Roasted Onion “Pasta” Noodles

 Gently nestle a large soup spoon along side your mound of pasta, nudge a small amount on the spoon, slowly spin, spin, spin the pasta onto your fork making certain you have an even gravy to noodle ratio, because too much of one or the other offsets the balance you crave at meal time. I am a pasta spoon spinner. Anyone else? My children understand to set a large spoon at my place setting when they know pasta, at least when long varieties like spaghetti, linguine, and bucatini make it on the night’s menu. Alas, all of that is gone for me now. I am in search of other varieties of “pastas”. I do miss it terribly, all except for that thump in my belly feeling, but have learned to venture out and experiment with pasta’s flavorful, whole food alternatives like spaghetti squash and cauliflower “rice.” It forces me to ask myself, “what foods can I use in place of noodles, bread, or couscous?”  But if I were to go off the rails, it would be with the real stuff, all in it’s white flour glory. I am paleo and Italian- a tough combination to be for sure.

We will still host “Cranky Pasta Nights” for Himself’s company’s Summer Associates, I have promised my vegan friend I would teach her how to crank out homemade pasta (sans eggs), and I still love the idea of hanging pasta from hangers all over my kitchen to dry. Those events are few and far between, so for the day to day interludes with pasta, I will enjoy adding  Onion “Pasta” Noodles to my repertoire of pasta impostors. The sweet vidalia, cut in thin slices, rings separated, drizzled with olive oil and a sprinkle of salt and pepper creates a sweet, savory, nutty, and surprisingly flavorful substitute for pasta under the mass of my Bolognese Sauce.

Roasted Onion “Pasta” Noodles
4 large vidalia onions
olive oil
Kosher or finely ground sea salt
freshly ground black pepper

One Recipe Bolognese Sauce– If you are strict Paleo, leave out the Parmesan Cheese

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut root and stem end from the onions, peel, and slice into 1/4 inch slices. Separate rings and place in a large roasting pan. You may have to use 2 pans.  Drizzle with a generous amount of olive oil and sprinkle with a bit of salt and pepper. Roast for 30 minutes or until onions become tender and begin to brown, some pieces may even toast up a bit- yum! You may want to give them a stir halfway through roasting. Plate and top with Bolognese Sauce, or another sauce or stew of choice. Serves 4.

Note: I case you were wondering, I did not experience any re-belch-a-burp-atation with the onion pasta. But a breath mint is suggested.

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Dear Biz, I know you are gagging right now! Hee hee.


  1. Posted May 11, 2012 at 6:15 AM | Permalink

    I love more excuses to eat onions…roasting them sounds amazing!!!

  2. Posted May 11, 2012 at 9:04 AM | Permalink

    Ha Robin Sue – I was thinking the same thing when I read your post about Biz!

    I on the other hand would definitely eat this!

    • Robin Sue
      Posted May 11, 2012 at 9:07 AM | Permalink

      Well she does eat onion rings. Haha! We’ll have to get here to try these (and film it!)
      Have a great Friday!

  3. ray
    Posted May 11, 2012 at 10:20 AM | Permalink

    Hey Robin,
    thanks very much for the nice little gift you left at the gym. I had to enjoy one right after the workout on Wednesday. They bring back very fond memories of hanging out in the evenings at a cafe in Diest, Belgium back in the early 90s. I’m headed to Cafe Belga in DC tomorrow, where they have it on tap!

    • Robin Sue
      Posted May 11, 2012 at 1:43 PM | Permalink

      I think beer is one of the best recovery juices around after a WOD. Have one for me tomorrow!

  4. Posted May 11, 2012 at 10:20 PM | Permalink

    I love the idea of roasting Vidalia onions as ‘noodle’s for that amazing meat sauce! I am trying to cut down on my pasta consumption and have found that I enjoy spaghetti squash quite a lot… this looks like another option!

  5. Posted May 12, 2012 at 7:58 AM | Permalink

    My family never used the spoon to roll spaghetti but I ‘ve tried it with limited success as an adult. I basically do th best I can to roll it on a fork against the plate and sometimes it’s not a pretty site to watch me eat it. I love the idea of meat sauce on onions – two of my favorites.

  6. Posted May 12, 2012 at 5:47 PM | Permalink

    oooh, great idea! some may cower at the idea of eating so many onions at once, but not me–i think it sounds delicious!

  7. Louanne
    Posted May 18, 2012 at 6:34 PM | Permalink

    Found you thru a Pinterest pin, and I so glad. I’m loving your recipes, this one in particular! Can’t wait to try this.

  8. Posted May 27, 2012 at 1:00 AM | Permalink

    YUM YUM!!! I love “spaghetti” – Typically I make it with spaghetti squash, but I love the onion version too! 🙂

  9. Posted June 23, 2015 at 2:14 AM | Permalink

    This sounds lovely. Going to give this a go. thanks for sharing this recipe.


  10. BrandiLynn
    Posted October 14, 2015 at 4:23 PM | Permalink

    I found you looking for a recipe I saw once, they boiled the onions instead of roasting them, and folks swore they could not tell that it was not a pasta noodle!

    Although I really just comented so I could say “word!” about the twirling spoon. I remember being horrified the first time I ever saw a friend’s mama breaking up the noodles wondering what kind of fresh hell this was! And now, my beloved is a human who likes his noodle and noodle counterparts to be cut up, so.

    Word to the twirling spoon. I miss thee!!

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