Serve Spaghetti and Meatballs for Two

Serve Spaghetti and Meatballs for Two to have your romantic Lady and the Tramp moment at home!

Serve Spaghetti and Meatballs for Two to have your romantic Lady and the Tramp moment at home!

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When I think of romantic meals, the first thing that comes to mind is that very famous scene in Lady & The Tramp when they share a big plate of spaghetti and meatballs. It’s so cute!

Serve Spaghetti and Meatballs for Two to have your romantic Lady and the Tramp moment at home!

Serve Spaghetti and Meatballs for Two to have your romantic Lady and the Tramp moment at home!

If you’re in the mood to recreate your own romantic spaghetti moment, then this recipe is perfect for you. I’m not a big go-out-on-the-town type of person for Valentine’s Day. I’d much rather stay in and cook a meal at home. For Valentine’s Day, I always want something comforting and warm and easy to throw together. This recipe for Spaghetti & Meatballs fits the bill perfectly!

Serve Spaghetti and Meatballs for Two to have your romantic Lady and the Tramp moment at home!

Spaghetti and Meatballs

Spaghetti and Meatballs recipe

Create the romantic Lady and the Tramp moment at home with Spaghetti and Meatballs for two. (Recipe Credit: Adrianna Adarme of the Fresh Tastes blog)

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Ingredients

  • For the Meatballs:
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 2 tablespoon bread crumbs
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced Italian parsley 
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper
  • 2 tablespoons grated parmesan
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • For the Sauce:
  • 1 1/2 cup marinara sauce or crushed tomatoes
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper 
  • Salt to taste
  • For the Spaghetti:
  • 1/2 pound spaghetti 
  • Italian parsley or basil, for garnish
  • Parmesan cheese, for garnish

Directions

  1. To a medium bowl, mix together the ground beef, bread crumbs, minced shallot, garlic cloves, Italian parsley, egg yolk, crushed red pepper, grated cheese and salt.
  2. Using your hands, roll a few tablespoons (or 2 ounces) into a ball. Repeat until all meatballs are formed. You should end up with about 6 to 7 meatballs.
  3. To sear the meatballs, add a few tablespoons of oil to the sauté pan. When the oil is hot, gently add the meatballs and sear on all sides for about 1-2 minutes per side, until golden brown. Transfer them to a bed of paper towels to drain. Repeat until you've seared all of the meatballs, adding more oil if the pan as needed. Dump out the oil and in the same medium pot, add the tomato sauce or crushed red tomatoes.
  4. Add the garlic clove and crushed red pepper, and 1/4 cup of water; mix and cover the pot, cooking the tomato sauce over low heat for about 15 minutes.
  5. Add the meatballs to the tomato sauce and cook for an additional 10-15 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. When boiling, add the pasta and cook until al dente, or according to the package’s instructions. To serve, toss the cooked pasta with a few big spoonfuls of sauce. Divide the pasta between bowls, top with a few meatballs and garnish with a sprinkling of Italian parsley and/or basil and some Parmesan-Reggiano.

Yield: 2 servings


Adrianna Adarme - PBS Food Fresh Tastes BloggerAdrianna Adarme is a food blogger and author living in Los Angeles, California. She writes the blog A Cozy Kitchen, where she shares comforting, everyday recipes from her kitchen. She recently authored her first cookbook, PANCAKES: 72 Sweet and Savory Recipes for the Perfect Stack. She’s a lover of breakfast, pie (and sometimes even pie for breakfast), corgis and cute things. You can find her on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook.