Caramelized Onion Penne


Okay, now that I have a handle on this whole Weight Watcher thing…
I’ve learned that just changing a few ingredients to a healthier option can have a huge impact on your fat and calorie intake.  I’m sure some of you are thinking “well duhh!” but I’ve never taken the time to realize this and put it to the test, until now.  I’ve changed the pasta, cream, and amount of cheese called for in the original recipe and was able to trim down those WW points!
If you hate onions, then don’t read any further into this recipe.  But if you love onions, you are in for a treat!  What onion-lover could pass up a pasta recipe whose main ingredient is caramelized onions?  The anchovies and bay leaf add a tier of flavor that should not be missed, so grab your kitchen cojones and don’t forget the anchovy paste!    


Servings: 3
WW Point Value: 8 per serving
Ingredients:
1/2 pound whole-grain penne
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
4 anchovies or 1 tsp anchovy paste
2 cups slice onions
1 bay leaf
salt
pepper
pinch of crushed red pepper (optional)
1/2 cup fat free half and half
2 tbsp Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup parsley

Directions:
Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Salt the water and add the pasta. Cook to al dente and drain.
 
Heat the extra-virgin olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Stir in the anchovy paste and let it melt into the oil. 
Add the onions and bay leaf and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Cook the onions until very soft and light caramel in color, about 20 minutes. 
Stir in the cream, and cook until heated through. Remove the bay leaf, then add the pasta and cheese and toss to coat. 

Transfer to a serving bowl, sprinkle with parsley and serve.

7 thoughts on “Caramelized Onion Penne

  1. This dish looks AMAzing and I will be trying out because I always try and stay on the weight watchers way of eating. Those darn points are always floating around in my head. Thank you so much for coming by and visiting/following my blog. I am now doing the same. BTW yep I love me some Roseann I have seen the episodes 100 times and never get tired of them….

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  2. Can't wait for you to try it! Also keep in mind, for a rich and heavier dish, you can always refer back to the original recipe. Even though it isn't as healthy, it tastes darn good!!Another tip — I used to caramelize the onions in 1 tblsp olive oil and 1 tblsp butter. BIG difference in flavor.

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