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The classic Italian dish that is spaghetti has given birth to so many renditions around the world. And we, Filipinos, definitely have our own way of making this pasta favorite too. What is it exactly about the Pinoy version of this dish that makes it so appealing? And how can we replicate the joy we get from ordering this pasta dish in Filipino eating joints at home? I have the answers to those questions in this article about my own Filipino Spaghetti recipe!
What is Filipino Spaghetti?
Most people are familiar with the Italian original made with the richness of tomatoes, onions, and of course, the thick spaghetti noodle. But have you ever thought of tossing in some hotdogs? And what about integrating some sweetness into the dish? That’s how you can think like a Filipino cook!
Filipino Spaghetti is essentially the famous pasta dish but with a sweet twist. That’s where our Filipino Style Spaghetti Sauce comes in. This is normally made with the uniquely delicious banana ketchup along with some brown sugar. Because of how popular this sauce is though, you can easily buy it pre-packaged and made in most grocery stores in the Philippines.
And like I mentioned earlier, we have a distinct meat component to add some texture to the dish. Hotdogs go well with the sweetness of our sauce, and collaborates nicely with our noodles and ground pork. Another factor that might shock you is liver spread. This gives us a bit of spiciness to truly make the dish stand out. How about we try cooking this up?
How to Make Filipino Spaghetti
1. Cooking the noodles
You will want to get 1 lb. of spaghetti. Just get your pot and some water, and cook the noodles according to the instructions on the packaging. Take note that you also want the noodles al dente or nice and firm. After you have cooked up your noodles, you should drain the water, and put your spaghetti in a bowl. Put a cover on top, and set this aside for now.
2. Preparing the meat
Put 3 tablespoons of cooking oil in a pan. Toss in 1 yellow onion you’ve minced, alongside 3 cloves of garlic you’ve also minced. Sauté these together until the pieces of onion soften. Then put your 1 lb. of ground pork inside, and cook this until it becomes light brown. Afterwards, add 12 hotdogs you’ve sliced up. Keep sautéing everything together for just 30 seconds.
3. Starting the sauce
Place 1 tablespoon of all-purpose flour, and cook your mixture for 1 minute. Then pour 35 ounces of Filipino Style Spaghetti Sauce inside along with 1 cup of water. Go ahead, and stir everything together until the sauce gets smooth. Put the cover on top of pan, and wait for the mixture to boil.
4. Adding more seasonings
Let’s throw in 1 Knorr Pork Cube for a boost of flavor. Now cook this for 15 to 18 minutes, or until the sauce thickens enough. Also integrate 3 tablespoons of liver spread, and as much salt and ground black pepper as you would prefer.
5. Putting the noodles and sauce together
Of course, we can’t forget about the spaghetti we cooked earlier. Put this in the pan, and toss until it is coated entirely with the delicious red sauce. Top this all off with shredded cheddar cheese. And then you can just place your delicious Filipino Spaghetti on a serving plate!
I hope you liked recreating my Filipino Spaghetti recipe. As you may already be able to tell, this is something that can easily fill you up as it is a pasta dish. But if you are preparing this for guests, or are simply looking for more food to spruce up your meal, there are a bunch of great options you could go for.
If you’re comfortable with a bit of a challenge, you could whip up three more dishes that I would recommend making. Below are some recipes that complement our Filipino Spaghetti perfectly.
What to Serve with Filipino Spaghetti
The classic fried chicken dish actually goes perfectly with most spaghetti dishes. But if you want to take it up a notch, I suggest trying out this Butter Garlic Whole Fried Chicken. The name alone already gives you a pretty good idea of the kind of savor and satisfying flavor you will get from this dish. The delightful, buttery taste of the chicken is truly something you cannot miss. It is not too salty either, but the perfect savory taste is sure to match the sweetness of our spaghetti well. Another perk to this recipe is its cooking time. You need less than an hour to make this, and it can already serve a group of 4 perfectly!
Are seafood dishes more your cup of tea? That’s no problem as you could easily replace your fried chicken with fried squid! Calamares is the next recipe I am suggesting to have with your pasta. This is deliciously crunchy, and has just the right amount of saltiness. It works fantastic beside our spaghetti because you will usually dip calamares in a tomato-based sauce. Other options for dips are a mixture of ketchup and mayonnaise, toyomansi, and spiced vinegar. Should you be looking to cut down your prep time, you could always buy packaged squid rings at the market. This way, you will no longer need to slice up your fresh squid.
What’s pasta without a beautiful salad as a side? My Easy Chicken Caesar Salad is definitely a go-to recipe because it is something you can make quickly. But it has everything you would want in a great salad dish. That includes a lot of bright leafy greens, some parmesan cheese, Caesar salad dressing, and of course, some croutons for a delightful crisp! Our chicken breast is also a great way of integrating some protein into the meal. I love this recipe because it really is a simple way to make your meal a lot healthier. Just make sure that you do not overcook the chicken by keeping close watch over it as you are grilling.
It’s inevitable for us to end up with leftovers after a gathering though. Should you be wondering how to keep your spaghetti good for eating, here are some of my tips!
Storing your Filipino Spaghetti
One thing we need to watch out for when it comes to storing cooked food is mold. Since we want to avoid this, the first thing we need to do is put the pasta dish in an airtight container. Afterwards, you can just place this in the refrigerator. We can expect this to last for about 5 days before it becomes unsafe for eating. However, it is best to check every once in a while if your spaghetti has begun to spoil.
A telltale sign is discoloration. And so when you notice that your pasta is becoming gray is white, it may be time to throw it out. Also take a whiff before you reheat or cook up the spaghetti again to make sure there is no strange smell from spoilage. Another thing to take note of is the texture of the pasta. If it is slimy, that may be a sign of mold. Don’t take the risk of eating this, and just dispose of the spaghetti if it shows any of these signs.
But that’s enough talking about what to avoid in the kitchen. There are plenty more kinds of spaghetti recipes you could make. And so if you are interested in cooking up more spaghetti dishes, I’ve got you covered!
More Panlasang Pinoy Spaghetti Recipes to Try
Do you love the sweet twist we get in Filipino Spaghetti? You can have more of that by recreating my recipe for Baked Spaghetti! If you want an idea of the taste of this, just imagine that this is like putting together baked macaroni and Filipino Spaghetti. And so for this dish, you get a lot more cheesiness, and it is really easy to make because you will just let the oven do the cooking!
You can cut down on a lot of your usual spaghetti ingredients to end up with something that could be a whole lot more refreshing and healthy! My Fresh Basil And Sun Dried Tomato Spaghetti Pasta is savory and delicious as a result of a few ingredients. We need just seven different components for this, and that includes grape tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic and olive oil. But these work wonders in providing flavor to our spaghetti.
Some people are scared to work with pasta because they think this involves a long and complicated cooking process. But as we can see with this recipe, that isn’t always the case. You can make this One Pot Spaghetti conveniently, saving up on both time and water because you will not have to wash too many dishes. As the name implies, you will need just one pot to cook this in. And the recipe makes a truly satisfying and hearty spaghetti dish with mushroom, bell peppers, cream cheese and more distinctly delicious components. And this works well for those on the go, but want something filling and nutritious for lunch. 30 minutes is all it takes to get this on a plate! And you can use this for meal prep as well because it makes 4 servings.
Share your thoughts on this Filipino Spaghetti recipe by commenting below! And feel free to explore more Panlasang Pinoy dishes by scrolling through the website. There are plenty other pasta recipes that may catch your attention like this Filipino Spaghetti.
- 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!