Filipino Spaghetti Recipe

Spaghetti, a staple Italian dish, has inspired countless variations around the world. And, as Filipinos, we have our unique style of preparing this popular pasta dish. What exactly makes the Pinoy version of this dish so appealing? And how can we recreate the thrill of ordering this pasta dish in Filipino restaurants at home? I’ve answered those queries in this article regarding my own Filipino Spaghetti recipe!

What is Filipino Spaghetti?

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Most people are familiar with the Italian version, which is cooked with rich tomatoes, onions, and, of course, thick spaghetti noodles. But have you ever thought about throwing in some hotdogs? And what about adding some sweetness to the dish? This is how you think like a Filipino cook!

Filipino Spaghetti is essentially the popular noodle meal with a sweet touch. That’s where our Filipino-style spaghetti sauce comes in. This is typically made with the uniquely wonderful banana ketchup and some brown sugar. Because of its popularity, this sauce is readily available pre-packaged and prepared at most grocery stores in the Philippines.

And, as I indicated before, we have a unique meat component to lend texture to the dish. Hotdogs complement the sweetness of our sauce and pair well with our noodles and ground pork. Another aspect that may surprise you is liver spread. This adds just enough spiciness to make the dish stand out. How about we try to cook this up?

How to Make Filipino Spaghetti

1. Cooking the noodles

You will need 1 pound of spaghetti. Just get a pot and some water and cook the noodles according to the package directions. Take note that the noodles should be al dente, or lovely and firm. After cooking the noodles, drain the water and place the spaghetti in a bowl. Place a cover over top and set aside for now.

2. Preparing the meat

Pour 3 tablespoons of cooking oil into a pan. Toss in one minced yellow onion and three minced garlic cloves. Sauté them together until the onions soften. Then, place your 1 lb. of ground pork inside and cook until light brown. Finally, add 12 sliced hotdogs. Continue sautéing everything together for 30 seconds.

3. Starting the sauce

Add 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour and simmer for 1 minute. Then, pour in 35 ounces of Filipino Style Spaghetti Sauce and 1 cup of water. Go ahead and combine everything until the sauce is smooth. Place the cover on top of the pan and let the contents to boil.

4. Adding more seasonings

Let’s add 1 Knorr Pork Cube for more taste. Now cook for 15 to 18 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened enough. Also, add 3 tablespoons of liver spread and as much salt and crushed black pepper as you like.

5. Putting the noodles and sauce together

Of course, we cannot forget about the pasta we prepared earlier. Place this in the pan and stir until well coated with the lovely red sauce. Finally, sprinkle with shredded cheddar cheese. Then just lay your wonderful Filipino Spaghetti on a serving plate!

I hope you enjoyed making my Filipino Spaghetti dish. As you might expect from a pasta dish, this may easily fill you up. However, whether you are making this for visitors or simply want to add additional food to your supper, you have a variety of excellent options.

If you’re up for a challenge, I’d propose cooking three more dishes. The following dishes complement our Filipino Spaghetti well.

What to Serve with Filipino Spaghetti

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Butter Garlic Whole Fried Chicken

The classic fried chicken dish pairs well with most pasta meals. But if you want to step it up a notch, try this Butter Garlic Whole Fried Chicken. The name alone gives you a decent notion of the savor and delicious flavor you can expect from this dish. The delicious, buttery flavor of the chicken is something you should not miss. It’s not overly salty, but the perfect savory flavor complements the sweetness of our spaghetti nicely. Another advantage of this dish is low cooking time. This takes less than an hour to prepare and can comfortably serve four people!

Calamares

Do seafood foods appeal to you? That’s no problem; you can easily replace your fried chicken with fried squid! Calamares is the next recipe I recommend to pair with your pasta. This is delightfully crispy and contains just the right amount of salt. Calamares are often dipped in a tomato-based sauce, so it pairs well with our spaghetti. Other dip alternatives include ketchup and mayonnaise, toyomansi, and spicy vinegar. If you want to cut down on prep time, you may simply buy packed squid rings from the market. This eliminates the need to cut your fresh squid into slices.

Easy Chicken Caesar Salad

What’s pasta without a lovely salad on the side? My Easy Chicken Caesar Salad is a go-to meal since it can be prepared fast. However, it contains everything you would desire in a fantastic salad dish. This features plenty of vibrant lush greens, parmesan cheese, Caesar salad dressing, and, of course, croutons for a delicious crisp! Our chicken breast is also an excellent way to get some protein into your dish. I love this dish since it is an easy way to make your supper healthy. Just keep an eye on the chicken while grilling to avoid overcooking.

However, it is unavoidable that we will have leftovers from a gathering. If you’re wondering how to keep your spaghetti edible, here are some suggestions!

Storing your Filipino Spaghetti

Mold is something to be aware of when preserving prepared food. To avoid this, the first step is to store the pasta dish in an airtight container. After that, simply place it in the refrigerator. We may expect this to continue around 5 days before becoming dangerous for consumption. However, you should check your spaghetti every now and then to see if it has started to rot.

Discoloration is a telltale indication. So, if you find that your spaghetti is turning gray or white, it may be time to toss it out. Also, take a whiff before reheating or cooking the spaghetti again to ensure there is no unusual odor from spoiling. Another thing to consider is the texture of the pasta. If it appears slimy, it could be due to mold. Don’t risk eating this; instead, discard the pasta if any of these indicators appear.

But that’s enough discussing what to avoid in the kitchen. You can make a variety of spaghetti dishes. So if you want to cook up additional spaghetti meals, I’ve got you covered.

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More Panlasang Pinoy Spaghetti Recipes to Try

Baked Spaghetti

Do you enjoy the sweet twist in Filipino Spaghetti? You can get more of it by following my recipe for Baked Spaghetti! If you want a sense of what this tastes like, try combining baked macaroni and Filipino spaghetti. So this recipe has a lot more cheesiness, and it’s super easy to make because you just let the oven do the cooking!

Fresh Basil And Sun Dried Tomato Spaghetti Pasta

You can omit several of your normal spaghetti fixings to create something much more refreshing and nutritious! My Fresh Basil And Sun Dried Tomato Spaghetti Pasta is both savory and tasty thanks to a few simple ingredients. We just need seven ingredients for this, including grape tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, and olive oil. However, they do an excellent job of flavoring our spaghetti.

One Pot Spaghetti

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Some people are hesitant to deal with pasta because they believe it requires a lengthy and complicated cooking process. However, as evidenced by this recipe, this is not always true. You can easily cook this One Pot Spaghetti, saving time and water by not having to wash as many dishes. As the name says, you’ll only need one pot to make this. And the recipe yields a very gratifying and hearty spaghetti meal with mushrooms, bell peppers, cream cheese, and other distinctively tasty ingredients. And this is ideal for individuals who are on the run but yet want a hearty and nutritious meal. This takes only 30 minutes to prepare and serve. This is also suitable for supper preparation because it serves four people.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. spaghetti
  • 1 lb. ground pork
  • 1 Knorr Pork Cube
  • 3 tablespoons liver spread
  • 12 hotdogs sliced
  • 35 ounces Filipino Style Spaghetti Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 onion minced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 tablespoons cooking oil
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Cook the Spaghetti noodles (al dente) according to package instructions. Once cooked, Drain the water, and then transfer the spaghetti to a bowl. Cover it and set aside.
  • Heat the oil in a Pan. Sauté the onion and garlic.
  • Once the onions soften, add the ground pork. Cook until the color turns light brown.
  • Add the hotdog. Continue sautéing for 30 seconds.
  • Add the flour. Continue cooking for 1 minute.
  • Pour-in the Spaghetti sauce and water into the pan. Stir continuously until the texture of the sauce smoothens. Cover the pan. Let it boil.
  • Add Knorr Pork Cube. Cook for 15 to 18 minutes or until the sauce gets thick enough.
  • Add the liver spread and season with salt and ground black pepper as needed.
  • Add the cooked spaghetti into the pan. Toss until it completely gets coated with the sauce.
  • Top with shredded cheddar cheese.
  • Transfer to a serving plate and serve. Share and enjoy!

Nutrition Information

Calories: 4974kcal (249%) Carbohydrates: 512g (171%) Protein: 217g (434%) Fat: 230g (354%) Saturated Fat: 69g (345%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 34g Monounsaturated Fat: 109g Trans Fat: 0.3g Cholesterol: 692mg (231%) Sodium: 9682mg (403%) Potassium: 6405mg (183%) Fiber: 32g (128%) Sugar: 53g (59%) Vitamin A: 11827IU (237%) Vitamin C: 85mg (103%) Calcium: 487mg (49%) Iron: 35mg (194%)

FAQ

What is Filipino Spaghetti?

Filipino Spaghetti is a distinct sweet-style spaghetti dish commonly served in the Philippines. It features a sweet and savory tomato-based sauce, sliced hotdogs or frankfurters, ground meat (usually pork or beef), and occasionally liver spread or minced ham. It is often topped with shredded cheese and hard-boiled eggs.

What makes Filipino Spaghetti different from other spaghetti recipes?

The key distinction is the sweetness of the sauce, achieved by using banana ketchup and sometimes adding sugar. Additionally, the inclusion of hotdogs or frankfurters and the use of sliced sweet-style ham contribute to the unique flavor profile of Filipino Spaghetti.

Can I use regular ketchup instead of banana ketchup?

While banana ketchup is traditional and contributes to the distinct flavor, you can use regular ketchup if banana ketchup is not available. However, you may need to adjust the sweetness by adding a bit of sugar to achieve the desired taste.

What type of pasta is commonly used for Filipino Spaghetti?

Filipino Spaghetti is often paired with spaghetti noodles, which are long, round, and thicker than traditional Italian spaghetti. However, you can use any pasta of your choice if you prefer a different shape.

What are common toppings for Filipino Spaghetti?

Common toppings include shredded cheddar cheese and sliced hard-boiled eggs. Some variations may include additional toppings like grated Parmesan cheese or chopped fresh parsley.

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