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Caramelized onion pasta

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  • 4oz spaghetti noodles
  • 2 small onions, sliced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 3 tsp Red Boat Fish Sauce
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 ½ - 2 cups of pasta water, reserved from cooked pasta
  • salt to taste
  • neutral oil
  • optional: crushed red pepper flakes, basil


1.  Cook your spaghetti noodles according to the package (be sure to salt your pasta water). Reserve 2 cups of pasta water.

2.  In a pan over medium-low heat, add your neutral oil and sliced onions. Allow the onions to cook down for 30-45 minutes, sautéing occasionally. Turn the heat down or add a little more oil if the edges of the onions start to burn.

3.  Once the onions have caramelized, add fish sauce and mix.

4.  Add a little oil and your garlic. Sauté until softened.

5.  Add your tomato paste and sauté until browned and caramelized.

6.  Add 1 ½ cups of pasta water to deglaze the pan. Stir to scrape any caramelized bits off the bottom of the pan.

7.  Allow the sauce to reduce for a few minutes and add your pasta. Toss to combine.

8.  Salt to taste. For a saucier sauce, add the remaining pasta water.

9.  Top with optional crushed red pepper flakes or basil and enjoy hot!



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