Lady and the Tramp has been one of Charlotte’s favorite movies since she was a baby. We’re paying tribute to the classic “Bella Notte” scene with our Tony’s Spaghetti & Meatballs – the perfect meal for a couple of lovers.
Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 medium onion, finely chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, diced
- 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes, juice drained and reserved
- 1/3 cup tomato paste
- 1 tablespoon fresh basil leaves, chopped
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano leaves
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 cup plain bread crumbs
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1/2 pound lean ground beef
- 1/2 pound mild Italian sausage
- 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese, plus additional for serving
- 1 large egg
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground basil
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground oregano
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground thyme
- 4-5 ounces thin spaghetti
For the sauce:
Pour olive oil into large skillet. Add 1/3 of chopped onion and cook over medium heat until soft and translucent, about 5-6 minutes. Add 2 cloves garlic and cook for 1 additional minute.
Add tomatoes to onion and garlic mixture and stir well to combine. Stir in tomato paste. If necessary, thin sauce with a small amount of reserved tomato juice, ensuring not to add too much. Add basil and oregano and stir well. Simmer until tomatoes have broken down, about 15 minutes.
Transfer 3/4 of sauce to food processor or purée using immersion blender until desired consistency is reached. Return to skillet and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
For the meatballs:
Preheat oven to 400°F and move racks to low and middle settings. Prepare two baking sheets by lining with aluminum foil and spraying with cooking spray.
While sauce is cooking, place breadcrumbs in small bowl and add milk. Stir to combine and set aside for 5-10 minutes.
Once breadcrumbs have softened, combine ground beef, sausage, cheese, remaining chopped onion, 2 cloves garlic, eggs, basil, oregano, salt, pepper and bread crumb mixture in large bowl with spoon or hands until well incorporated.
Form meatball mixture into 1 1/2″ balls and place on prepared baking sheets, ensuring to leave space between meatballs. Bake for 20-22 minutes, flipping meatballs and rotating baking sheets halfway through.
For the spaghetti:
Towards ends of meatball baking time, cook spaghetti according to package instructions. Drain and return to pot.
To plate, top spaghetti with sauce and desired number of meatballs. Sprinkle top with parmesan cheese.
ORANGE & FIELD TIP: We think the perfect finish to this romantic meal would be our Tiramisu for Two. We’re sure Tony would approve.