This recipe is probably an exemption to the not-so-strict rules of this blog. I once mentioned in my introduction that I won’t be using canned sauces on my recipes. Everything would be traditional as much as possible, which means no shortcuts. But for obvious reasons, I cannot apply that rule here. And besides, it’s my food blog — I can always break the rules. Hah!
Seriously, the reason is Filipino Style Spaghetti is always prepared with canned tomato sauces. If I use fresh tomatoes (which I do sometimes with olive oil –> yum!) alone, it won’t be Filipino style anymore. Tomatoes are not naturally sweet, at least that’s not how we acquired the taste; It may be too sour for our palate. Hence, we add some sugar and banana catsup to balance the sweet, sour, and savory flavor. Why? Because that’s how we like it! It’s like Spaghetti Bolognese, but sweeter.
So my brother cooked Filipino Style Spaghetti yesterday, Sunday. I took some pictures, but it’s pretty much my own recipe inspired by my Tita‘s. My Lola was not a huge fan of spaghetti. She would rather eat Chinese noodles. Some credits also go to Joe, a college friend, who told me to add milk to the sauce to make it creamier. And, yes, it’s just so much better! If you have kids, I’m sure they will love this one.
Filipino Style Spaghetti
You will need:
- 1 pack spaghetti
- 2 tbsp cooking oil
- 3 tbsp butter
- 5 cloves garlic, mashed and minced
- 4 medium-sized onions, minced
- 4 medium-sized tomatoes, minced
- 1/4 kilo ground pork
- 1/4 kilo ground beef
- 4 pieces jumbo hot dogs, sliced diagonally
- 1 small can tomato paste
- 2 cups tomato sauce
- 1 1/2 cups banana catsup
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 small can evaporated milk
- 1 pork bouillon cube
- 2 tbsp sugar
- salt, pepper, and MSG to taste
- cheddar cheese, grated
How to prepare:
- Cook spaghetti according to package direction. Drain water using a colander or large strainer. Place noodles in running water or cold water to stop the cooking process. Set aside.
- In a large sauce pan over medium heat, sauté garlic, onion, and tomatoes in oil and butter. Add the ground meats. Season with salt and pepper. Cook meat until brown while stirring occasionally.
- Add hot dogs. Cook for a few minutes.
- Add tomato sauce, tomato paste, catsup, and water. Season with salt, pepper, MSG, and bouillon cube to taste. Reduce heat. Cover and simmer for about 20 minutes while stirring occasionally.
- Add evaporated milk. Add sugar if you prefer a sweet sauce. Simmer for a few more minutes with occasional stirring. Taste to check if it needs more seasoning.
- Serve over pasta. Sprinkle with grated cheese.
If you can’t find banana catsup in your area, you can simply remove it from the list of ingredients. Just increase the amount of sugar added to lessen the sourness of the tomato sauce.