Sweet and meaty spaghetti baked with a creamy and milky layer of cheese on top, you will love this Filipino Baked Spaghetti for a comforting meal at home.
Hello Woman Scribbles friends! I hope you are all having a great start to your year. While the baking around here has started with a fresh batch of pandesal, I am posting a savory recipe as our first blog post of the year. This Filipino Baked Spaghetti is supposed to go live in time for Christmas last year, but things got busy, I baked and rested so much that I never got the chance to sit down and write this.
But I don’t think there is any specific time or holiday to make Baked spaghetti. I mean, I celebrate a simple Monday with Cinnamon Rolls, so I think it is perfectly safe to start the year with an indulgent meal.
Filipino Baked Spaghetti
- Filipino-style baked spaghetti is basically our variation of this pasta- sweet and creamy with a bit of heat.
- In this recipe though, we add a layer of indulgence by topping the spaghetti with a white, creamy sauce (much like a bechamel), top it with cheese and we bake the pasta until the cheese is melty.
- To finish, we broil the dish on high for a few minutes, until small dark spots emerge at the surface. This adds character and flavor.
How to Make Filipino Baked Spaghetti
Cook the Pasta. Follow the package directions to cook your spaghetti pasta. Cover the drained, warm pasta to prevent it from drying out.
Make the Meat Sauce. This process starts by sauteeing the garlic and onion in oil in a wide pan. Add the beef and cook just until browned. Add in the bell peppers, then the hotdogs. Cook until the bell peppers are tender and aromatic. Add the beef broth and tomato sauce. Bring the pan to a boil and lower heat and simmer until the beef is cooked through. Add the ketchup , and the sugar. Season with salt and pepper, as needed. You can also adjust the seasonings here.
Make the White Sauce. Melt butter in a saucepan until it bubbles. Stir in the flour vigorously, and cook for 3-6 minutes, until the mixture is deeply golden. Slowly stir in evaporated, regular milk and beef broth, and whisk regularly until slightly thickened. Add 1/4 tp salt, 1 dash of pepper, and a pinch of nutmeg. Add more salt and pepper here as you prefer.
Assemble the Spaghetti and Bake. In a large rimmed baking dish, gradually stir in the sauce to the cooked pasta. Top the pasta with the white sauce and evenly layer the top with shredded mozzarella. Bake the spaghetti at 375 F for 15-20 minutes, or until the cheese is melty. Turn on the broiler on high, and broil the spaghetti for 3-5 minutes, or until some browned spots emerge at the surface (Watch closely during the broiling time to prevent from burning the top!).
Pointers and Tips for Making Filipino Bake Spaghetti
- You can adjust the seasoning of the meat sauce according to your preference. You can also add more sugar, if you want it sweeter.
- Similarly, you can about 1/2 cup of beef broth towards the end of cooking the meat sauce, and simmer it for a few minutes more, if you want to thin the sauce down a bit.
- Again for the white sauce, you can add more seasoning as you prefer. You can also omit the nutmeg if you don’t have/want it. I find that the nutmeg complements the creamy flavor of the sauce so I like the subtle flavor it imparts.
- Watch closely during the broiling process. All you need is 3-5 minutes to get those caramelized spots on top.