Mga kabayan ko! I have a special recipe for you today, vegan Filipino spaghetti. This is not your average spaghetti recipe, nope. It’s made with a deliciously sweet and rich “meat” sauce, swirled in spaghetti noodles, and topped with sliced hotdogs. Perfect for serving at parties or even having as a week’s meal prep. It’s delicious, comforting, and takes your taste buds to a whole other level.
My first taste of Filipino spaghetti would have to be from Jollibee. It was so delicious, cheesy, and sweet – it was my favorite thing ever. Guam used to have Jollibee restaurants, but they closed their chain years ago…but recently reopened again. So, during that time my mom would make us her version, and it would be just as delicious! However, while I was recreating this dish, it definitely made me miss my mom a lot. She would cook this for my brother and me often because it was an easy recipe for her to make in large quantities. Especially during her busy work weeks. We would have so much leftover that we would eat spaghetti for a good couple of days. I grew up eating this so much that I actually prefer this sweet version over the traditional tomato sauce.
Now that I’m married, I realized that my husband hasn’t had a taste of my mom’s Filipino cooking! So I wanted to recreate my mom’s recipe for him. Which was fairly easy to make because banana ketchup is accidentally vegan, and I swapped out the animal products for vegan-friendly options! Now, it’s something that I make at least once every two weeks. It’s so good, and if you’re a vegan Filipino like I am, you’ll definitely love this vegan version.
Filipino spaghetti is an adaptation of a typical spaghetti Bolognese. Perhaps the biggest difference is that it has a distinctively sweet sauce and is topped with sliced hotdogs. This is definitely not your typical pasta dish. It’s such a classic Filipino dish that not only is it served during special occasions, but it’s also served at many fast-food restaurants. And the one famous restaurant is Jollibee!
As I’ve stated, Filipino spaghetti sauce is sweeter than your normal spaghetti sauce. The reason being is that Filipinos love their food to have a touch of sweetness to it. Whether it be their cured meats, like logganisa or tocino, or their sauces. There has to be something slightly sweet to complement their savory flavors. For this recipe, the added sweetness comes from banana ketchup. I know it sounds weird, but it really doesn’t taste bananas at all – it’s almost like sweet chili sauce!
If you’ve tried this vegan Filipino spaghetti recipe out let me know in the comments! Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram @flouredframe and don’t forget to tag me when you create my recipes! Happy cooking!