Cook This: The Best Spaghetti in the World

Yes, it has been done (perhaps overly so) many times before; none more sweetly than in the Disney classic, Lady and the Tramp. An ideal romantic meal for two, this recipe for spaghetti is far less labor intensive than it appears to be at first glance, and extremely delicious!

Bon appétit!


12 oz spaghetti pasta (or preferred pasta)

Meatballs Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 lb ground beef
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce, more if desired;
  • 1 large beaten egg,
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs,
  • 1/4 cup fresh grated Parmesan or Romano cheese
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

Sauce Ingredients:

  • 3 Tbsp olive oil,
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried hot pepper flakes
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup of beef stock,
  • 1 large (28 oz) can diced tomatoes
  • A Tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 10 fresh basil leaves, finely sliced
  • Some more grated cheese, like Parmesan or Romano, for serving


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. While the recipe is being prepared, boil water for the pasta.
  3. At the moment it starts to boil, add salt and pasta; cook pasta as per package instructions, to your taste.
  4. Mix your beef and the Worcestershire, the beaten egg, bread crumbs, grated cheese, pressed-in garlic, salt and pepper in a bowl.
  5. Roll this meat mixture into 1 1/2 inch sized meatballs and place on a nonstick cookie sheet
  6. Bake the balls in the oven 10 to 12 minutes, until no longer pink.
  7. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add oil, pepper, crushed garlic and chopped onion slices.
  8. Sauté for 6 minutes, until onion is soft.
  9. Add diced tomatoes, beef stock, and herb spices. Simmer for about 10 minutes.
  10. Add meatballs to spaghetti sauce at this point.
  11. Remembering presentation is very important, place pasta on each dinner plate, place meatballs strategically over the pasta then top with sauce and add some more grated cheese.
  12. Serve spaghetti meatballs with some good Italian wine; but this goes without saying!

Enough for 4 portions.

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