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Penne with Caramelized Onions Recipe

Penne with Caramelized Onions Recipe

“This hearty recipe is a favorite of my fly-fishing buddies when we take our annual trip to British Columbia,” Paul Humphrey relates from Allyn, Washington. “The pine nuts are a delicious surprise.”
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:4 servings


  • 2 cups uncooked penne pasta
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 16 pitted Greek olives, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese


  • 1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a small skillet, saute pine nuts and garlic in butter until golden brown; set aside.
  • 2. In a large skillet, cook onion in oil over medium heat for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown, stirring frequently. Reduce heat to low. Stir in the olives, salt, basil, oregano and pepper. Drain pasta; add to onion mixture. Stir in feta cheese and pine nut mixture. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup equals 374 calories, 22 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 19 mg cholesterol, 627 mg sodium, 33 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 11 g protein.