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.
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IN THE PANTRY:
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.
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