Jollibee Spaghetti (Copycat Recipe) in 8 Easy Steps!
Family is everything. It’s amazing how fate, food, and time can bring people back together again. If you’ve never heard of Jollibee, it is a popular fast food chain in the Philippines. They are known for their fried chicken and spaghetti. (Yes… that is the combination you can order). It tastes absolutely incredible. When my husband was little, growing up in Manila, he would always ask to go to Jollibee. As a boy he said it was the happiest place on earth, because where else can you get a bucket of fried chicken and a mound of sweet spaghetti with hot dog pieces in it?
One of my earliest dates with my husband was a dinner at Jollibee. I remember walking in to Seafood City and seeing Jollibee tucked into the side of the store. We were greeted by a large bee statue, (complete with a smile), and a super friendly worker behind the counter. Their service smacks the you-know-what out of McDonald’s. But I digress.
We ordered their spaghetti and fried chicken. I had never tasted something so out of this world. I’ve had my fair share of spaghetti and meat sauce, or spaghetti and giant meatballs. But this was something so completely different. The marinara sauce was sweet, not savory, and had ground pork…. and hotdogs! There were hotdogs IN the meat sauce!! My mind was blown. It was so weird! Yet… it completely worked! And to top it off, there was melted Cheddar cheese on top. Now combine that with crispy, crunchy, perfectly cooked, tender fried chicken with a side of brown gravy to dunk the meat in. Y’all…. I was a puddle on the floor. I was having a food-gasm right then and there.
Sadly my husband and I ended up living far away from the nearest Jollibee and couldn’t get our “fix” of spaghetti and fried chicken. So what did we do? We got in the kitchen and tweaked, and cooked, until it came out just right! I give you… our copycat Jollibee recipe! 🙂 I have to tell you… it’s so damn good. ❤ I really hope you enjoy it as much as we do. Give this easy recipe a try and let me know what you think. Have an awesome day everyone and let’s get cooking!
Jollibee Spaghetti (Copycat Recipe)
Courtesy of: Lisa aka The Noob Chef
- 1 lb. (1 box) thin spaghetti noodles
- 2 (8 oz.) cans tomato sauce
- 1 (8 oz.) can tomato paste
- 2 tablespoons minced onion
- 2 tablespoons minced garlic
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 1 lb. ground pork
- 1/2 cup minced carrots and bell peppers (Note: I use 2 carrots & 1 green bell pepper and just pulse them in the food processor. Done!)
- 2 cups diced hot dogs
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon spaghetti seasoning (dry packet)
- 1 (8 oz.) can evaporated milk
- Grated Cheddar cheese for garnish
Step 1: Cook your thin spaghetti in boiling salted water for 10 minutes. Drain and set aside.
Step 2: In the same pot, pour in a few tablespoons of vegetable oil, the minced onion, and minced garlic. Saute until the onions are tender, about 2-3 minutes.
Step 3: Add in the ground pork and cook until brown. If you are using extra lean ground pork you might need to add in another tablespoon of oil so the pot doesn’t dry out.
Step 4: Once the pork is browned, add in the minced bell pepper, carrots, and hotdog pieces. (Note: I also had 2 tomatoes hiding in my produce drawer that needed using up, so I tossed them in too. But if you don’t have any, no worries 🙂 ). Mix to combine and add 1 cup of water. Simmer together for 10 minutes.
Step 5: Add in the tomato sauce, tomato paste, sugar, salt, garlic powder, and spaghetti seasoning. Mix to combine and continue to simmer for another 10 minutes.
Step 6: Then add in 8 oz. of evaporated milk. Mix to combine and simmer for the last 10 minutes.
Step 7: After the last 10 minutes the sauce will look like this!
Step 8: Add the spaghetti back into the pot with the sauce. Mix evenly and serve hot. Garnish with a handful of grated Cheddar cheese Enjoy! 🙂