Simply Cherrific Filipino-Style Spaghetti

Cooking for my family is one of my greatest joys. Although I don't get to do it very often because I am a full-time working mom, I cherish weekends when the kids request that I cook their favourite food. With all honesty, I am not good at kitchen but I pour all my effort and heart in every opportunity I get to come up with a nutritious and delicious food for my family.

This Filipino-style spaghetti recipe that I am going to share with you today is husband/kids/friends-approved. I cook it during special occasions, whenever my friends visit us at home or when my hubby and the kids simply crave for it. I added Simply Cherrific in its title because my first name is Cherry and I tweaked the most common Filipino-style spaghetti recipe to make it my own signature. Instead of the usual hotdogs, I added meatballs instead.

Ingredients:
  • 500g Fairprice Spaghetti 
  • 2 tablespoons Fairprice Grapeseed Oil
  • ground pork
  • meat balls
  • sweet-style spaghetti sauce
  • tomato ketchup
  • 1 white onion, minced
  • 1 ripe tomato, minced
  • 1 baby carrot, minced
  • salt and pepper 
  • 1 cup shredded cheese
  • parsley leaves for garnishing
Instructions:

1) Cook the spaghetti pasta according to package instructions. Drain and set aside. 

TIP: Don't forget to add oil to the boiling water to prevent the pasta from sticking to each other. Since I don't add too much salt in my spaghetti sauce, I also make it a point to add a pinch of salt to the boiling water when cooking the pasta. This particular FairPrice Spaghetti Pasta I used is also from Italy like most of the pasta variety we get from supermarkets. I have to say it did not disappoint my expectations of a premium quality pasta.

2) Heat the 2 tablespoons of FairPrice Grapeseed Oil in a cooking pot. Make sure not to overheat. I don't normally use grapeseed oil in cooking, it's my first time using it last Children's Day to cook the kids' favourite spaghetti and fortunately it didn't change the taste of my usual recipe at all. It has clean, light and neutral flavour which retains the natural taste of ingredients. It is suitable for wide variety of cooking needs such as baking, sauteing, frying or in marinades and salad dressings. It originates from Italy.

3) Saute the onion (and garlic, optional). I don't usually add garlic to suit my family's taste and preference. 

4) Add the ground pork. Cook for 3-5 minutes.

5) Pour the sweet-style spaghetti sauce. Stir and let it boil. Simmer for 60 minutes.

6) Add the meatballs, minced carrots & tomato and 2 spoonfuls of tomato ketchup (optional). Stir and cook for 8-10 minutes or until the sauce thickens. 


7) Add salt and pepper to taste. Stir and simmer for another 2-3 minutes.

8) Arrange the spaghetti pasta in a serving dish, pour the meat sauce over the pasta, top with shredded cheese and garnish with parsley.


Serve with love and bon appétit!

You are welcome to tweak my recipe according to your own liking. You may opt to use other pasta like Fusilli, Penne or Elbow Macaroni which are all available at FairPrice Housebrand as well. Adding minced tomato and carrots is also optional. I prefer adding it because the kids dislike eating tomato and carrots on its own. When mixed with the meat sauce, they cannot really taste and tell there are camouflaged veggies in it. 

Disclaimer:
This post is brought to you by Sweet Memoirs x FairPrice collaboration. We were provided with a bagful of FairPrice housebrand products in exchange of this post. No other monetary compensation was received and all photos are my own. 

42 comments:

  1. Yummy!! Thanks for sharing such a delicious recipe. Looks good

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    1. Hope you get to try it, Miriam. Thanks!

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  2. Filipino style? This is new for me. Wouldnt mind to try this out later

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  3. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe. It looks easy enough to follow. Not sure if we have the same items in Malaysia but I can always use something similar.

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    1. The secret lies on the meat sauce. You're right, you can always use similar ingredients you can find.

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  4. Its super detailed and an easy to follow recipe..if your husband and children approves it i'm pretty sure you are a good cook!!

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    1. I am no domestic goddess but I can cook simple but delicious food. :)

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  5. this looks pretty yummy... thanks for the recipe.. now I can try this out over the weekend....

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  6. i prefer to cook spaghetti coz my kids love it. it is everyone's favourite food

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    1. Yes, it's a kiddie's favourite food!

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  7. lovely looking spaghetti there.. nice recipe too. pity i can't cook.

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  8. Looks so simple and easy to prepare this delicious meatball spaghetti!

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  9. I am amazed to see how many different ways to cook spaghetti, with meatballs it is a complete meal.

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    1. Yes, the meatballs make it a little heavier on the stomach.

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  10. Thanks for your Filipino-style spaghetti recipe. It's great for me to prepare for my 2 girls.

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    1. I am sure your girls will love it, do give it a try!

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  11. Thanks for sharing! It looks like a really yummy meal, and we love Fairprice too! My kids like to say 'let's visit aunty lucy (NTUC) and her daughter Fairprice". Haha!

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    1. Doing grocery at FairPrice in our neighbourhood is part of our family bonding time.

      LOL, kids are always so funny!

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  12. Quite similar to my meatballs tomato sauce pasta recipe :) Adding carrots is a great way to sweeten the sauce and adding vegetables to the dish!

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  13. The recipe is each enough for a noob cook like me. Thanks for sharing.

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  14. My kids love spaghetti, wih lots of tomato :)
    If we run out of meal ideas, spaghetti again !

    cheers, Andy
    (SengkangBabies.com)

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  15. Tasty!!! Too bad that I don't eat pork. But I can make it with other veggies.

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  16. That looks lovely! I like the fairprice brand pasta too - although I really think it would be helpful if they including pasta cooking timings on the packaging.

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  17. good recipe with great photo! must try eh :)

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  18. This looks yummy. Definitely worth a try!

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  19. Your photos are gorgeous! Thanks for this wonderful recipe! :)

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  20. Thanks for the recipe! I try out but without pork, maybe i can replace with other meat. hehehe but it's look delicious! Hehe

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  21. Thanks for the sharing! It's simple and easy to follow! I gonna make one now hehe

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  22. wow...look so delicious!!! I can do my own during weekend!!

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  23. Yay.. looks like have new recipe to tryout. Thanks for sharing as this do give me an idea what to do for my man as a surprise meal xD

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  24. Thanks for sharing this easy and what seems like delicious recipe which I think the kids may love. Thanks!

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  25. I love Spaghetti, thanks for the recipe, will try it out :)

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  26. thanks for sharing the recipe. been a while since i last cook. i will try out your recipe.

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  27. I know what you mean about being a FTWM and finding it hard to cook for the family haha.. this looks really good though! Your family and friends are very blessed to have you to cook for them, when you can!

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

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  28. So so yummy! Now I'm inspired to cook as well! Thanks for sharing. :)

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  29. Enjoy reading your simple delicious spaghetti recipe though...hmm...got to try to cook it myself...hopefully it works for me ya ;) cheers, Siennylovesdrawing

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  30. That's how I make my spaghetti too but without the pork and onions :)

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  31. you make me yearn for spaghetti!!!!

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