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Lady and the Tramp Spaghetti and Meatballs

Lady and the Tramp Spaghetti and Meatballs

This month’s Improv Cooking Challenge was to use Italian Seasoning and Wine in a recipe. Give how close we are to Valentine’s day, this immediately made me think of Lady and the Tramp and their romantic pasta dinner at Tony’s. That was my inspiration to come up with Lady and the Tramp Spaghetti and Meatballs.

At Walt Disney World, they have a restaurant dedicated to Lady and the Tramp: Tony’s Town Square. They have a menu item for Spaghetti and it is described as “Choice of Hand-rolled Pork-Beef Meatballs or Italian Sausage with Freshly Made Thin Spaghetti, and Tony’s Marinara Sauce”. For this version, I decided on turkey meatballs, but you could easily swap that for pork, beef or Italian Sausage. I may try this same recipe with some of those versions later. We loved the turkey meatballs with this dish.

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I like to make my own Italian Seasoning as I find it easier to do it this was as I can have it seasoned exactly as I want it. I also prefer not to have as many spice bottles on the shelf if I can help it. However, I do understand the appeal of the simplicity of just pulling a bottle of spices that are already mixed out and adding it to a recipe, so feel free to use your favorite Italian Seasoning if you have one and replace it in the recipe.

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Lady and the Tramp Spaghetti and Meatballs Recipe

Lady and the Tramp Spaghetti and Meatballs

Lady and the Tramp Spaghetti and Meatballs

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Inspired by the movie Lady and the Tramp and Tony's Town Square at Walt Disney World.


Italian Seasoning

  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • 31/2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper


  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/4 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 28 oz. can of crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1/2 tsp. sugar
  • 3 1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 cup fresh Italian parsley, chopped


  • olive oil
  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 3 1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp. red wine (or milk)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 box of spaghetti


Italian Seasoning*

  1. Combine the spices in a small bowl, set aside.


  1. In a Dutch oven, sauté the onion and garlic in the olive oil until tender, about five minutes.
  2. Add the red wine, crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, sugar, and 1 1/2 tbsp. Italian seasoning and parsley. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for about 30 minutes. Stir occasionally.


  1. Combine ground turkey, breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, the remaining Italian seasoning, onion, garlic and parsley in a bowl.
  2. Shape mixture in 32 one inch balls.
  3. Place on a cooking sheet covered in aluminum foil. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes or until meatballs are browned.

To Serve

  1. Spoon spaghetti onto the serving plate and sprinkle a little chopped parsley on top. You may also season with pepper if desired.
  2. Spoon sauce on top of the spaghetti. Place meatballs on top of the sauce. Sprinkle with fresh chopped parsley and Parmesan cheese.
  3. Garnish with bread sticks, if desired.


*The Italian Seasoning is divided between the Sauce and Meatballs. Be careful not to put all into the sauce.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 447Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 118mgSodium: 938mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 6gSugar: 10gProtein: 28g

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Inspired to make a recipe using Italian Seasoning and Wine.

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  1. Spaghetti and meatballs is such an awesome classic! This looks delicious!

  2. It looks very delicious and sweet. I must say that this dish is very romantic. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

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