French Onion Pasta

Caramelizing the onions is somewhat time consuming, but it makes all the difference in this delightful twist on French onion for dinner.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 35 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 50 mins
8 servings


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 2 large Spanish onions, thinly sliced

  • 2 large shallots, thinly sliced

  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar

  • 1 pound rotini pasta

  • 1 (3 pound) rotisserie chicken

  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme

  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped

  • ½ cup Marsala wine

  • 1 ½ cups beef broth

  • 4 tablespoons Greek yogurt

  • ¾ cup shredded mozzarella cheese

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme, or to taste (Optional)


  1. Heat oil and butter in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onions and shallots and cook and stir until onions begin to soften, about 5 minutes. Stir in brown sugar well. Continue to cook over medium heat until well caramelized, 45 to 60 minutes. Stir occasionally, being sure to scrape up the browned bits from the bottom of the pot.

  2. While onions cook, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil; cook rotini at a boil until tender yet firm to the bite, about 8 minutes. Drain. Set aside and keep warm.

  3. Bone chicken and cut meat into chunks.

  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  5. Add flour, thyme, and garlic to the caramelized onions. Cook, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes. Add Marsala wine, scraping the bottom of the pan to deglaze. Add beef broth. Cook over medium-low heat, whisking continually until thickened, about 10 minutes. Add Greek yogurt and mix well.

  6. Stir pasta, chicken, and mozzarella cheese into the sauce. Mix thoroughly. Season with salt and pepper. Pour into an oven-safe dish. Top with Parmesan cheese. Cover with foil.

  7. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes. Remove foil and bake for an additional 10 minutes. Garnish with fresh thyme for fancier presentation at serving.

Cook's Note:

Substitute sour cream for Greek yogurt if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

630 Calories
24g Fat
56g Carbs
40g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 630
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 24g 31%
Saturated Fat 9g 44%
Cholesterol 104mg 35%
Sodium 417mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 56g 20%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 40g
Vitamin C 5mg 26%
Calcium 198mg 15%
Iron 4mg 24%
Potassium 507mg 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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