Filipino spaghetti is nothing like Italian spaghetti and yet it is an ultimate comfort food and favorite sharing dish for Pinoy birthdays, gatherings, special occasions and even typical Tuesday afternoons. Prepared to suit the Filipino palate, its sweetness is balanced with a tinge of saltiness.
Jollibee, a staple favorite among Pinoys all over the world, provide one of the best-tasting Filipino spaghettis EVER. I mean, who doesn’t crave for it every now and then?
If for any reason you can’t go to any Jollibee branch and you MUST HAVE their famous spaghetti, here’s a 95% copy of it. Let’s just say the 5% is a touch of my cooking style — that’s what my husband always say. 😋 But no, seriously, this is just my take of the well-loved Jollibee spaghetti. Hope you’ll like it!
4.5 (89.09%) 11 votes
A classic Filipino dish that's super simple, crave-worthy and a favorite among kids!
Cook the spaghetti noodles in salted boiling water, as per package instructions. Make sure it’s al dente. When done, drain and set aside.
Heat cooking oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the sliced hotdogs and set them aside when half-done. (Jollibee seems to add their hotdogs on the last bit but I prefer to “partially fry” my hotdogs first)
Set aside the hotdog oil.
Using the same saucepan, sauté the minced garlic and minced onions in butter. Stir frequently until soft.
Add ground beef and season with a bit of salt with pepper. Simmer for about 10 minutes.
Pour the Sweet Style Spaghetti Sauce and the Tomato Sauce. Simmer for 5 minutes, then add banana catsup, pickle relish, 2 boxes of grated cheese (if your spaghetti sauce has added cheese already, you can just add 1 box), and the hotdogs you cooked earlier. Simmer for another 5 minutes. Add a dash of salt, if necessary.
Toss the cooked spaghetti with the sauce. Top with grated cheese and serve.
• You can use Del Monte Sweet Style Spaghetti Sauce instead of Fiesta, if you’re a Del Monte loyalist. Alternatively, use UFC Sweet Filipino Style spaghetti. This is perfect if you want to tone down the sweetness a bit.
• You can use any cheddar or American cheese, but I personally like OK! Cheese because of its well-balanced taste, creaminess and affordability.
• I use 2.5 to 3 boxes of cheese. 1.5 to 2 for making the sauce and 1 for the toppings. I noticed that the more cheese, the more Jollibee-ish it gets. (And we are crazy about cheese) You can of course adjust according to your liking.
• If Tender Juicy hotdogs are not available in your area, pick another brand of hotdogs or sausages that you or your children like. Martin Purefoods hotdogs in the US is a good alternative as well. You can get those in selected Asian supermarkets or Fil-Am stores.
• Another style is to ditch the Sweet Style spaghetti sauce and just use Tomato Sauce and Banana Catsup. Balance the flavor until you get that Jollibee-style sauce. (Think: There wasn't any ready-made Sweet Style Spaghetti Sauce available long time ago when Jollibee started. hihi)
And there you go! Jollibee-style spaghetti!
Please don’t forget to rate this recipe after you tried it at home, or leave your tweaks and reactions on the comments below 🙂 Also, let me know if you’ve done something to make it more Jollibee-like! I’d love to learn how you did it 🙂
PS: Sorry for the photos. I am still in the process of learning how to take good ones… and I’m only using my phone 😅 I guess I really need that Sony Alpha now. LOL