What Is Spaghetti Meat Sauce?
Differences between Spaghetti Meat Sauce and Bolognese Pasta?
Japanese spaghetti meat sauce is very similar to Italian bolognese, there’s no doubt that spaghetti meat sauce’s original is bolognese.
But what are the main differences?
1. Spaghetti meat sauce is a lot sweeter
First difference is spaghetti meat sauce is a lot sweeter than bolognese.
It usually uses tomato ketchup and sugar, and because of that, Japanese kids love spaghetti meat sauce more than adults.
2. It uses a lot of tomatoes
As far as I know, spaghetti meat sauce uses a lot more tomatoes (specifically tinned tomatoes)
And the sauce tends to be less meaty than bolognese sauce as well.
So more tomatoes, less meat.
3. Spaghetti meat sauce always uses spaghetti
True bolognese in Bologne uses tagliatelle pasta right? But spaghetti meat sauce is always regular spaghetti.
4. Usually not mixed with sauce
Another thing is, spaghetti meat sauce is actually not mixed together when served.
This means that the spaghetti is served with the meat sauce on top of it, not mixed.
And I believe that’s not common thing to do in Italy right?
But The Ingredients Are Very Similar
Even though there are differences, the ingredients to make the sauce is very similar.
Spaghetti meat sauce uses:
- Mince meat
- Tinned tomatoes
It’s Similar To Spaghetti Bolognese in England?
So I lived in England for a long time and I’ve seen a lot of English families make bolognese there too.
In my opinion though, this Japanese spaghetti meat sauce is very similar to the bolognese that I saw in England rather than the ones you might see in Italy.
Why are we always wearing white when we eat meat sauce?
Here’s one funny thing about spaghetti meat sauce.
So as I said earlier, spaghetti meat sauce is one of the biggest kids favourites right?
When you are in Japan, you might encounter some kids wearing a white t-shirt with tomato sauce on. Here’s the thing, when you eat meat sauce as a kid, coincidentally you’d always be wearing a white t-shirt.
Why? No one knows. That’s how the universe works it seems.
It pretty much guaranteed.
And trust me, you will never learn, even if you get told off by your mum as well. It’s like some kinda rebellion.
Kids always wear white t-shirt when they’re taking on some risky activity (Like eating spaghetti meat sauce haha).
Is it the same in your country?
Check out our video for how to make Spaghetti Meat Sauce From ScratchPrint
How to make Japanese Style Spaghetti Meat Sauce
- 240g Dry spaghetti
- 1/2 White onion
- 1/4 Carrot (25g)
- 1/4 Stick of celery (50g)
- 1 Garlic clove
- 1 Tin of Tomatoes (400g)
- 1 tbsp Butter
- 150g Minced meat (beef or beef/pork mixture)
- 1 tbsp Red wine
- 2 tbsp Ketchup
- 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tsp Black pepper
- 1 tsp Sugar
- 1/2 tsp Oregano
- 1 pinch Nutmeg
- 1 pinch Cinnamon
- 1 Bay leaf
- A sprinkle of cheese (optional)
- First cut your vegetables. Finely dice 1/2 of a white onion, 1/4 of a carrot and and 1/4 a stick of celery.
- Then dice up (or use a garlic press) one garlic clove.
- Heat the frying pan on medium and add 1 tbsp of butter.
- Add the onion, celery, carrot and garlic to the pan and fry until the onion is soft and transparent.
- Next, add the mince meat to the pan and fry until browned.
- Pour in 1 tbsp of red wine, 2 tbsp ketchup, 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce and 1 tsp pepper.
- Mix together and add one tin of tomatoes (400g) as well as 1 tsp sugar, 1 bay leaf and 1/2 a tsp oregano.
- Simmer on a low heat until reduced by half.
- While it’s simmering, cook 240g of dry pasta (for 3 portions) in about 2 litres of boiling water with a pinch of salt.
- When the meat sauce is reduced, remove the bay leaf and sprinkle a pinch of nutmeg and cinnamon.
- Drain the spaghetti and dish up. Using a ladle or spoon, pour the meat sauce on top of the spaghetti. It should be a little thick and just sit on top.
- Sprinkle some cheese (optional) and serve.
- Category: Pasta
- Method: Fry
- Cuisine: Italian / Japanese
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