French Onion Pasta Is Wildly Popular On TikTok, So I Tried It, And It's Definitely Being Added To My Dinner Rotation

    The TikTok chefs have outdone themselves...

    Hello! I'm Jen, and I re-create a lot of viral recipes! I have a biweekly series where I try recipes that are trending in pop culture (or some that just look good).

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    Recently, I haven’t been able to escape the latest food obsession dominating my For You page: French onion pasta.

    You see, in the beginning, God created spicy vodka pasta and baked feta pasta. And then God said, "Let there be French onion pasta," and there was French onion pasta.

    Screenshot of French onion pasta

    Yes, French onion pasta — like the soup, except it's pasta — is reigning over Food TikTok right now.

    In a clip that now has over 8.1 million views, Carolyn, aka @carolbeecooks, explains why she's "never" making the pasta again.

    A plate of pasta with the caption "3 reasons I'm NEVER making my one pot French onion pasta again"

    Oh, wait, there are no reasons. She's definitely making the pasta again.

    Naturally, I was intrigued by a dish that could only make Italians upset, so I decided I'd try it for myself. I used Carolyn's recipe from her website, although I cut all the measurements in half, since I was only cooking for myself. Here's everything I used:

    The ingredients lined up and listed underneath, including butter, onion, sherry, white wine,  rigatoni, beef stock, Worcestershire sauce, Parmesan, and half-and-half

    First things first, I sliced up half an onion. I tried my best to keep the pieces pretty thin.

    A cutting board with sliced onions next to a knife

    I melted a tablespoon of butter in my pot and added in the onions, cooking them on medium heat with the lid on. After about five minutes, I turned the heat on low, took the lid off, and let them caramelize for another 15 minutes.

    Cooked onions in a pot

    Next, I added the sherry and white wine, followed by the sprigs of thyme. My kitchen was beginning to smell amazing.

    I then added in the uncooked rigatoni and beef stock and turned the heat back up to medium. I let the concoction boil for about 15 minutes, poking at the pasta every now and again to ensure that it would be cooked ✨al dente✨.

    Rigatoni mixture cooking on the stove

    Once the soup boiled down, I picked out the thyme. By this point, the onions were gorgeously caramelized, and the pasta had taken on a toasty, brown hue.

    Pasta in the pot

    Immediately after removing the plants (LOL), I added in the cheese and half-and-half and stirred until the sauce was nicely emulsified.

    Half-and-half and cheese being added to the mixture

    Finally, I plated the pasta. She was glimmering. She was beautiful.

    Cooked pasta in a pan

    I tried the pasta, and I swear, I ate nearly the whole pot in 10 minutes — it was THAT good. As you could guess, the sauce tasted exactly like French onion soup, although I honestly think I liked this better than French onion soup.

    Woman holding a plate of French onion pasta

    Not to sound like the asshole from The Menu (you know the one), but the flavors in this pasta are delectable. The caramelized onions and rigatoni are so flavorful, and straight out of my savory dreams. The pasta is very cheesy, yet it maintains an air of sophistication because of the complexity that the wine adds to the dish. All in all, it's a YES from me!

    A close-up of Jen's fork and the rigatoni

    I also made a TikTok of this entire process, if you’re a visual learner.


    tried @carolbeecooks french onion pasta and i LOVED #frenchonionpasta #pasta

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    Have you tried French onion pasta? Let me know in the comments!