Tomato and Basil Salad with Crouton


Ingredients:
200 grams croutons
6-8 ripe tomatoes, diced
1 red onions, chopped
1 tablespoon capers
3 tablespoons black olives, sliced
a bunch of fresh basil, torn into pieces

Dressing:
8 tablespoons olive oil
1 clove garlic, chopped
4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon sugar
salt and pepper to taste

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a bowl, combine olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, salt, ground pepper, and sugar. Set aside.

Part 2
1. In a bowl, combine croutons, basil, tomatoes, onions, capers and black olives.
2. Pour dressing over the salad then toss before serving.

Cream Dory in Red Sauce


Ingredients:
2 pieces whole cream dory fillet, halves
2 tomatoes, cubed
1/2 cup tomato paste
4 tablespoons calamansi/lemon juice
2 tablespoons sliced black olives
1 tablespoon capers
3 garlic, minced
1 onion, chopped
1/2 teaspoon ginger powder
1 teaspoon sugar
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 teaspoon dried basil flakes (optional)
chopped spring onions for garnishing

Procedures:
Part 1
1. Marinate fillet into ginger powder, salt, ground pepper and calamansi juice for 15 minutes. Drain.

Part 2
1. In a frying pan, heat oil then fry marinated fillet until light brown. Drain and set aside into serving plate.

Part 3
1. In a sauce pan, heat oil then saute garlic, onion, and tomatoes until soft.
2. Add black olives, capers, chili flakes, tomato paste, and water. Stir and bring to boil.
3. Season with sugar, salt, and pepper to taste. Simmer until the sauce reduced.
4. Pour the sauce on top of fillet then garnish with spring onions. Serve with steamed rice.

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.

Mushroom and Tomato Pasta

Filipino Style Recipe: Mushroom and Tomato Pasta is an easy and simple pasta dish consist of linguine pasta and a creamy white sauce with mushrooms, tomatoes and cheese.

Ingredients:
250 grams linguine
2 tablespoon butter
5 cloves garlic, miced
5 pieces tomatoes, chopped
1 cups oyster mushroom, torn into 2-3 pieces
1 pack (250 ml) all purpose cream
1 piece chicken bullion dissolved in 1/2 cup water
1/4 cup Parmesan or Cheddar cheese
1 tablespoon oil
salt and pepper to taste
1 teaspoon dried basil flakes (optional)

Procedures:
Part 1
1. Cook pasta according to package instruction. Drain.
2. Sprinkle with oil to avoid from sticking and set aside.

Part 2
1. In a pan over medium heat, saute garlic in butter until translucent.
2. Add tomatoes and cook for 5 minutes or until the tomatoes are soft and the juices comes out.
3. Add the mushrooms and cook for about 3 minutes.
4. Add the all purpose cream and chicken broth, reduce heat and let it simmer uncovered until liquid is reduced and the sauce is a bit thickened.
5. Add the cheese and season with salt and pepper.
6. Scoop the sauce over pasta, top with cheese and basil.

Spicy Pork Tomato Meat Sauce

Filipino Style Recipe: Spicy Pork Tomato Meat Sauce is a simple and easy recipe that consists of ground pork cooked in tomato sauce, bell peppers, cumin and olives then season with salt and pepper.

Estimated time of preparation: 10 minutes.
Estimated time of cooking: 30 minutes.
Good for 3-4 persons.

Ingredients:
1/2 kilo ground pork, pre-boiled
1 green bell pepper, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, chopped
2 pieces bay leaves
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1 small pack tomato paste
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
2 tablespoons black olives
1/4 teaspoon dried chili flakes
1 tablespoon capers (optional)
salt and pepper to taste

Procedures:
1. In a casserole, heat oil then saute garlic, onion and bell pepper.
2. Add ground meat then continue cooking until light brown.
3. Add tomato sauce, water, cumin, bay leaves and parsley then simmer for 8-10 minutes.
4. Add olives, capers, chili flakes, salt and pepper then mix well.
5. Transfer to serving bowl then garnish with parsley. Serve immediately with steamed rice.

Cheesy Baked Pasta

Filipino Style Recipe: Cheesy Baked Pasta is another mouth-watering pasta dish made with beef, bell peppers, sausages and red sauce. The pasta and beef mixture tossed together then sprinkled with grated cheese. Baked in a preheated oven until the cheese is melted.

Estimated time of preparation: 15 minutes
Estimated time of cooking: 30 minutes
Good for 8 persons

Ingredients:
400 grams fusilli or spiral pasta
500 grams ground beef
7-8 pieces jumbo hotdogs, sliced diagonally
2 green bell peppers, diced
600 grams tomato sauce
1 large white onion, minced
4 cloves garlic, minced
175 grams mozzarella or quick melt cheese, grated
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 pan, heat oil then saute onion and garlic, add ground beef the stir cook until light brown.
2. Add the hotdogs and half of the bell pepper, season with salt and pepper then simmer for 2-3 minutes.
3. In a large bowl, combine pasta, beef mixture and tomato sauce then toss to combine.

Part 3.
1. In a 9 x 13 inch baking pan, spread the pasta and beef mixture evenly.
2. Arrange the remaining bell peppers then top with shredded cheese.
3. Bake in preheated oven over 300 degrees Fahrenheit for 15-20 minutes or until cheese is melted.
4. Remove from the oven then serve immediately together with garlic bread.

Pasta Marinara

Filipino Style Recipe: Pasta Marinara is an Italian dish that has become popular in the Philippines. The sauce is consists of tomato paste, tomatoes, and bell pepper. This is commonly prepared over or toss with pasta then sprinkle with grated cheese.

Estimated time of preparation: 5 minutes
Estimated time of cooking: 30 minutes
Good for 4-5 persons

Ingredients:
400 grams Fusilli pasta or any pasta
4 cloves garlic
1 medium onion, chopped
6 tomatoes, diced
1 small pack tomato paste
1 bell pepper, diced (optional)
1/4 cup water
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, saute onion and garlic then add bell pepper. Continue sauteing for 2 minutes.
2. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste and water and keep stirring until the mixture is boiling.
3. Cover with lid and simmer for 20 minutes or until the tomatoes are soft. Stir occasionally to avoid sticking.
4. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.
5. Remove from heat and toss with the cooked pasta. Sprinkle with grated cheese then serve.

Note:
1. You may also add seafood like shrimps or squid if you prefer.

Spicy Tuna Pasta

Filipino Style Recipe: Spicy tuna pasta is another easy and simple pasta dish. It is consists of sauteed spicy tuna flakes with tomatoes, chili, garlic, onion and parsley then stir cook together with pasta until done. Spicy tuna pasta is usually serve as meryenda(mid-afternoon snack) or in any special occasion.

Ingredients:
250 grams linguine or any pasta
1 can(185 grams) spicy tuna flakes, drained
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, minced
2 tomatoes, diced
1/4 teaspoon chili flakes or chopped bird’s eye chili
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese(optional)
2 tablespoons sliced black olives(optional)
1 tablespoon capers(optional)

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

Part 2
1. In a pan, heat olive oil then saute garlic and onion until translucent.
2. Add tomatoes and tuna then continue sauteing for 5 minutes.
3. Add black olives, capers and chili then season with salt and pepper.
4. Add pasta and parsley then stir cook for a minute. Turn off the heat.
5. Arrange spicy tuna pasta into serving plate then sprinkle remaining parsley and top with grated cheese. Serve!

Pasta Puttanesca

Filipino Style Recipe: pasta puttanesca is an Italian dish that has become popular in the Philippines. The sauce is consists of tomato paste, tomatoes, olives, mushrooms, capers, cheese and anchovy. This is commonly prepared over or toss with pasta then sprinkle with grated cheese.

Estimated time of preparation: 5 minutes
Estimated time of cooking: 30 minutes
Good for 4 persons

Ingredients:
400 grams spaghetti pasta
1 pack(560 grams) tomato paste or spaghetti sauce
5 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons anchovy flakes(reserved oil)
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, chopped
1 can(115 grams) button mushrooms, sliced
1/2 cup black olives, sliced
3 tablespoons capers, drained
1/2 teaspoon chili pepper flakes
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese(reserve half for garnishing)

3 pieces tomatoes, chopped(optional)
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped(optional)

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

Part 2
1. In a pan, heat anchovy oil and olive oil then saute garlic and onion until translucent.
2. Add tomatoes and mushrooms then continue sauteing for 5 minutes.
3. Add tomato paste then bring to boil. Add a little water if necessary.
4. Add the rest of ingredients then season with salt and pepper.
5. Cook for 2 minutes or until beginning to thicken.
6. Arrange pasta into serving plate then pour the sauce and toss. Top with grated cheese. Serve!

Notes:
1. If you don’t have anchovy, you may use bagoong na isda as alternative.