The variety of pasta dishes are countless and still rising. And there is a dish for every color. (Yup, blue pasta) Having the same color, doesn’t mean it’s the same. For red, for example, there is tomato, marinara, and meat sauce.
Here in the Philippines, as long as the pasta dish is white, it is called Carbonara. No Mushroom sauce or Alfredo. Just Carbonara, as long as it’s white.
So growing up, I never really. knew what Carbonara sauce is made of. Bacon? Mushrooms? Tuna? Cheese and Cream? The Philippines truly is a deceiving country.
Now for Spaghetti. In the Philippines, that means Spaghetti with tomato meat sauce. Because it is such a depressing almost staple food in Filipino parties, I address it as ‘iSpaghetti’. That’s pretty much how Filipinos pronounce it.
A close relative of the ispaghetti is the baked mac. The filipino definition of that will be “macaroni with tomato with meat sauce topped with cheese (baked or not baked) yep, being baked is not a requirement for being called baked mac.
Another funny thing is when it isn’t ispaghetti or carbonara or baked mac (or lasagne), it is called Pasta.
So going to the word Spaghetti, it is the name of the Pasta. Not the sauce.
I Love Weirdness.