Spaghetti Bolognese a la Filipino

Spaghetti Bolegnase, Photo by PH Morton

Spaghetti Bolegnese, Photo by PH Morton

Filipino spaghetti bolognese is marginally different from what is the norm in Italy and the rest of the world. 🙂  We have put our own mark to our version, which is equally delicious as what is standard spagbol.  The difference is that SpagBol a la Filipino is rather sweet.  I will tell you this, once you’ve tasted it, you would want to try it again.

Good thing, it is very easy to do at home.  Below is the recipe.


  • 500g spaghetti pasta
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 2 – 3 jumbo Filipino-style hotdogs (in the absence of Filipino hotdog, frankfurters available in most western supermarket can be a good substitute), sliced diagonally
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and diced
  • 2 – 3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 pound minced (ground) beef
  • 1 can plum tomatoes, pureed
  • ½ cup tomato paste
  • 1 cup banana ketchup (preferably sweet and spicy (buy from any Oriental shop selling Filipino products)
  • 1 beef Oxo stirred in 1 cup of water
  • 1  teaspoon sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ cup cheddar cheese, grated
  1. In large pan, cook the spaghetti in boiling water according to packet’s instructions.  It could be al dente that there is still a bite to it.  Drain.
  2. Using a saucepan, heat the oil. Add sliced hotdogs (or sliced frankfurters) and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside.
  3. Using the same saucepan, add the onions and garlic and cook until the garlic is so fragrant, do not burn or it will turn bitter.
  4. Add the minced beef, breaking it into small pieces; cook for about 7 to 10 minutes until browned. Drain any excess fat.
  5. Add tomato sauce, tomato paste, ketchup and beef broth. Stir in sugar. Bring to a boil and then lower heat to simmer, covered, for about one hour or until meat is fully cooked and sauce is thickened. If sauce is getting too thick, add water in ½ cup increments as needed. During the last 10 minutes of cooking, add the hotdogs. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. To serve, spoon spaghetti sauce over noodles and top with grated cheese.

Recipe was adapted from:

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