Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Vigan Longganisa Pasta

I got this idea (Vigan Longganisa Pasta) from eating at Aveneto. We ordered the Hungarian Sausage Pasta, considered to be one of their bestsellers. It had spaghettini in olive oil with slices of hungarian sausage, slivers of garlic, dried basil and parmesan cheese. Whenever I dine out, I always try to figure out what's in the food and how they cook it.  I thought that I could use any kind of sausage for this pasta dish. So to put a Filipino stamp on an Italian dish, I used Vigan Longganisa. I've always like this kind of sausage because it's garlicky and really flavorful. Luckily, I was able to buy an organic Vigan Longganisa, which is available in Centris Sunday Market. Here is my recipe:


400 grams Spaghettini or Angel Hair
250 grams Vigan Longganisa, remove the casing
1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) plus more for drizzling
20 cloves garlic, smashed and chopped
1/2 tablespoon dried basil
1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley
Salt & Pepper to taste
Parmesan cheese


  1. In a large pan, boil 5 liters of water and season it with salt (about a 1/2 tablespoon). Once it reaches boiling point, add a tablespoon of oil, then add the pasta. Cook the pasta according to package. For this spaghettini to be al dente, it took 8 minutes. Drain and rinse the pasta with cold water (to stop the cooking process) and drain again. Drizzle it with a little Extra Virgin Olive Oil so the pasta will not stick together. 
  2. In another pan, saute the garlic in Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Add the Vigan Longganisa to the pan. Cook the meat until it is brown. Season it with salt & pepper. 
  3. Over low heat, add the noodles, dried basil, salt & pepper to the pan. Stir well until noodles are well-coated with the 'sauce.' Remove from fire. 
  4. Top the pasta with parmesan cheese and parsley. 



You can use any kind of sausage for the pasta , like Hungarian Sausage, Italian Sausage or Lucban Longganisa.


I had a joint birthday celebrations with my high school buddies, Che and Blue, whose birthdays fall a few days after mine. To have more time to catch up with my old pals, we had a slumber party. 

Like I've said before, I think about a theme when I'm hosting a party or crafting a menu. My friend, Blue, asked me to cook for them the Bagoong Fried Rice with lots of green mangoes. Green Mangoes with Bagoong has always been a staple in my high school buddies get-together. So I thought that it would be a starting point for the other dishes in the menu. It would be perfect to have Thai cuisine on the table. 

Dinner Menu
Green Mangoes & Bagoong
Crispy Fish Flakes (Steamed Hito then flaked and fried)
Pad Thai (Rice Noodles with Tamarind Sauce, Shrimp, Bean Sprouts, Egg and Cilantro)
Mango Pandan (a refrigerated cake - layers of graham crackers, cream, condensed milk and mangoes topped with pandan gelatin)
Estrel's Caramel Cake as our birthday cake
Home-made Lemon Iced Tea

The food kept us through our endless chatter till the wee hours of the morning. As always with slumber party, there is very little sleep involved. After a few hours, the sun was up and I was happy to break fast with my dear friends. I had another surprise waiting for them. 

Breakfast Menu
Home-made Beef Tapa
Adobo Flakes
Sunny-side ups
Garlic Rice
Freshly Brewed Coffee

It was great to have my friends around and share meals with them. I had another memorable party with my dear old friends. Thank you for celebrating my birthday with me!