French Onion Pasta Recipe

by Robyn Wright on April 30, 2014

in Food

French Onion Pasta! A delicious family-pleasing dish and easy recipe! | RobynsOnlineWorld.com

Pasta is not something I eat a lot of anymore but I do still love it. When I do make pasta for a meal it needs protein and lots of flavor. Recently on Pinterest I came across a recipe for French Onion Pasta from Stephanie Cooks. The name alone jumped out at me! I decided I had to try this recipe but with my own twist on it. Thanks Stephanie for the inspiration!

One of the big changes is that I am adding beef. You could of course leave it out or use chicken if you wanted, but we like beef and I am always looking for ways to use it in pasta dishes that is not ground beef. Although, as I’m thinking about this, you could use ground beef for this recipe. Since I am using beef, I am also using beef stock instead of the original recipes chicken stock.

Start by browning the strips of steak in a skillet

Start by browning your strips of top round steak in your skillet. I added some fresh ground black pepper too. There is no need to add salt as there will be plenty in the dish in the end.

I recommend using Lipton Onion Soup Mix - not any off brand

I implore you to use this original Lipton Onion soup mix in this recipe. When I first got married I tried other brands of onion soup mix and they honestly do not taste the same. It is not that much more for this brand and it is worth every penny. I grew up with my mom using this in a lot of things also. By the way, this post is not sponsored by Lipton – it is just the product I use and recommend on my own.

Simmer the sauce on the stove to develop that deep rich flavor for the French Onion Pasta | RobynsOnlineWorld.com

I love to see a pot full of simmering goodness like this! The wine and broth, onions, garlic, thyme, and of course, the soup mix.

Stir the browned meat back into the sauce after it has simmered

Add the browned steak back in after the sauce has simmered for a bit. However, if you are using a tougher cut of meat you can leave it in the entire time to help it become more tender.

I use Barilla Plus Penne pasta for my French Onion Pasta Recipe | RobynsOnlineWorld.com

Because I do not eat pasta often these days, when I do I try to make it a healthier pasta. Barilla is the brand I used most often and especially the Barilla Plus variety. If I am going to eat the pasta I might as well make it do me some good! Again, not sponsored by Barilla, just a product I use and recommend on my own.

Mix the sauce, beef, and pasta together for hredded Grand Cru Gruyere Cheese for French Onion Pasta Recipe | RobynsOnlineWorld.com

Add the cooked pasta to the pan with the sauce and meat to combine. If you are using an oven proof skillet (mine is) you can just keep going in the same pan to finish the recipe and serve it even. If not, you will need to transfer the pasta mixture to an oven safe dish at this point. Tip – if you really wanted to, you could stop right now and serve the pasta as is without adding the cheese.

Shredded Grand Cru Gruyere Cheese for French Onion Pasta Recipe | RobynsOnlineWorld.com

Ahh, cheese! For this recipe I used Grand Cru Gruyere. It is pungent but melts nicely. If you cannot find this ask at your cheese shop or deli for a cheese that would be good on French onion soup or you can just pick out whatever cheese you want. The cheese police will not come knock down your door, promise.

French Onion Pasta Recipe | RobynsOnlineWorld.com

Sprinkle your shredded cheese on top of the pasta and then put it in the broiler until it gets all bubbly. Admit it, you just salivated a bit, didn’t you?

French Onion Pasta Recipe | RobynsOnlineWorld.com

That’s it! You now have French Onion Pasta and it is a wonderfully comforting dish and a twist on regular pastas I think.

Do you think you will try this recipe? What, if any, changes would you make?

Robyn

French Onion Pasta

Meal type Main Dish
Website RobynsOnlineWorld.com

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 3/4lb top round steak, cut into thin slices (or other beef of your choice)
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 medium shallot, thinly sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 3/4 cups red wine, I used a Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 1 1/2 cup beef stock or broth
  • 1 packet Lipton Onion Soup Mix
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cups uncooked penne pasta
  • 4 tablespoons half & half cream
  • 1/3 cup shredded Grand Cru Gruyere cheese

Directions

Heat a large skillet and add the olive oil. Now add your slices of beef and sprinkle with pepper. Brown well. Remove meat from pan and set aside for now. (**TIP** If you are using a tougher cut of meat you may want to leave it in the pan the entire time and let it cook with the sauce. This will allow it more time to become tender. )

In the same skillet, add the shallots and garlic. Cook another 1-2 minutes until the shallots and garlic have softened. Add the wine to the pan to deglaze, use a wooden spoon to help lift the little bits from the bottom of the pan - they have lots of flavor! Now add the beef stock, Lipton's Onion Soup mix packet, thyme, and Worcestershire sauce to the pan. Mix well and cook on medium-low for about 20 minutes.

Cook your pasta according to package directions while your sauce is simmering.

Return the beef to the pan at this time. Now add the cream and mix well. You can add a little of the starchy cooking water from the pasta, about 1/4 cup, if you like also to help thicken the sauce.

Preheat broiler.

Add the cooked pasta to the pan with the sauce and toss well. If you have an oven safe pan you can continue in it, if not, transfer the pasta and sauce to an oven safe dish before proceeding.

Sprinkle the cheese over the top. Broil until the cheese is bubbly, just like it gets when you order French onion soup.

Serve and enjoy!

© 2014, Robyn Wright. All rights reserved.

  • http://historyinculture.wordpress.com/ Robin

    We would leave out the beef, but I like French Onion Soup, so I’m sure French Onion Pasta would be good too. I’ll look for some of that Grand Cru Gruyere cheese.

    • http://www.RobynsOnlineWorld.com/ Robyn Wright

      Yes, you can easily leave out the beef and use vegetable stock instead of beef stock if you like.

  • Katrina

    MMM! I love Onion soup mix, I really do! so salty and delicious, but has tons of unhealthy stuff I guess… There’s a recipe to make some homemade soup mix, but I’ve yet make it, so I can’t say if it tastes the same. But I really want to make this, so I just might have to!

    • http://www.RobynsOnlineWorld.com/ Robyn Wright

      I think you could try your own mix of course, I just prefer the Lipton brand. You could actually use leftover actual french onion soup you make from scratch to make this pasta dish too (I thought of that this weekend)

  • gkran

    Now that looks yummy. I never thought of using soup mix in this way.

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