FARFALLE WITH SPINACH, MUSHROOMS, CARAMELIZED ONIONS

Creamy Farfalle Pasta with Spinach, Mushrooms, and Caramelized Onions.  This simple meatless Italian dinner is pure comfort food!  The bow-tie shaped pasta is perfectly matched with rich and buttery Parmesan sauce!

FARFALLE WITH SPINACH, MUSHROOMS, CARAMELIZED ONIONS

Ingredients
Caramelized onions
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 yellow onions , large, sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

Creamy pasta sauce
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 10 oz mushrooms , sliced (I used button mushrooms)
  • 6 oz spinach
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese , shredded
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Pasta
  • 8 oz farfalle pasta

Instructions
How to caramelize onions:
  • Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil on medium-high heat in a large skillet. Add sliced onions and cook on high heat for about 10 minutes, constantly stirring with the spatula.
  • The onions should start to brown, but without burning.
  • Reduce heat to medium and continue cooking onions for 10 more minutes, continuing to stir, as onions brown even more without burning. At this point add a pinch of salt over onions.
  • Continue cooking for 10 more minutes on medium or low heat, stirring occasionally to make sure onions don’t stick to the bottom of the pan or burn.
  • In total, you should have cooked onions for 30 minutes.
  • Remove the skillet from heat and sprinkle the onions with a small amount of balsamic vinegar to deglaze the pan.
  • Using a spatula, stir the onions, scraping the bottom of the pan and coating onions with a pinch of balsamic vinegar you just added. Remove caramelized onions to a plate.
  • How to cook mushrooms and spinach:
  • Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in the same skillet on medium heat. Add sliced mushrooms. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt.
  • Cook mushrooms for about 5 minutes, occasionally stirring, until mushrooms are soft.
  • Add fresh spinach to the skillet and stir on low heat just until spinach starts to wilt.