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Caramelized Onion & Garlic Pasta

 Caramelized Onion & Garlic Pasta
This full-flavored recipe is the result of my mom's love of pasta and our love of cooking together. With a bit of pepper heat and smoky bacon, the entree is excellent alone or paired with grilled chicken. —Lacy Jo Matheson, Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan
6 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Cook: 35 min.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 2 large sweet onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 8 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil, divided
  • 1 package (16 ounces) uncooked angel hair pasta
  • 9 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 2/3 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • Fresh basil leaves, optional

Directions

  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, melt butter. Add the
  • onions, pepper flakes and salt; saute until onions are tender. Stir
  • in garlic. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook, stirring occasionally,
  • for 30-40 minutes or until onions are deep golden brown.
  • Add the tomatoes, vinegar and 2 tablespoons oil to the skillet. Cook
  • pasta according to package directions. Drain pasta; toss with onion
  • mixture.
  • Drizzle with remaining olive oil. Sprinkle with bacon, cheese, and

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Caramelized Onion & Garlic Pasta (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • pepper; heat through. Garnish with basil if desired. Yield: 6
  • servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1-1/2 cups equals 574 calories, 24 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 37 mg cholesterol, 495 mg sodium, 71 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 18 g protein.
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