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 from Italy.

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

How Naporitan differs from Spaghetti Meat Sauce

By the way, have you ever heard of the pasta dish Naporitan? It is actually similar in appearance to spaghetti with meat sauce because, like spaghetti meat sauce, Naporitan uses a tomato-based sauce.

Today, for people who know little about Naporitan, here I will give an overview of how the Japanese pasta dish differs from spaghetti meat sauce.

Naporitan (ナポリタン)

Naporitan Japanese Pasta Dish

Actually, Naporitan is a pasta dish that was created by a Japanese chef and can’t be seen in Italy.

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

Next, tomatoes and tomato ketchup are added and then boiled spaghetti noodles are mixed with the tomato sauce and seasoned with salt and pepper.

Spaghetti Meat Sauce 

Spaghetti Meat Sauce Italian Pasta Dish

Meat Sauce is referred to as “ragù alla bolognese” in Italian and, as you know, consists mainly of tomato sauce, minced meat, and chopped onions.

As for the preparation of this Italian-style pasta dish, first, spaghetti noodles are boiled in saltwater, and then the meat sauce is poured onto the boiled 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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