Tuyo Pasta

I accidentally created this dish marrying two Filipino favorite ingredients. The ” tuyo” ( dried fish) and noodles aka spaghetti. My invention of this dish started one day, I was feeling a bit hungry so I went to the kitchen to see what can I eat, when I reached the refrigerator, to my dismay, saw nothing but tomatoes and leftover tuyo from yesterday’s breakfast. I am not in the mood to eat rice with tuyo because it’s snack time and I want something different to fill me. I went to our grocery cabinet and found nothing but dried spaghetti pasta. Being a food network viewer, I knew that Italians have their spaghetti anchovies… so why not replace it with our very own ” tuyo “?  To make a long story short, I concocted my own recipe from the original spaghetti anchovies. I have two versions of this recipe.   The original, which has less ingredients because those were the only ingredients literally available for me at that time, and the other recipe which I elaborated more because I made it for special occasion.

My original tuyo pasta ingredients:

  • tuyo ( fried and shredded)
  • tomatoes ( diced)
  • garlic ( minced)
  • cooked pasta
  • cooking oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

I did not put the quantity for each ingredient because for me, it depends on who will eat this dish. There is no right or wrong in cooking, everyone has their own taste.  I for example,  I love garlic and tomatoes so I add a lot of it.  First thing I do is heat the pan with oil and add the tomatoes and tuyo. When the it becomes a little thick,  I add the garlic and let it simmer for a bit. Turn the fire off and add the cooked spaghetti  add salt and pepper to taste.

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My Special tuyo pasta

  • tuyo ( fried and shredded)
  • tomatoes ( dices) since its for special occasion i brought the can tomato (dices) to ensure the ripeness
  • garlic ( mince)
  • cooked pasta
  • cooking oil (olive oil )
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • black olives ( slices)
  • eggplant ( boiled and shredded)
  • basil dried and fresh for garnish

The instructions are the same as before, put all the ingredients together add the garlic last and the dried basil..put some fresh basil for garnish, and enjoy your tuyo pasta.

I hope you try this recipe of mine. When I first served this recipe at my grandmother’s party, my family was hesitant because they never heard anything like this before.  But when they tasted it, they kept asking me for the recipe… even as I shared it with them, to this day they still prefer that I cook this for them instead.

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