Filipino-style spaghetti is an interesting take on an Italian classic dish. Made with banana catsup and hot dogs, it’s not your ordinary bolognese!
I had so many fond memories of Filipino-style spaghetti growing up it’s amazing how obsessed I was with this pasta dish.
Would you believe I ate the stuff five days a week for four years? Seriously. My highschool cafeteria sold spaghetti to students and every day the packed lunch my mother made with tender loving care went untouched because I would instead spend my meager allowance on a plateful of the beet-red noodles.
I don’t know what it is but there was just something so awful and addicting about red hot dogs in banana catsup sauce.
To this day, Filipino spaghetti remains my favorite comfort food. I no longer eat it five days a week, of course, but I still enjoy it often enough. I make it so often at home, G, who has been mostly unyielding to my attempts at introducing him to the pleasures of Filipino food has grown to love it just as much.
If you find him hovering over me while I cook you can bet it’s Pinoy spaghetti. 🙂
Banana catsup and Filipino hotdogs are the signature ingredients of Filipino-style spaghetti but they might be difficult to find outside of the Philippines.
If you don’t have access to banana catsup, replace with tomato ketchup and add a teaspoon or so of sugar to achieve that delicious balance of sweet and savory Filipino spaghetti is known for. For the Filipino hot dogs, you can substitute cubed ham, Spam or Vienna sausages. Enjoy!
Filipino-style spaghetti is an interesting take on an Italian classic dish. Made with banana catsup and hot dogs, it's not your ordinary bolognese!
- 1 pound uncooked spaghetti
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 4 Filipino-style hotdogs, sliced diagonally
- 1 medium onion, peeled and diced
- 3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
- 1 bell pepper, seeded, cored and chopped
- 1 pound ground beef
- 2 cups tomato sauce
- 1/2 cup tomato paste
- 1 cup banana ketchup, preferably sweet and spicy
- 1 cup beef broth
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 cup quick-melt cheese, shredded
In a pot over medium heat, cook spaghetti in salted boiling water according to package's direction for about 7 to 9 minutes or until firm to bite. Drain well.
In a large saucepan, heat oil. Add sliced hot dogs and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 1 to 2 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from pan and set aside.
Add onions, garlic, and bell peppers to pan. Cook until softened. Add ground beef and cook, stirring occasionally and breaking into small pieces, for about 7 to 10 minutes until lightly browned. Drain any excess fat.
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 1/2 cup increments as needed. During the last 10 minutes of cooking, add browned hot dogs. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
To serve, spoon spaghetti sauce over noodles and top with shredded cheese.
First Published 3/25/2013.