Filipino Style Spaghetti is a dish that I’m sure your kids will love as their merienda today.
Well, not only kids are in love with this variation of spaghetti. It was named that way because they made it to fit the Pinoy’s preference when it comes to the taste of this pasta dish. It is sweet and very delicious.
This dish is just as perfect as an occasional food as it is as a merienda. Try noticing how the spag tastes like when you get invited to someone’s birthday party. Aren’t they all usually on the sweet side? That’s how it is. We Filipinos do not only prefer it just because of the taste, but also because of how much money we’ll save as it requires affordable ingredients.
Filipino Style Spaghetti vs Italian Spaghetti
Our version uses tomato sauce and banana ketchup. Compared to the original Italian spaghetti made entirely of fresh tomatoes. Thus, they taste completely different. We have ours on the sweeter side, while Italians have their own version made from real tomatoes which taste sour and tangy.
So what are we waiting for? Let’s get to know what you need and how to make this Pinoy favorite for your next merienda or celebration.
Ingredients and Substitute
Get the pasta or spaghetti noodles from your local supermarket. It will be our main source of carbohydrates and often used as an alternative for rice when it comes to Pinoy meals. Any brand of this will do.
We need some salt and pepper for additional taste. Salt is also needed together with water when boiling the pasta noodles.
Olive oil, onion, and garlic will be the first ones to be cooked. They always add this unique flavor to several dishes. Then get some minced beef and red hotdog to serve as the meat and protein source of our spag.
We’ll use tomato sauce and tomato paste plus banana ketchup for the sauce. They are essential for that Filipino taste that we aim to get. Then evaporated milk and brown sugar will be responsible for the sweetness.
How to make yummy Filipino Style Spaghetti
Bring a pot then add some water and 1 ½ tbsp of salt. When it boils, cook the pasta for about 8-10 minutes or until it turns al dente.
Get a large saucepan and put it over medium heat, then add the olive oil. Use the process of sweating for the onion and garlic until they become soft and translucent.
Add the minced beef and cook it for 3 minutes or until it turns brown. Next is add the hotdog, tomato sauce, tomato paste, and banana ketchup. Stir everything and cook then for 3 minutes more.
Slowly add evaporated milk and brown sugar. Adjust the amount accordingly based on your taste preference. Then season with salt and pepper for the final flavoring.
Put some of the cooked pasta on a platter then pour the sauce on top. Add sprinkled cheese or other garnish that you like. Serve and enjoy with your family and friends.
Filipino Style Spaghetti Recipe
- 500 g spaghetti noodles
- 1 ½ tbsp salt for boiling pasta
- 6 cups water for boiling pasta
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 medium onion chopped
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 300 g minced beef
- 3 pcs red hotdog sliced
- 250 g tomato sauce
- 50 g tomato paste
- 2 tbsp banana ketchup
- 50 ml evaporated milk
- 1 tbsp sugar brown or white
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- Bring a pot of boiling salted water and cook the pasta for 8-10 minutes or until al dente.
- In a large saucepan over medium heat, add the oil. Sweat the onion and garlic until soft and translucent.
- Add the minced beef and cook for 3 minutes or until brown. Add the hotdogs, tomato sauce and banana ketchup. Stir and cook for another 3 minutes.
- Add the evaporated milk and brown sugar. Adjust it according to your taste preference. Season with salt and pepper.
- Place the cooked pasta in a platter then pour the sauce over the top. Sprinkle grated cheese and enjoy!