Spaghetti & Meatballs Recipe

Spaghetti & Meatballs Recipe

An Italian classic thats adapted to the taste buds of the British, spaghetti and meatballs will make everyone happy around the dinner table. Check out our recipe for some of the best meatballs you've ever had.

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If a romantic meal is what you're looking for this Men Make Dinner Day then this recipe for Lady and the Tramp Spaghetti & Meatballs will be right up your street. Courtesy of Simone Williams at Perfect Cellar this will have you and your partner slurping up spaghetti in no time. Just don't eat it off of a dustbin lid like the film, I don't think your date will appreciate that.

Here at Idle HQ we have decided to give you something a little different. Other than Bonfire Night, the 5th of November is host to something else, Men Make Dinner Day. This day is purely dedicated to men making the dinner for their friends or partners, so it's time to put your apron on, cook up a storm in the kitchen and get your creative hats on because you'll want to cook to impress!

Men Make Dinner Day was started by Sandy Sharkey and she's been pushing men off of the sofa and into the kitchen to their partners' cries of joy. So lads, put down the beer and the remote and pick up a whisk, you never know, you may even like it!

We have teamed up with some of the best restaurants, food bloggers and chefs to create a fantastic e-Book filled with amazing recipes from mac and cheese to haute cuisine - so whether you're feeling fancy or like to keep it simple then there is a recipe in this book for you.

Get the latest from Perfect Cellar by following them on Twitter | Instagram and check out the rest of our Men Make Dinner Day recipes here.

Lady and the Tramp Spaghetti & Meatballs

Treat the lady to a taste of Italy with easy-peasy meatballs in a rich and boozy tomato sauce!

Best Served With

Italian cuisine needs Italian wine so we’ve chosen a smooth Valpolicella Ripasso from organic producer, Corte Sant' Alda.


  • 1 pound ground sirloin
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh onion
  • 2 tablespoons dry breadcrumbs
  • Salt & pepper to season
  • 1 large egg white, lightly beaten
  • 400g chopped tomatoes
  • A big squeeze of tomato puree
  • 150ml red wine
  • 1tbs oil
  • 225g dried pasta
  • 5 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 5 tablespoons chopped fresh basil


Combine the mincemeat, onions, breadcrumbs and 2 tablespoons of pasta sauce in a medium bowl. Season the mixture with salt and pepper. Shape the meat mixture into 25 (1-inch) meatballs and cook in a large, non-stick pan that’s been drizzled in oil, over medium heat, for approx. 6 minutes, browning on all sides. Stir in remaining pasta sauce. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes or until the meatballs are done, stirring occasionally.

For the pasta, take a saucepan and fill it with water and bring it to the boil and add a sprinkle of salt. Add your spaghetti and cook for about 10-12 minutes until cooked aldente (which means still a touch hard).

Serve the meatballs over the spaghetti and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and fresh basil.

Depending on how romantic you’re feeling, share your meatballs with your lucky lady by nosing them across the plate her way.


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