Filipino Spaghetti Recipe

Spaghetti with Sweet Ground Meat Sauce and Hotdog Slices

The dish is referred to as Filipino Spaghetti to differentiate it from the traditional Italian Spaghetti.

Filipino Spaghetti recipe has ground meat sauce instead of meatballs, sometimes come with slices of hotdogs or beef franks, and a little on the sweet side and not as tart as the Italian Spaghetti.

As kid's party favorite, it is usually paired with Fried Chicken or skewered Pork Barbecue.

The meat sauce is made from either ground pork or beef or a combination of both and slices of hotdogs are usually added, then topped with quick-melt cheese rather than parmesan cheese.

The base is tomato sauce, together with bottled Banana Catsup for added sweetness.

And I also use tomato paste because it adds extra flavor, depth and a rich red color to the sauce, but that's just a personal preference.


  • Spaghetti Pasta
  • Ground Meat, Pork or Beef
  • Beef Franks or Hotdog
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Banana Catsup
  • Tomato Paste
  • Quick-melt Cheese


  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Pepper
  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • Cooking Oil


  • 1 pack Spaghetti pasta
  • 1 1/2 pound ground meat, half pork, half beef
  • 1/2 pound hotdogs, sliced diagonally
  • 1 tall can tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 cup UFC Banana Catsup
  • 5 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded

1    Cook the spaghetti pasta according to package instruction.

2 On a separate pot, saute the garlic and onion, then add the ground meat and cook for about 10 minutes until it's rendering fat.

3 Add the tomato sauce, banana catsup, tomato paste, water, salt, sugar and ground pepper. Let it simmer for 10 minutes.

4 Add in the hotdogs and cook for 2 minutes, then turn the heat off.

5 Stir in the cheese.

6 Place the cooked pasta (from Step 1) in a large serving bowl and top it with the sauce, then sprinkle with shredded cheese.


  • For a more flavorful sauce, I like using the sweet Italian sausages found in supermarkets. I remove the casing and cook it the way I would cook the ground meat.
  • The cheese is added after turning off the stove so it will not cook into the sauce. This makes for a more cheesy and creamy Spaghetti.
  • Filipino Spaghetti is usually sweet, but you can adjust the sweetness to your taste. The amount of sugar to add really depends on your own preference. If you don't like it too sweet, just add a pinch of sugar.

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