How To Cook Spaghetti Sauce For Your Pinoy-Style Spaghetti

The spaghetti is blend of sweet and spicy in a sauce with hotdogs.
pinoy cheesy spaghetti
This is cheesy spaghetti with hot dogs. | Photo by Roselle Miranda

The Pinoy-style spaghetti is also known as sweet spaghetti. That’s because most Filipinos prefer food on the sweet side. Tomatoes are not an indigenous agricultural crop, so when a shortage of the imported crop occurred during the last world war, the closest ingredient we had to tomato sauce for spaghetti resulted in the creation of the banana ketchup.

This blend of sweet and spicy in a sauce with hotdogs is the result of this ingenious substitute. There are certain characteristics in the Pinoy-style spaghetti that make it truly ours: 

  1. 1 Banana ketchup or a sweetened tomato sauce is used to create that distinct flavor and taste. 
  2. 2 Hotdogs are used instead of meatballs. 
  3. 3 The spaghetti is not al dente. 

The easiest Pinoy-style spaghetti recipe you can make at home is to mix banana ketchup, ground meat, and hotdogs tossed with spaghetti noodles. You have the liberty to add other ingredients, such as spices, to make it to your taste.  

If you love your sweet-style spaghetti, this is how to cook spaghetti sauce recipes that have been inspired by this Pinoy-style spaghetti: 


1 Sweet-Style Spaghetti Recipe  

The sweet and spicy banana ketchup is the main ingredient in the Pinoy-style spaghetti recipe. For those who don’t want the neon redness of the banana ketchup, you can swap it out for the tomato sauce that is made sweet style. This recipe uses that plus a blend of ground pork and beef to make it more flavorful.  

Photo by Majoy Siason

2 Jollibee Spaghetti Recipe Hack 

The fast-food chain spaghetti is a favorite but the sauce was an elusive recipe to make at home. What was it about this addictive spaghetti that made it so well-loved among kids and adults alike? 

The result is this list of ingredients with a few surprising ingredients that one might have never thought to add to their spaghetti sauce. Liver spread and condensed milk are just two ingredients that were added to create this version. It’s still sweet and still meaty with enough slices of hotdogs that will remind you of the fast food version. 


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Photo by Roselle Miranda

3 Pinoy Cheesy Spaghetti Recipe 

The Pinoy-style spaghetti is already a decadent mix of sweetness, meatiness, and chunkiness. It’s already quite delicious on its own but there is one addition that can make it even more irresistible: cheese. This cheesy version of the Pinoy-style spaghetti doesn’t just top a bowl of spaghetti with cheese. Two kinds of cheese are added and allowed to melt into the spaghetti sauce before being tossed with the pasta. If that wasn’t enough, it is topped with more cheese before serving. Cheese lovers will delight in this delicious mix. 

Photo by Aldwin Aspillera

4 HotDog Meatballs Spaghetti Recipe 

Do you have kids (or kids at heart) to feed at home? The hotdogs are meant to help make it a kiddie-friendly version of the spaghetti. If you want a great compromise of hotdogs and meatballs, why not combine the two into a hotdog meatball that will satisfy both the adults who want their meat and the kids who love their hotdogs?  


To prepare the hotdogs for making into meatballs, a quick run through a hand-cranked mini chopper, the blender, or the bigger food processor is what you’ll need. If you don’t have any of these handy tools, just finely chop the hot dogs as much as possible using your knife. You just need the hotdogs as chunky as the ground meat you’re going to be mixing it into. These hotdogs are going to be a favorite in your home, we predict!       

Photo by Dairy Darilag

5 Spaghetti with Squash Puree Recipe 

This recipe is another one of those recipes that, like the banana ketchup, has a delicious hack that makes it taste different. This recipe has squash or kalabasa puree in the sauce. This results in a delicious mix of sweetness without the need to add sugar to the spaghetti sauce. 



Thinking about what to cook next? Join our Facebook group, Yummy Pinoy Cooking Club, to get more recipe ideas, share your own dishes, and find out what the rest of the community are making and eating!

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