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If you’re a kid who grew up in the Philippines, you’ve probably had Jollibee spaghetti at least once in your life. One of their most popular menu offerings, Jollibee spaghetti is a staple at nearly every birthday party for both kids and kids at heart. Its unique sweetness sets it apart from original spaghetti recipes, making it a delightful and refreshing treat!
The jolly and classically Pinoy fast food restaurant has been around since the late 1970s. Its crispy and tender Chickenjoy, as well as its meaty Yumburger are some other fan favorites. But it’s the Jollibee Spaghetti they advertise as the meatiest, cheesiest spaghetti in the country –– and quite frankly, they might be right!
What is in Jollibee Spaghetti?
An original spaghetti recipe is a balance between tart and sweet, though it leans more towards the former. Spaghetti Bolognese, for one, is thick and rich, with the tomato flavor neither too strong or overbearing. In fact, bolognese tends to lean into a creamier flavor, as many add a splash of cream or milk at the end for that extra oomph.
Jollibee Spaghetti, meanwhile, leans into more Pinoy sensibilities. Since we know that Filipinos have a sweet tooth, this recipe incorporates quite the amount of sugar into its taste. Many of the ingredients we put in this kind of spaghetti are inexpensive and easy. Our tomato sauce and tomato paste are naturally sweet as well, which give us that vibrant and bright flavor we’re looking for. Not to mention the use of ground pork and hotdogs makes it exceptionally filling!
To top it off, you can’t forget one of the most important elements in a delightful Jollibee spaghetti –– the cheese! The cheesiness is, quite arguably, one of the key things that makes it a Jollibee spaghetti in the first place. For this recipe I like to use Velveeta cheese, which is an affordable and easily accessible find at any grocery store. Soft and smooth, this type of cheese really melts in your mouth, contributing to the delightful spaghetti flavors.
If you want to incorporate the full Jollibee experience into your home, you can also serve your spaghetti alongside crispy fried chicken! Not only is it a great contrast to the flavors of your spaghetti, but its tender but juicy taste is truly addictive. Making these recipes from home proves that you don’t need to wait for a special day to enjoy delicious food.
How to Make Jollibee Spaghetti
While this dish might be easy to make, Jollibee spaghetti actually takes quite a while –– about an hour and ten minutes, to be exact. Most of this time is dedicated to making sure your sauce is as delicious as it can be. By letting your sauce simmer for about an hour, you’re able to extract all its savory and yummy flavors. The wait for your own Jollibee spaghetti will surely be worth it!
Cook the spaghetti
The first step to making your Jollibee spaghetti is to cook your spaghetti noodles according to package instructions. You’ll be using 2 lbs of noodles, or approximately 1 kilogram; this should be enough for a family serving. Afterwards, drain the water from your noodles and set it aside.
Start making the sauce
Next, let’s start to focus on your meaty sauce! In one cooking pot, pour in 2 tablespoons of cooking oil. Add in 2 teaspoons of minced garlic and your minced yellow onion as well, and sauté. When your onions soften slightly, add in 1 lb. of minced ham, and let this combo cook. After about 3 minutes, put in 1 ½ lb. of ground pork and do the same. You can even let the ground pork cook for about 5 minutes.
Then, pour in 3 15 ounce cans of tomato sauce and 2 cups of beef broth. Stir these ingredients for the saucesauce together. Then, let it simmer for about an hour. This will give it time to marry the flavors together harmoniously.
When an hour is up, add in your hotdogs and half a cup of tomato paste! You’ll only need about 6 to 8 hotdogs for this recipe; make sure, though, to slice them diagonally before adding them to the pot. Stir the sauce for about 10 minutes, letting your sauce thicken with time. Then, add in your granulated white sugar, and salt and pepper to taste. Mix the last of your ingredients well!
Pour the sauce over the spaghetti and serve
Once ready, put your noodles in a large serving bowl, or on individual plates. Pour your sauce on top of the pasta, making sure to coat every portion of it you can see. Last but definitely not least, add your Velveeta cheese on top!
It is ready! Serve it with a side of garlic bread for maximum enjoyment, too.
Enjoy your Jollibee spaghetti with your loved ones, and let us know what you think of this wonderful dish.
- Cook the spaghetti pasta according to the package instructions. Drain and set aside.
- Heat the oil in a cooking pot.
- Saute the garlic and onion.
- Add the ham. Cook for 3 minutes.
- Put-in the ground pork. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes.
- Pour-in the tomato sauce and beef broth. Stir and let boil. Simmer for 60 minutes.
- Add the hotdogs and tomato paste. Stir and cook for 10 minutes or until the sauce thickens.
- Put-in the sugar, salt, and pepper. Stir until the ingredients are well incorporated.
- Arrange the spaghetti pasta in an individual plate. Pour the meat sauce over the pasta and top with cheese.
- Serve. Share and enjoy!