One might ask, “What’s the difference between Filipino Style Spaghetti sauce and the typical spaghetti sauce?” Well, it’s the BANANA KETCHUP. Yes, we put banana ketchup in our spaghetti sauce and yes, we do have banana ketchup :). The banana ketchup adds sweetness and color to the sauce. As what my husband told me before “to me, a spaghetti without ketchup and hotdog is not spaghetti”, until now at his age, this is still his favorite pasta dish. Aside from the fact that most Filipinos grew up with this kind of spaghetti sauce, this also reminds him (and me) of childhood and birthday parties.
In Philippines, spaghetti is the star of the birthday party (not so much the cake) and each household probably have their own version too! Some put condensed milk as sweetener, others add cream for richer flavor and texture, some will add both and others will put liver spread too 🙂
Below is my version. Simple and savory. Hope you like it 🙂
- 1 cup of marinara sauce or 1 big can of tomato sauce
- 1/2 cup of banana ketchup ( i prefer Jufran, add more if needed)
- 150 g ground beef (or pork or both)
- 4-6 pcs hotdogs, sliced
- 6 pcs vienna sausage, sliced
- 1 large carrot, cut into small cubes
- 1 medium red bell pepper (green is ok too), cut into small cubes
- 1 medium onion, minced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 can mushroom, sliced
- 1/4 beef cube (or pork or chicken) dissolved in1/2 liter boiling water (add more if needed)
- oil for sauteing
- salt & pepper to taste
- brown sugar to adjust sweetness
- cheddar cheese, toppings
- In a small bowl, combine marinara sauce and ketchup. Set aside.
- In large pot, brown the ground beef, season with salt and pepper then add onion until transluscent, add garlic and stir. Cover until the garlic is fragrant.
- Add the bell pepper then the hotdogs & sausage. Wait for the hotdogs to cook then add the carrots and mushrooms. Let simmer for 2 minutes.
- Pour the marinara-ketchup mixture. Stir. Simmer again for 2 minutes, then pour the water slowly. Stir. Add more water if it became too thick. Let the sauce simmer until the liquid has reduced and the sauce thickens to the desired consistency. Add sugar, salt & pepper to taste.
To Assemble :
- Cook the noodles per package directions.
- Put in plate, top with the sauce and finish off with grated cheddar cheese. Serve with fried chicken or barbecue.
- The sauce can serve up to 4-6 persons.
- The use of bouillon is optional, you can leave that out.
- Cheddar cheese is a MUST. The saltiness of cheddar cheese enhances and blends well with the sauce. 😉 You can add some in the sauce too!
- For those outside the Philippines, you can buy the Quezo or Eden cheese and the banana ketchup in Asian stores near you. If you’re in Middle East, the cheese and the ketchup can be found in Filipino Stores and hypermarkets, at the International aisle section.
- In case the sauce becomes too thin, just let it boil until you achieve your desired consistency or if you’re in hurry you can dissolve 1 tbsp cornstarch to 1 tbsp water and add it to the sauce to thicken it faster.