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Filipino Spaghetti Recipe

Filipino Spaghetti is the Philippine's version of the world famous Italian Spaghetti. This delicious Filipino dish is made up, basically, of spaghetti pasta, tomato sauce, sliced red hotdog, sugar, banana catsup, ground meat (pork, beef, or combination), onion, garlic, and spices (salt and pepper). It is distinctively characterized, as compared to Italian Spaghetti which is sour and with meatballs, by its sweetness due to the use of sugar, use of hotdog instead of meatballs, and the addition of catsup. This combination of ingredients produces a unique and favorable taste that became likable and traditional to Filipinos. It is best serve along with toasted bread, fried chicken, and skewered hotdogs and meat barbecues. Filipino Spaghetti is ubiquitous in the Philippines. It is often present in kids' parties, birthdays, and prominent fast food chains like McDonalds and Jollibee. In fact, only in the Philippines where McDonald's fast food serve spaghetti called "McSpaghetti".

There are number of stories made as to the origins of this long, solid, and slender strings of pastas called Spaghetti. One story tells us that it originates is China because Marco Polo, an Italian merchant traveler that lived from 1254 to 1324, brought noodles back with him when he visited China. Another story narrates that the Arabs introduced spaghetti pasta because they occupied and colonized the island of Sicily in Italy in 10th century. Some say that the Romans is baking noodles in the oven as early as 400 BCE. However and whatever the true origin of this dish, Italian-American Spaghetti was already popular in the United States around the end of 18th century. When the Americans occupied the Philippines in the early 1900, they introduced their Italian-American version of Spaghetti which is, basically, made of Spaghetti noodles, meatballs, and tomato sauce. Filipinos were just so innovative in cooking that they came up with their own unique version called the Filipino Sweet Style Spaghetti.

This delicious Filipino Spaghetti continues to be developed with the addition of evaporated milk to make the dish more creamer and for other Filipino cooks, adding a reno liver spread will thicken the Spaghetti sauce and will better the taste. For me, I add both the evaporated milk and reno liver spread. I just love the taste!

Filipino Spaghetti Photo

Filipino Spaghetti Ingredients

  • 2 lbs spaghetti noodles
  • 4 cloves garlic; minced
  • 1 onion; minced
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 4 pieces hotdog; sliced diagonally
  • 1 cup UFC banana catsup
  • 4 cups tomato sauce
  • 1 small can tomato paste
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, grated
  • 3/4 cup water
  • Brown or white sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Cooking oil

Optional Ingredients:

  • 1 small can reno liver spread
  • 3/4 cup evaporated milk

Filipino Spaghetti Cooking Instructions

  1. Cook the spaghetti noodles according to package instructions. Set aside.
  2. In a saucepan or wok, sauté garlic and onion. Add ground meat (pork and beef) and 3/4 cup water. Let simmer until all liquid evaporates and the saute.
  3. When meat starts to render fat, season with salt and pepper to taste. Add the tomato sauce, tomato paste, banana ketchup, and slices of hotdog.
  4. Simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. Balance taste with sugar, and salt and pepper according to taste.
  5. Pour the sauce on top of the spaghetti noddles, then garnish with grated cheddar cheese.

Cooking Tips

  • Adding evaporated milk (others use condensed) will make the dish creamer.
  • Adding reno liver spread will thicken the spaghetti sauce. For others, this additional ingredient will better the taste

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Comments (31)

Ito ang recipe n hinahanap ko ang lasa. Nakatikim n ko ng ganitong luto at nagtanong n rin kung ano ang procedure. Eto n yun, perfect!
#31 - Iya - 12/29/2014 - 16:04
:-[] wow! yum2..must try that !
#30 - Chenechen - 09/09/2014 - 07:20
yummy Filipino spaghetti!
#29 - jeramie estrada - 08/29/2014 - 06:05
matalap talap... tutbukan ko to
#28 - juntoyo - 08/30/2012 - 14:25
I love your site. I have tried some recipes and they have turn out just as you guys say. Thnks so much.
#27 - Andrew - 08/11/2012 - 04:25
my mom also put liver spread on her recipe plus mang tomas sarsa ng litson...truly so delicious!!! everyone loves to eat her spaghetti!!! no wonder all her apo's have their tupper for their take outsauce...yummy
#26 - spaghetti fab - 07/18/2012 - 04:55
çiçek gönder
yummmyy very delicious :))
#25 - çiçek gönder - 06/25/2012 - 07:00
Try ko nga yan for meryenda hehehe!
#24 - Garry - 05/13/2012 - 00:48
liver spread, condensed milk and ufc hot banana ketchup...yummy..
#23 - jb - 04/27/2012 - 13:51
Creamy and tasty,,!!
Me and my uncle usually cook spaghetti with the add on of Condensed milk.,pero ang ginagamit namin na tomato sauce eh yung italian sauce..para nmn di mag sobrang tamis yung sauce,.balance lng.. hmm yung liver spread?actually paborito ko sya pero di ko ma imagine na pde syang ihalo sa spaghetti..
#22 - aya - 04/01/2012 - 00:50
ay ang galing, i didn't know that liver spread can be put in the spag ingredients...really.....i will try this....yum..yum.... ^_^
#21 - vangie - 01/04/2012 - 22:43
wow ok lang ang lasa pero omit ko lang ang liverspread.
#20 - roselle pascual - 12/18/2011 - 02:24
#19 - mar - 09/04/2011 - 23:17
:-D hello! thank u very much for give this idea to cook. i will do its amazing taste...uhmm love it!
#18 - james - 08/13/2011 - 04:49
sarap oi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
#17 - liz gier - 07/25/2011 - 04:48
;-)ang spaghetti walang nilalagay na fruits eh di hinde na spag un. salad na un!!!!but anyway filipino foods are tasty & yummy!
#16 - - 06/26/2011 - 12:48
lagyan mo ng fruit cocktail, condensed milk, nestle cream, raisins, kaong, cheddar cheese, chicken flakes din try mo xa masarap..
#15 - flora - 06/25/2011 - 12:55
pd din lagyan ng gatas para maski wala ng cheese
#14 - yam - 06/08/2011 - 18:54
Red spaghetti with nestle cream add on!
adding Nestle Cream is the BEST! You get to taste how creamy the spaghetti will be! ;)

I recommend of adding the nestle cream into the ingredients ^__^

My mom's spaghetti recipe. No one has yet beaten it for me. So far all people who has tasted my moms spaghetti, never gave bad comment but also wanted to take some home! ^__^ (JUST SHARING)
#13 - Aileen - 05/22/2011 - 02:25
yummm...... :-) papaluto ko toh kay dad :)
#12 - audrei lazol - 04/17/2011 - 21:27
very yummy!!!
wow! very simple and yummy naman...i will try that...spaghetti is very common but i love the recipe...must try it now!!!:-D:-D
#11 - cathy - 03/11/2011 - 02:15
Love it, love it, my kids loves spaghetti now, thank you
#10 - Katbree - 03/06/2011 - 11:15
wow sarap naman!!!!!!!!!!!
ho0w about recipes fo white sauce???
#9 - churva - 02/22/2011 - 03:35
sarap namen nyeeeeen
#8 - ralf - 02/07/2011 - 11:09
kang kalamiiiii......
#7 - jessel - 02/03/2011 - 17:47
hayyyyyyy nakagu2m sarap talaga ng spaghetting pinoy...........
#6 - georgia san juan - 12/14/2010 - 09:02
recipe po for white sauce...
#5 - - 12/04/2010 - 08:55
love filipino spaghetti, but can i just skip the liver spread? i dont think i like the taste...never tried it b4....ty...
#4 - edith - 11/24/2010 - 08:12
instead using liver spread ( which is bad for me ) i used chicken spread is that ok
#3 - willie - 11/17/2010 - 07:43
ang spaghetti ko nilalagyan ko po ng nestle cream(all purpose). okey lang po ba? :-D
#2 - cristin - 11/04/2010 - 02:22
;-) sarap talaga ng sphagetti natin....pengeeeeeeeeeeeeeee:-D
#1 - jen - 06/22/2010 - 21:56
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