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 high school 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 is just something so awful yet 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 make it often enough at home that G 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.
How Do You Make Filipino Spaghetti?
The steps to Filipino Spaghetti is similar to making regular spaghetti bolognese The ground beef is first browned with aromatics and then simmered in tomato sauce and choice of herbs until thick and hearty.
What sets our local version apart is the addition of sweet banana catsup and Filipino-style hotdogs to the meat sauce plus the grated cheese topping when the pasta is served.
If you don’t have access to banana catsup, use 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.