August 11, 2009

Carmelized Balsamic Onions over Pasta

We have pasta quite a lot as a side to our weeknight meals. It's quick and easy, but I often get bored of pasta with a drizzle of olive oil over it. So, last week I started looking through the various ingredients in my fridge and cabinets to find inspiration.

I pulled out my bottle of aged Balsamic vinegar from O & Co. and an onion. After thinking about it for a few minutes, I decided that I would allow the onions to carmelize in just a bit of olive oil. Once they started to get soft and browned, I added about 1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar and 1/4 cup of chicken broth. I allowed it to cook down for about 5-7 minutes.
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The result was a sweet and rich sauce to top my pasta. I thoroughly enjoyed this with our dinner that night, and even reheated for lunch the next day. Too easy not to repeat this one! I do recommend using a GOOD quality balsamic vinegar, don't skimp on this one. The balsamic vinegar is the star and if you use a lower quality vinegar it will be noticeable in the finished dish.

Here are some other great ideas to dress up your pasta:
For the Love of Cooking: Gemelli with Turkey Sausage and Roasted Vegetables in a Parmesan Cream Sauce
Ezra Pound Cake: Summer Spaghetti with Arugula and tomatoes
Handle the Heat: Orzo with Sausage, Peppers and Tomatoes
The Thrifty Gourmet: Linguine with Basil Cream Sauce and Corn
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9 comments:

Tessa said...

Thanks for linking me!! Mmm balsamic caramelized onions sounds amazing! I'll definitely have to add this to my repertoire of easy pasta add-ins :) Maybe even tomorrow...

Cara said...

This sounds great! I have found that adding water to onions is a great way to achieve the taste of caramelized onions with much less fat, but I bet your version with balsamic is even more flavorful!

Lynda said...

I love this idea, Patsy...sounds like an addictive pasta dish!

Jamie said...

This is a great dish! Love caramelized onions, but cooking them down in broth and balsamic vinegar sounds simply fabulous!

Aggie said...

Oh wow, this pasta sounds and looks amazing! Balsamic vinegar makes everything taste wonderful doesn't it?

Lisa said...

It sounds fantastic! Why didn't I think of that?

Kristen said...

I never would have thought to do this with pasta. Delicious, Patsy!

Chef E said...

You had me at caramelized! (of course the banner with chocolate already brings me over) Savory, sweet, anything would send me into your kitchen to pull out a fork so I could taste it! Pasta is a wonderful idea!

RecipeGirl said...

Caramelized onions on pasta?? Sounds fabulous. I agree w/ the balsamic... a splurge on the good stuff is necessary. My husband would love this, but not sure if I can pull the onions over on the kiddo! Will have to wait for a couple-only din (or just give the kid the noodle part!)

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