So, I spent this past weekend in Florida for a wedding. It was absolutely amazing! Beautiful weather all weekend, lots of old friends, great dancing, and maybe a few rum punches. I flew back home yesterday (way too short of a trip in my opinion) and I found myself with a VERY serious case of the sunday scaries. My strategy was two fold: firstly I needed to distract myself. This is where I seriously failed in my plan. I decided that I should see what all the hype is about with the 50 shades of grey movie. HORRIBLE LIFE CHOICE. Sorry Jamie Doran not even your smokin hot bod could save that one. That is 2 hours of my life that I will never ever get back. some things you can't unsee, I'm talking to you Dakota Johnson.
Anyway back to the second part of my plan: I needed to make myself something that would be comforting and delicious. There also was not a lot of food in the fridge and I was way too lazy to go shopping. SO, I took a page out of Colu Henry's book (everyone should follow her on instagram @coluhenry) and make some back pocket pasta. And thus my new favorite pasta dish (sorry carbonara) was born! Ready for it? Caramelized onion and brussels sprouts pasta.
There play between the sweetness of the caramelized onions and the bitterness of the brussels sprouts as they started to char a little was amazing. You all need to make this RIGHT NOW.
PS. my diet starts today (woof.)
Caramelized Onion and Brussels Sprout Spaghetti
- 1 lb GF spaghetti
- 2 onions sliced
- 2 cups shaved (or thinly sliced) brussels sprouts
- 2 cloves of garlic minced
- red pepper flakes (to taste)
- 3 tbs olive oil
- 2 tbs butter
- 1/2 c parmesan cheese
Put a large pot of salted water on to boil. Meanwhile in a large skillet over medium heat sauté the onions in olive oil and butter. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Stirring occasionally caramelize the onions until they are golden in color (about 20 minutes). Add in the shaved brussels sprouts, red pepper flakes, and garlic.
Drop your pasta and cook to the packages directions. Once pasta is cooked reserve 2 cups of the pasta water. Add the spaghetti directly to the sauté pan. Add 1/2 a cup of the pasta water to help loosen up the sauce. You may need to add more depending on how wet you like your pasta sauces to be. Add in the parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.