Pancake House-Style Spaghetti

Difficulty
Easy
Servings
4 servings
Wait Time
40 Mins
Active Time
20 Mins

While Jolly Spaghetti is the undisputed poster child for Pinoy spaghetti, Pancake House's comes in a close second. It's still sweet enough to make pasta purists cry, but holds back on the banana ketchup and hotdog coins. Pancake House spaghetti is less fast-food and more like mom's cooking: tomato sauce, ground beef, grated cheese.

This is an overdue update to our 10-year old (!) Pancake House spaghetti recipe. A tablespoon of liver spread sets everything right. (It's not Pinoy spaghetti without at least one weird ingredient.) The brow-raising liter of water has been reduced to 1 cup. Is it 100% accurate? Probably not. But this copycat spaghetti will bring back memories of orange walls and faded movie posters, guaranteed. Make it a combo meal and serve with fried chicken.

  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 350–400g ground beef
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 ½ tbsp liver spread
  • pinch of ground cumin
  • 500ml tomato sauce
  • ½ cup white sugar, to taste
  • 1 beef broth cube
  • ¼ tsp salt, to taste
  • 1 cup water

For Serving

  • 400g spaghetti noodles, cooked to package instructions
  • processed cheese, shredded
1

Cook beef: Add oil to a large skillet or heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat. Add ground beef and cook, stirring and breaking up clumps, until the beef has evenly browned, 7–9 minutes.

2

Make sauce: Add minced garlic and cook, stirring constantly, until soft and aromatic, 3 minutes. Add tomato paste, liver spread, and cumin. Stir to combine, then add tomato sauce, sugar, and salt. Drop beef cube into the sauce, stirring constantly until dissolved.

3

Cook and thicken sauce: Slowly add water and bring to a boil. Once the sauce is boiling, reduce the heat to a simmer. Continue cooking for 30–40 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sauce has reduced and thickened. Season to taste.

4

Serve: Divide cooked spaghetti between plates. Ladle spaghetti sauce on top of the noodles. Finish with as much shredded cheese as you like. Serve while still hot.

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