Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Pinoy Style Spaghetti Recipe

A plate of Pinoy Style Spaghetti with grated cheese on top
Pinoy Style Spaghetti Recipe

 

Pinoy Style Spaghetti Recipe


If you see these words "filipino style" or "pinoy style" in a recipe, it only means one thing... sweet! So, if it's Filipino Style Spaghetti, you probably know what it taste like... Sweeeet.

Pinoy Style Spaghetti is a sweet version of Italian Spaghetti. But, you have to use banana ketchup instead of tomato sauce and also, you need to put sugar to make it a real Filipino Style Spaghetti.

For some reason, we filipinos love to add sugar to every dishes we cook. A good example is the Filipino Style Adobo, it won't become very popular without the help of a sugar. Actually, (correct me if I'm wrong) if you were to cook any tomato-based dishes, it is a requirement to add sugar. Pork Menudo, Pork Giniling Guisado and Afritada to name a few.

Who invented this "sweet spaghetti" anyway? Well, if you Google search its origin, you will find a lot of information. Some says, the Americans invented this dish, while the others say, the Japanese were the ones who did. But, one thing is for sure (based on me), it was created during the World War ll. It is because, banana ketchup were invented that time as a substitute to tomato ketchup/sauce when there was a scarcity of tomatoes and its byproducts in the Philippines during WWll.

The first person who cooked the Pinoy Style Spaghetti still remains a mystery, because our food historians failed to document its origin. Okay, let's end the quest to its history and move on to the present time.

Thanks to Jollibee (a very popular Filipino fastfood company) for introducing me their own version of Pinoy Style Spaghetti, it's called "Jolly Spaghetti". This simple pasta recipe captures the heart and tickles the taste buds of filipino kids and of course, the kids at heart as well. It's sweet red/orange sauce perfectly complements the grated cheese and sliced hotdogs. Uummm so yummy! So pinoy!

Today, I'm going to cook a Pinoy style Spaghetti that taste like Jolly Spaghetti from Jollibee. With the help of Del Monte Filipino Style tomato sauce it is now possible and so easy to make.

So, let's start cooking!


INGREDIENTS:

1 pack Del Monte Spaghetti pasta 1 kilo.
1 pack Del Monte Spaghetti Sauce (Filipino Style) 18 0z.
1 bottle banana ketchup 320 gms.
1/2 kilo ground pork
8 pcs. red hotdogs. Sliced diagonally.
1 medium carrot. Minced.
1 red bellpepper. Minced. (optional)
1 red onion. Minced.
1 lb. minced ham (optional)
2 tbsp. cooking oil
2 tbsp. fish sauce (patis)
1 pc. beef cube
1 cup water
1 cup grated cheese
Ground black pepper to taste
2 tbsp. brown sugar


HOW TO COOK PINOY STYLE SPAGHETTI:

1. Cook the spaghetti pasta according to its cooking direction. See at the back of the packaging. Drain and pour-in cold water to stop the cooking process. set aside.

2. Heat the oil in a cooking pot. Saute the onion. Properly sauteing the onion releases its aroma and making it sweeter.

3. Put-in the ground pork and stir well. Cover and let it simmer for 5 minutes over medium to low heat.

4. Stir, spread and mashed the ground pork to check if it's already cooked.

5. Now add-in the carrots, bellpeppers, hotdogs, grated cheese, sugar and ham. Mix well. Cover and simmer for another 5 minutes.

6. Pour-in the Pinoy Style spaghetti sauce and banana ketchup. Stir. Add-in the beef cubes. Tomatoes have lycopene that is more potent that vitamin E. Tomatoes are also rich in antioxidants that fight diseases and cancers.

7. Season with ground black pepper and fish sauce.

8. Pour-in water according to your preferred thickness. Let it simmer for 5 minutes.

9. The spaghetti sauce has to be a bit salty, sour and sweet. Texture must be thick.

10. Turn off the heat.

11. Plate the spaghetti pasta and pour the sauce on top. Sprinkle grated cheese on top.

12. Serve with toasted garlic bread. Bon appetit!


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