A light yet full dish with plenty of flavours depicting the battle between Pinocchio, Gepetto and Monstro.
Tony’s Two Spaghetti Speciale
Ready In:35 mins
Let’s start with something easy. Spaghetti Meatballs from Lady and the Tramp. It’s a classic and it’s amazing! Although set in Missouri, this Italian classic, conjured up by Tony and Joe of Tony’s Restaurant, is the stepping stone for Lady and Tramp’s relationship to blossom and sets the scene for a beautiful song, Bella Notte.
My version of the Spaghetti Supreme adds a thick bolognese sauce, a scattering of mozzarella and some juicy red peppers. Whereas most would add Worcestershire sauce to the sauce I’ve added mine to the Spaghetti, giving the pasta a little bit of extra flavouring, in case you want to attempt the iconic spaghetti kiss.
0.5 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
12 Beef Meatballs
200ml Beef Stock
Half an Onion (Diced)
2 cloves of Garlic (Minced)
1 Red Bell Pepper
400ml Chopped Tomatoes
1 tbsp Tomato Purée
2 tbsp Dried Herb Mixture
Fresh Basil Leaves
12 Meatballs might seem quite a lot for a dish for two people, but I reference a quote from the movie:
Tony: Hey, Joe! Butch-a he say he wants-a two spaghetti speciale, heavy on the meats-a ball.
Joe: Tony, dogs-a don’t a-talk!
Tony: He’s a-talkin’ to me!
Joe: Okay, he’s a-talkin’ to you! You the boss!
Now with Dried Herb Mixture, I’ve mixed some dried basil, parsley, oregano, parmesan and tomato flakes together to form an Italian flavour to add to the bolognese sauce. You can optionally add Parmesan to top the sauce instead of adding it in with the herbs.
Step by Step Instructions
Step 1Boil water add some salt and your Worcestershire sauce before adding your spaghetti.
Step 2Fry some oil and add your onion and garlic to soften them. Fry your meatballs until brown, then add your bell peppers until soft.
Step 3Mix in your stock, tomato purée, chopped tomatoes and herb mixture. Stir often until boiling then simmer
Step 4Plate up the spaghetti and add your meatballs and sauce after, making sure to distribute the meatballs equally. Add your torn up mozzarella and basil leaves on top. Slightly push the mozzarella into the sauce to allow it to melt. Optionally sprinkle some parmesan on top
Tony’s Two Spaghetti Speciale
- 0.5 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
- 250 g Spaghetti
- 12 Beef Meatballs
- 200 ml Beef Stock
- 0.5 Onion diced
- 2 cloves Garlic minced
- 1 Red Bell Pepper
- 400 ml Chopped Tomatoes
- 1 tbsp Dried Herb Mixture
- 50 g Mozzarella
- Fresh Basil
- Parmesan optional
- Boil water in a saucepan on the hob and then add some salt and your Worcestershire sauce. Once the water is boiling, add the spaghetti.
- Fry some oil in another saucepan and add the onion and garlic for 5 minutes to soften them
- Fry your meatballs for 10 minutes or until they are brown. Then add your bell peppers for a further 5 minutes until soft
- Mix in your stock, tomato purée, chopped tomatoes and the herb mixture. Keep stirring until the mixture is boiling, then lower the heat to simmer.
- Once cooked, drain your spaghetti. Plate up the spaghetti and add your meatballs and sauce after, making sure to distribute the meatballs equally.
- Finally, add the torn up mozzarella and basil leaves on top. Slightly push the mozzarella into the sauce so that it melts into the mixture. Additionally you can sprinkle some parmesan on top, however this is optional.
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