Filipino-style Spaghetti

Banana ketchup in the sauce? Wait, it gets weirder. Hotdogs with the meat? Yep, folks, that is Filipino-style spaghetti for ya. Sweet and cheese-y, this is not your typical bolognese. And I won’t have it any other way.

Filipino-style Spaghetti

Filipino-style Spaghetti
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Yield: 8 Servings
  • 1 pound uncooked spaghetti
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 2 to 3 jumbo Filipino-style hotdogs, sliced diagonally
  • 1 small onion, peeled and diced
  • 1 to 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • ½ cup tomato paste
  • 1 cup banana ketchup (preferably sweet and spicy)
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ cup cup quick-melt cheese (such as Velvetta), grated
  1. In pot, cook spaghetti in boiling water according to package's direction for about 7 to 9 minutes or until firm to bite. Drain well.
  2. In a saucepan, heat oil. Add sliced hotdogs and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 1 to 2 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from pan and set aside.
  3. Add onions and garlic and cook until limp. Add ground beef and cook, stirring occasionally and breaking into small pieces, for about 7 to 10 minutes until browned. Drain any excess fat.
  4. Add tomato sauce, tomato paste, ketchup and beef broth. Stir in sugar. Bring to a boil and then lower heat to simmer, covered, for about one hour or until meat is fully cooked and sauce is thickened. If sauce is getting too thick, add water in ½ cup increments as needed. During the last 10 minutes of cooking, add browned hotdogs. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. To serve, spoon spaghetti sauce over noodles and top with grated cheese.

Filipino-style Spaghetti



  1. CT says

    I make this a lot and love it! However, since no store near me carries filipino hot dogs, I use Hebrew National beef hot dogs. I also use shredded pepper jack cheese instead of velveeta(I find the smell and texture repulsive) or shredded gouda. I like Jafran brand banana ketchup best. You wouldn’t think hot dogs would work in spaghetti but they do!

  2. Kristine says

    I love your recipe of the Filipino style spaghetti! ill be making this for christmas. Your other recipes are easy to follow as well with delicious looking images. Cheers!

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