Tony’s Two Spaghetti Speciale

With thanks to the famous scene from Lady and the Tramp, I’ve recreated Tony’s two spaghetti speciale, and it’s heavy on the meatballs too.

Servings

2

Ready In:

35 mins

Good For:

Dinner

Inspiration from

Lady and the Tramp

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. 

 

Lady and the Tramp's Spaghetti Speciale

Ingredients

  • 0.5 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 250g Spaghetti
  • 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
  • 50g Mozzarella
  • Fresh Basil Leaves
  • Parmesan (optional)

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!

Source

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.

Lady and the Tramp Ingredients for Spaghetti Speciale
Lady and the Tramp Ingredients for Spaghetti Speciale
Lady and the Tramp Ingredients for Spaghetti Speciale
Lady and the Tramp Ingredients for Spaghetti Speciale

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

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.

Step 2

Fry some oil in another saucepan and add the onion and garlic for 5 minutes to soften them

Step 3

Fry your meatballs for 10 minutes or until they are brown. Then add your bell peppers for a further 5 minutes until soft

Step 4

Mix in your stock, tomato purée, chopped tomatoes and the herb mixture (Check the Ingredients texts for what to add to your herb mixture). Keep stirring until the mixture is boiling, then lower the heat to simmer.

Step 5

Once cooked, drain your spaghetti. Plate up the spaghetti and add your meatballs and sauce after, making sure to distribute the meatballs equally. 

Step 6

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.

Tony’s Two Spaghetti Speciale

“This is the night, it’s a beautiful night and we call it Bella Notte.” Inspired by Lady and the Tramp, I’ve recreated Tony’s two spaghetti speciale, and it’s heavy on the meatballs too!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Lady and the Tramp, Meatballs, Spaghetti
Servings: 2 people

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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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