|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 19g||24%|
|Saturated Fat 5g||24%|
|Total Carbohydrate 75g||27%|
|Dietary Fiber 5g||17%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Spaghetti napolitan, also known as spaghetti naporitan, is a Japanese-style pasta dish made with a sauce that is tomato ketchup-based. This particular style of Japanese pasta is considered "yoshoku" cuisine, or western cuisine with unique Japanese influences. Another term for Japanese style pasta is "wafu pasta".
The recipe for spaghetti napolitan is unique in that sliced onions and green bell peppers are sautéed with either ham (lunch meat style) or bacon and then tossed with spaghetti noodles and tomato ketchup. Finally, it's simply seasoned with salt and black pepper, and served with hot sauce for those that enjoy a bit of spice.
Spaghetti napolitan was created by Head Chef Shigetada Irie at the New Grand Hotel in Yokohama, Japan shortly after the end of World War II. It was named napolitan, or napoli, after Naples, Italy. It is believed that this recipe was inspired by the spaghetti and tomato sauce dish that the U.S. troops were eating overseas. Interestingly, in order to make Japanese-style spaghetti napolitan properly, tomato ketchup must be used as the base for the sauce, and not tomato sauce or puree.
This dish is quite easy to prepare and can be made in under 30 minutes. It is often served at home, but it is also a standard "wafu pasta" menu item at cafes in Japan.
- For the Noodles:
- 8 cups water
- 1/2 tablespoon salt
- 7 ounces dried spaghetti noodles
- For the Napolitan Sauce:
- 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
- 1 green bell pepper (thinly sliced)
- 1/2 small onion (thinly sliced)
- 1/4 pound sausage (or ham; sliced)
- Salt (to taste)
- Black pepper (to taste)
- 1/3 cup ketchup
- 2 teaspoons butter
- Garnish: chopped parsley
- Serving suggestion: hot sauce (Tabasco or Tapatio brands for example)
Gather the ingredients.
In a large pot over high heat, combine about 8 cups of water and 1/2 tablespoon of salt. Bring to a boil and cook the spaghetti according to package directions until al dente, about 7 minutes. (The pasta will be cooked once more with the sauce.)
Drain the noodles well and set aside.
In a large skillet over medium heat, heat the vegetable oil. Stir-fry the bell pepper, onion, and sausage until softened. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Add the drained spaghetti to the skillet and toss gently with the vegetables and sausage.
Add ketchup and stir-fry the spaghetti, coating all of the ingredients.
Mix butter in with the pasta, add salt and pepper, if necessary, to taste. Remove from heat.
Garnish with chopped parsley and serve with hot sauce if you like. Enjoy.
- Feel free to add other veggies in, such as mushrooms, peas, or whatever you desire.
- Sprinkle some Parmesan cheese on top in place of the hot sauce.
- Omit the meat and make it a vegetarian dish.