Friday, October 21, 2016

Recipe: Sweet Style Spaghetti with Crab Fat for KnorrPH #LutongNanay

I love classifying things, even though our home isn't that organized, but I make my kitchen an exception.  Yes, my kitchen is partly organized, as I try it to be.  Whenever my husband cooks us meals, I make sure to follow after him and make sure he doesn't damage any of my kitchen stuff including a simple kitchen towel.

Speaking about classifying my kitchen, and since food is a part of it, cause that's where everything starts out, I have some food listed under certain classifications.  Yes, I'm not a picky eater, and I have said that probably hundreds of times, but I do have some favorites and those that aren't exactly my favorites.  So there, two classifications.

Can you guess which one might be included in my "not-so-favorite food?"

Sweet Style Spaghetti...

Also known as Pinoy Style Spaghetti.

I hope my sister and SIL, doesn't kill me for this!  They both are based in Milan, Italy and they longed for Jollibee's Pinoy Spaghetti for years.  As a matter of fact, when my brother, my SIL and their daughter visited us last August, it was one of the food she ordered first and my mom laughed at her, knowing there are a lot of respectable restos near where they live during their visit.

I have the right to defend myself do I?  Actually, I don't hate it, it's just that I love Italian style sauce more.  I love the garden flavor it gives from the fresh basil and parsley added to the sauce.  Plus I'd rather use sliced, peeled, canned Roma tomatoes, making authentic tomato sauce or pomodoro from scratch.

What I like about the sweet style though is having it with loads of hotdogs like the one in, yeah know, JBee.  Think thick, meaty crimson sauce and hotdog slices over unending fork winding.

It's a party!

So when Knorr challenged me to cook the Sweet Style Spaghetti for #LutongNanay, I said, well, "why not!"  But I'm gonna make sure my kids would love them (coz like their mommy, like the tangy Italian style sauce).

So I made a spin to this well-loved Pinoy pasta dish and put the fun party out of it.

Is it looking like a party already?

To make this dish more fun, even for the kids, you can stick the hotdog slices into each pasta.  And cook it according to the directions provided in the pasta packaging.  Don't forget to put salt and oil into the boiling water before putting the noodles.

Not quite, I presume.

But seems like it's turning out to be fun,


400 grams spaghetti
5 TBSP olive oil or canola
1 pc onion. chopped
5 cloves garlic, chopped
1/4 kg ground pork
1/2 kg regular hotdog, sliced into 6 pcs each
2 tbsp tomato paste
500 grams tomato sauce
4 TBSP taba ng talangka (crab fat paste)
1/4 cup sugar, or up on your taste
1/4 tsp pepper
1 cup water
salt to taste
grated cheddar cheese


1. Cook spaghetti noodles with the hotdogs, according to package directions. Drain well and set aside.

2. Sauté onions and garlic in hot oil until lightly browned.  Put the onions first.

3. Add in ground pork and cook until color changes. Add Knorr Pork Cubes and mix with the pork until fully dissolved.

4. Add tomato paste and sauce. Sauté for 2 minutes.

5. Add sugar, pepper and water. Continue to simmer over medium-low heat for 15-20 minutes until sauce has slightly thickened.

6. Season with salt to taste. Add more sugar if preferred.

7. Top cooked spaghetti noodles with sauce and grated cheese.  Or you can just mix the pasta in the sauce.

Just a take-away, it didn't really mimic the famous Pinoy style spag in the most famous fast-food in the country, but it's me added to the dish.  I mean, adding the Knorr Pork Cubes really enhanced the taste of the pork.  I only used 1/4 k of ground pork so putting the cubes made the sauce meaty in taste and you don't need to add to much salt anymore.  I saw others put soy sauce in their sauce to add more savor but with Knorr's pork cube, no need.

But the end of it, seeing the bottom of the pan where I had all the pasta and the sauce mixed.  Plus my girls loved the cute idea of seeing the pasta ooze out of the hotdogs.  The crab fat added to the creaminess and the richness of the sauce.

Yep! We loved it! Though I'm still hung up on my Italian Style.

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