This Filipino Spaghetti recipe is the star at a birthday party or any other festive celebrations in the Philippines. It would always excite the guests if they saw this spaghetti served at the dining table.  This is a sweeter version of the traditional Italian style spaghetti.

It also has a lot of other ingredients like chunks of hotdogs (which Filipino children really love), ground pork or ground beef, other versions also use corned beef, some finely grated carrots, some seasonings, Filipino style Tomato Sauce (which is available at all Asian groceries, banana ketchup (yes, you read it right, Filipino spaghetti sauce will never be complete without this sweet and tangy banana ketchup). The amount of sugar needed for the sauce is also a little surprising for non-Filipinos. They always thought that they were making desserts because of the sweetness of the sauce of the Filipino spaghetti.

Filipino Spaghetti Recipe vs other styles of Spaghetti

This is a sweeter version of the traditional Italian style spaghetti.  It also has a lot of other ingredients like chunks of hotdogs (which Filipino children really love), ground pork or ground beef, other versions also use corned beef, some finely grated carrots, some seasonings, Filipino style Tomato Sauce (which is available at all Asian groceries, banana ketchup (yes, you read it right, Filipino spaghetti sauce will never be complete without this sweet and tangy banana ketchup). The amount of sugar needed for the sauce is also a little surprising for non-Filipinos. They always thought that they were making desserts because of the sweetness of the sauce of the Filipino spaghetti.

There are also other variations where the grated cheddar cheese is added and cooked directly to the sauce. An all-purpose cream is sometimes mixed in to make it more savory and creamy. Filipinos also serve their spaghetti with lots and lots of grated cheddar cheese. This type of cheese is well-loved by Filipinos. There are also those who use other forms of cheese like the parmesan cheese which is commonly used for Italian spaghetti. During special holidays like Christmas and New Year, they also use the leftover queso de bola, a red covered round shaped cheese. This Filipino style spaghetti recipe,  commonly served with a slice of toasted garlic or plain bread. It can be eaten as a snack or merienda. It can also be served for lunch or dinner. The Filipino spaghetti is highly perishable food, the best way to store any leftovers is to place them in the refrigerator or freezer and consume within two days.

Filipino Spaghetti Recipe
 
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Serves: 10
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. spaghetti noodles
  • 1 lb. Italian tomato sauce (the kind they used was called "Italian" but tasted sweet and was very smooth in texture)
  • 8 ounces tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons minced onion
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 lb. ground pork
  • ½ cup minced carrots and red peppers
  • 2 cups diced or thinly sliced hot dogs
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon seasoning mix
  • 7 ounces evaporated milk
  • grated cheese for topping (they use a processed cheese similar to Velveeta)
Instructions
  1. Cook the noodles according to package directions. Set aside.
  2. Place the garlic, onion, and oil in a large saucepan or skillet. Saute for 3-4 minutes or until soft and fragrant. Add the ground pork and brown the meat until it’s completely cooked.
  3. Add the minced vegetables and hot dog pieces and stir to combine. Add the water and allow the mixture to simmer for 10-15 minutes. Add the tomato sauce and tomato paste to the meat and continue to simmer the mixture for another 10-15 minutes. Add the evaporated milk and salt and stir until incorporated.
  4. Combine the noodles and the sauce in a large pot or mixing bowl. Top with grated cheese. At Cherne they grate a processed cheese similar to Velveeta and let it melt into the top layer of the spaghetti.

To Know more about Filipino Style Spaghetti, Watch this Video ( Not my Own Video, Credit to the Original Owner)


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