Pappardelle with Caramelized Onions

This satisfying pasta is so elegant in its simplicity and really brings the sweet flavor of caramelized onions to the forefront. Do take the time to properly caramelize the onions to ensure a deep and slightly nutty flavor. This recipe makes 4 servings.

PREP TIME: 1 hours 10 minutes
COOK TIME: 45 minutes

12 ounces pappardelle pasta
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 large yellow or sweet onions, thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
4 ounces parmesan cheese, grated
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Chopped fresh Italian parsley, for garnish

Heat butter and oil in a large, heavy skillet to medium on the stove top. Add onions toss to coat the onions with the fat. Cook, stirring every 5 minutes, until the onions become softened and a deep, golden brown. Season the onions with salt the last few minutes of cooking. The entire process should take about 30-35 minutes.

While the onions are cooking, cook pasta to al dente according to package instructions. Drain pasta and reserve 1/2 cup of the cooking water.

Add pasta to cooked onions along with pasta water and cheese. Toss gently to combine and let cook for 3-4 minutes until he sauce thickens. To serve, garnish with parsley and freshly ground black pepper.