Spaghetti is one of the most loved foods in Filipino cuisine. Unlike Italian spaghetti, Filipino spaghetti runs on the sweet side because of added sugar. Some cooks will include hot dogs or Vienna sausage instead of or in addition to ground beef. The following is a basic recipe that can be adapted to your tastes.
2 lbs spaghetti
2 lbs ground beef
5 to 6 jumbo hotdogs, sliced diagonally (preferably, Filipino-style hotdogs)
2 cups banana ketchup
3 cups tomato sauce
1 cup tomato paste
1 cup beef broth
1 medium onion, peeled and diced
2 to 3 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 cup quick-melt cheese (such as Velvetta), grated
1 tsp sugar
salt and pepper to taste
In a pan, heat oil. Add sliced hotdogs, stir and cook to lightly brown. Remove from pan and set aside. Adding more oil as necessary, saute onions and garlic until tender and aromatic. Add in ground beef. Cook until browned, stirring occasionally and breaking into small pieces.
Pour in tomato sauce, tomato paste, ketchup and beef broth. Stir the sugar. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil and then lower heat to simmer, uncovered, until meat is fully cooked and sauce is thickened, around one hour (Here’s to patience! The longer it simmers, the better the sauce!). Add more broth or water as needed to achieve desired consistency. During the last 10 minutes of simmering, stir in browned hotdogs to heat through. Adjust seasonings with additional salt and pepper, if necessary.
Meanwhile, in a deep pot, bring about 10 cups of water and 1 teaspoon of salt into a rolling boil. Add spaghetti noodles and cook until full to the bite or al dente, stirring occasionally. Drain and rinse with tap water. Never add oil to the water when cooking pasta as the oil will keep the sauce from adhering to the pasta. To prevent from sticking, stir noodles occasionally during cooking.
Place spaghetti on serving platter. Spoon sauce over noodles and top with grated cheese to serve. Alternatively, you can stir in cheese into the sauce until melted. Toss spaghetti with the sauce until well-combined and garnish with additional cheese. Serve hot.