Caramelized Vidalia Onion Casserole is rich, decadent, and filling. This meatless family dinner recipe is made in one pan making clean-up wonderfully short!
This is much like French onion soup. It has the same deep, rich flavors. I realize French Onion Soup may be more of a winter dish, therefore, my Caramelized Vidalia Onion Casserole more of a winter casserole. But, I never follow food rules so we’re having this wonderfully tasty casserole right in the heat of summer!
Surprisingly, even my veggie hating teenager asked, “Mom, what are you cooking? It smells wonderful!” #winwin
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 2 to 3 large Vidalia onions or other sweet onion
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
- 1 teaspoon salt or to taste)
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 cup low sodium chicken broth
- 8 ounces pasta any shape
- 1 bay leaf
- 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme or 1/2 tablespoon fresh thyme
- 1/4 teaspoon fresh rosemary minced (just of pinch of dried rosemary)
- 1 cup heavy cream
- pinch of red pepper flakes
- 6 ounces gruyere shredded
- 6 ounces fontina shredded
- In a large pot, cook pasta according to directions on package.
- Drain and set pasta aside.
- Turn pot to low and add 2 tablespoon canola oil.
- Add onions and cook on low 30 to 40 minutes until caramelized. Stir frequently.
- Add 1 cup chicken broth, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, bay leaves, thyme, garlic, rosemary, and red pepper flakes.
- Cook until liquid has reduced by half.
- Stir in cream, pasta and cheeses.
- (Casserole can be covered and refrigerated at this point and baked later if desired.)
- Bake at 400 20 to 30 minutes or until hot and cheese is melted.
*optional, 1 cup button mushrooms, slicedRecipe from Paula @CallMePMc.com All images and content are copyright protected. Please do not use my images without prior permission that includes copying the ingredient list or entire recipe and posting in the comments on Pinterest for Facebook. If you want to share this recipe, please simply link back to this post for the recipe.
Caramelized Vidalia Onion Casserole
- You can easily add chicken to this recipe if you have meat eaters in your house. I would cut two boneless, skinless chicken breasts into cubes. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons vegetable oil to pan your pan (before you saute onions), saute chicken 7 to 8 minutes stirring occasionally until it is cooked through. Remove the chicken from pan and continue caramelizing onions as instructed below.
- A pint of button mushrooms would also be good in this recipe. Add sliced mushrooms the last 6 to 7 minutes when you are cooking the onions.
- You can use regular pasta, quick-cooking pasta, gluten free pasta, or whole grain pasta.
- Read this post on How to Store Onions.
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