French Onion Pasta
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Anything with caramelized onions has my name written all over it! This recipe is absolutely amazing! So full of flavor & probably one of my new favorites. I saw the recipe on Pinterest. I knew I wanted to change it up a tad because it just didn’t seem quite “onion-y” enough to be like a french onion soup in pasta form, so I adjusted it to my likings. This doesn’t make a lot, just enough for 4 people, so if you want to use a whole 16oz box of penne, double the sauce & use a 9×13″ baking dish, but put this on your make soon list because it is that good!
- 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 large sweet onion, julienned
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- *1/2 tsp sugar, optional
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 Tbsp flour
- 1 packet onion soup mix
- 2 cups chicken stock or beef stock
- 1 cup half & half
- 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 2 cups whole wheat penne pasta
- In a large non-stick pot or skillet, heat oil & add onion. Cook on medium-low heat for 10 minutes. Add kosher salt & sugar if desired, stir & continue cooking, uncovered, for another 20 minutes (30 minutes total) stirring every five to ten minutes. You will want to caramelize the onions LOW & SLOW. If they look dry at all, add a tablespoon or two of water occasionally. If the onions start to stick to your pan, add a little more olive oil.
- After onions have reached a nice golden brown, add the minced garlic & stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add flour & onion soup mix to the onion mixture.
- Start boiling water in a separate pot for the noodles. To the pot of onions: whisk in chicken stock slowly to prevent the flour from clumping. Keep heat on medium & wait for the mixture to bubble.
- Add half & half, & let simmer while noodles cook according to directions on the package. (Mine said 10-12 minutes.) Don't let the mixture reach a rolling boil, just a light simmer. You don't want to evaporate all that yummy sauce you are making.
- Once the noodles are cooked & drained, add them to the sauce mixture. The sauce should be thick enough to coat a spoon. Stir the noodles in the sauce & place in a 7x11" baking dish.
- Sprinkle cheese over the top of the noodles. Heat cheese under the broiler in your oven until browned & bubbling. Serve & enjoy!