I first prepared this recipe last year around this time after investigating whether or not barbecued spaghetti was even possible. While my quick online search revealed plenty of barbecue-flavoured spaghetti recipes, none of the spaghetti recipes in question were actually cooked on the barbecue. So, I decided to come up with my own recipe for spaghetti on the grill.
When I told my husband I was cooking spaghetti on the barbecue (without a pot by the way), he immediately asked, “why?” To which I immediately replied: why not? With everyone watching their electricity costs these days and with the heat of summer upon us, why not take as much of the cooking as you can outdoors!
- ½ package of whole wheat or regular spaghetti noodles(I used whole wheat)
- ¼ onion, diced
- 1 or 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 tomato, cubed
- ½ cup of grated zucchini
- 1 jar of tomato sauce (I used homemade, but store bought tomato or your favourite pasta sauce will also work)
- 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
- ¼ cup chopped fresh basil
- Salt and pepper (to taste)
- Parmesan cheese
- Preheat BBQ to medium heat. While the BBQ is heating up, soak the spaghetti in a big bowl of water for 10 to 15 minutes. If you are using fresh pasta, you shouldn’t need to soak it.
- Line a BBQ-safe vegetable tray with tin foil twice and making sure there are no holes where the sauce could leak out. Once your spaghetti is done soaking, drain it and put the pasta in the lined tray along with the onion, garlic, tomato, tomato sauce, Italian seasoning, basil and salt and pepper. Put the tray in the middle of the BBQ then pour in about two cups of water – this amount may vary depending on the brand of pasta you are using.
- Using BBQ tongs, toss the spaghetti mixture together until combined. Again using the tongs, close the tinfoil a little to keep the heat in, but before you do this, make sure all of the spaghetti noodles are in the sauce otherwise they will dry out. Close the lid and let cook for five minutes, then using the tongs, open the foil, stir until combined, add more water if necessary and close lid. Repeat this until the spaghetti noodles are to your desired consistency – it took mine about ten minutes.
- Serve with freshly grated Parmesan and enjoy!