Pasta Patate
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Tossed with a sauce made entirely of caramelized onions, butter, and olive oil, pasta patate, or pasta with potatoes, is a rich and filling meatless dish from Italy.
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 4-6
  • ½ cube butter
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 small onions
  • ½ tsp Kosher salt
  • Several twists of the pepper mill
  • ½ lb fusilli, penne or other similar pasta
  • 2-3 small russet potatoes (just over 1 lb)
  • Grated Parmesan cheese (garnish)
  • Fresh thyme leaves (optional, garnish)
  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat.
  2. While you are waiting for the water to boil, melt the butter and olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Thinly slice the onions and add them to the pan with the butter and olive oil. Cook these over medium heat until they start to caramelize. Add the salt and pepper, and continue stirring while the onions cook.
  3. Wash and peel the potatoes, then cut into bite-sized chunks thick enough to cook in the same amount of time as the pasta. Once the water is boiling, add the pasta, then the potatoes. Cook about 10 minutes or so until the pasta is al dente and the potatoes are cooked through.
  4. Reserve about a cup of the pasta/potato water, then drain the pasta and potatoes.
  5. When the onions are mostly golden, stir in ½ cup of the starchy water, then toss with the pasta and potatoes. Add more of the water, if desired, to make it a little more saucy.
  6. Toss with copious amounts of Parmesan cheese before serving.
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