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Filipino Sweet Spaghetti - FoodwithMae-3

Filipino Sweet Spaghetti

Filipino spaghetti is a Filipino adaptation of the Italian spaghetti with Bolognese sauce. It has a distinctively sweet sauce, usually made from tomato sauce sweetened with brown sugar or banana ketchup. It is typically topped with sliced hotdogs or smoked longganisa sausages, giniling, and grated cheese.

This dish is a must have at Filipino parties, it’s a choice between Pancit (noodles) or Filipino style-Spaghetti or both! I would have both to be honest..haha!! Most tourists probably tried the famous Jollibee Spaghetti when they visited the Philippines. I’m sure their Filipino friends have recommended this fast food chain to them as a point of reference for a visit. Personally, I love Jollibee! Everytime we visit the Philippines, as soon as we land and take our luggage and our first point of business is to go to the nearest Jollibee restaurant. Somehow our jetlag goes away when we eat Jollibee and we wake up feeling refreshed.

Like other Filipino dishes, there are many household variations to Filipino spaghetti. This version is something I put together from scratch and in all honesty I cook my bolognese this way too but without the sugar, ketchup and sausages. Ta da! 2 in 1 dish haha!!

Filipino Sweet Spaghetti - FoodwithMae-3


500g Spaghetti pasta
350g mince beef
3-4 hotdog or frankfurters
1 onion
3 garlic
690ml passata
250ml ketchup or banana sauce
100g sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon salt (for pasta)
1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
Cheddar cheese


To cook the pasta, boil some water, once boiled, add salt and pasta. Cook the pasta for 8-10 minutes or as instructed in the packet. Strain the pasta and leave it aside for later.  
To make the sauce, heat some oil in a pot and sautee onions for about 1 minute. Add garlic, cook for a few seconds followed by minced beef and cook until the colour turns brownish.  
Add ketchup, passata, sugar, salt and ground pepper. Mix everything together, cover the sauce and simmer for 15 minutes. Add sausages or hotdog into the sauce, mix it again and simmer for another 5 minutes.  
Now it’s ready! You have two options, you can either serve them separately for the diners to help themselves or you can mix the sauce and pasta together topped with cheddar cheese then serve it already assembled.

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