Caramelised onion penne

  • Preparation Time5 mins
  • Cooking Time25 mins
  • Serves2
  • DifficultyEasy
250g whole-wheat penne pasta
30ml extra-virgin olive oil
1 tsp anchovy paste or 4 flat fillets
2 large onions, thinly sliced
1 bay leaf
Freshly ground black pepper
125ml double cream
60g grated Parmigiano Reggiano, a couple of handfuls
Handful of finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1) Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Salt the water and add the pasta. Cook to al dente and drain.

2) Heat the extra-virgin olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Stir in the anchovy paste and let it melt into the oil. Add the onions and bay leaf and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Cook the onions until very soft and light caramel in colour, about 20 minutes.

3) Stir in the cream and cook until heated through. Remove the bay leaf, then add the pasta and cheese and toss to coat. Transfer to a serving bowl, sprinkle with parsley and serve.

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