It’s been a while since my last post I know. There were lots of things I need to deal with that’s why the blog was put on silent mode (evil grin). I’m not feeling quite myself yet but it’s only 10 days more to go and it will be Christmas time and I owe you people some recipes you can add to your menu for noche buena.
This week, we will be featuring Filipino and other Asian pasta and noodles dishes. Not the soupy ones though, so stay tuned people…
Pasta is no longer just an Italian dish. Every culture worldwide has developed their own adaptation of the Italian pasta dish. In fact, one of my favorite dish at a Turkey restaurant here in Qatar (Marmara Restaurant) is their Turkish version of spaghetti with tomato sauce. Actually, I’ve been trying to search for its recipe for a long time and there’s none I can find yet.
We Filipinos do have our own adaptation of the Italian pasta dish. Some Filipinos, mostly those who grew up in the Philippines, I’m not sure with those who grew up outside of the country, specially the kids love their spaghetti to be sweet with hotdogs in it. That’s the Pinoy style spaghetti, it is sweet, it is red, with lots of hotdogs and cheese in it.
I will be honest with you, Pinoy sweet style spaghetti does not really appeal to me. I really don’t like sweet sauces on my pasta. My husband on the other hand, loves it A LOT, like my niece and nephews. He often times request for Pinoy style spaghetti for either snack or dinner so I tend to stock up on a few ready-made Filipino Style Spaghetti Sauce (del monte brand). I only need to add a few ingredients to suit his liking and mine.
Good thing that we were able to find a good quality and tasty ready-made Filipino style spaghetti sauce, it spared me a few tantrums of cooking from scratch for this sauce. This spaghetti sauce can be used for 500 grams of spaghetti noodles or any pasta at that, but I usually cook 100 grams which is good for 2 to 3 persons. I just freeze the left-over sauce and then just thaw and heat them when needed.
Try this in your next cooking. I guarantee that your kids will surely love it.
PINOY STYLE SWEET SPAGHETTI
Spaghetti- 150 g.
Cheddar Cheese, grated – as desired
Filipino Style Spaghetti Sauce – 560 g
Tomato Paste – 1/4 cup Stevia – 1 tsp or to taste
Low Sodium Salt or regular Salt & black pepper to taste
Ground Chicken – 250 g.
Hotdogs, thinly sliced – 5 medium pcs or as many as you want to add
Cheddar Cheese, grated – 1/4cup
Onions, diced – 1 large
Garlic, crushed and minced – 3 cloves
**note : you can use 1 tbsp (or to taste) of brown or white sugar instead of stevia
1. Cook spaghetti as per package direction
2. Heat oil in a wok then sauté the garlic and onions until they are aromatic.
3. Stir in the ground meat and pan fry it until it almost turns brown.
4. Add in the hotdogs and stir for a minute.
5. Pour in the Filipino Style Spaghetti Sauce, tomato paste, sugar, salt, and ground black pepper. Bring to a simmer. Continue simmering for about 5 minutes
6. Add the cheddar cheese and continue to simmer until the cheese melted. Adjust taste to your liking.
7. Pour the sauce on the spaghetti and mix.
© myFresha-licious (15December2015)