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Caramelized Onion & Garlic Pasta

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

  • 1. 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.
  • 2. Add the tomatoes, vinegar and 2 tablespoons oil to the skillet. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain pasta; toss with onion mixture.
  • 3. Drizzle with remaining olive oil. Sprinkle with bacon, cheese, and pepper; heat through. Garnish with basil if desired.

Nutrition Facts

1-1/2 cups: 574 calories, 24g fat (9g saturated fat), 37mg cholesterol, 495mg sodium, 71g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 4g fiber), 18g protein.

Reviews

Average Rating:
  • justmbeth
    Oct 21, 2016

    Loved this! Great use of my summer cherry tomatoes.

  • fascinator
    Feb 28, 2015

    Delicious. Added some roasted cubed chicken to make it a meal.

  • Hcksslr
    Aug 13, 2014

    Love this recipe for a change of pace. Can be used as main dish (meatless or add chicken), or as a side. Family does not like cherry tomatoes, so I left them out. This is requested often!

  • TheDix
    Dec 31, 1969

    Flavors of this dish are mmmm.....mmmmm.....good. Worth the trip back to the store to get the forgotten garlic. No balsamic vinegar on hand so I used seasoned rice vinegar.

  • ajacat66
    Dec 31, 1969

    This recipe is great! Even my picky nephew who doesn't like pasta ate it. I didn't change anything.

  • JBoomsma
    Jul 25, 2013

    This is one of my families favorites and requested often. I love the combination of flavors and that it is easier to reduce or increase the amount depending on the size of the crowd being served. I personally use only 1 tbsp. of olive oil because other wise it feels to greasy to me, but other than that I leave everything the same. This one is worth trying and making!

  • queendeb1
    May 19, 2013

    Very tasty recipe, but as other reviewers have noted, I would also reduce the balsamic vinegar. To add another flavor element I would add 1 tablespoon of low sodium soy sauce, increase the red pepper to 1/2 teaspoon, the black pepper to 3/4 teaspoon, and add a bit of grated lemon zest to brighten things a bit. I used whole grain thin spaghetti, which worked well, but would reduce to 10 ounces for a saucier dish. Overall a great recipe & a keeper. Thanks!

  • mtbke5
    Apr 10, 2012

    Basic pasta recipe. Very good, but similar to many others we have tried.

  • MissusJenn
    Apr 2, 2012

    Easy to make and tasty.

  • kim1027
    Jan 6, 2012

    Amazing!!!! my husband couldnt get enough and my 3 yr old even ate it :) will be making again for sure.

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