Filipino spaghetti is a popular dish in the Philippines, and it has a distinct flavor that sets it apart from other types of spaghetti. One of the key ingredients that makes this dish so unique is the spaghetti sauce. In this article, we will show you how to make Filipino spaghetti sauce from scratch.


  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 can (28 oz) crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup banana ketchup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Step 1: Saute the onion, garlic, and red bell pepper.

To start making Filipino spaghetti sauce, heat some oil in a large pot over medium heat. Once hot, add the chopped onion and saute for a few minutes until soft and translucent.

Then add the minced garlic and chopped red bell pepper. Saute for another few minutes until fragrant.

Step 2: Add tomato paste and crushed tomatoes.

Add two tablespoons of tomato paste to the pot with the sauteed onion, garlic and red bell pepper. Stir well to combine all ingredients.

Then pour one can of crushed tomatoes into the pot. Stir again to evenly distribute all ingredients.

Step 3: Add banana ketchup and brown sugar.

Pour in half a cup of banana ketchup into your pot with other ingredients. Add brown sugar as well to balance out flavors. Mix them all together.

Step 4: Simmer the sauce for at least 30 minutes.

Reduce the heat to low and let the sauce simmer for at least 30 minutes. This will allow all of the flavors to meld together and create a rich, flavorful sauce. Stir occasionally to make sure it doesn’t stick to the bottom of your pot.

Step 5: Season with salt and pepper to taste.

After simmering, add salt and pepper according to your taste. Don’t overdo it with the salt because you already added some from ketchup. Be mindful while adding salt and pepper for a perfect balance of flavors.

Step 6: Blend the sauce (Optional).

If you prefer a smoother texture, you can use a hand blender or food processor to puree the sauce until smooth. This step is optional, but it makes for a more consistent texture in your spaghetti sauce.

The Final Word

Filipino spaghetti is a beloved dish in Filipino cuisine, and making your own spaghetti sauce from scratch is an excellent way to experience and appreciate its unique flavor. With this recipe, you can create a delicious homemade Filipino spaghetti sauce that will take your dish to another level. Try it out today!