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The 5 Best French Onion Pasta Recipes

French onion pasta recipe

A warm bowl of French onion pasta is the perfect meal for anyone, anytime. Read on to find out the five best French onion pasta recipes–whatever your palate may be, we’ve got the ingredient list for it!

Perfect for those chilly evenings or whenever you crave a touch of gourmet in your home cooking, our French onion pasta recipes promises to transport your taste buds to a world of creamy delight. Whether you're a seasoned chef or a culinary novice, our step-by-step guide ensures that you'll create a dish that's as beautiful to present as it is delicious to eat. With options for vegetarians and modifications for those with dietary restrictions, these recipes are versatile, ensuring everyone can enjoy a taste of comfort.

Creamy French Onion Pasta

Here are the ingredients for your classic, creamy French onion pasta:

  • 8 ounces of your favorite pasta

  • 2 large onions, thinly sliced

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon sugar

  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar

  • 1 cup beef broth

  • 1 cup heavy cream

  • Salt and pepper, to taste

  • 1 cup grated Gruyere or Swiss cheese

  • Fresh parsley, chopped, for garnish

And here are the instructions, in ten steps!

  1. Cook the pasta to your liking.

  2. Heat the butter and olive oil in a skillet.

  3. Add the sliced onions and cook until onions are caramelized (~15-20 minutes).

  4. Add minced garlic and sugar to the onions, and stir frequently.

  5. Add balsamic vinegar to deglaze the pan.

  6. Pour in beef broth and heavy cream, bringing the mixture to a simmer and letting the sauce thicken slightly.

  7. Salt and pepper to taste!

  8. Add the pasta to the skillet.

  9. Sprinkle cheese over the pasta.

  10. Place the skillet under a broiler until cheese is melted and bubbly, and garnish with parsley!

Vegetarian French Onion Pasta

For a vegetarian option, you can easily replace the beef broth with a vegetable broth! For a dairy-free option, you can use coconut cream instead of heavy cream and plant-based butter. Every ingredient in this list is so personalizable, you are sure to find a way to enjoy French onion pasta to your liking.

One Pot French Onion Pasta

Although the previous recipe is quick and easy, here is a one pot French onion pasta recipe that is even quicker (and requires less dish-washing!).

  1. Melt the butter and olive oil in a large pot.

  2. Add sliced onions until caramelized.

  3. Add minced garlic and sugar.

  4. Deglaze the pot by adding balsamic vinegar.

  5. Add dry pasta to the pot, then add the broth of your choice.

  6. Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook the pasta to your liking (~10-12 minutes).

  7. Salt and pepper to taste!

  8. Sprinkle cheese over the pasta and let melt.

  9. Garnish with parsley, and serve directly from the pot!

All of these recipes use the same ingredients, so there’s no need to grab anything extra. Since these ingredients are quite simple, you could even experiment with different pasta shapes and cheeses, and perfect your own French onion pasta recipe!

Cheesy French Onion Pasta

Because who doesn’t love cheese? Gruyere and Swiss cheese are great options, but who’s to say you can’t add any more interesting flavors? Double up on the Gruyere and Swiss, and add another half-cup of Parmesan to create an even more comforting and delicious French onion pasta.

And hey! If you enjoy this, maybe you can embark on your journey to find the best cheese for this recipe.

Spicy French Onion Pasta

For those of you who want a little bit of spice in your dish, you can add red pepper flakes to taste immediately after you add in your broth. There’s no rulebook for this one: if you can take the heat, go for it! Your kitchen, your rules.



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