French Onion Pasta

Like many people in the food blogosphere I was so excited to go see Julie & Julia. My husband had sent me the preview for this movie many many months ago and I had been anxiously awaiting its release. I loved it. I thought it was super cute and I really liked the characters. After leaving the movie I started thinking about my blog and the role it plays in my life. I wondered about my readers, what they are like, and why they decide to devote part of their day to reading about me, my cooking, and my life. I thought about how amazing it is that people tune in and how motivating that is to me. It is a creative outlet. A commitment. A challenge. As a person who truly enjoys challenges I decided to create my own little food blog challenge for myself. My challenge is to create one recipe a week completely my own. No cookbook. No blog post. No magazine. Just my brain and my pantry.

French Onion Pasta

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups of uncooked penne pasta
  • 1 to 1.5 cup of chicken stock
  • 1 packet of Lipton's Onion Soup mix
  • 1 shallot, finely diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, smashed
  • 1/2 cup of marsala wine
  • 4 tablespoons of light cream
  • 1 tablespoon of flour
  • 1/4 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tablespoon of EVOO
Directions-
  • Cook pasta according to directions, set aside and keep warm.
  • In a saucepan, heat the EVOO. Add the scallions and garlic, stir continually until soft and fragrant.
  • Add the marsala wine, scraping the bottom of the pan to remove any stuck on pieces of onion.
  • Add the stock and soup mix packets, allow to cook on low for about 20 minutes.
  • Stir in flour, whisking continually until well incorporated and thickened.
  • Add the light cream, mix well.
  • Add the pasta to the sauce, stir well.
  • Pour into an oven safe dish. Top with the mozzarella cheese.
  • Set it under the broiler until the cheese gets a little crispy.