French Onion Pasta
How to make French Onion Pasta
6 yellow or white onions
6 cloves of garlic
Bundle of fresh time
2 bay leaves
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp dijon mustard
8 cups beef stock
1 lb ditalini pasta
1 parmesan rind
Sautée your onions and garlic with s&p in a large dutch oven in butter and olive oil for 25 minutes over medium heat.
Add Worcestershire sauce, Dijon, bay leaves, thyme, parmesan rind, and stock.
Simmer for as long or as little as you’d like! Add pasta in the last 8-10 minutes of cooking. More s&p to taste.
For the croutons, just toss some cubed day-old bread in olive oil, garlic powder, grated parmesan, and Italian seasoning. Toast for a few minutes under the broiler.
Calories: 400 | Protein: 15 grams | Carbohydrates: 60 grams | Fat: 10 grams | Fiber: 5 grams
Frequently Asked Questions:
Can I use a different type of pasta in this recipe?
Yes, you can use different pasta shapes based on your preference.
While the recipe suggests ditalini, feel free to choose another small pasta like penne or elbow macaroni.
How long should I simmer the soup for the best flavor?
The simmering time is flexible, and you can adjust it based on your preference.
Simmering for at least 30 minutes allows the flavors to meld, but you can simmer longer for a richer taste.
Can I make this recipe vegetarian?
Yes, you can make a vegetarian version by substituting vegetable stock for beef stock.
Additionally, omitting the Worcestershire sauce or using a vegetarian alternative will make the dish entirely vegetarian.
What can I use as a substitute for fresh thyme?
If fresh thyme is not available, you can use dried thyme.
However, use approximately half the amount of dried thyme, as dried herbs are more concentrated than fresh.
Can I prepare the croutons ahead of time?
Yes, you can prepare the croutons in advance.
Store them in an airtight container once cooled.
When ready to serve, you can reheat them in the oven or briefly under the broiler for a crispy texture.
Can I use a different type of onion for this recipe?
Yes, you can use yellow or white onions as suggested, or try sweet onions for a milder flavor.
Experimenting with different onion varieties can add unique nuances to the dish.
How can I make this recipe vegetarian?
To make the French Onion Pasta vegetarian, substitute vegetable stock for beef stock.
You can also enhance the umami flavor by adding a splash of soy sauce or a vegetarian Worcestershire sauce.
Is there a substitute for fresh thyme in this recipe?
If fresh thyme is unavailable, you can use dried thyme as a substitute.
Keep in mind that dried herbs are more potent, so adjust the quantity accordingly (typically half the amount of fresh).
Can I freeze the leftovers?
While the pasta might absorb some liquid upon reheating, you can freeze the leftovers in an airtight container.
Consider slightly undercooking the pasta if you plan to freeze a portion to help maintain its texture.
What can I use instead of ditalini pasta?
Ditalini pasta works well in this recipe, but you can substitute it with other small pasta shapes like elbow macaroni, small shells, or penne.
Choose a shape that complements the hearty soup.