Spicy pasta salad (with tomato ketchup dressing)

Tamatiesous pasta slaai

Super easy pasta salad with green pepper (capsicum) in a curry powder and tomato ketchup dressing.

My sister always made this tamatiesous pasta salad whenever we had family gatherings. I absolutely loved it – simply could not get enough. I never knew how she made it or how it came to be so utterly delicious until I went through my mother’s recipe books one day and found the recipe. I was super surprised that this salad not only contained an insane amount of sugar, but also curry powder!

I added a few twists (garlic and sriracha) to suit my wacky tastebuds and I only use whatever pepper I have at hand (green, yellow or red doesn’t really matter), but the nostalgia is still there every time I make the salad. It will still remind me of a time when we all gathered around the table, whether it be Christmas or Mother’s day or Father’s day or simply Sunday.

It is super easy to make and the longer it stands the more flavour develops. Best eaten the day after you’ve made it.

Dry pasta with pepper onion and garlic

Spicy Pasta Salad with green pepper

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 500 grams fusili pasta, fully cooked and cooled
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • salt to taste
  • Dressing

  • 1 cup tomato ketchup
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 50 ml red wine vinegar
  • 50 ml olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • sriracha to taste


  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked and cooled pasta with the chopped onion, diced pepper and minced garlic.
  2. Dressing

  3. In a jug, mix together all the dressing ingredients.
  4. Pour over the salad ingredients and mix well.
  5. Season with salt to taste.
  6. Place in the fridge overnight for the flavours to develop and serve cold with braaivleis or as a side salad.

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