Disney Movie Food: Lady and The Tramp Spaghetti and Meatballs!

by | Sep 4, 2020 | Magic at Home, Walt Disney World, Walt Disney World Food

Everyone knows the scene from Lady & The Tramp: Lady and Tramp sharing spaghetti under the Italian moon.

Somehow, Disney made two dogs slurping up a piece of pasta ultra-romantic, and it makes me want to share my own plate of spaghetti and meatballs! 

That leads me to today’s Disney movie food inspiration—spaghetti and meatballs, complete with all the ambiance of the movie. Plus I’ve even got a dog to share it with!

lady and the tramp spaghetti and meatballs

Maybe don’t share this meal with your pooch, but do get a funny photo. Photo by Leah Fryslie

Lady & The Tramp Themed Evening

Spaghetti and meatballs is honestly a pretty simple dish, so I decided to kick this recipe up a notch in a couple different ways. 

First, instead of grabbing pre-made meatballs from the frozen section in the grocery store, I made my own from scratch.

Second, I created my very own at-home Lady & The Tramp scene to really capture the mood of the bella notte.

Lady & the Tramp spaghetti scene. Image Courtesy of Disney

I’m going to show you how I put together my evening, plus how to make your own meatballs (they’re actually super easy)! However, feel free to grab frozen meatballs—no judgement here!

Setting The Scene

To set the scene, you’ll want to get some sort of red and white stripe tablecloth, a candlestick and holder, and some of those hard Italian breadsticks.

I had my mom make me this tablecloth, and she also happened to have the candle and candlestick for me to use (thanks mom!).

Side-note: Please excuse our card table, we just moved and don’t have a kitchen table yet.

lady and the tramp themed evening tablecloth

A red and white striped tablecloth really makes the setting! Photo by Leah Fryslie

I found the breadsticks at the grocery store, and stuck them in a container I have at home.

For the candle, I spent a little time burning it down and getting some really nice wax drips on the bottom edges, so it would match the candle in the movie.

breadsticks and candle lady and the tramp themed evening

Set the scene with breadsticks and a candle. Photo by Leah Fryslie

I tried to make the rest of the meal feel really fancy by using wine glasses for our water and cutting up a loaf of french bread on a wooden tray.

I even made a bit of garlic butter to go along with the bread! Just mix some garlic powder into softened butter, you won’t regret it.

French bread with garlic butter—yum! Photo by Leah Fryslie

And of course, playing Bella Notte will really round everything out. Now you’ve got your very own spaghetti and meatballs scene from Lady & The Tramp, at home!

Make Dinner!

For the dinner, you’ll need to boil some spaghetti, and prepare the meatballs and sauce.

It’s a pretty simple meal, and you can get everything pre-prepared if you want to!

However, if you’d like to learn how to make your own meatballs, keep reading and I’ll show you how. It sounds difficult, but it’s actually really simple and doesn’t take too long.

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What You’ll Need

I used a recipe I found on Pinterest to make these meatballs, from Will Cook For Smiles.

However, this makes about 40 meatballs, and I made dinner for my husband and I. So I fourthed the recipe, and it was perfect! It made 18 meatballs.

I’ll give you the full recipe below, but it’s really easy to cut down if you need to.

spaghetti and meatballs ingredients

Everything you’ll need for spaghetti and meatballs. Photo by Leah Fryslie

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 lb. ground pork
  • 1 thick slice of whole wheat bread, soaked in a little milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion, minced
  • 3 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 4 Tbsp fresh basil, minced
  • 1 Tbsp fresh parsley, minced
  • 3 cups red sauce
  • 2-3 Tbsp olive oil for cooking
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Black pepper (to taste)

Prep Work

Start by placing your bread slice in a bowl and pouring a really small amount of milk over it, and let it sit for a bit while it soaks it up.

My bread was a really thin piece of wheat bread, and the recipe calls for a thick piece. I figured this would work out well since I was cutting the recipe down anyway, and it did!

Then cut up your onion and your herbs.

Mix It All Up

Squeeze all the milk out of your bread and break it up into smaller pieces.

For the 1 egg, I just mixed up an egg and only poured part of it into my mixture.

Put the beef, pork, bread, egg, onion, garlic, 2 tablespoons basil, parsley, salt, and pepper into a mixing bowl. The extra 2 tablespoons of basil will be used later on, so leave that out.

meatballs in a bowl

Put everything in a bowl and mix it all up! Photo by Leah Fryslie

Using your hands, mix all the ingredients together until it’s well combined. 

Form The Meatballs

Now, form the meatballs. Spray your hands with a bit of pan spray and start rolling!

The recipe says to use a scoop, but I didn’t have one, and I was still able to form equal-sized meatballs.  

Form them all before putting any in the pan so they cook evenly.

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Get all the meatballs formed. Photo by Leah Fryslie

I formed my meatballs into pretty normal sizes—they might be slightly smaller than ones you’d get at the store.

Sear Them And Add The Sauce

Add the meatballs to a large oven-safe pan with oil over medium heat. Place the lid on top and let them cook for a couple of minutes.

cooking meatballs for lady and the tramp themed evening

Cook the meatballs over medium heat. Photo by Leah Fryslie

Then, flip them all over.

Next, pour in your red sauce. I make my own red sauce, and I had some leftover, so I just used that.

meatballs in red sauce

Pour in the red sauce! Photo by Leah Fryslie

Bake It!

Cover the pan and stick it in the oven at 350° F. Let it bake for 20 minutes.

During the last 10-15 minutes it’s in the oven, prepare the spaghetti noodles. If you have anything else to prepare for dinner, now is a great time to do it!

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Sprinkle the basil on top of the baked dish. Photo by Leah Fryslie

Once it’s done, take it out and sprinkle the remaining basil on top and mix it up.


Now serve up a plate of spaghetti and meatballs and enjoy your Lady & The Tramp themed evening!

spaghetti and meatballs

Who doesn’t love a hearty dish of spaghetti and meatballs? Photo by Leah Fryslie

Spaghetti and meatballs always hits the spot for me. I love a good plate of pasta!

These homemade meatballs really hit it out of the park, though. They were so good! I would 100% make them again.

Plus, it was really fun to enjoy a romantic Lady & The Tramp themed evening with my husband in the comfort of our home.

You better believe we listened to Bella Notte while we ate!

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The entire scene. Photo by Leah Fryslie

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Leah Sikes is a graphic designer and contributing writer for WDW Magazine and Dad's Guide to WDW. When she's lucky enough to visit the Happiest Place on Earth, you catch her hanging out with the 999 Happy Haunts. She also loves running in the parks (when it's allowed at the marathons).

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Leah Sikes

Leah Sikes is a graphic designer and contributing writer for WDW Magazine and Dad's Guide to WDW. When she's lucky enough to visit the Happiest Place on Earth, you catch her hanging out with the 999 Happy Haunts. She also loves running in the parks (when it's allowed at the marathons).
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