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Filipino Spaghetti

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This compound is every kid’s admired – Filipino Spaghetti – and comes from the abode that I formed at for a year in Cebu. Spaghetti, hot dogs, amazon sauce, and seasonings. So simple, so good.

Filipino Spaghetti.

It’s a thing. It’s a sweet, sticky, saucy, even-sold-at-McDonald’s thing.

Much like the pancit from aftermost week, this meal was served at about every altogether affair at the abode area I formed this aftermost year, usually mushed calm on kids’ artificial plates with heaping bags of bleared rice and some alloyed vegetables. On this accurate affair day, Auntie Elvira and Auntie Puriza arrive me into the kitchen and showed me how it’s done. Here’s the story, in pictures.

PS. Red hot dogs abide one of my baffling mysteries about the Philippines.

Ingredients for Filipino Spaghetti on a kitchen counter.
Noodles in a colander.
Carrots, onions, and cheese on a plate.
Ingredients for Filipino Spaghetti in a skillet.
Ingredients for Filipino Spaghetti steaming in a pan.
Evaporated milk being poured into sauce for Filipino Spaghetti.
Woman cooking in a kitchen.
Filipino Spaghetti on two spoons and on a pan.

Filipino Spaghetti: FAQs

I don’t eat pork. What can I substitute?

Just use 100% beef hot dogs.

Can I use assistant ketchup here?

Sure can!

What condiment do you use here?

The condiment they use is alleged Abracadabra Sarap and it aloof adds a acrid flavor! Any basal salty-type condiment would be fine.

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Filipino Spaghetti


This compound is every kid’s admired – Filipino Spaghetti – and comes from the abode that I formed at for a year in Cebu. Spaghetti, hot dogs, amazon sauce, and seasonings. So simple, so good.


Units Scale
  • 1 lb. spaghetti noodles
  • 1 lb. Italian amazon sauce (the affectionate they acclimated was alleged “Italian” but tasted candied and was actual bland in texture)
  • 8 ounces tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons minced onion
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 lb. ground pork
  • 1/2 cup minced carrots and red peppers
  • 2 cups diced or agilely broken hot dogs
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon seasoning mix
  • 7 ounces evaporated milk
  • grated cheese for topping (they use a candy cheese agnate to Velveeta)


  1. Cook the noodles according to amalgamation directions. Set aside.
  2. Place the garlic, onion, and oil in a ample bucket or skillet. Saute for 3-4 account or until bendable and fragrant. Add the arena pork and amber the meat until it’s absolutely cooked.
  3. Add the minced vegetables and hot dog pieces and activity to combine. Add the baptize and acquiesce the admixture to simmer for 10-15 minutes. Add the amazon booze and amazon adhesive to the meat and abide to simmer the admixture for addition 10-15 minutes. Add the evaporated milk and alkali and activity until incorporated.
  4. Combine the noodles and the booze in a ample pot or bond bowl. Top with grated cheese. At Cherne they abrade a candy cheese agnate to Velveeta and let it cook into the top band of the spaghetti.


  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Sauté
  • Cuisine: Filipino

Keywords: spaghetti, filipino spaghetti, filipino recipe

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Here’s my full post on the Children’s Apartment of Cebu website. While you’re there, you can analysis out the appropriate projects folio to see if there’s a charge that you and your ancestors could meet, like providing a meal (maybe alike spaghetti!) for an absolute home of 30 accouchement for $33.

These kids are so adored to us – acknowledge you for accepting aflame about this alternation with me and admiring them from beyond the ocean!

{Just so you know: Abounding bodies accept commented on this use of assistant catsup – a actual candied tasting catsup fabricated from bananas, sugar, vinegar, etc. – as actuality all-important for accurate Filipino spaghetti. For this recipe, I am sharing what I was shown.  These women are Filipinas, affable for Filipinos, and they did not use assistant catsup in their spaghetti. Comments that are abrogating or aweless appear them in any way because of this will not be tolerated.}

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        Michael Sonye

        Had this appearance of pasta this black and admitting initially a little candied for my tastes,tweaking from the aroma chiffonier did the trick. Took one Del Monte Fillipino Appearance Booze and added lots of onion,pork,beef and turkey,smoked paprika,shiracha and aerial brand sea salt. It fabricated a ample pot of appetizing sauce. Acknowledgment for the column I will try this compound at addition time. We accept a Jolibee about the bend in Hollywood.

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          While the tweaking is absorbing for your liking…I wouldn’t change or advance it for this compound because again its no best an accurate philipino spaghetti booze :/

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    I adulation still audition you allocution about the Philippines so much. It’s a absolution to see how the bodies accomplished you and alike things/recipes you abstruse over there and are administration with us.

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    Pretty abiding this is an amazing dish! My accomplished ancestors would adulation it and my gosh, it aloof looks so good! A fun aberration on a classic!

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    Oh hot dogs! So abounding memories from activity over to my brand academy BFF’s abode afterwards school. She’s Filipino and hot dogs with rice was a basic for our snack. Red hot dogs: A admirable abstruseness that charge never be solved.

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      Lol yes! I bethink as able-bodied the broken hot dogs with broiled beans..So simple yet so special

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        I’m not Filipino and we eat hot dogs with broiled beans. Van de affected brand. I anticipation best bodies did this as a snack.

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    OMGSH……red hot dogs! What is up with that!! My mother is from Saint Agatha, Maine so every summer we would appointment my grandparents. One account that I was abiding I would accept to eat is a red hot dog. Actuality the kid that I was, I would booty a bite, affably clean my aperture with my napkin area the red hot dog was abiding to land. How could a hot dog be red!
    Since those adolescent years my parents congenital a summer abode on a admirable basin in Saint Agatha. I accept connected the attitude with my bedmate and babe of visiting one of the best Arctic genitalia of Maine. I will never balloon the aboriginal acquaintance my babe had aback she saw a red hot dog. She was about 3 years old. We were accomplishing a little grocery arcade for my mother. She had red hot dogs on her list. Aback I put the hot dogs in my carrying my babe asked, what was that. I said, red hot dogs. She replied, can I accept blush hot dog? Who would accept anticipation your column today would accept brought aback such a funny anamnesis for me. Acknowledgment Lindsay!

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      Feel chargeless to bandy out the pork for craven or beef. or alike canned tuna. we alike accept adolescent hotdogs now.

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    Red hot dogs are a *thing* actuality in Nebraska. They’re alleged Husker dogs here, and I actually collapsed out debris to eat them, partly because I did attending up how they’re red. 🙂 Still, that spaghetti looks so good, I ability accept to accomplish it, with accustomed hot dogs, of course!

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    Thank you so abundant for announcement these! I biking to the Philippines all the time, and accept been attractive all over for recipes so I can accomplish some of the acceptable dishes at home. Also, my ancestors is adopting from the Philippines, and I appetite to apprentice how to accomplish some of these “comfort” foods so that our adolescent will get a little aftertaste of “home” in his or her new home. Acknowledgment for giving me a abode to start!!


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      First, Reda, I’d like to acknowledge you for adopting a adolescent from the Philippines. May your blessings be assorted a thousand-fold!
      As a Filipino, red hotdogs are “normal” to us ‘coz we grew up bistro them 🙂 . I apprehend an commodity continued ago as to why they blush it red. Surveys were done, and apparently, after-effects showed that Filipinos like active colors in food, and “red” seems to be associated with delicious. Alike best of the sausages (or sausage links) you’ll acquisition in the bounded markets are black red. And back we’re in the affair of red hotdogs and assistant catsup, those two are abundant together!
      And Lindsay, acknowledgment for including Filipino cuisine on your website for anybody to try!

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    Hah red hot dogs – you apparently don’t appetite to break that mystery. They acclimated to serve those at my academy dining anteroom and alarm them “snappy red hot dogs.” I’ll beacon clear. Adulation this Filipino booty on spaghetti!

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    LOVE Filipino spaghetti, which basically differentiates with a candied amazon sauce. My mom and I use already-whipped up booze like Prego and add amoroso for sweetness. My grandma uses assistant ketchup. I’m salivating as I type. Aloof came beyond your blog. I attending advanced to afterward your recipes and seeing the blow of your Filipino ones!

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        For spaghetti to be Filipino spaghetti, it needs three things: affluence of quick cook cheese, the red hot dogs and assistant catsup, abnormally the catsup! This compound sounds adorable and appetizing but unfortunately, it is a bit off. The way Italians about-face in their graves for what Filipinos accept done to spaghetti, Filipinos are now axis in their graves for what Auntie has done to Filipino spaghetti.

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        Oh, absolve me! I owe Auntie an apology! I aloof looked at the pictures and now accept why she didn’t add catsup. She acclimated the Del Monte accessible spaghetti booze which is Filipino-style and is already aperitive and has assistant catsup alloyed in.

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        i anticipate a lot of filipinos are acclimated to assistant ketchup back it acclimated to be added readily accessible and added affordable than spaghetti booze before. there is a accurate cast that i like, UFC Tamis-Anghang (Sweet-Spicy) assistant ketchup… which gives the spaghetti that slight acerb tang, at the aforementioned time, candied and spicy. it’s odd, but yummy.

        Then, the noodles and booze are tossed calm til about dry. This makes it easier for the artery vendors to allocation and advertise in artificial bags. neater to eat additionally as a artery aliment after all the booze dripping. i acclimated to eat that beeline from the artificial bag like i would a burger… no accoutrement necessary. 😉

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          Bunny Balebia

          oh!! adolescence memories! i acclimated to do that as well, i beggarly bistro the spaghetti out of the artificial bag for afternoon bite accustomed afore activity home from school.

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    This looks yummy, I’ll accept to save it for later!
    And I had never heard of red hot dogs either til I confused to Eastern NC. They accept them actuality all the time but I haven’t affected one yet – gross-o! I intend on red hot dogs blockage a abstruseness to me!

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    I knew this would appear next. 🙂 I don’t put evaporated milk on abundance and aloof like what one of the comments said, I use assistant ketchup instead, too. Additional I use added than 2 TBSP of onions. 😀 YUM!

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    Salivating as I blazon this comment! I absence bistro Filipino spaghetti! Although, to accomplish it abundant simpler, we use assistant ketchup. Yum!

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    Evaporated milk in the spaghetti!? This absolutely blew my mind, but absolutely sounds absolutely tasty. I bet the kids admired it. Thailand is absolutely teaching me that there’s no end to the means that evaporated milk (or aperitive condensed) can be put to use.

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      My Italian allure assistant accomplished us to add a milk product, which is basic, to spaghetti sauce, which is acidic, to cut bottomward on the acidity of the booze (like in Bogonese sauces) and evaporated milk apparently doesn’t acerbate as abundant as apparent old milk. I additionally add amoroso (Filipinos like sweet) or ketchup.

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      The condiment they use is alleged Abracadabra Sarap and it aloof adds a acrid flavor! Any basal salty-type condiment would be fine. I anticipate they added it with the meat.

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        If you can’t acquisition Abracadabra Sarap, use craven crumb – or alike soup borsch cubes. Absolutely similar.

        Go ablaze on the alkali though, and aloof acclimatize condiment on the aftermost account of cooking, as these condiment powders are rather acrid already.

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          Magic Sarap condiment has been banned, I heard. That’s why I chock-full application it admitting I’ve alone acclimated it 5 times back my acquaintance alien it to me. That spaghetti looks good. I don’t use evaporated milk in my spaghetti but I will try abacus it this weekend.