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Saturday, January 5, 2013

Celebrating the Holidays 2012: Hot and Spicy Spaghetti

Happy 2013! Yay! Couldn’t believe Christmas and the 1st day of the year have come and gone so quickly – not to mention the end of the world thingy that thankfully never happened! We’re still reeling from a severe case of holiday hangover so this post is waaaay overdue. Celebrating Christmas and New Year’s Eve has been a tradition that me and Van grew up with in our families. Now that we’re both a wee bit “mature” and are living with our horde of 6 adorable cats, we have continued that tradition every year. For the holidays, our Hot and Spicy Party Spaghetti took center stage. We accompanied it with a slow-cooked crispy roasted chicken, crispy pata (deep-fried pork hocks and knuckles), our trusted bistek and seafood sinigang, just to mix it up.



The hot and spicy spaghetti has been a staple in almost every major event in our household. It has been taught to me by my mom and I have perfected it to have that slow burn that gradually increases with each bite. This recipe is not for the faint of heart. Trust me on that and consider it a fair warning. As long as I can remember, I always give that “advice for caution” at every party and those that haven’t tasted my spaghetti yet will just give me an incredulous look. That happens a little more than a minute before they dash to get some water, of course. Told you… *wink*

The secret to my spaghetti is not hot sauce but from a local brand’s hot variant of ketchup. The UFC Hot & Spicy Banana Catsup really lives up to its name. As far I know it is the only hot and spicy ketchup in the Philippines. It gives the sauce the fiery essence that I love without ruining the taste. This is where you can adjust and tweak the hotness of the spaghetti sauce. I usually add 1 ½ bottles when cooking 1 kilo of spaghetti but don’t mind me since I live and breathe spiciness. LOL! Reduce the amount of ketchup to just half a bottle if it’s only a hint of “hot” that you’re looking for.



So, here’s to a spicy year ahead of us! Hope you all had a very merry time celebrating the holidays. Happy New Year!




Hot and Spicy Spaghetti

  • 2 pounds dried Spaghetti noodles
  • 1 pound pork, ground (beef is also great)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large-sized onion, minced
  • 1 pack (750grams) spaghetti sauce
  • 1 pack (150grams) tomato paste
  • 4 tablespoon powdered milk
  • 4 tablespoon refined sugar
  • 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 bottles (320grams) UFC H&S Banana Catsup
  • Salt, to taste
  • 3 tablespoon oil

1. Cook spaghetti noodles according to package directions.

2. Mix the milk and sugar with 1 cup of water and set aside.

3. Heat oil in a large pan. Sauté garlic until golden brown. Add the onion and cook until they become translucent.

4. Add the ground meat and stir fry for 3 minutes then pour in soy sauce. Cook for another 3 minutes or so.

5. Stir in the spaghetti sauce and bring to a boil then add the milk and sugar mixture. Simmer for 2-3 minutes.

6. Add in the grated cheese, tomato paste, black pepper and cayenne pepper. Mix well and simmer for 10-15 minutes.

7. Stir in the hot and spicy banana ketchup and adjust the taste with salt. Simmer for another 2-3 minutes then remove from heat.

8. Pour sauce on top of cooked pasta and top with a dash of Italian seasoning. For a party style serving, mix the cooked pasta and sauce in the pan where the sauce was cooked and transfer to a large serving dish. Enjoy!








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