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If you've ever been to Tunisia, you'll know 2 things about Tunisians. They love their food spicy hot and they love their pasta! In fact, after Italians they're the second consumer of pasta in the world, consuming a whopping 12 kg per person a year!
That's lotta pasta to mangia on!
But Tunisians enjoy their pasta slightly different than their Italian counterparts. First, it's good to point out "makarona" is the universal term used for any variety of pasta, not just specific shape Maccheroni like in Italy. There are 5 main differences: Tunisians use spaghetti and small pasta shapes; they prefer tomato paste over passata (crushed tomatoes); they prefer their pasta like all their cuisine, spicy hot; they cook the pasta one-pot style instead of seperately and finally usually cook their pasta well-done, not al-dente.
Tunisians as I said enjoy their food extremely spicy. I believe I read somewhere Tunisian food is considered one of the most spicest cuisines in the world. So Tunisians got several world records going for them hehehe. Having enjoyed Tunisian cuisine over the years, even becoming to love to 'spice' I still must say Tunisian food is really spicy so beware!
Tunisian flavors include bay leaves, massive amounts of garlic, harissa ( a spicy hot pepper paste) and Tabel Carouia (spice mixture that consists of ground coriander, caraway seed, garlic powder, chilli powder and paprika).
But push come to shove, I couldn't really tell you which I like better ... Italian or Tunisian. Both are delicious in their own way! So go grab your pasta and let's make pasta magic!
Just to note, I've made this pasta without chickpeas. Chickpeas are often included in dishes in Tunisian, much like in Algerian cooking. I have used beef, but in Tunisia you'll find ever kind of protein imaginable used in pasta, everything from beef, lamb, chicken, fish, shrimp, tuna to even octupus. You could even make this a vegetarian meal as I often do.
So let's get started with the recipe.
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