Spaghetti and Meatballs


Ingredients:
350 grams spaghetti(any prefer pasta)

Sauce:
1/4 cup tomato paste
1 can(28 oz) crushed tomatoes
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 yellow onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1/4 cup parsley, finely chopped
1/4 cup basil, finely chopped
1/4 cup red wine
1 beef bouillon
1 tablespoon sugar
salt and pepper to taste

Meatballs:
500 grams lean ground beef
1 raw egg
2 tablespoons bread crumbs
2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, grated
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon dried oregano flakes

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a large pot, prepare the pasta based on cooking instructions until aldente. Drain and set aside.

Part 2
1. In a large bowl, combine ground beef, eggs, breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, and oregano. Mixed well.
2. Scoop about 2 tablespoons of the mixture and roll and compress to form 1 1/2″ round meat balls. Continue this step until the mixture is consumed.
3. In a frying pan, heat olive oil and fry meatballs for about 5-10 minutes depending on the size or until color turns to golden brown. Drain and set aside.

Part 3
1. In a sauce pan, heat olive oil on medium heat. Saute onions and garlic.
2. Add crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, basil and parsley then stir to blend.
3. Reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes. Stirring occasionally.
4. Add red wine, beef bouillon, Parmesan cheese, adjust seasoning with salt, pepper and sugar according to taste.
5. Add meatballs and gently stir then simmer for another 5 minutes. Stirring occasionally.

Part 4
1. Prepare pasta on pasta tray, add sauce and meatballs, sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese. Garnish with parsley then serve with garlic bread.

Creamy Chicken Sopas


Ingredients:
3 cups uncooked macaroni(elbow or shell)
2 pieces chicken breast
2 cups evaporated milk
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 large onions, minced
3 pieces hot dogs, sliced
1 medium carrot, sliced into strips
8 cups water
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 small cabbage, roughly shredded
1 piece chicken bouillon(optional)
salt and pepper to taste

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a pot, pour water and boil chicken, chicken bouillon and onion until chicken is tender.
2. Remove the chicken and let it cool down. Save the broth.
3. Shred the chicken into small pieces using your fingers. Set aside.

Part 2
1. In a large soup pot, heat vegetable oil and saute garlic and onion.
2. Add the sliced hot dogs and the shredded chicken meat and saute for about a minute. Stir constantly.
3. Pour the chicken broth and bring to boil. Add water if needed.
4. Add celery, carrots and macaroni pasta. Simmer until the macaroni is almost done.
5. Add evaporated milk and cabbage and continue stirring until simmering.
6. Season with salt and pepper according to taste.
7. Remove from heat and transfer to serving bowl. Serve hot!

Rigatoni and Meatballs


Ingredients:
350 grams rigatoni pasta
18 pieces beef meatballs

Sauce:
1/4 cup tomato paste
1 can(28 oz) crushed tomatoes
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 yellow onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1/4 cup parsley, finely chopped
1/4 cup basil, finely chopped
1/4 cup red wine
1 beef bouillon
1 tablespoon sugar
salt and pepper to taste

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a large pot, prepare the pasta based on cooking instructions. Set aside.

Part 2
1. In a frying pan, heat cooking oil and fry meatballs for about 5-10 minutes depending on the size or until color turns to golden brown. Drain and set aside.

Part 3
1. In a sauce pan, heat olive oil on medium heat. Saute onions and garlic.
2. Add diced tomatoes, tomato paste, basil and parsley then stir to blend.
3. Reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes. Stirring occasionally.
4. Add red wine, beef bouillon, Parmesan cheese, adjust seasoning with salt, pepper and sugar according to taste.
5. Add meatballs and gently stir then simmer for another 5 minutes. Stirring occasionally.

Part 4
1. Prepare pasta on pasta tray, add sauce and meatballs, sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese, garnish with remaining parsley. Serve.

Tuna and Corn Pasta


Ingredients:
400 grams fusilli or spiral pasta
1 big can spicy tuna flakes in oil, drained
1 Can corn kernel (whole)
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup all purpose cream
1 onion, minced
olive oil
2 cups Parmesan cheese, grated
1 tablespoon sugar
sugar salt and pepper

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a large pot, prepare the pasta based on cooking instructions. Drain well and put in a large bowl. Drizzle with the olive oil and mix to distribute the oil evenly. This will prevent the pasta from sticking together.
2. Drain the tuna and corn kernel. Add to the pasta. Add the mayonnaise, all purpose cream, sugar,onion, and Parmesan cheese. Mix all ingredients.
3.Season with salt and pepper according to taste.

Shrimp and Chicken Alfredo Pasta

Ingredients:
350 grams fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined
3 pieces Chicken fillet
350 grams fettuccine, cooked according to package instruction
1/4 cup butter
1 red bell pepper, cut into cubes
salt and pepper to taste
grated Parmesan cheese
chopped spring onion

Alfredo Sauce:
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup cornstarch
1 pack all-purpose cream
1/2 cup full cream milk
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Procedures:
Part 1
1. Rub chicken fillet with salt and pepper then grill until cook.
2. Cut into serving pieces and set aside.

Part 2
1. In a pan, melt butter then add shrimp.
2. Season with salt and pepper then cook until starts to turn pink. Remove and set aside.

Part 3
1. In a same pan, melt butter and add cornstarch. Mix until well blended.
2. Add all purpose cream, full cream milk, grated Parmesan cheese.
3. Mix well until thickens. Stir into pasta then add red bell pepper, chicken and shrimp.
4. Transfer into serving plate then sprinkle with grated cheese and chopped spring onion.

Note: Alfredo sauce is also available in grocery stores.

Creamy Clams Carbonara


Ingredients:
500 grams spaghetti or any pasta
800 grams clams(halaan)
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 head garlic, peeled and chopped
4 strips bacon, cut into cubes and fried
1 onion, chopped
1/4 cup sliced shiitake mushroom
1 big can evaporated milk
2 x 250 ml all purpose cream
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
salt and pepper to taste
parsley for garnishing(optional)

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a large pot, prepare pasta based on cooking instructions. Drain and set aside.

Part 2
1. In a pan, heat oil then saute garlic, onion and mushroom then saute for 2-3 minutes.
2. In a same pan, add clams then cover and simmer until shells open.
3. Add the evaporated milk and all purpose cream then bring to boil while keep stirring.
4. Add the grated cheese then keep stirring for about 3-5 minutes or until beginning to thicken.
5. Add fried bacon then adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.
6. In a serving plate, arrange pasta then add the sauce on top. Sprinkle with grated cheese and garnish with parsley. Serve!

Filipino Media Noche Favorite Dishes

Just several days more and we will be welcoming a new year!

There are many interesting superstitions and beliefs for Filipinos during New Year’s Eve and New Years Day. They say these will bring them a prosperous New Year. For example, they say if you want to grow taller, you have to jump twelve time when you get up. On the New Year’s Eve, you have to wear polka dots which signifies coins (for wealth). When the clock strucks 12:00 midnight, make as much noice as you can to drive away bad spirits, thus some uses firecrackers, blow trumpets, rev up their engines, and even use the pots as gongs!

When it comes to “Media Noche”, we also believe in serving 12 kinds of round fruits (some also believe that the seeds should not be black), and of course, different dishes for abundance.

We have listed several dishes that we have featured in FSR so you can easily choose which one you want to serve for your friends and family:

Pasta:
Spaghetti Carbonara

Meaty Spaghetti

Pansit Bihon Canton Guisado

Desserts:
Fruit Salad

Mango Float Graham

Gelatin

Rice Cakes:
Biko(Filipino Sweet Sticky Rice)

Sapin Sapin

Maja Blanca

Pork:
Lechon Baboy (Roasted Pig)

Pork Hamonado Roll

Grilled Pork Belly

Beef:
Baby Back Ribs

Beef Caldereta

Fish/Seafood:
Relyenong Bangus

Breaded Butterfly Shrimp

Garlic Cream Dory

Buttered Shrimp with Garlic

Baked Cream Dory

Chicken:
Pininyahang Manok

Chicken Ham and Cheese Roll

Shrimp Marinara


Ingredients:
500 fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined
350 grams spaghetti pasta
Parmesan cheese for garnishing
Fresh chopped basil for garnishing
Garlic bread

Marinara Sauce:
3 cups crushed tomatoes
3 cups tomato sauce
2 teaspoons garlic, minced
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon chili flakes/powder
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
3 tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a large pot, prepare the pasta based on cooking instructions. Set aside.

Part 2
1. In a saucepan, heat oil then saute garlic until golden brown.
2. Add shrimp then sprinkle with salt, cook until color turns to pink.
3. Transfer half of shrimp to a plate and set aside.

Part 3
1. In a same pan, add crushed tomatoes and tomato sauce. Bring to boil.
2. Add dried oregano, basil, parsley, chili, and Parmesan cheese.
3. Adjust seasoning according to taste then stir cook over low heat until mixture thickens.
4. Put back remaining shrimp then stir. Remove from heat.

Part 4
1. Toss marinara sauce with the cooked pasta.
2. Transfer to serving plate then sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and chopped basil.
3. Serve with garlic bread.

Spaghetti Pesto with Grilled Chicken


Ingredients:
200 grams spaghetti pasta
1/4 kilo chicken breasts or fillet
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
1/2 teaspoon Spanish paprika
salt and pepper to taste

Pesto Sauce:
3/4 cups fresh basil leaves, chopped
3 tablespoons pine nuts or roasted pili nuts or walnuts
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Procedures:
Part 1
1. Pound chicken breasts then season with salt, garlic powder, cumin, paprika and ground pepper.
2. Grill for 20 minutes or until cooked.
3. Let it cool then cut into strips. Set aside.

Part 2
1. In a large pot, prepare pasta based on cooking instructions. Drain and set aside.

Part 3
1. In a food processor or blender, process chopped basil, pine nuts, salt and pepper until blended.
2. Add extra-virgin olive oil then continue blending until combined. Add more olive oil if needed.
3. Pour on spaghetti pasta the toss until coat evenly.

Part 4
1. Transfer spaghetti pesto into serving plate.
2. Top with grilled chicken slices then garnish with chopped basil.
3. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese then serve with garlic bread. Enjoy!

Spaghetti Carbonara


Ingredients:
500 grams spaghetti noodles
1 can evaporated milk
250 ml all purpose cream
1 can creamed of mushroom soup
200 grams sweet ham
1 head garlic, minced
1 onion, minced
1 teaspoon ground pepper
2 tablespoons butter
250 grams grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoon parsley, chopped(optional)

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a large pot, prepare the pasta based on cooking instructions. Set aside.

Part 2
1. In a pan, melt butter then fry the ham until crisp. Remove and set aside.

Part 3
1. In a same pan, saute garlic and onion. Add fried ham.
2. Add evaporated milk and creamed mushroom soup.
3. Add the all purpose cream and grated parmesan cheese. Sprinkle with ground pepper then stir and bring to boil. Add more evaporated milk or a cup of water if the sauce is too creamy or salty.
4. Simmer until beginning to thicken. Remove from heat.

Part 4
1. Prepare pasta on pasta tray then pour creamy sauce. Top with remaining ham, grated Parmesan cheese and parsley.