Caramelized Onion and Veggie Pasta

Taylor Dowd
by Taylor Dowd
4 servings
1 hr 30 min

Pasta is my go-to meal of choice. I love finding ways to incorporate veggies in fun and delicious ways and this pasta totally satisfies. I'm always amazed by how cooking certain veggies, like onions, with a bit of olive oil can completely change the flavor and texture. Caramelizing the onions in this dish elevates the taste with a crunchy, toasty sweetness. Veggies aren't always the most tasty to eat, but caramelizing is a game changer. The onions are the star of the show, but the other veggies are easily interchangeable and would be best selected according to what's in season. I used a red lentil rotini I had on hand and the result was a satisfying vegan meal packed with protein and a medley of colorful vegetables. This pasta is perfect for easy dinner nights and sure to be a treat for the whole family.

Caramelized Onion and Veggie Pasta
Recipe details
  • 4  servings
  • Prep time: 30 Minutes Cook time: 1 Hours Total time: 1 hr 30 min
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  • 4 tablespoons olive oil (divided)
  • 1 onion, vertically sliced (yellow, white, or sweet onion)
  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1 bell pepper, cubed
  • 1 medium-sized zucchini, cubed
  • 1 cup broccoli, chopped
  • 1.5 cups mushrooms, sliced
  • 12 oz pasta of choice
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 cups spinach chopped
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • fresh basil for garnish (optional)

Heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a large pan. Add onion, stirring frequently until onion has reduced in size and browned. Caramelization will take about 20-25 minutes.
Meanwhile, bring another pot of water to a boil and cook pasta according to package directions.
Once onions have caramelized, remove from pot and set aside. Add another tablespoon of of oil to pot and immediately add garlic.
Cook garlic on very low heat until it begins to brown. Be careful not to burn. Then, add in bell pepper and increase heat to medium. Cook until slightly softened.
Add in zucchini and broccoli and cook for 5 to 7 more minutes.
Add in mushrooms and cook until they release their liquid and cook down. Add seasonings and stir.
Remove pot from heat and add in spinach until wilted. Stir in basil and additional seasoning to taste, as needed.
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