Philippine-style Spaghetti

Spaghetti is spaghetti is spaghetti, right? Well, not quite. The Filipino spaghetti is one like no other. It has a distinctive sweet flavor and hot dogs are added to the meat sauce.  In some other variation, Vienna sausage is used instead of hotdogs. No children’s party is ever complete without the Filipino spaghetti, just like there is not an adult celebration without pancit.And forget the garlic bread. You must have your spaghetti with  pan de sal (literally, salted bread) which is the Filipino bread of choice for breakfast, snack or dinner roll. One unique ingredient in this recipe is the banana sauce, which is again, the ketchup of choice in many Filipino dishes.


1 lb Spaghetti

1 cup banana sauce  (available in many Asian grocery or World Market stores)

2 cups tomato sauce

1/4 cup tomato paste

4 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed

one medium onion, diced

1 lb ground beef

5 slices hotdogs, sliced into small diagonal pieces

1/3 cup brown sugar

2 tbsp salt

4 tbsp Olive oil

1 cup shredded cheddar or mozarella cheese



Cook the spaghetti noodles according to the instructions on the package. Set aside

To prepare the sauce:

Heat olive oil in a pan

Add garlic and saute until golden brown

Add onions and continue cooking for about a minute

Add the ground beef , cooking and stirring for 5 minutes

Add salt

Add the hotdog slices and cook for another 2-3 minutes

Add the tomato sauce, tomato paste, banana sauce and brown sugar

Reduce heat and let simmer for about 20 minutes

Remove from heat and pour over the spaghetti noodles

Sprinkle the cheese over the noodles

Serve with pan de sal

(Makes  4-6 servings)


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