Filipino-Style Spaghetti Recipe
What Makes This Spaghetti Filipino-Style?
Everyone loves spaghetti—including people in the Philippines! What I didn't realize until I came to America, however, was that Filipino-style spaghetti is very different from the American version. American spaghetti tends to be acidic, whereas Filipino spaghetti tends to be a bit sweet (we add a secret ingredient that I'll share below). Furthermore, instead of meatballs, we use hot dogs. Although I do like American spaghetti, I crave the spaghetti that I had as a child. So why not be adventurous and give this version a try?
- 1 pound spaghetti
- 4 hot dogs, sliced diagonally
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 cup mushrooms, sliced
- 1 pound ground pork
- 2 cups tomato sauce
- 1/2 cup tomato paste
- 1 cup banana sauce (available at Asian markets)
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon white sugar
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Cook the spaghetti according to the package directions. Drain.
- In a large skillet, saute the hot dogs on medium heat in 1 tablespoon of oil until brown. Set the cooked hot dogs aside.
- In the same skillet, over medium heat, saute the onions and garlic in 1 tablespoon of oil for 2 minutes. Add the ground pork and mushrooms. Season with salt and pepper, and saute for about 8 minutes until the pork is brown.
- Add the tomato sauce, tomato paste, banana sauce, and sugar. Simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until the meat is cooked and the sauce has slightly thickened. Add 1/4 water, as needed, if the sauce becomes too thick.
- Add the cooked hot dogs to the sauce.
- Add the spaghetti to the skillet. Mix the pasta and sauce together. Season with salt and pepper as needed.
- Incorporate other vegetables, such as bell peppers or carrots, if desired.
- If you like spicy foods, try using the spicy variety of banana sauce.
- You can substitute ground beef for the pork, or you can use a combination of ground pork and beef.
- Top with grated cheddar cheese, or any variety of cheese desired, before serving.