Filipino Style Spaghetti

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Before Jollibee or even Tropical Hut came out with the Filipino version of the Italian Spaghetti, there was Makati Supermarket’s spaghetti sold in their coffee shop in the early sixties. This is probably how the sweetish Filipino spaghetti evolved. A popular American blogger once commented that our Jollibee spaghetti tasted horrible. It must have seemed different from Italian spaghetti since the latter is sour. Filipino spaghetti has sweet sauce.

Filled with vienna sausage, ham strips, ground beef and grated cheese, the sauce of Makati Supermarket’ spaghetti is sweet with a tinge of spiciness. When I was in college during the mid-seventies, my dorm-mates and I would travel all the way from the UP campus to Makati Supermarket in Ayala. The supermarket does not exist anymore. These days you can eat their spaghetti at Cash and Carry Supermarket along , President Osmena Highway (South Superhighway) near Buendia Makati City and Makati Supermarket in Alabang.

A reader pointed out to me that some evidence of an even earlier birth of the “pinoy spaghetti” exists in the memoirs of Gen Douglas McArthur (yes the “I shall return guy”). I am not able to pull the line verbatim but it went mostly like this:

this sauce, so sweet on spaghetti, hardly seems like spaghetti sauce but it is good.

Through the years, I developed my own Filipino-Style Spaghetti Sauce. If you are in a hurry, you can always buy those ready-to-use Filipino Style Spaghetti sauce sold at the supermarket. But let me tell you, there is nothing more srcumptious than cooking spaghetti sauce in your own special touch. Here is my recipe which you can always innovate.

500 grams spaghetti noodles
1/2 cup olive oil
1 head garlic, minced
1/4 kilo ground beef
1/4 kilo ground pork
5 pieces hot dog sliced diagonally
1/4 cup vienna sausage, sliced
1/4 cup sweet ham, sliced in small squares (1/2 inch by 1/2 inch)
1 bottle banana catsup (don’t substitute!)
1 cup chopped onions
1 cup tomato sauce
1 cup water
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1 bay leaf
1/2 cup chopped green and red bell pepper (some don’t really like pepper so this may be optional)
1/8 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon oregano
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup grated cheese


1. Cook spaghetti noodles according to package instructions.

2. In a kawali or wok, sauté garlic and onions in olive oil.

3. Combine ground beef, ground pork, bay leaf, green and red bell pepper and a cup of water in the wok. Allow to simmer for 10 minutes.

4. Add tomato sauce, banana catsup and allow to simmer for 10 more minutes

5. Add brown sugar, vienna sausage, sweet ham and hotdogs. Simmer for 5 minutes.

6. Add a little more water (maybe 1/2 cup more) till you get your desired consistency. Add salt and pepper to taste.

7. Serve separately with cooked spaghetti noodles and grated cheese on top.

28 thoughts on “Filipino Style Spaghetti

  1. Mommy Marie

    Is it tomato sauce or tomato paste? Thanks!

  2. noemi

    tomato sauce

  3. ponchit

    I am not very fond of sweet spaghetti but I don’t hate it. but I am a great believer in evolution……The chinese pancit evolved into spaghetti and we don’t here the chinese complaining…..the spag turned sweet in the philippines and those who like sweet spag mabuhay po kayo…….This is evolution….the only constant thing is change…..many who say yuk to sweet spag eat sweet langgonisa in the morning and that is chorizo evolved, bringhe is paella evolved, embutido is meat loaf evolved, and what about the sweet sauced pizza, puto pao, fruit salad with buko…..hurray for change and evolution

  4. nanette

    hi i i think i know what u refering, i was just akid when my dad bought me that spag from makati supermarket ( early 80’s) and since then it became my fav. hinahanap hanap ko nga yung lasa nya but i can not find one. pag uwi ko try ko dyan sa cash and carry.

    i hope makapag post k ng same recipe ng spag like sa makati supermarket cuz i really love the taste, up to now tandang tanda ko pa ang lasa. 🙂

    im now in my late 30’s 🙂

  5. u8mypinkcookies

    i wanna try Makati Supermarket’s spaghetti! i’ve heard raves about it.

    for pinoy style spag, i go for Jollibee’s or amber’s!

  6. grace

    i wonder why talaga bkit masarap SPAGHETTI nila sa lahat eh pero try ko nga yan minsan sana ganun din lasa hehehe .tnx

  7. boulevardgirl

    Hello, to all those craving the Makati Supermarket spaghetti, you can get it inside Unimart at Greenhills Shopping Center. Just look for the canteen style food place, near French Baker.

    I never noticed if there’s a sign saying that it is “Makati Supermarket” spaghetti… My dad says its the same spaghetti from his childhood days and calls it so. He loves it and always orders it for lunch when we do our grocery there. It tastes sweet and pineapple-y. We tried adding pineapple juice to our homemade sauce but it wasn’t the same.

  8. charm2u2

    Its nice to know that there are others out there who love the Makati Supermarket spaghetti like i do. . I’m 40+ and grew up eating MS Spag at least once a week for many years. My dad would eat there more often and then bring some home for us. We loved it so much that we eventually opened our little resto that served that as one of the few items on the menu. It was a big hit. Dad pirated the cook at MS and had her teach my mom to cook it. I dont have the recipe with the exact measurements for the ingredients, but over the years, I’ve tweaked it a little bit. I can tell you that I use most of the above ingredients, except there is no oregano, bay leaf, tomato sauce or banana catsup. Instead of the last 2, I use tomato catsup. Since I always cook a big batch, I use the big canned catsup you buy at Smart & Final. (The kind of catsup makes a big difference… it provides a certain “sharpness” to the taste that I couldnt get with other kinds. I use more sugar to offset it tho) I also use some fish sauce. I also like a little “heat” that catches up to you after the sweetness fades, so I put some chili flakes when browning the meat. Oh, and green bell pepper is a must. If you dont like peppers, just chop it up finely. =)- but you need that flavor in there. My family loves it and thinks it as close to what we remember eating growing up. I was always amazed then at how what looked like a “small” package of spaghetti wrapped in foil could blow up to like 5x its volume once we transferred it to our plates! =) As a kid I wanted to think of it as “magic”. hehe.

    Anyway, writing and thinking about it now is making me hungry and wanting to make another batch. Maybe this wekend? =)

  9. jona

    I am using Tomato ketchup [kasi walang banana ketchup sa supermarket dito sa US eh, unless you to Asian stores] and condensed milk to substitute banana ketchup. I got the idea from my bestfriend’s Mom, and it tastes really really good!
    .-= jona´s last blog ..Summer’s ending already! =-.

  10. iBubbles

    I read a lot of pinoy blog about spaghetti and they mention na masarap talaga yong nasa makati.. no doubt i agree na masarap talaga yan kahit hindi ko na tikman..

    i’ve never been around in different country but I tried a lot of spaghetti na since elementary pa ako. does anybody try tomato sardines in spaghetti? During Holy week catholic abstain from meat so my mom substitute to this one. it taste good just try it.

    Maraming recipe na review ko, marami din brands na tomato and spaghetti sauce na tried ko before but I only stick sa Heinz it’s a very rare brand na makikita sa supermarket.. kung meron available the following day sold out na yan.

    This week I will cook absolutely NO MSG on the spaghetti sauce even in the label of ingredients can be found in any brand. I will not add any sugar and salt because of spaghetti sauce it is already added on the ingredients specified let the natural taste of your sauce it flow.

    the uniqueness of my spaghetti are the following:
    1. I use butter instead of regular oil but never tried olive oil before. Why ? it give a long lasting freshness when you refrigerate it.
    2. I add “all purpose cream” at the end.. just try what will happen.. like I cook a baked mac 😀
    3. this is optional but I add this “green bell paper” to flow the smoothness of your ingredients. just like Italian pizza when eat with green bell paper on the top.
    4. No ground beef, pork or meat spaghetti canned sauce but I only use libby’s Vienna sausage, canned mushroom and “century tuna solid in oil”
    5. No banana catchup but this is common in pinoy style. I don’t know what style is this that I follow but I’ve done this before. If you want my experiment recipe i’ll add it later.. thanks for reading.. have a nice day.

  11. u8mypinkcookies

    finally tried Makati Supermart Spaghetti 😀 it’s so good nga! You can order it in a coffee shop/ resto beside Cash & Carry along Pasong Tamo Extension.

  12. ziggy

    so if you compare this makati spaghetti to jollibee’s..? because so far the best spaghettin i think would be jollibee, but then i haven’t tasted their version. I will definitely try this recipe though. yum yum!
    .-= ziggy´s last blog ..History of Filipino Food, Chinese Influence =-.

  13. Cathy

    Hi. Where in Cash & Carry can I get the spaghetti? I’ve gone there several times and I didn’t notice the stall(?) which sells it. Thanks.

  14. cristina

    thanks for recipe…ill try to cook now. god bless

  15. michelle

    after makati supermarket closed down, their cafe had a branch along pasong tamo extension called GOLDIE’S. i used to eat there everyday and order the spaghetti. it tasted exactly the same. im not sure if Goldie’s is still there though (near the interesection of pasong tamo ext and lumbang entrance of dasmarinas village.)

  16. American

    I am an american, born and raised. My girlfriend made me a different version of this with just sugar, garlic, ham, pork, and beef. is there a recipe that i could use to make this version for my girlfriend? I want to surprise her for her birthday!! Please help! Thanks.

    ps, looked all over the internet, couldn’t find anything close to this.

  17. American

    I’m trying to make a different version of this dish with just sugar, garlic, spaghetti sauce, beef, pork, and ham. is there something else like this that i can look at? i’ve looked all over and i cant find anything! just trying to make her something for her birthday!!!

    Please and thank you

  18. Yummy

    i live near cash and carry and i go there every weekend but i havent seen that cafe with makati supermarket spaghetti? san yan? pls let me know. i wanna try it!

  19. Yummy

    i live near cash and carry. san dun yung makati supermaret spaghetti? i go there evry weekend but i havent seen that. pls pls let me know.

  20. Yummy

    hey peeps! san sa cash and carry exactly? i live nearby but i havent seen that!

  21. Yummy

    hi! i live near cash and carry. where is it exactly? whats the name of the restaurant? thanks!

  22. Sarah

    Hi Yummy! They used to have the MSS at Cash and Carry before they renovated the whole place. I think the C&C a reader above mentioned is the one along pasong tamo extension, in front of the Manile Memorial Park Bldg (SanLo gate). It’s just a mini-supermarket and beside it is a mercury drug and the cafeteria named Goldie’s. Sa Goldie’s, you can order the spaghetti, Php108 ata for the large one.

  23. Tina

    Goldies Coffee Shop is beside Mercury Drugstore and Cash & Carry Supermarket along Pasong Tamo Extension near the Lumbang gate of Dasmariñas Village. They still have the original recipe of the Makati Supermarket Spaghetti and you can order and pick them up after. Their phone number is: 817-4621.

  24. u8mypinkcookies

    Cathy, Sarah, Tina: yup GOLDIE’s in Pasong Tamo is still there! 😀 we buy the spaghetti there. P85 for a regular size order and it comes w/ buttered bread.

    You can still order it in Makati Supermart Coffee Shop in Alabang Town Center. It’s beside the supermarket and LukYuen!

  25. iambeautyphile

    makes me hungry 🙁 now i have to look for a spaghetti-selling store to get rid of this craving 😛

  26. Jillybeans

    OMG!!! YES I remember the Makati Supermarket Spaghetti!!! and YES I always order that when we used to do grocery shopping there. Nandun pa ba yung original supermarket? May spaghetti parin ba sila? 🙂 Thanks for posting the recipe and for the article… brings back memories… namiss ko tuloy ang aking childhood LOL

  27. Sofia

    Thanks for this recipe. I will definitely try it.

    To those who are asking where in Cash and Carry can Makati Supermarket Spaghetti be bought, it’s in the Sizzlers restaurant beside Savory and the wine shop.

  28. Nicky Santos

    Thanks for sharing.

    The Spaghetti at Makati Supermart has been my fave ever since I was a kid and eating it in Greenhills-Unimart really brings back flashes of my childhood.

    I loved it so much that it resorted me to scrounging for its tips and recipes from the web.

    It would be my first time “cooking”, as in really cooking( not the prito prito, guisa guisa type of food) so I hope I pull this off.

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