January 4, 2016


Pinoy Sweet-Style Spaghetti, a Pinoy food recipe
Are you a fan of spaghetti?

I love Spaghetti! It’s my favorite dish next to fried chicken. My mom cooks spaghetti the sweet style. Filipino-style that is, sweet sauce with ground meat and tons of sliced hotdogs! When I was a kid, she (in her early 70s now) has never heard of oregano, basil, mozzarella and parmesan that make any pasta dish more aromatic and flavorful.

So when I was growing up, I would only be familiar with the kind of spaghetti she prepares, until I got to taste various pasta dishes served in restaurants and those I’ve seen in numerous international cooking shows. This Pinoy food recipe is a combination of what my mom used to cook with some tweaks I have made since cooking this spaghetti dish several years back.

Since January 4 celebrates National Spaghetti Day, allow me to share with you what brings warm childhood memories and a definite comfort food for me and any Pinoy who grew up accustomed to an easy Pinoy food recipe – Pinoy Sweet-Style Spaghetti.

Pinoy Sweet-Style Spaghetti ingredients

Pinoy Sweet-Style spices

1 kg. Spaghetti noodles

1 kg. Sweet-style Spaghetti sauce

½ kg. Lean ground pork

1 Cup Hotdog (sliced, about 250grams)

1 Big White Onions (minced)

1 Whole Garlic (minced)

1 Big Bell Pepper (diced)

1 Cup Parmesan Cheese

Chili Powder (optional)

Salt & Pepper (to taste)

1/2 cup water

Sweet-Style Spaghetti Sauce and Parmesan Cheese

1)    Cook Spaghetti noodles according to package directions. (see cooking tips)

2)    In a bowl, combine sweet-style spaghetti sauce and ½ cup grated parmesan cheese.

3)    In a pan, sauté onions until translucent. Add in garlic then add ground pork and season to taste. Drop 1/3 of the diced bell pepper.

4)    After a few minutes, add hotdogs, a pinch of chili powder and continue to sauté.

5)    Once you see excess oil, take some out and add in the sweet-style spaghetti sauce with grated parmesan, water and 1/3 of diced bell pepper. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper, according to taste and add more chili powder for that extra kick (optional).

Thick Pinoy Sweet-Style Spaghetti Sauce
6)    Once sauce starts to thicken, add the remaining bell pepper and simmer until you see your desired consistency.

Pinoy Sweet-Style Spaghetti, a Pinoy Food Recipe
This Pinoy food recipe is so easy to prepare and such a comfort to devour. Enjoy this Pinoy Sweet-Style Spaghetti!

Cooking Tips

Store-bought spaghetti
When cooking store-bought pasta, if the instruction calls for 8 to 10 minutes of boiling, I would boil pasta for 6 minutes. Turn off heat and retain pasta in the boiled water for a few more minutes. This prevents cooked pasta from being soggy. You want that al dente pasta, always!

Lean Ground Pork and Bell Pepper
My mom uses ground beef in her spaghetti. I opted for lean pork since I do not like the scent of beef. I also add bell pepper early on to meat for aromatic purposes.

Canned Tomatoes
If you cannot find a sweet-style spaghetti sauce, use canned tomatoes then add brown or muscovado sugar to sweeten the sauce. Add parmesan cheese and set aside for 30 minutes.

I cannot emphasize how much I love pasta dishes and this Pinoy Sweet-Style Spaghetti is definitely a part of my Monday Madness feature here at Eat To Your Heart’s Content! 

Shrimp Aglio e Olio and Mushroom Pasta
Want more pasta dishes? Here are some easy to prepare pasta recipes, for Shrimp and Mushroom lovers! Check out Shrimp Aglio e Olio here and Mushroom Pasta here.


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