Filipino-style Spaghetti

Filipino-style spaghetti is an interesting take on the Italian bolognese. Made with banana catsup and hot dogs, it’s not your ordinary pasta dish! It’s meaty, perfectly sweet and savory, and cheesy for the ultimate midday snack or main dish.

Filipino Spaghetti with hot dogs and grated cheese on a serving plate
Filipino-style Spaghetti
Table Of Contents

  • How to make Filipino spaghetti
  • Cooking tips
  • Serving suggestions
  • How to store leftovers
  • More Pasta Recipes
  • Filipino-style Spaghetti

I had so many fond memories of Filipino-style spaghetti growing up. It probably didn’t do my waist service, but I was seriously obsessed 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.

uncooked ground beef in a white bowl, dry spaghetti, sliced hotdogs on a clear plate, and chopped red bell peppers on a cutting board

I don’t know what it is but there is just something so awful yet addictive 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. 🙂

browning ground beef in a skillet with onions and bell peppers

How to make Filipino spaghetti

The steps to Filipino Spaghetti are 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.

browning sliced Filipino red hot dogs in a skillet

Cooking Tips

  • If you don’t have access to banana catsup, use tomato ketchup in equal amounts and add a teaspoon or so of sugar to achieve the sweet and savory characteristics of Filipino spaghetti.
  • You can substitute ham, Spam, bacon, or Vienna sausages for Filipino hot dogs to add a smoky flavor.
  • Boost texture and nutrition by adding veggies such as mushrooms.

Serving suggestions

Sweet-style spaghetti makes a hearty and tasty midday snack or a main dish for lunch or dinner. Top it with shredded quick melt cheese and enjoy with garlic bread and green salad.

It also makes a great addition to any party or special gathering menu. A guaranteed crowd-pleaser!

eating Filipino spaghetti with a fork in a bowl

How to store leftovers

  • For best results, store the meat sauce and noodles in separate containers as the pasta tends to absorb a lot of the sauce and gets mushy.
  • Transfer to airtight containers and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up 2 months.
  • To reheat, submerge the frozen spaghetti in boiling water for 1 to 2 minutes and heat the sauce in a saucepan over medium heat until internal temperature reads 165 F. Alternatively, drop the noodles directly into the simmering sauce and cook until the desired temperature is reached.

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