I got a craving for it, and having no Jollibee's or Filipino friend nearby, decided to unravel the mystery behind the delicious sweet spaghetti via the internet and Friend E.
Amazingly enough, the secret ingredient is banana sauce! Banana sauce makes everything better.
I used this recipe, though slightly modified since exact amounts aren't really given for everything.
Filipino Spaghetti Sauce Ingredients (what I used anyway)
2 - 12 oz. bottles of banana sauce
2 - 15 oz. cans of tomato sauce
1 - 6 oz. can of tomato paste
2 cloves minced garlic
4 sliced turkey hotdogs
1 lb ground turkey
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 onion, diced
Makes one giant pot full of sauce. Probably at least 8 servings worth?
First, saute your onion and garlic.
Then cook your ground meat, and add in sliced hot dogs after the meat has browned. If you can find the red-colored Filipino hot dogs, then you can add +2 to your authenticity score. Hehe.
Next, add your tomato sauce and paste.
As well as the secret ingredient, banana sauce!
And simmer it all together.
Add brown sugar to find your favorite level of sweetness!
Serve over spaghetti noodles with some shredded cheese of your choice. (I used provolone since that's all I had at the time.)
Yummm. Though these "finished" photos are a little off with the sauce-ratio. There should be more spaghetti noodles than spaghetti sauce, since this sauce is really, really strong on flavor. So a little sauce goes a long way!
This recipe definitely hit the nostalgia spot for me, and it's a good thing there's so much sauce left! I can save some for more nostalgia later!