Last October, I went to Rome for a food trip. The food was even better than I could have imagined. Since then I’ve been trying to recreate all the meals that I loved. What I like the most about Italian food is its simplicity. You can make a delicious dish with less than 5 ingredients, isn’t that amazing?!
These Pappardelle with Smoked Pancetta and Caramelized Red Onions are one of those simple dishes that require only a few basic ingredients that I’m sure you always have on hand. Fell free to use bacon instead of Pancetta.
Oh, and I almost forgot- Happy new year guys! Sending lots of love your way.
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2.5 oz / 70 g pancetta or bacon, cut into stripes
- 2 red onions, cut into slices
- 1 tsp granulated sugar
- a handful of fresh parsley, chopped
- 3 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- salt and pepper
- 6.4 oz / 180 g Pappardelle pasta (or other long pasta)
- Heat the butter in a large skillet over medium heat, add Pancetta or bacon and cook for about 3 minutes until crisp.
- Remove the Pancetta from the skillet and let it drain on a paper towel.
- In the same skillet, cook the onions while stirring for about 5 minutes. Then add the sugar and cook for a few minutes until caramelized.
- Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to the package instructions until al dente. Drain well, reserving 3 tablespoons of the cooking water.
- Transfer the pasta to the skillet with red onions. Add Pancetta, Parmesan cheese, olive oil, cooking water, parsley and mix together. Serve with freshly ground black pepper on top.