One-Pot French Onion Pasta
I’m already anticipating Sunday.
Talk about putting the cart before the horse. We haven’t even hopped around the weekend enough to make it to Sunday.
Sundays, I would argue, are the worst. Actually… they’re the BEST but only between the hours of 8am and noon when we’re sleeping in, churching, brunching, or napping after pancakes. After noon on a Sunday I find myself in the unfortunate task of pretending to be relaxed while stressing about the week to come. We’ve talked about this before. It’s called The Sunday Stresses, and it’s more real that we deserve.
Luckily there’s PASTA. All healing, all comforting, all filling PASTA. Thank you, Lord. For real.
I have pasta every Sunday night. I spoon myself an embarrassingly large bowl, sit cross-legged on the couch, watch Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee and just tear through a bowl. I’m trying to fill the pit of Sunday Stresses and pasta usually works, until it doesn’t… but even still.
This One-Pot pasta comes together easily and makes the house smell like an onion dream. There’s just something so right about the smell of cooking onions.
While the onions, thyme, and chicken broth flavors have more of a Fall feel to them… well, The Sunday Stresses know no season. Let’s just get some quality couch time in. Let’s make out with pasta, just a little.
NOT WEIRD AT ALL!
Fat spaghetti pasta, chicken broth and water, onions halved and sliced, butter and olive oil, thyme and cheese and arugula and seasoning. Everything! Let’s go!
The onions. Oh the onions. They actually cook longer than the pasta itself. The onions need a bit of caressing with butter and olive oil and low heat.
Progress. It’s hard not to hover and stir, but the onions do need quality time with the heat. They need to sit and simmer a bit.
This is about when I get super impatient and start to think of worms.
Golden brown, studded with fresh thyme, seasoned with salt and pepper rather aggressively.
Deglazing the hot pan with water and chicken broth. The steam! The best part.
Welcome to the party, pasta! We need you.
We do a little dance on the stovetop. Simmer with the lid on for a bit. Stir with the lid off for a bit. Simmer with the lid on again. Fluff with the lid off.
It’ll all come together in about 10 magical minutes.
Related: I need more magical minutes in all of my days. RIGHT!?
Taste and most likely add: salt and pepper, way too much parmesan cheese, and handfuls of fresh arugula.
By now your neighbors are likely knocking on the door because you made the world smell AMAZING! Share the pasta, not the stresses.
This pasta is both slightly sweet and salty. As the onions cook down, they take on a tender and sweet quality. It’s lovely, but you may find yourself adding a bit more salt and parmesan cheese than you might expect. I love the spice that fresh arugula adds to the pasta. Red pepper flakes are also divine. You want to add cooked sausage too!? Heck yes!