Pasta with onions – so what’s the big deal? Onions – who likes onions? Yeah, yeah, I’ve heard it all. For the non-believers, you are really missing something. For those who want to come along for the ride – you are in for a major treat and a winning dish. PASTA CON CIPOLLE or Pasta With Onions is one of the most flavorful and enjoyable pasta dishes I know. Trust me on this one. It’s something special.
Although, this is a good Lenten dish, it is also a beautiful light pasta dish to serve in the spring and summer months – out on the patio perhaps. It is a bit of a surprise. It appears to be so simple and yet has a richness that is both memorable and satisfying. The onions caramelize to give the pasta a deep buttery flavor that is most unexpected and welcome.
And, of course, I should mention that it is one of “Tom’s favorites!” That’s the hubster, for those who may not know, and he really loves this one.
PASTA CON CIPOLLE
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 18-20 minutes
1 lb. Pasta cooked according to package directions ( I like spaghetti for this dish)
3 Large Sweet Onions – sliced thinly
1/3 C. Extra Virgin Olive Oil + extra for a finishing drizzle (The Extra Virgin adds flavor.)
3/4 C. Chicken Broth (Vegetable broth can be used if preferred)
1/4 Tsp. Red Pepper Flakes
2 Tbsp. Butter
1/2 C. Sliced Olives (Regular Black or Kalamata)
Kosher Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper to taste (lots of pepper!)
Fresh Basil chopped for garnish
Plenty of grated cheese to serve
Cook the sliced onions in the Extra Virgin Olive Oil over medium high heat about 6 minutes.
Add the broth and red pepper flakes and cook about 10 minutes more until the onions are tender and golden in color.
Add the butter and melt in.
Add the olives and cook a minute more.
Taste for seasoning and add salt and pepper as desired.
Pour the sauce over your pasta and toss well.
Finish with a good drizzle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
Garnish your PASTA CON CIPOLLE with fresh basil and serve with plenty of grated cheese. Parmigiano-Reggiano, Asiago, or even Pecorino are all good with this.
PARLA COME MANGI!
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Food Photos By Tommy Hanks Photography