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Filipino-style Sweet Spaghetti With Hotdogs

Recipe by Connie Veneracion
I know it sounds like a nightmare to Italians but, you know, sweet pasta sauce, well... it's an acquired taste, I suppose. When you grow up with it, you don't think it's strange at all. It doesn't taste bad. Oh, no, not at all. It's just... different.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Main Course, Snack
Cuisine Filipino
Servings 6 people
Filipino-style Sweet Spaghetti


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 400 grams ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • cup finely chopped onion
  • cup finely chopped canned pimiento
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste mixed with 1 cup bone broth
  • 1 tablespoon sugar more if you want the sauce sweeter
  • 3 hotdogs (beef frankfurters were used in this recipe) sliced into rings
  • 200 grams spaghetti cooked al dente
  • grated Parmesan to serve
  • chopped parsley to garnish


  • Heat the olive oil in a pot.
  • Add the ground beef. Cook over high heat, breaking up lumps, until lightly browned.
  • Add the garlic, onion, pimiento, oregano and paprika to the beef.
  • Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper.
  • Turn the heat down to medium and cook, stirring often, until the onion bits are softened and translucent.
  • Pour in the tomato sauce and diluted tomato paste.
  • Stir in the sugar. Taste and adjust the seasonings. Add more salt, pepper or sugar, or all of them, to get the balance that you like.
  • Stir in the sliced frankfurters. Bring to a gentle boil.
  • Set the heat to low, cover the pot and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Give the sauce a final taste and adjust the seasonings, if needed.
  • Divide the cooked noodles among bowls.
  • Ladle a generous amount of the meaty sauce over them.
  • Sprinkle with Parmesan and parsley.
  • Serve your Filipino-style sweet spaghetti with hotdogs with toast on the side.
Keyword Noodles