Vegan Filipino Spaghetti – A Healthy Take to a Classic

Vegan Filipino Spaghetti – Filipino spaghetti seems like regular spaghetti at first glance, but there is a difference. With a classic spaghetti dish like spaghetti and meatballs, you mainly have a tomato-based sauce with herbs and spices. The difference with Filipino spaghetti is that it has a sweet undertone. Plus, it has cheese and a sliced hotdog as toppings. The reason for the sweet undertone is banana ketchup, which is a popular condiment. Banana ketchup is also a popular ingredient for plenty of red sauces in Filipino cooking. With Filipino-style spaghetti, you get a richer red sauce that blends well with the cheese topping and the hotdog.

If you are not a fan of meat, there are alternatives to this dish. There is even a vegan option you can try for a healthier take. You’ll find there are different ways to play around with this dish, and if you want to try making a Vegan Filipino Spaghetti, this is one recipe to try:

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Vegan Filipino Spaghetti

A healthier take on the Filipino spaghetti which features a sweet and savory red sauce with a vegan alternative for its ingredients
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Filipino
Servings 6 servings


  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil (divided)
  • 2 cups finely diced sweet yellow onion (1 onion)
  • 1 ½ cup finely diced red bell pepper (1 large pepper)
  • 1 cup finely diced carrot (1 large carrot)
  • 12 cloves fresh minced garlic
  • 8 ounces vegan ground meat
  • 1 tbsp coconut sugar
  • ¾ tsp red chili flakes (optional)
  • ½ tsp kosher salt (add more to meet your preferred taste)
  • ½ tsp fresh ground black pepper (add more to meet your preferred taste)
  • ¼ tsp MSG (optional)
  • 2 cups banana ketchup
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • ½ cup vegan parmesan cheese (set aside a tablespoon or more for garnish)
  • 1- pound uncooked spaghetti noodles
  • 8 ounces vegan hot dog (sliced into ½ – inch thick pieces)
  • 1 tbsp Vegan cheddar cheese shreds (or as much as you want for garnish)


  • Put a stockpot over medium heat and pour 1 tablespoon of oil. Let the oil heat up then add the onion, bell pepper, carrot, and garlic. Cook the ingredients and stir them often until the onion is translucent and the garlic is fragrant. This should take less than five minutes.
  • Once the vegetables are cooked, add the vegan ground and break it into little pieces using a wooden spoon or spatula. Season the mix with sugar, chili flakes, salt, pepper, and MS. Continue to cook until completely heated through. The process should be around 5 minutes.
  • Pour the banana ketchup, tomato sauce, and parmesan cheese into the mix and stir until the ingredients are incorporated. Increase the heat to medium high. Once it reaches a simmer, reduce the heat to low, cover and continue to simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Increase the heat to medium-high and let the mixture simmer. Once it is simmering, reduce the heat to a low temperature and cover it. Let the sauce simmer for 30 minutes.
  • When the simmering reaches around the 20-minute mark, cook the noodles in a large pot with water until it is al dente according to package directions.
  • Drain the noodles but do not rinse them.
  • While the sauce finishes simmering and the noodles rest, put a skillet over medium-high heat and heat the remaining tablespoon of oil. Once the oil is heated, add the sliced vegan hot dogs and cook them until they're dark in color and crisp around the edges.
  • Once the hotdogs are cooked and the sauce finishes simmering, transfer them to the spaghetti and toss them together until they combine.
  • Serve fresh with shredded vegan cheese and parmesan as a topping

Other Notes on a Vegan Filipino Spaghetti

This dish is fairly simple to make, but if you want to get close to the original dish, it’s best to use quality vegan meat. If you are having trouble finding banana ketchup, it should be available in an Asian store. It is not possible to forego the banana ketchup as it is one of the things that tie the dish together. If you are interested in what other dishes you can use this condiment on, there is Filipino barbeque.

You can also check out our other Filipino recipes such as our “Pancit Malabon Recipe” and “Pork Bistek Recipe.” For other vegan recipes, check out “Vegan Giniling” and “Vegan Pancit.”

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