When there’s nothing in the closet, you can probably still do this.
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If you only have a few things on hand, it can be difficult to organize a dinner party on the go. But if you have some onions, a box of noodles and some garlic you can make these noodles with caramelized onions. The intense flavor comes from the properly caramelized onions before the pasta goes into the pan.
This can take some time, but any cooking site that claims you can end up with caramelized onions after just 12 minutes is not giving you the facts. Onions take 20-30 minutes to brown and sweeten, and can’t be rushed on higher heat settings. But it’s worth it in the end and the dish comes together very quickly once the onions have started to turn golden.
To increase the flavor, make a hot spot in the center of the pan and add a little garlic and soy sauce. Then dress everything with the pasta and a little of the reserved pasta water, as well as some chopped black olives. If you want to expand this recipe, you can add mushrooms, vegetables, beef, or sausage to the dish for even more flavor.
So the last step is to add some basil and parsley on top. You can also sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, a move I highly recommend for this dish.
This tasty meal proves that you don’t need tomatoes to make a pasta dish, and that you can, in fact, create an entire meal centered around onions alone.
Caramelized Onion Spaghetti
Preparation time 15m
Cooking time 40 min
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Allergens: Wheat, Soy, Milk
- 1 pound raw spaghetti
- 5 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 3 large white onions, thinly sliced
- 6 garlic cloves, minced and divided
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (or to taste)
- 1 teaspoon soy sauce
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
- 1 can (4 ounces) sliced black olives, drained
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into cubes
- juice of 1 lemon
- Salt and pepper to taste
- grated Parmesan, for serving (optional)
- In a large skillet or medium saucepan, heat 4 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions and cook for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown, stirring frequently. Add the remaining oil and half of the garlic to the skillet along with the chili flakes. Cook for 4 minutes, reducing heat if garlic begins to burn.
- While onions cook, cook pasta al dente, reserving 1 cup of the pasta water when drained. Set aside.
- Add soy sauce and remaining garlic to center of skillet. Cook over medium heat for 1 minute. Remove from heat and add the basil, parsley, olives, and butter. Add the pasta and 1 tablespoon of water to the onion paste. Sprinkle lemon juice on top and add salt and pepper to taste. Serve with Parmesan cheese.
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