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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: 374 calories, 22g fat (6g saturated fat), 19mg cholesterol, 627mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 3g fiber), 11g protein.

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brewerchick User ID: 6343165 231132
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2015

"This was incredibly easy to make, and delicious too!"

jenjerry User ID: 5442744 77104
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2011

"This is a family favorite. I use a whole container of feta, the more cheese the better."

miss1skywalker User ID: 4796194 109228
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2010

"Delicious, presents nice and easy to make. I used a bit more pasta and feta cheese the first time I made it, next time I think I'm also going to add more onion (1/2 to 1 whole) and cut it into long slices as opposed to chopping it, so it is more prominent."

dagny21 User ID: 1597969 69303
Reviewed Jul. 20, 2009

"This was excellent. I used a little more pasta, and increased the feta to about 1 full cup. Even my husband, who generally doesn't like feta and Greek olives, really enjoyed."

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