Filipino Spaghetti Recipe -
Filipino Spaghetti Recipe
  • READY IN 55 mins

Filipino Spaghetti

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"The difference between Italian spaghetti and Filipino spaghetti is the addition of banana ketchup, which makes this a rather sweet dish. Oh, and I almost forgot the hot dogs!"

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Original recipe makes 12 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    40 mins

    55 mins


  1. Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling, stir in the spaghetti, and return to a boil. Cook the pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta has cooked through, but is still firm to the bite, about 12 minutes. Drain well in a colander set in the sink.
  2. Heat the vegetable oil in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in the garlic and onion; cook and stir until the onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in the beef and pork; season with salt and pepper. Cook and stir until the meat has browned. Pour in the spaghetti sauce, banana ketchup, sugar, and water. Simmer until the sauce has thickened, about 15 minutes. Stir in hot dog slices and continue to cook until hot dogs are heated through. Serve over spaghetti with Cheddar cheese sprinkled on top.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 13, 2009

My first husband was Filipino, and this was a staple in his family. I ended up loving MOST Filipino food, but this wasn't one of my favorites. It's all right, not super great. For authenticity, buy the pink hot dogs they sell at the Asian market (same place you have to go to find banana ketchup).

Most Helpful Critical Review
Oct 13, 2009

This recipe needed a little improvement. For authenticity purposes you must get the red asian style hot dogs from an international market. If unavailable, use Nathans all beef hot dogs or Hebrew national all beef hot dogs. Regular American hot dogs will ruin the flavor of this dish as they are much too salty. (The all beef american hot dogs listed above are a great substitution-not only are they much less salty but they have the red color reminicent of the asian hot dogs.)Also,don't use spaghetti sauce. Use two bottles of Jufran Banana ketchup and 8-10 ounces tomato sauce. Omit the sugar. Only add the water if sauce needs thinning out.

Oct 09, 2009

This sounded so odd, I thought I would give this a chance...should have stuck with my gut instincts. Found banana ketsup at the ethnic store and followed the directions, but this was so awful!

Apr 07, 2010

modified a few things to taste, but awesome base recipe! finally no longer need to go to jollibee to get my fix of sweet home cooked spaghetti! :)

May 20, 2010

Good but not great. You should try jschrier8's filipino spaghetti! it's the best I've tasted and reminds me of Jolibee. Amazing! Go check it out!

Jan 18, 2010

I'm a Filipino woman and I grew up in the Philippines. This recipe was never made by my family so my curiosity got to me one time and went to Jolibee, a Filipino fast food restaurant. I have to give this a thumb down.

Jan 05, 2012

You know, I think it's really just a cultural thing as far as people not liking it. I grew up eating this at Filipino parties and I make it this way myself. The only thing I change is omitting the 1/2 cup of water and adding a can of tomato paste.

Jul 29, 2014

First of all I'm Filipino & my hubby is half-Filipino, half-Thai. I made this last night using all beef, chunky sauce with mushrooms & peppers, and Vienna sausages (I was already at Albertsons & didn't want to drive to Seafood City). We went back for seconds. When my toddler gets older, I'll try this with the hot & spicy banana ketchup and/or sriracha.


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  • Calories
  • 708 kcal
  • 35%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 82.9 g
  • 27%
  • Cholesterol
  • 77 mg
  • 26%
  • Fat
  • 27.4 g
  • 42%
  • Fiber
  • 4.3 g
  • 17%
  • Protein
  • 29.2 g
  • 58%
  • Sodium
  • 1085 mg
  • 43%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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