Prep 15 mins
Cook 20 mins
A much sweeter version of spaghetti. This is how I like to make mine. Sometimes I add sliced mushrooms and bell peppers, too. Note: In response to a question about the recipe; Filipino food does tend to be on the heavier side, but in an attempt to lighten this dish, you can omit the sugar, or use a sugar substitute, but the banana ketchup is necessary to sweeten the sauce. You can also use ground turkey instead of ground beef, for less fat.
- 1 lb spaghetti noodles
- 26 ounces spaghetti sauce (I like Prego or Rinaldi brand)
- 12 ounces jufran banana ketchup (usually easy to find in the Asian grocery aisle)
- 1 lb ground beef or 1 lb ground turkey
- 6 hot dogs
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 2⁄3 cup onion, diced
- 1 cup carrot, diced into cubes
- 1⁄8 cup sugar (optional)
- 1 bay leaf
- grated cheese, of your choice (anything that melts nicely)
- olive oil, for cooking
- water, for cooking pasta
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Cook the noodles as per package direction. Drain and rinse. Set aside.
- Slice the hot dogs on the bias (diagonally) and nuke them til cooked, about 1-2 minutes depending on your microwave.
- Heat some oil. Saute garlic and onions. Then add in the meat. Cook till brown. Season with some salt and pepper.
- Pour in the spaghetti sauce, banana ketchup, sugar, bay leaf and water.
- Mix and let it simmer for about 10 minutes until it gets thick and red.
- Add in the hot dogs last. Mix and just let the hot dogs heat through. Sauce is done!
- Top the noodles with the warm sauce. Sprinkle with quick melt cheese!
I have seen this recipe before and I keep thinking about how unhealthy it seems. Is there a way to lighten it up because I would try it if there were. It seems very unusual which interests me.