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Bow Tie Pasta With Spinach, Mushrooms, Caramelized Onions

This Italian-inspired recipe features bow-tie shaped pasta smothered with easy cream sauce along with vegetables and mushrooms. Simple ingredients, healthy and creamy. Perfectly matched wìth rìch and buttery Parmesan sauce. Satìsfyìng and comfortìng dìnner dish that your famìly wìll love. It’s a perfect dish to make for your family weeknight dinner.

 

Bow Tie Pasta With Spinach, Mushrooms, Caramelized Onions

For the pasta, I use Farfalle. Farfalle is a bow-tie shaped Italian pasta. This pasta is meant to be used with creamy sauces, such as with chicken broccoli alfredo (with or without chicken) or with this creamy four-cheese pasta sauce. Farfalle works great both in meatless recipes and in dishes with meat. This particular recipe is meatless. But you can easily add any kind of meat or seafood.

This simple recipe requires basic ingredients that you can buy pretty much at any store: bow-tie pasta, spinach, mushrooms, onions, garlic, cream, and Parmesan cheese. For the veggies, use spinach and caramelized onions. It’s a great and delicious way to incorporate more vegetables into your dinners. Caramelized onions add so much flavor and sophistication to this dish!

Bow Tie Pasta With Spinach, Mushrooms, Caramelized Onions

This easy recipe is perfect for those busy weeknights when you don’t have much time for cooking. It’s also a great recipe to use any leftover chicken. Just throw in some leftover cooked chicken together with creamy farfalle pasta, and you have a perfect family dinner! And other thing that I love about this recipes is that you can serve it as is, without meat! Or, you can add protein, if you like.

Bow Tie Pasta With Spinach, Mushrooms, Caramelized Onions

This Italian-inspired recipe features bow-tie shaped pasta smothered with easy cream sauce along with vegetables and mushrooms. Simple ingredients, healthy and creamy. Perfectly matched wìth rìch and buttery Parmesan sauce. Satìsfyìng and comfortìng dìnner dish that your famìly wìll love. It’s a perfect dish to make for your family weeknight dinner.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

For Pasta

  • 8 oz farfalle pasta

For Caramelized Onions

  • 3 yellow onions large, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

For Creamy Pasta Sauce

  • 10 oz mushrooms sliced (I used button mushrooms)
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 6 oz spinach
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese shredded

Instructions
 

How to caramelize onions:

  • Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil on medium-high heat in a large skillet. Add sliced onions and cook on high heat for about 10 minutes, constantly stirring with the spatula.
  • The onions should start to brown, but without burning.
  • Reduce heat to medium and continue cooking onions for 10 more minutes, continuing to stir, as onions brown even more without burning. At this point add a pinch of salt over onions.
  • Continue cooking for 10 more minutes on medium or low heat, stirring occasionally to make sure onions don’t stick to the bottom of the pan or burn.
  • In total, you should have cooked onions for 30 minutes.
  • Remove the skillet from heat and sprinkle the onions with a small amount of balsamic vinegar to deglaze the pan.
  • Using a spatula, stir the onions, scraping the bottom of the pan and coating onions with a pinch of balsamic vinegar you just added. Remove caramelized onions to a plate.

How to cook mushrooms and spinach:

  • Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in the same skillet on medium heat. Add sliced mushrooms. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt.
  • Cook mushrooms for about 5 minutes, occasionally stirring, until mushrooms are soft.
  • Add fresh spinach to the skillet and stir on low heat just until spinach starts to wilt.

How to make creamy pasta sauce:

  • Add half-and-half to the mushroom and spinach mixture and bring to a quick boil. Immediately reduce to simmer.
  • Add 2/3 cup of shredded Parmesan cheese and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Keep stirring while the sauce simmers until the cheese melts.
  • Add caramelized onions back to the skillet with the pasta sauce.

Cook pasta:

  • Cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain.
  • Add cooked and drained farfalle pasta to the creamy sauce. Stir on low heat for a couple of minutes to reheat.
  • If the sauce is too thick, add a small amount of half-and-half to thin it out. If it is too thin, add a small amount of shredded Parmesan cheese, and stir it in, while the sauce simmers.
  • Serve with more shredded parmesan cheese sprinkled on top.

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