This social media sensation combines two ultimate comfort foods - Classic French onion soup and tender al dente pasta bake!
Roll up your sleeves and get ready to sip on some wine while you lovingly caramelize onions and cook your pasta in one pot with beef broth, white wine, seasoning, butter, and melted cheese!
❤️ Why you'll love this recipe
- It has an irresistible sweet and savory flavor due to combining classic French onion soup with comforting pasta bake in one-pot!
- This recipe can easily be varied to suit vegan and gluten-free preferences.
- This dish combines some of my favorite food - French onion soup and tender cheesy pasta!
Inspired by the classic French Onion Soup, this recipe becomes even more comforting and irresistible by converting it into a one-pot pasta dish!
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Note: The full list of this one-pot French Onion Noodle recipe ingredients with their amounts and options are in the recipe card below.
- onions -- use white, yellow, red onions, or a combination
- olive oil -- for sautéing the onions
- kosher salt
- black pepper
- fresh garlic
- dry white wine
- herbes de Provence
- pasta -- we used spaghetti
- beef stock or beef broth -- may also use better than bouillon
- Gruyere cheese -- may also use Swiss cheese
- butter -- salted or unsalted
- fresh Italian parsley -- also called flat-leaf parsley
Note: This is an overview of the instructions. The full instructions are in the recipe card below.
- Heat a large cast iron skillet with olive oil over medium heat.
- Add onions, white wine, and salt. Increase the heat to high.
- Continue to cook until the wine evaporates.
- Reduce the heat to medium-low and add the herbs de Provence and pepper. Cook for 30 minutes, occasionally stirring with a wooden spoon to prevent the sweet onions from catching the bottom of the pot.
- Add the garlic.
- Cook the onions for 30 minutes over medium-low heat or until they are deeply golden brown.
- Add the dry spaghetti and beef stock to the skillet, raise the heat to medium-high, and simmer for 12-15 minutes, adding water as needed when the beef stock evaporates.
- Add the cheese.
- Cook on low or with the heat turned off, mixing the pasta to allow the cheese to melt in.
- Add the butter and parsley, and mix. Taste for salt, and serve!
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You’ll need the following items to make this recipe successfully.
- deep skillet -- or Dutch oven
- sharp knife
- cutting board
- liquid measuring cup
These are the questions we are most frequently asked about making this Pasta with Caramelized Onion recipe.
Have a knife and spoon ready when eating French onion soup - it will help you push the baked cheese topping to the side of the bowl and break the cheese into pieces to enjoy with every spoonful!
French soup is often served with croutons or a large piece of cheesy bread.
French onion soup always contains beef stock or broth, while onion soup contains either beef, chicken, or vegetable stock.
Bland soup is likely a result of old ingredients or those that aren’t high-quality. It could also result from a lack of seasoning, especially salt!
Yes. It’s important to caramelize the onions well for a deeper and richer flavor in French onion soup.
- Don’t be afraid to add a generous pinch of salt to this pasta dish towards the end. Always taste to test for the best results!
- The time it takes to caramelize the onions will depend on how thinly sliced the onions are, the type of pan used, and the cooking temperature.
- If you choose to use fresh pasta for this dish instead of dry pasta, cook the fresh pasta separately from the skillet and reduce the amount of beef broth in the skillet to just a splash. Add the cooked pasta to the skillet with cheese and butter.
- Caramelizing the onions for at least 45 minutes to an hour may seem long, but it’s essential for developing a rich flavor in this dish. You can even caramelize your onions for 2 hours if you have the time!
- Keep a pot of boiling water available to you while the pasta cooks. The boiling water won’t drop the temperature of the pasta mixture when you need to add it to the skillet, and I’ve found that I often need more than 2 cups to create the creamy sauce.
- Since this recipe does require a longer cooking time, it’s best to go into it prepared and not when you are in a rush. Your patience will be rewarded!
- You can use a combination of red and sweet yellow onions in this dish or stick to one type, depending on your preference.
- I’ve used spaghetti in this recipe, but you can use a similar pasta.
- Other delicious add-ins could include mushrooms, thyme, and Worcestershire sauce.
- Replace beef stock with vegetable stock.
- Add a splash of cream towards the end of the cooking time for extra luxurious saucy consistency.
- Parmesan cheese is another great option if you don’t have Gruyere cheese or Swiss cheese.
Store leftover creamy French onion pasta in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-5 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
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We love this cozy one-pot combination of our favorite dishes -- pasta and French Onion Soup. Although it takes a bit to fully caramelize the onions, we believe every minute spent lovingly overseeing the onions turn their rich buttery golden-brown color is worth it.
This is exactly the dish I made for our out-of-town guests and I thought they were going to scrape the finish off of the plate. Yes! They wanted to get every drop of that scrumptious sauce. This is an unforgettable dish you'll want to serve to friends, family, and guests.
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This viral pasta recipe combines classic French onion soup with pasta and creamy sauce in one pot!
The rich onion flavor developed as the base of this recipe is my favorite part of French onion soup which can now be enjoyed as an easy one-pot pasta recipe!
If you love this recipe please give it 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.
Viral TikTok One-Pot French Onion Pasta
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- 3 onions sliced - can be all yellow or a mix of yellow and red.
- 1 cup dry white wine
- 2 tsp. kosher salt will probably need more after tasting
- 2 teaspoons herbes de Provence
- 1 teaspoon black pepper freshly ground
- 8 cloves fresh garlic chopped
- 1 pound pasta we use spaghetti
- 2 cups beef stock or broth Make sure it's HOT - may also use Better than Bouillon
- 2 cups water Keep the water HOT!
- 8 ounce Gruyère cheese or Swiss cheese Cubed
- 2 Tablespoons butter May use salted or unsalted
- Heat the olive oil in a large pot or skillet with high sides over medium heat. Add the onions, white wine and kosher slat. Raise heat to high, and cook until the wine evaporates.
- Lower the heat to medium-low, and add the herbes de Provence and black pepper. Cook 30 minutes, stirring with a wooden spoon every once in a while.
- Add the garlic. Cook an additional 30 minutes over medium-low heat , until the onion are caramelized, a deep golden brown color.
- Add the dry spaghetti to the skillet and the hot beef stock. Raise the heat to medium-high and simmer. It will take around 5 minutes for the spaghetti to soften enough to mix.
- When the beef stock nearly evaporates, continue adding to water, mixing, and simmering, until the pasta is nearly cooked al dente, 12-15 minutes. (It does take longer with this method) Add the cheese and cook either on low or with the heat turned off, mixing the pasta to allow the cheese to melt in.
- Add the butter and parsley and mix. Taste for salt — add more since this will make a HUGE difference.
- Caramelize for as long you can. We strongly believe caramelizing onions takes at least a forty-five minutes to develop the depth of flavor and jam-like texture desirable for this pasta dish. Here at All Our Way our method for caramelizing onions takes the full 45 minutes. 2.
- Keep hot water handy. The recipe says to keep 2 cups of hot water on hand during the pasta cooking process, but I found it's helpful to keep water boiling in a pot. This way you don't have to worry about the temperature dropping. You may end up needing more than 2 cups to achieve the right level of creaminess.3.
- Be patient! The long cook time is worth it. One you take your first bite you'll see what we mean.