Garlicky Caramelized Onion Pasta is a simple, fresh recipe that requires less than 10 ingredients. Plus, it's budget-friendly and can be adjusted to fit any dietary preferences!
I found this recipe for a garlic pasta dish from The Complete Cooking For Two Cookbook.
It was super simple, but it had no veggies which made me feel sad. But that's an easy thing to fix, so I decided I'd add some caramelized onions.
Caramelized onions make everything better!
The other thing I did to update the recipe was to use less pasta (3 ounces instead of 6 ounces for two servings), and I used chickpea pasta for a little more protein.
If this is your first time testing chickpea pasta, make sure you don't overcook it! (and don't rinse it because it could get a little sticky)
To make this dish, all you do is caramelize your onion then add in a bunch of garlic. Then remove from the pot and add more garlic, a bunch of fresh parsley, and some lemon juice. I used the same pot to boil the pasta.
Once that was cooked, I reserved a little pasta water and drained the pasta.
Toss it all together and add a little freshly grated parmesan cheese if you like, and enjoy!
It's simple. It's fresh. It requires less than 10 ingredients. And it's budget-friendly and can be adjusted to fit any dietary preferences!
It's a winner for sure! You can also change the veggie you want in your pasta dish.
The cookbook suggested using artichokes, which sounded delicious but meant that I'd have to take an extra trip to the grocery store to find frozen artichokes.
Garlicky Caramelized Onion Pasta
- 2 tablespoon olive oil divided
- 1 large red onion about 2 ½ cups, thinly sliced
- 5 cloves garlic 4 minced, 1 grated or mashed
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- ¼ cup fresh parsley chopped
- 3 ounces dry whole grain spaghetti
- 2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 2 ounces parmesan cheese about ½ cup, grated
- Add one tablespoon of olive oil to a heavy bottom skillet or dutch oven. Heat over medium-low and add onions. Stir, and let cook for 25-35 minutes, stirring occasionally, until caramelized.
- Add in minced garlic (about 4 teaspoons), salt, and red pepper flakes. Stir for about 1 minute. Remove from pot and set aside.
- Meanwhile, add water to the pot and bring to a boil. Add pasta and cook until al dente (about 1 minutes less than suggested on package). Reserve ½ cup pasta water. Drain and return to the pot.
- Add the caramelized onions, parsley, lemon juice, remaining tablespoon of olive oil, and 2 tablespoons of pasta cooking water. Toss to coat. Add more pasta water if needed.
- Serve and sprinkle with parmesan cheese if desired. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts (using whole wheat pasta)
To increase the protein by about 4 grams per serving, use chickpea pasta.