Am I alone in this battle? Is there someone like who me would give so much effort, time and energy just to get what she wanted… and yes pardon me.. I am referring to Spaghetti sauce.. ha ha ha!
Years before, I was able to formulate my own version of spaghetti sauce. Yes, I am a Filipino and back home it is more of sweet and kinda spicy or milky and meaty with lots of hotdogs and cheese. I grew up eating different version until I cant relate to it anymore. More often, before eating spaghetti in every parties or gathering that I attended ( fiesta, birthday, anniversaries..etc.. name it and there would be spaghetti ) I will fork a little and I have to test myself if it will pass to my liking or I will forego it. Until such time that I became fed up that I no longer taste because more often I am disappointed. I am looking for something, it should not be that sweet and it should not be tangy or spicy and it should be meatier with sausages and the sauce should not be runny or thin.
Out of these sentiments and frustration with spaghetti, my Kocina De Pinay Spaghetti Sauce was born and for years we did enjoy it. But getting older and being far from home, I miss the good old spaghetti. Luckily I bumped into this recipe from the internet and God knows.. thank you, whoever you are because I was able to enjoy a Filipino Spaghetti with a balance twist of everything. Of course I made some additions here and there and that is typical of me. I discovered that adding cream is better instead of milk. Using Queso De Bola will make your sauce authentic and it taste so different. Actually I always have Queso in my fridge and I make sure that I have a supply for at least a year or more.
For the recipe:
1 kg spaghetti noodle
1 cup olive oil
1 big head of garlic, skinned and grated
1/2 kg ground beef
1/2 kg ground pork
10 pcs hotdogs sliced diagonally
1/2 cup vienna sausage sliced
1/2 cup sweet ham cut into squares
2 big bottles of banana catsup
1 1/2 cup chopped white onion
2 cups tomato sauce
2 cups water
2 bay leaves
1 cup chopped green and red bell pepper
3 tbsp brown sugar
1/4 cup cream
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1/2 cup grated Queso De Bola and more
Cook spaghetti noodles according to package direction
In a saucepan, put half cup of olive oil and saute garlic and onion followed by ground beef and pork, bay leaf and bell pepper.
Combine the mixture and add a cup of water. Allow to simmer for 10 minutes. Then add banana catsup and tomato sauce.
Again allow to simmer for 10 minutes. Add brown sugar, vienna sausage, sweet ham and hotdog. Simmer for 5 minutes.
Add cheese, cream, salt and pepper to taste and the remaining cup of water. Simmer according to your desired consistency.
At some point of our life, we will miss some things back home, the places , the food… Id like to think that food is one way of remembering home, family and friends. Now, lets eat.. Look at that, a mountain of meaty, saucy with lots of sausages and ham..and cheese.. Oh my goodness ..what a treat.
I always look forward to a day like this wherein my mind ran out of something to cook and it means Pasta!!! The original recipe got parma ham and since I’m living in a place wherein this type of ham is hard to find and if you find one, surely the price is not cheap. In the end you will be discouraged to cook the original recipe. This scenario happened to me a lot of times. I wanted to cook this and that and when I find the ingredients I will realize how expensive it is… my brain and my pocket will automatically shut the idea of making it. That was awful. right? and I’m sure I’m not the only in this dilemma and somehow I began to change this pattern. I just thought if I can substitute the original ingredients with another which is always available and affordable, then that would be awesome..and that begins my journey of changing, incorporating and mixing and its fun.. delicious and funny… and you can dance and sing in the kitchen like crazy…like me… ha ha ha! Now for the recipe….
2 tbsp butter
4 cloves garlic, grated
2 cups green peas
1 1/2 cup or more black pepper ham
2 1/2 cups fresh milk
1 1/2 cups light cream
500 grams penne pasta
3/4 cup parmesan cheese
Cook pasta according to package. Drain and set aside.
In a large skillet or sauce pan over medium fire, heat, melt butter, add garlic and cook for about 1 minute.
Add milk and cream, heat to boiling point then reduce the heat to simmering mode uncovered for about 6 to 10 minutes.
Add the peas, pasta and 1/2 of cheese. Mix and cook for 2 minutes. Then turn off the heat and add the rest of the cheese.
Oh how can I resist my favorite comfort food, so light and gentle to my tummy. See, I even measured my portion, hope I wont be tempted to add another half a cup.
I can’t believe January is almost over and here I am struggling with my headache. As usual when I have it, I am all the more active and constantly moving. So, this lasagna came out because I have headache..oh great…and its that good. I have left over Menudo Sulipena so I decided I wont cook but then I thought to myself, “Would my children want it again for the third time..Hmmnn I don’t think so”. Good thing I remember we have lasagna pasta left over in the cabinet. I just have to make a very nice white sauce to go with it.
left over Menudo Sulipena
5 cups fresh milk
1 1/2 cup cheese combination of cheddar, parmesan, quickmelt
a little nutmeg
4 tbsp flour
4 tbsp butter
ready to bake lasagna pasta around 9 to 12 pcs
How to make the sauce:
Melt butter in a sauce pan over medium heat. Add the flour, stir constantly until it turns yellowish and pastelike. Slowly whisk in the milk and continue to whisk until it simmer and slightly thickened. Add a little ground nutmeg and stir in the cheese and whisk until melted and it reaches to your desired consistency.
Then I proceeded on arranging my pasta, left over menudo sulipena and white sauce. Cover loosely with aluminum foil. Bake at 350 or 180 for 45 minutes.
Oh my goodness.. and it blows me off…how could I pass the day without tasting this magical combination and I bet you too.. Thats why i love cooking and baking. The freedom to explore is so unlimited especially if there are people who I know would love to eat and enjoy. Lucky for me, I have a husband and two children. Lets eat. Lets giggle. Lets be merry.
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