The Difference: Naporitan vs. Spaghetti Meat Sauce

Spaghetti with meat sauce is one of the pasta dishes most commonly eaten in Japanese households. As you know, it is not a Japanese dish but originated in Italy.

As with spaghetti meat sauce, Naporitan (ナポリタン) is also a pasta dish very familiar to us Japanese, widely enjoyed in Japan.

Naporitan vs. Spaghetti Meat Sauce

By the way, have you ever heard of the pasta dish Naporitan?

It is similar to spaghetti with meat sauce because Naporitan, too, uses a tomato-based sauce. 

But how do they differ in detail?

Naporitan (ナポリタン)

Naporitan Japanese Pasta Dish

First and foremost, Naporitan is a pasta dish a Japanese chef created, which doesn’t exist in Italy.

As for the cooking, ingredients such as bacon, onions, and green peppers are first fried together in a shallow pan with olive oil.

Then, after adding tomatoes and tomato ketchup, boiled spaghetti noodles are mixed with the tomato sauce and seasoned with salt and pepper.

Spaghetti Meat Sauce 

Spaghetti Meat Sauce Italian Pasta Dish

Meanwhile, Known as “ragù alla bolognese” in Italian, Meat Sauce mainly consists of tomato sauce, minced meat, and chopped onions.

As for the preparation of Spaghetti Meat Sauce, after boiling spaghetti noodles in salt water, Meat Sauce is poured onto the prepared noodles.

(Reference Pages: Wikipedia ナポリタン, ミートソース )


Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. For the purpose of enriching your life, I would like to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures, and facts and trivia.

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