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Over The Top Spaghetti

We’ve taken the “over the top trend” to brand new levels this time with this Smoked Over The Top Spaghetti Recipe! Our homemade bolognese sauce gets the Traeger treatment and a little wood-fired flavor courtesy of our pellet grill with this new take on an old classic.

Traeger Over The Top Spaghetti

Smoked Over The Top Spaghetti transforms the classic comfort dish into a smoky, flavorful experience that’s sure to impress. This recipe involves smoking meatballs over a Dutch Oven filled with a homemade tomato sauce on a grill, infusing the sauce with a unique, smoky flavor. It’s a creative twist on traditional spaghetti that elevates the dish with layers of depth and taste.

I make spaghetti at LEAST once a week around here. It is my favorite meal, and is 9 times out of 10 what I make if I don’t have something pre-planned for dinner. I fed this to my teenager the other day, who has had my homemade spaghetti literally HUNDREDS of times, but this time he asked, “What is going on with this MEAT?? It is SO GOOD!”

The kids always chow my spaghetti, but it is pretty rare these days I get comments about it being uniquely great, so I’ll take this as a huge win, especially from the kid who isn’t the biggest fan of ground beef, as a rule.

The process melds the rich flavors of San Marzano tomatoes, fresh herbs, and lean ground beef into a hearty, satisfying meal. Perfect for a weekend dinner or a special occasion, this dish brings the rustic charm of outdoor cooking to your table with an Italian classic.

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Why you’ll love this dish…

  • Smoky Flavor: The unique method of smoking the meatballs over the sauce adds a smoky depth that can’t be achieved with traditional cooking methods.
  • Rich and Hearty: With a robust tomato sauce and tender, flavorful meat, this dish is the epitome of comfort food.
  • Interactive Cooking Experience: Cooking this dish is engaging and fun, offering a twist to the traditional spaghetti-making process.
  • Versatile: Perfect for any occasion, whether a family dinner or a special gathering, it’s sure to please a wide range of tastes.

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Over The Top Spaghetti

Over The Top Spaghetti shopping list

Wondering if you have to hit the store? Here’s the list of items you’ll need to make this recipe. For specific amounts, please refer to the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.

  • Lean Ground Beef
  • Italian Seasoning Blend
  • Salt
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Pepper
  • Olive Oil
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Red Wine
  • San Marzano Tomatoes
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Fresh Basil
  • Fresh Oregano
  • Spaghetti
  • Shredded Parmesan

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Over The Top Spaghetti

How to make Over The Top Spaghetti

Wondering what you’re getting yourself into when you make this dish? Here’s a quick overview of the process! Make sure you follow the instructions at the recipe card at the bottom of the post while you’re cooking.

  • Prep Meatball
    Mix the meatball ingredients and place them on a wire rack.
  • Sauce
    In a Dutch Oven, sauté onions and garlic, then add red wine, tomatoes, and tomato sauce.
  • Grill
    Put the wire rack over the Dutch Oven and grill at 350°F for 45 minutes to an hour.
  • Combine Meatballs and Sauce
    Once the meatball reaches 155°F, crumble into the sauce. Stir in basil, oregano, and additional salt. Cook for another 30 minutes.
  • Cook Pasta
    Boil spaghetti to al dente in salted water. Drain.

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Over The Top Spaghetti

Over The Top Spaghetti FAQ

How can I store leftovers?

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Can I reheat this dish?

Yes, gently reheat on the stove over medium heat, adding a little water if the sauce has thickened too much. You can also reheat in the microwave.

Can I prepare this in advance?

Prepare the sauce and meatballs a day ahead, then reheat and cook the pasta when ready to serve.

Are there substitutions for red wine?

You can omit the red wine if you don’t have it or prefer not to use it. I would toss in 1/2-1 teaspoon of sugar in the sauce instead.

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Over The Top Spaghetti

This delicious homemade Over The Top Spaghetti gives your typical bolognese sauce a wood-fired kick for an incredible flavor boost.
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Traeger Recipes
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Or Whatever You Do




  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion minced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 2 28- ounce cans San Marzano tomatoes
  • 1 15- ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoons fresh basil chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • 2 pounds spaghetti
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan


  • Preheat the pellet grill or smoker to 350°F.
  • Mix together all of the meatball ingredients until they are evently distributed. Place onto a wire rack.
  • Put a Dutch Oven on the stovetop over medium heat.
  • Add the olive oil and let preheat.
  • Put the onion into the pan and sauté for 3-4 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Add the garlic and sauté for 30-60 seconds.
  • Add the red wine and let simmer for 3-4 minutes.
  • Put the tomatoes and tomato sauce into the pan. Bring up to a simmer.
  • Place the wire rack with the meatball over the top of the Dutch Oven and place the whole contraption onto the grill.
  • Cook for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until the meatball is 155°F.
  • Add the meatball into the sauce and break it apart with a meat masher or spatula.
  • Add the basil, oregano, and salt (to taste).
  • Stir well, and let cook for another 30 minutes on the grill, stirring occasionally.
  • While the sauce is cooking, bring a pot of well-salted water to boil on the stovetop.
  • Cook the spaghetti according to package directions, to al dente.
  • Toss the pasta with the sauce and garnish with parmesan cheese before serving.


Serving: 1gCalories: 439kcalCarbohydrates: 48gProtein: 27gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 54mgSodium: 952mgFiber: 5gSugar: 9g
Nicole Johnson

Nicole Johnson, a self-taught expert in grilling and outdoor cooking, launched Or Whatever You Do in 2010. Her blog, renowned for its comprehensive and creative outdoor cooking recipes, has garnered a vast audience of millions. Nicole's hands-on experience and passion for grilling shine through her work. Her husband, Jeremiah Johnson, also plays a pivotal role in recipe development, adding his culinary flair to the mix. Together, they form a dynamic duo, offering a rich and varied outdoor cooking experience to their followers.

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