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Patti and I have set one night a week just for us. It’s our date night. We usually put something special on our Pacific Living Outdoor Oven, but sometimes we cook inside. We always eat outside on our patio where it is very comfortable with a rainforest theme. Wood burning stove, little lights, candles, lanterns and surround sound. We enjoy a little wine, or strawberry margaritas using frozen strawberries for ice, good food, music and sometimes a dance or two…

Ken doesn’t really like Italian food and he’s not thrilled with squash. But, thanks to our great friends Mike & Linda Engle of Engle Farms at the Murrieta Farmer’s Market and their fresh veggies of all kinds Patti created a winner of a dinner. Our Pacific Living Outdoor Oven made it really easy and with their smoke box even tastier. We made the spaghetti squash on the Pacific Living Outdoor Oven by just placing the squash halves flesh down for 45 minutes, and then finished off the casserole there, too.

Note: This can be made with any type of pasta, but spaghetti squash has no carbs and “sneaks” veggies into your family.

Saucy Sausage Spaghetti Squash

 Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: Squash 45 minutes at 400 degrees (117c) ,
Casserole 45 minutes at 350 degrees (204c)
Grill: Pacific Living Outdoor Oven

Pellets: Lumberjack “Lumber Jill” Italian Blend Garlic

Ingredients : Saucy Sausage Spaghetti Squash

  • 2 medium spaghetti squash, sliced in half lengthwise and prepared
  • 2 lbs. hot Italian sausage links, thick sliced
  • 1 large sweet onion, chopped
  • ¾ lb. fresh spinach, chopped and steamed
  • 1 10oz. jar queso dip (Mexican style cheese sauce with tomatoes and green chilies)
  • 1 12 oz. jar your favorite pasta sauce
  • 1 cup minced fresh garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon dried oregano
  • Red pepper flakes, to taste
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded

Directions: Saucy Sausage Spaghetti Squash

Cook and string squash. In extra large cast iron Dutch oven sauté sausage, garlic and onion until sausage is cooked through. Drain. Blend in sauce, spinach, oregano and red pepper flakes. Gently mix in squash and top with cheese.

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Cooking Directions: Pacific Living Outdoor Oven

Cooking on the Pacific Living Outdoor Oven is a snap. If you are going to use the smoke box fill it up first with either wood chips or pellets. I like Lumberjack pellets because there are so many different kinds and low ash. (Easy clean up.)

Turn on the propane tank. Open the oven door so you can see and hear when the burner lights. Turn the control knob to the high position and hold it in. At this time press the igniter button. You’ll be able to hear and see the burner light. Continue to hold the control knob for about 10 seconds for the burner to get hot.

Close the door and preheat the oven to your desired temp. You may have to adjust it up or down until you reach your temperature. But, once you hit it the oven will hold it. Cook the squash for minutes at 400 degrees (117c) for about 45 minutes. Then the Casserole for 45 minutes at 350 degrees (204c)


The bottom stone and it gets “HOT” so you need to stay right with it or you will burn what your are cooking. I only use heavy cast iron or baking dishes here.

For most things I have found that it is better to use the middle shelf. You can use a stone here or not depending on your cook. Saucy Sausage Spaghetti Squash

Let’s Eat !!!

Saucy Sausage Spaghetti Squash

 About our Recipes

We do our recipes on our patio where we have a lineup of grills, including Louisiana, Green Mountain, Royall, Memphis, Traeger pellet grills, Char Griller side box smoker, Saber, Charmglow, Char-Broil, The Big Easy, Pacific Living Outdoor Oven, Lodge Sportsman’s, Brinkman and Weber. I call it our “Wall of Grill”. Our grilling styles are healthy and low fat and will fit pelletheads, gas, natural wood and even charcoal purists. Almost any of our recipes can be done on any kind of good BBQ.

The important thing to keep in mind is TIME & TEMPERATURE. You can even do some of them in the oven or crock pot, but, then you lose all the flavors you get from cooking outdoors. But sometimes it does rain.

Remember that a recipe is simply an outline; it is not written in stone. Don’t be afraid to make changes to suit your taste. Take it and run with it….


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Our Thanks To:
Maverick Industries, Inc.
F.Dick Professional Knives and Tools.
A storage container & dispenser for wood pellets 
Lodge Cast Iron
Lumberjack Wood Pellets
Jerry Brown
Pacific Living Pizza Oven
Pacific Living Inc.
Rick Jones

Date Night Doins BBQ For Two

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