spaghetti until slightly softer than al dente having added 1 teaspoon of salt to the water (set aside remaining salt). Drain the water and set spaghetti aside.

How to make dominican spaghetti

  • Heat oil in a pan over medium heat. Cut the salami into cubes. Cook and stir the salami until it browns. Lower heat to medium-low. Add onions, pepper, olives, garlic, and capers and cook and stir for a minute, or until onions become translucent. Add tomatoes and oregano, simmer covered until the tomatoes are cooked through (3-5 mins).
  • Add tomato sauce and vinegar (do not add vinegar if you'll use milk). Stir to mix. Add milk and the spaghetti and mix well. Stir until the milk is mixed through, but do not let it boil or the milk will curdle. Season with pepper and salt to taste.
  • Serve hot with tostones or green salad. Garnish with the cheese.


No Dominican "salami"? You can try it with our homemade salami recipe, or use supermarket roasted chicken for an easy Espagueti con Pollo Dominicano. Or use ham or sliced pork sausage if you feel adventurous.
Do not add vinegar if you are using milk. Both ingredients are optional, as there are no two homes where this dish is made the same. Both versions have their fans, I love both.


Calories: 725kcal | Carbohydrates: 69g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 3136mg | Potassium: 955mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 1425IU | Vitamin C: 38.8mg | Calcium: 154mg | Iron: 3.1mg