Oil n’ Garlic Spaghetti with Caramelized Onions & Parmesan


I think if someone asked me what my favorite simple pasta dish was I’d probably say Oil n’ Garlic (or vodka or pesto or pink sauce, etc etc..EVERYTHING). No, but really – I love Oil n’Garlic pasta. It’s garlicky, and smooth and when topped with parmigiana cheese -adds just the right amount of salt. One night my mom and I were craving some, so I whipped up this simple dish with the addition of caramelized onions.

Oil n’ Garlic Spaghetti with Caramelized Onions:

  • 1 large white onion – thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • sprinkle of salt
  • couple tbsp olive oil – good quality
  • 4-5 cloves garlic – lightly smashed
  • red crushed pepper
  • 1/4 box of Thin Spaghetti
  • 1/4 cup shredded parmigiana cheese
  • good extra virgin olive oil

1. In a medium non-stick skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-low flame. Add the sliced onions and saute. Once the onions start turning translucent, reduce the heat to slightly above low and continue to cook. Sprinkle in a pinch of salt and the 1 tsp of sugar. You want to cook these onions for about 10-15 minutes until super soft and golden in color like caramel. Remove  from the skillet and set aside.

2. In a large pot bring water to a boil – sprinkle with a generous amount of salt and add a tsp of olive oil. Boil until al dente, then strain, but reserve the starchy water. Set aside.

3. In the same medium skillet, add a touch more olive oil and set over medium-low flame. Add in the garlic cloves and red crushed pepper. Saute for a 1-2 minutes until fragrant. Add in the cooked pasta and a couple of tbsp of the reserved pasta water. Toss and add in a little more reserved pasta water if it seems to be getting dry. I added about 1/4 cup of the water in total. Toss in the reserved caramelized onions and the parmigiana cheese. Toss and place in a serving dish and top with more cheese. Serve!

Serves 2-3 (or 1 depending on how hungry/hangry you are) 

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