Tuesday, January 25, 2011

FILIPINO SWEET STYLE SPAGHETTI – KULINARYA

SWEET SPAGHETTI© BUSOG! SARAP! 2011

KULINARYA COOKING CLUB

 

Kulinarya’s theme for the month of January 2011 is "What Filipino dish (savoury or sweet) would you like to have on your birthday?"

 

For this month theme, I made a long list of all the Filipino dishes I love to eat during my birthday and I’ve noticed I never actually cooked Filipino Sweet Style Spaghetti yet from scratch.  “From scratch” in Cusinera’s term is when you don’t use a sachet or tetra pack and then add meat.  The sauce has to be sweet, savoury, a bit reddish/orangey in colour and the sauce have to be thick not watery, with this knowledge I dived into my pantry and fridge just to get the ingredients that will give me that ultimate recipe without the aid of the magic instant sauce.

What’s not to love about Filipino Sweet Style Spaghetti, a must for a Pinoy children’s birthday party along with fried chicken and hotdogs on bamboo skewers with a marshmallow on each end.  Let’s not forget the triangular sandwiches that are filled with shredded chicken with mayonnaise, freshly cooked Pork BBQ Sticks and for dessert…tubs of Magnolia Ice Cream and slices of the Birthday Cake.  I love this 80’s style children buffet party food spread, and always include most of the dishes in my children’s parties. 

So let me bring back your childhood birthday party memories with my version of this iconic Filipino pasta….only in the Philippines!

 

FILIPINO SWEET STYLE SPAGHETTI

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 kg regular beef mince

3 American hotdogs, sliced slanted

2 medium onions, diced

2 small cloves garlic, peeled and crushed

2 tbspn cooking oil

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup grated tasty cheese

2 tbspn sugar

1 cup Filipino ketchup

1 cup tomato sauce *condiment version not the canned version*

cornflour slurry (1/2 cup water + 2 tbspn cornflour)

salt & pepper

500g packet of thick spaghetti

*used AUS Measuring Cups & Spoons

SWEET SPAGHETTI INGREDIENTS© BUSOG! SARAP! 2011

 

COOKING PROCEDURE:

SWEET SPAGHETTI STEP1-4© BUSOG! SARAP! 2011

~ In medium-high, heat your cooking oil in a large frying pan and sauté your garlic and onions till they become transparent.  Add in your mince beef and while stirring, make sure you break down the meat clumps.  Throw in a good pinch of salt and pepper over the mince beef.  Once the mince beef are all evenly browned, add in your sliced hotdogs and cook further for a 15-30 seconds.

SWEET SPAGHETTI STEP5-8© BUSOG! SARAP! 2011

~  Pour in your tomato sauce, ketchup, water, cheese and milk.  Stir the sauce well on each addition.  Reduce the heat to simmering stage.

SWEET SPAGHETTI STEP9-12© BUSOG! SARAP! 2011

~  Once the sauce is slowly simmering, add in your sugar and cornflour slurry (*stir the slurry before your pour*).  Once you pour your cornflour slurry you have to quickly stir it in to the sauce to avoid lumps.  Cook the sauce till it becomes slightly thickened.  Remove from stove and set aside.

SWEET SPAGHETTI  STEP13-16© BUSOG! SARAP! 2011

~  Boil some water with a good pinch of salt.  Once the water is boiling pour in your pasta.  Reduce your heat to medium and simmer the pasta for 10-14 minutes or until it is soft but not overcook.  Pour the spaghetti over a colander to remove water.

SWEET SPAGHETTI STEP17-19© BUSOG! SARAP! 2011

~  In a large oven proof bowl, place the drained pasta and pour over 75% of the sauce and mix them together.  *You can add another 1/2 cup of grated tasty cheese* if you want while mixing.  Top with the leftover sauce and add more extra cheese.  Bake inside your oven till the cheese on top are completely melted.  Remove from the oven and serve.

SWEET SPAGHETTI WITH FRIED © BUSOG! SARAP! 2011CHICKEN

 

BEST WITH:  Crispy Fried Chicken or with Chicken Mayo Spread Sandwiches on the side.

NOTES:

  • The pasta should be soft but not overcook.  It should be past the al dente stage, when you bite one of the spaghetti strands, it should not have that hard middle to it.  Once you achieve this, drain the spaghetti quickly and lightly rinse with cold water from the tap while it’s still on the colander.
  • Make 1 1/2 recipe of the sauce for 500g spaghetti (uncooked) if  you prefer more sauce in your pasta.
  • Use 3/4 cup of tomato sauce (condiment version) instead of 1 cup if you want to reduce the tomatoey tartness of the sauce.
  • You can cook this sauce in big batches and divide them into containers to freeze for future use.
  • The TRIBE likes to mix the sauce with the pasta before serving and lightly bake it, but if you like to serve the sauce and pasta separately on the table or just top the sauce on the pasta for individual plating go right ahead….there’s no right or wrong=)  Enjoy! 

50 comments:

  1. YUM!!!!! I learned something new, add milk. I will have to try that on my next Pinoy spaghetti. thanks for sharing.

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  2. I had filipino spaghetti two posts ago but would like to try your version. You added milk and cheese into your sauce which makes me want to try it. Yes this is good with fried chicken.. how else can a birthday party be as pinoy as that? haha!
    thanks for sharing your step by step procedure, Im impressed with bloggers who do that, because I know it takes a lot of effort and time doing it.

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  3. Thank you so much for making this. I have been looking for the Pinoy version of Spaghetti- because i think it tastes better than the Italians or others.

    I will be trying this soon. Maraming Salamat!!!

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  4. Definitely "only in the Philippines"!!! This is actually a best sellers in my parties. Nice work!!!

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  5. My husband is the Filipino so I always think Filipino spaghetti is funny, especially the hot dog part. But this looks like a really fun recipe so I think I will try it the next time I make spaghetti. Thanks for all the wonderful recipes. This blog has been a lot of fun while I try to learn to cook Filipino food.

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  6. Filipino sweet spaghetti is an acquired taste. I always cook it this way and not care about any other sour version. What you cooked looks very yummy, and with milk? Hmm, I am definitely trying that one next time. Thanks for post, good job!!

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  7. @Everybody~ thankyou for dropping by...I added the milk because when I tasted the sauce it was a bit on the sour/tart side(may pagka asim). Cream would be good too=)

    @Malou~ Thankyou for your kind words...usually my camera is on my tripod in front of me and I use my chin or pinky finger to take shoots, the timer function is so handy...LOL! Sometimes I became a lefty because I take shots using my right hand=)

    @Gilbert~ You are so welcome!

    @Natalie~ Thanks for dropping by=) Children loves this kind of spaghetti in our parties...I made sure that the ingredients are easy to obtain, except for the Filipino ketchup (I needed the sweetness and colour of it)and I can't find a substitute. I'm very happy that you enjoy Busog! Sarap! and if you have any questions at all don't hesitate to drop me a msg=)

    @Tita Flips~ I do agree, definitely a party favourite=)

    @Ray~ Yes, it is an acquired taste...with the sweetness and hotdogs=) If one is not use to it..they'll be freakin' out..LOL! I find the packet instant sauce is milder than the tomato sauce that I have used so to neutralize the sourness/tartness I added milk=)

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  8. My Mom used to cook this for our birthdays, true blue Pinoy style, very much like yours_with Purefoods hotdogs, evaporated milk, banana catsup and pickle relish. I just love it. Thanks for cooking this for your pretend birthday.

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  9. Hi Cusinera! I love Sweet Spaghetti! Always expected it to come in a styrafoam box, like in Jollibee. No birthday party is complete without it. Yum! :)

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  10. Oh I remember having this at Makati Supermarket, "sweet" spaghetti with meat sauce and sliced hot dogs.

    Children and a lot of adults love it sa birthday parties, unang nauubos.:)

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  11. Oh, yummy! I remember when I brought this for lunch at work, my co-workers gave me funny looks because of the hot dogs! Hahaha! The sugar and the hot dogs definitely make this Filipino! We have this almost every week, my husband loves it. I usually make mine with Heinz condensed tomato soup and a little bit of ketchup. Thanks for this :)

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  12. wow! i love spag! what i usually add is grated carrots for a nutritious sauce. my birthday is approaching and i really plan to cook spag and i will try this recipe...

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  13. I love love filipino spaghetti. I used to beg my dad to make this all the time.

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  14. wow! Filipino Spaghetti! Everyone loves this!

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  15. I love Filipino spaghetti! My kids make fun of me when I hoard Jufran Ketchup to use for the spaghetti.

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  16. @Adora, Oggi, Joy & Peackins~ I love food reactions/memories...and filipino spaghetti gets lots of it=) I think I will put it on happy family/growing up foodie category=)

    @eatmarvin~ Did you know I almost did...but I talked myself out of it..hahahahaha!

    @MJ~ I'll keep a mental note of that Heinz condensed tomato soup, thanks for the tip=)

    @Janice Mariano~ Yes, grated carrots is a great addition...I usually hide my carrots on Lumpiang Shanghia=)

    @Saraplicious~ I hoard Ketchup too...LOL!

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  17. Sweet Filipino Spaghetti with Crispy Savory Fried Chicken -- a perfect combination!

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  18. I had this for dinner tonight. I love my mums version of sweet style spaghetti. This is one of the dishes that I always look forward to when going to a party.

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  19. OMG JOLLLIBEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!! I'm missing their chickenjoy and spaghetti tuloy :(

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  20. Thanks for this recipe! Its really good and yummy! My husband really loved it and said he wants to re marry me haha

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  21. @Anonymous~ you are so welcome and thankyou also for trying out this recipe=) I laughed at what your husband said! That's the power of food..LOL!

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  22. december 2011 near new year..im reading this page for us to make a sweet style spaghetti for our media noche... i hope this will be delicious cos as a read erlier i have to add milk, cheese, etc.. thats a new recipe... thanks...

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  23. wow, delicious like jolibee taste

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  24. Hi, remember me? I'm finally going to try making this for my daughter's 1st birthday party and I had a question. The Filipino ketchup isn't the hard thing to find (we have a couple bottles in the fridge right now) but I'm not quite sure what "condiment style tomato sauce is." You said not the canned stuff. Do you mean American style ketchup? Or should I just go with canned tomato soup? Thanks

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  25. @Natalie~ Yes, the American style ketchup...the stuff Food Gods blessed us to dip our french fries...lol! I've used the Heinz brand =)

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  26. like this post! its my birthday tomorrow. I must try this recipe for my little heads who'll surely look for a sweet spag. tnx alot!
    joepason.blogspot.com

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  27. Can I use fresh milk?

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  28. @Anonymous~ yes, the recipe calls for fresh milk...

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  29. It's better if we use Sweet Filipino style Spaghetti sauce instea of ketchup and tomato sauce.

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  30. @Anonymous~ as I said in the first paragraph, I want to make it from scratch without the aid of the Ready Made Spag Sauce. You have to bear in mind some people don't have access to the Instant Filipino Style Spag Sauce.

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  31. We almost use the same ingredients like the milk and the cheese when making the sauce except that I am using condensed milk so there's no need to add sugar. And I don't use cornflour or tomato sauce as well.

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  32. we don't use cornflour on our spaghetti... what is the purpose of the cornflour...
    but thanks to the recipe.... My father would definitely cook this kind of spaghetti.. :)

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  33. @Anonymous~ the cornflour slurry is to thickened up the spag sauce as indicated in the cooking procedure =)

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  34. a life saving post lol :D, I was tasked to cook spaghetti and thanks god I found this post, thanks for posting :)

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  35. my recipe is like this. i use soy sauce instead of salt though.

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  36. i live in canada ontario. what type of cheese do you use?

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    1. I use cheddar cheese sometimes cheddar/mozarella mix grated cheese blend.

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  37. *condiment version not the canned version* - what do you mean by condiment version? like ketchup?

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    1. Yes, ketchup...the stuff we add to our hotdogs and burgers =)

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  38. What kind of milk is best for this receipt?

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    1. Fresh drinking milk from the shop or UHT milk (Tetra Packs)

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  39. What kind/brand of cheese did you use? It looks like the one Jollibee uses.

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    1. I use the shredded cheddar in big packets available in Woolworths or Coles here in Brisbane =)

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  40. What's a Filipino kechup? Is that the Banana sauce or banana kechup as it is known in the Phils?

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    1. Yes, it is....banana ketchup from Philippines.

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  41. What is Filipino ketchup? What brand? Is it the banana ketchup?

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    1. Yes, it is Banana ketchup....any brand would do as long its Filipino =)

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