Caramelized Onions And Cavatelli Vegetarian Recipe

By | May 13, 2009

Caramelized Onions Recipe With Cavatelli

Caramelized Onions Ingredients

Balsamic vinegar – one tablespoon
Cavatelli or Pasta – ten ounces
Zucchini – two (use small sized ones and slit them lengthwise into two halves)
Olive oil – one tablespoon
Garlic – four cloves (mince them into small pieces)
Sugar – one teaspoon
Fresh thyme – one tablespoon (use a teaspoon of dried thyme, if fresh ones are not available)
Water – two tablespoon
Fresh parsley – optional (snip them into small pieces)
Onion – two medium (slice them into pieces)
Walnuts or pine nuts – as required (chop them into pieces and toast them)

Method Of Preparation

  1. Pour some water in a big saucepan.
  2. Add some salt and oil. When the water starts to boil, stir in the pasta or cavatelli.
  3. Allow the pasta to cook, till it is tender.
  4. If the pasta is not stirred regularly while it is being cooked, it will clump together and stick to the sides of the pan.
  5. Once it is cooked, drain out the excess hot water and pour in a glass of cold water. The pasta should not be submerged in the cold water.
  6. After about 5 seconds, drain out the cold water, and set the pasta aside. This step is very important as it will stop the pasta from cooking further but will keep it warm.
  7. Take a large skillet and add some oil.
  8. Sauté the onions. This step takes around 10 minutes.
  9. Sprinkle some sugar granules. Cook without the lid, in medium heat. It should take about 5 minutes for the onions to caramelize.
  10. Stir in the garlic and zucchini slices.
  11. Add in the thyme, balsamic vinegar and water. Cook till the zucchini is crisp.
  12. Serve the pasta with the zucchini and thyme.
  13. Garnish with pecans or walnuts.

Health Tips

  • Caramelization of onions refers to the technique of heating them, which results in the browning of the natural inherent sugars. They become brown and result in a pleasant and mellow flavor.
  • The total preparation time for this dish is about half an hour. It is a vegetarian recipe that is diabetes friendly.
  • Caramelized onions and cavatelli provides 383 calories per serving.
  • Caramelized onions and cavatelli provides 13 grams of protein and three grams of dietary fiber per serving. The cavatelli provides six percent of the daily value of vitamin C.
  • It is a low sodium preparation, which contributes to 77 mg of sodium and 63 grams of carbohydrates.