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.