Spaghetti Bolognese

In this 1955 Disney animated feature, Lady is a cocker spaniel who lives in the rich part of town. When the family welcomes a new baby, Lady is ostracized by two scheming Siamese cats and she begins hanging out with Tramp, a mongrel from the wrong side of the tracks.

Lady and the Tramp - BluRay

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This movie contains possibly the most romantic scene ever created in a Disney animated film. Lady begins eating a single piece of spaghetti from one end and Tramp begins eating it at the other end and they meet in the middle.

Technically, they’re eating spaghetti and meatballs but this is a little easier.

Time Required:

Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 55 minutes
Total Time: 60 minutes

Ingredient List:

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large chopped white onion
1 large stalk chopped celery
1 chopped carrot
1 teaspoon dried oregano
3-4 cloves minced garlic

1 pound ground beef

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 (28 ounce) cans crushed tomatoes
2 tablespoons tomato paste
Salt and ground black pepper to taste
1/8 - 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil

1 package spaghetti

Freshly grated Parmesan cheese

The Recipe:

Step One:

Prepare all your vegetables by chopping the onion, celery and carrot.


Step Two: Start the movie

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Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Stir in the onion, celery, carrot, and oregano.  Saute until the vegetables begin to soften (8 to 10 minutes.) Add the minced garlic and cook for another 2 minutes.


Step Three: At 10 minutes (when Lady gets a new collar)

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Crumble the ground beef into the vegetable mixture. Cook and stir until the beef is completely cooked and no longer pink - about 8 to 10 minutes.  Drain the fat.


Step Four: 20 minutes (when Lady gets called "That dog" by her owner)

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Pour the balsamic vinegar over the ground beef mixture and simmer for about five minutes until the liquid evaporates.  Add the crushed tomatoes (with liquid)  and tomato paste, then stir.  Bring the mixture to a boil, season with salt and black pepper and remove from heat.  Add the fresh basil into the mixture.


Step Five: At about 35 minutes (when Lady faces off against the Siamese cats on the stairs)

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Portion out the spaghetti servings per person by grabbing some spaghetti and making a quarter sized circle with your index finger and thumb filled with the spaghetti.  This is about enough for one person.  I have no idea of the weight - I just know how it feels.

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil.  Add the pasta to the water and cook for about 10 minutes until al dente.  You can break it in half if your pot is smaller than the length of the spaghetti.


Step Six: 50 minutes (When Lady and Tramp wake up overlooking the town)

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Drain the pasta and mix it into the sauce.  Place servings of hot pasta with sauce on oven-safe plates and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Place plates under an oven broiler until the cheese has melted.  You can also zap it in the microwave until it melts.


Step Seven: 55 minutes (when the dog pound is shown)

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