Creamy Mushroom & Caramelized Onion Pasta

It’s pasta night in our apartment tonight! Thankfully, it’s spinach fettuccine so I can feel a wee bit less guilty. I’d like to thank Julia’s Album for this delicious Creamy Mushroom Sauce with Caramelized Onion Pasta recipe. I made a few adjustments to the recipe itself, so here’s what I did.

First, the recipe serves 4 so I cut it in half since it’s just my boyfriend and me.Next, grab your onion! Chop it into thin slices. Sauté your onions in a pan with olive oil for a total of 20 minutes to caramelize them, making sure to move the around to avoid burning them: 10 minutes on high, 5 minutes on medium, 5 minutes on med-low. Patience is a virtue, my friend! Hey, the original recipe calls for 30 minutes! After your onions are caramelized, add in 1/2 TBS of balsamic vinegar, more or less to your likings. Scrape and stir the onions getting all of the bits off of the bottom of the pan.

During the last 10 minutes, get your multi-tasking skills into gear.

Get a pot of water boiling and add in your pasta! I used spinach pasta which only takes 3 minutes. Then, grab your mushrooms — I used a package of plain ole white sliced mushrooms; sauté them in a pan at med-high heat for about 5 minutes. Add to pan of onions. I wanted a bit of crunch so I added a few slices of red bell pepper, too!

On med-low heat, slowly stir in the 2/3 cup heavy cream, ½ cup parmesan cheese, and ½ tsp salt, more to taste. Notice I didn’t use milk and used a bit more heavy cream – this is because I drink Almond Milk and the last time I tried incorporating it into a pasta dish, well, let’s just say it didn’t taste right! Anyway, add in the drained pasta and stir the mixture for about 5-10 minutes until pasta is coated and cheese is melted.

Feel free to add some protein to your meal like I did. There was plenty of leftover chicken from yesterday’s Bruschetta Chicken meal so I cut it up and tossed it in. Enjoy!

By the way, tomorrow I’m making chili in a pressure cooker… in 15-20 minutes! Yes, I suppose it can be done. Be sure to check back to see how it turns out!

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