French Onion Ziti is a simple to make, one pot pasta recipe that has all the great flavors of French Onion Soup. It makes a great vegetarian meal or it can be served as a side dish.
Caramelized onions form the base of the recipe. Make sure you put in the time to let them really cook down and get nice and brown. Once the onions are ready, vegetable broth and ziti pasta are added and cooked to the tenderness you prefer. Baby Swiss cheese and fresh thyme are stirred in at the end to add some freshness and comfort.
You will need a large pot with a cover for this recipe.
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- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 4 cups yellow onions, thinly sliced ( 2 large onion)
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- 6 cups vegetable broth
- 8 ounces ziti pasta
- 1 cup shredded baby Swiss or Swiss cheese
- I tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- 2 tablespoons water
Add the butter and olive oil to a large stock pot over medium low heat.
When the butter has melted, add the onions, kosher salt and black pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally for 15-20 minutes, stirring often. You want the onions to be caramelized and deep brown. Make sure you keep stirring them so they brown evenly.
Add the vegetable broth and ziti. Turn the heat up to high to bring the mixture to a boil.
Reduce the heat to medium low and cover the pot.
Cook for 8 minutes, stirring occasionally if you prefer al dente pasta. Cook for 10 minutes if you prefer a softer pasta.
You should still have some broth left in the pot when the pasta is done. If you do not, add another ½ cup vegetable stock or water to the pot.
Combine the cornstarch with the water and make sure it dissolves.
Add the mixture to the pot and cook stirring over medium low heat until the broth thickens into a sauce.
Stir in the Swiss cheese and thyme.
Remove from the heat and serve.