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Filipino Spaghetti with Beef




Introduction:


Filipino Spaghetti is a popular dish in the Philippines that showcases a unique sweet and savory flavor combination. With its distinct taste and ingredients, this dish has become a staple in Filipino households. In this recipe, we will guide you through the process of making delicious Filipino Spaghetti with beef, perfect for family gatherings or special occasions.




Ingredients:


- 500 grams spaghetti noodles


- 500 grams ground beef


- 1 large onion, finely chopped


- 4 cloves garlic minced


- green bell pepper, finely chopped


- 1 red bell pepper, finely chopped


- 1 carrot, finely chopped


- 1 cup tomato sauce


- 1/2 cup banana ketchup


- 1/4 cup tomato paste


- 1/4 cup water


- 2 tablespoons brown sugar


- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce


- 1 tablespoon soy sauce


- 1 tablespoon cooking oil


- Salt and pepper to taste


- Grated cheese


Optional Toppings:


- Hotdogs, sliced diagonally


- Chopped parsley




Instructions:


1. Cook the spaghetti noodles:


   - Bring a large pot of water to a boil.


   - Add a pinch of salt and a few drops of cooking oil to the boiling water.


   - Add the spaghetti noodles and cook according to the package instructions until al dente.


   - Drain the noodles and set aside.



2. Prepare the beef sauce:


   - In a large skillet or saucepan, heat the cooking oil over medium heat.


   - Add the onions and garlic, and sauté until they become fragrant and translucent.


   - Add the ground beef and cook until browned, breaking it up into smaller pieces with a wooden spoon.


   - Add the bell peppers and carrot, and continue to cook for an additional 2-3 minutes until the vegetables are slightly tender.




3. Add the tomato sauce and seasonings:


   - Pour in the tomato sauce, tomato paste, banana ketchup, and water into the skillet with the beef.


   - Stir well to combine all the ingredients.


   - Add the brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, salt, and pepper.


   - Reduce the heat to low and let the sauce simmer for about 15-20 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together.



4. Cook the spaghetti with the beef sauce:


   - Add the cooked spaghetti noodles to the skillet with the beef sauce.


   - Using a pair of tongs or a pasta fork, toss the noodles gently until they are evenly coated with the sauce.


   - Continue to cook for an additional 2-3 minutes, ensuring the noodles are heated through.



5. Serve and garnish:


   - Transfer the Filipino Spaghetti with beef to a large serving dish or individual plates.


   - Sprinkle grated cheese over the top if desired.


   - Serve hot and enjoy!




Tips:


- For a richer flavor, you can add a small amount of liver spread or pâté to the sauce.


- Adjust the sweetness of the sauce by adding more or less brown sugar according to your preference.


- If you prefer a spicier spaghetti, you can add a pinch of red pepper flakes or a chopped chili pepper to the sauce.


- This dish pairs well with garlic bread or pandesal or a side salad for a complete meal.



Conclusion:


Making Filipino Spaghetti with beef is a delightful culinary experience that will surely impress your family and friends. The combination of sweet and savory flavors, along with the tender beef and perfectly cooked spaghetti, creates a truly satisfying dish. So gather your ingredients, follow this recipe, and enjoy a taste of the Philippines in your own kitchen!



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