Better Than a Steakhouse French Onion Soup [+Video]

Better Than a Steakhouse French Onion Soup [+Video]

You think you can only get good French onion soup in a steakhouse? This recipe will surpass your expectations! Better than any steakhouse onion soup!

I’m not going to lie. French onion soup has been an absolute no go for me. I couldn’t imagine anything worse than a bowl full of onions in broth. Oh the frailties of youth! What was I thinking? This soup is just heaven!

A baking sheet with containers of Onion soup. The soup has a bread and cheese topping that has been toasted in the oven.

On a whim last year, I decided to start testing recipes because if low and slow works like a dream for meat, then it might just be delicious with onions too. Kind of like the onions in a good pot roast….yum!

And my goodness! Perfectly caramelized onions in a savory broth topped with a crusty piece of bread lathered in melty gooey cheese! I know, everything I just said is perfect. It’s almost too good to be true! Can you even trust me since it took me 36 years to realize this?!

What Ingredients are Needed for French Onion Soup?

These are all the ingredients you will need to make onion soup:

  • Butter
  • Salt
  • Garlic
  • Brown Sugar
  • Walla Walla Onions
  • Water
  • Beef Broth
  • Chicken Broth
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Thyme
  • Bay Leaf
  • Gruyere Cheese
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Baguette

Scroll down to the recipe card for all the measurements.

A metal soup bowl of onion soup topped with melted cheese and toasted bread. Two other bowls of soup are in the background.

How to Make Homemade Onion Soup

Making the best French onion soup takes time, patience and diligence. It takes some TLC to caramelize onions. Here are the basic steps:

  • Preheat oven.
  • Coat large dutch oven with cooking spray and add the butter, salt and then onions.
  • Cook covered.
  • Stir. Scrape browned bits from bottom of pan.
  • Cook covered.
  • Stir. Scrape browned bits from bottom of pan.
  • Remove pot from oven and cook on stove top over medium high heat and bring to a boil.
  • Add water slowly, deglazing continuously, and allowing the water to evaporate.
  • Add Worcestershire and deglaze again.
  • All the remaining ingredients are added, bring to a simmer.
  • Lower temperature and simmer.
  • Remove herbs and season with salt and pepper.
  • Toast the slices of bread in the oven until crispy.
  • Fill oven safe bowls with soup and place slice of toasted bread on top.
  • Sprinkle with the cheeses.
  • Broil until melted.
  • Allow to rest for a few minutes and then dig in.
All the detailed instructions can be found in the recipe card at the end of this post.
A spoon in a bowl of onion soup. The soup is topped with gooey melted cheese and toasted bread.

What Type of Onion Should be Used for Onion Soup?

If I’m being honest, the type of onions don’t matter as much as the caramelization being done correctly. We love onion soup with a nice sweet onion like a walla walla or vidalia onion.

If you want to go totally budget friendly, then yellow onions work great too. Even purple onions turn out well taste wise, but they become almost gray when they are caramelized, so not super appealing.

How to Caramelize Onions

Caramelizing onions is simple. All you need is some onions, a fat (either butter or oil), and pan and some time to let the onions do their magical thing. As onions cook, they release sugars that create that caramel color. They also create fond all over the bottom of the pan which is where all the flavor and color comes from.

Onions need to cook low and slow and to be stirred and deglazed regularly to release the fond from the bottom of the pan. As this process is repeated over and over, the onions caramelize and almost melt.

What is Fond?

While onions cook, they release sugars that stick to the bottom of the pan. It almost looks like the onions are burning, but not to worry! Those brown little bits will release easily with a little liquid (usually water, wine, broth or vinegar) and create so much beautiful flavor.

A baking sheet with metal soup bowls containing onion soup with toasted bread and melted cheese on top.

Can Onion Soup Be Made in the Crockpot?

Yes, you can definitely make this soup in the Crockpot. Combine all the ingredients up through the onions into the slow cooker and cook on low for 8-10 hours (or until the onions are caramelized). Then add all the liquids and the thyme and bay leaf and cook in the slow cooker for another 2-3 hours on low. Place the soup into oven safe bowl and top with bread and cheese and broil until the cheese is melted.

Variations on French Onion Soup

  • Gluten Free: Use gluten-free bread.
  • Dairy Free: Use olive oil instead of butter and omit the cheese or use dairy free cheese.
  • Vegetarian: Use vegetable stock and vegan Worcestershire.
  • Vegan: Use olive oil instead of butter, vegetable stock, and vegan Worcestershire sauce and cheese.

What Kind of Cheese is Best for Onion Soup?

We are pretty much obsessed with gruyere cheese over here (see our Gruyere Sweet Potato Stacks), so we are all about the classic melted gruyere top for onion soup with a little parmesan added. We love the way the gruyere pairs with the beefy onion flavor.

Several other cheeses are good if you aren’t a gruyere fan. You can try fontina, provolone, swiss, or mozzarella or a combination of any of them.

 

A bowl of onion soup with melted cheese and toasted bread on top.

Can Onion Soup Be Made Ahead of Time?

This soup is best made a day in advance to allow the flavors to meld and develop. It can be reheated on the stove top or in the Crockpot.

Is Onion Soup Healthy?

Onion soup is a good source of vitamin C and B6, iron, folate, and potassium. It is also a good anti-inflammatory.

Can You Freeze Onion Soup?

You can freeze onion soup without the bread and cheese on top for up to 3 months.

 

A bowl of onion soup with melted cheese and toasted bread on top. More bowls of soup are in the background.

How Long Will Onion Soup Keep in the Refrigerator?

You can keep onion soup for 3-4 days in the refrigerator.

What to Serve with French Onion Soup

This onion soup can be a main dish on it’s own, or it can be a great side dish for a beefy main course such as garlic butter steak, smoked brisket, or prime rib.

 

If you’ve never tried it, you can trust me on this one…onion soup is totally heaven sent! Delicious sweet onions cooked low and slow until caramelized and then bathed in a flavorful savory broth. And just when you didn’t think it could any better, you top it with a piece of bread and gruyere cheese!

Check Out our Video on how to make onion soup

 

 

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Better Than Steakhouse Onion Soup

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Course 50 of the Best Easy Soup Recipes for Families
Cuisine American
Prep Time 4 hours
Cook Time 5 minutes
1 day
Total Time 1 day 4 hours 5 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 302kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 Tablespoon Butter unsalted
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Clove Garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon Brown Sugar
  • 6 Onions Walla Wall Sweet, sliced in 1/4” pieces
  • 2 Cups Water
  • 2 1/2 Cups Beef Broth
  • 4 Cups Chicken Broth
  • 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 6 Sprigs Thyme fresh
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 2 Cups Gruyere Cheese shredded
  • 1 Tablespoon Parmesan Cheese Shredded
  • Baguette sliced

Instructions

  • Heat the oven to 400 degrees and coat a large dutch oven with nonstick spray inside the pot to help release the onions. 
  • Add the butter and salt, then top with the onions. Cook, 1 hour covered with the lid (use foil if you don’t have a lid), remove the pot from the oven and stir the onions being sure to scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Place back in the oven and continue to cook until golden, another 1 1/2 hours, being sure to stir and scrape again after 1 hour. 
  • Remove the pot from the oven and place it over medium high heat on the stove top to bring your soup to a boil. With the lid off, continuously, slowly stir the onions until everything begins to brown and all liquids evaporate, about 6 minutes. Stir in 1/2 cup water at a time, allowing the water to evaporate out each time. Continue deglazing the pot, adding a little water, this time 1/4 cup, deglazing and then a final 1/4 cup and deglazing until the onions are dark brown. Add in the worcestershire and deglaze one final time. 
  • Add in the remaining water, broths, thyme sprigs, bay leaf, and salt. Increase the heat to high heat and bring everything to a simmer. Lower and cover the pot for 30-60 minutes. Remove all herbs, and season to taste with salt and pepper. 
  • Heat the oven to 400 and place the bread slices on the pan, then slide into the oven to pre-crisp the bread. Turn the oven to broil and place the rack up higher to the element while still leaving space for the soup bowls. Add soup to a bowl, top with bread and sprinkle with both cheese. Place under the broiler until melted and allow to rest outside the oven for 5 minutes then enjoy

Notes

*This soup is best made a day in advance to allow the flavors to meld and develop. 

*Store left overs for 3-4 days in the refrigerator.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 302kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 64mg | Sodium: 1608mg | Potassium: 427mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 640IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 510mg | Iron: 1mg

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Zuppa Toscana – An Olive Garden Copycat Recipe!

Zuppa Toscana is SO MUCH BETTER made at home!

A rich creamy broth, Italian sausage, crispy bacon, and tender potatoes; all of the best flavors for a cozy comforting soup recipe.

Zuppa Toscana in two bowls with bread on the side

What is Zuppa Toscana Soup?

Zuppa Toscana, or “Tuscan Soup” is a  delicious creamy soup and this copy cat Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana is even better than the restaurant version!

MEAT Bacon adds a smoky salty flavor while Italian sausage is hearty and seasoned (not to mention a generous dose of garlic).

POTATOES Help thicken the sauce slightly and add some starch. If you’re low carbing, swap them out for cauliflower!

KALE (or not!) Kale is great in this soup but needs a bit of time to cook. Other greens can be substituted. If using spinach, add it right at the end as it needs just a couple of minutes to wilt.

 

Zuppa Toscana ingredients on a marble board

Variations

One of the best things about soup is the fact that you can add almost anything to it! Add leftover chicken in addition to the sausage.

Skip the potatoes and stir in cannellini beans, cooked orzo, or your favorite pasta!

Time Saving Tips

  • I found frozen chopped onion in the freezer section of our local grocery store, it’s great for quick prep!
  • Check your grocery store for pre-washed kale/spinach or even diced potatoes.
  • Real bacon bits (or pre-cooked bacon) saves the step of cooking bacon. If you use bacon bits, crisp them in the microwave a few minutes before adding to the soup.

ingredients for Zuppa Toscana in a pot with broth being poured in

How to Make Zuppa Toscana Soup

  1. Brown sausage and onion, drain and set aside. Cook the bacon until crispy.
  2. Place all ingredients in a soup pot (except bacon & cream) into a large pot. Simmer per recipe below.
  3. Stir in heavy cream and garnish with crumbled bacon.

PRO TIP: For an even thicker soup, make a slurry by whisking a small amount of corn starch in cold water (1:1 ratio) and then add to the soup until desired consistency is reached.

Storing and Freezing Leftovers

  • Zuppa Toscana will keep in the refrigerator for about 4 days and is easily reheated on the stovetop or in the microwave. Garnish with grated parmesan cheese and it’s just like new again!
  • Diary doesn’t always freeze well so if you’d like to freeze this soup, scoop some out before adding the cream. Once thawed, stir in the cream after heating.

More Creamy Soups You’ll Love

Did your family love this Zuppa Toscana Soup? Be sure to leave a comment and a rating below! 

Zuppa Toscana in two bowls with bread on the side

Zuppa Toscana

Zuppa Toscana is an easy Italian soup filled with sausage, potatoes, and greens, with a rich, creamy broth.
Course Appetizer, Dinner, Entree, Lunch, Main Course, Side Dish, Soup
Cuisine American, Italian
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 520
Author Holly Nilsson

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Italian sausage
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 6 slices bacon diced
  • 4 cups potatoes peeled and cut into ½” cubes
  • 1 ½ cups kale chopped, or fresh spinach
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 5 cups chicken broth low sodium
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red peppers (optional)
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • pepper to taste

Instructions

  • In a large pot, cook sausage and onion until no pink remains. Drain and set aside.
  • Cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Drain on a paper towel and drain fat from the pan.
  • Add in potatoes, kale, garlic, chicken broth, crushed peppers (if using), and sausage. Bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat and simmer uncovered 12-14 minutes or until potatoes are softened.
  • Stir in heavy cream and pepper and let simmer 1 minute.
  • Garnish with bacon.

Notes

If using spinach, add in the last 2 minutes of cooking.

If you’d like a thicker soup, combine 2 tablespoons cornstarch with 2 tablespoons water. Drizzle into the boiling soup while stirring until soup reaches desired consistency. You may not need all of the cornstarch mixture.

Nutrition

Serving: 1.25cup | Calories: 520 | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 48g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Cholesterol: 126mg | Sodium: 1438mg | Potassium: 546mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 2256IU | Vitamin C: 38mg | Calcium: 85mg | Iron: 2mg
Zuppa Toscana ingredients and Zuppa Toscana in a pot with a ladle and writing
Zuppa Toscana in a pot with a ladle and writing
Zuppa Toscana in two white bowls with a title
Zuppa Toscana in white bowls with text

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Easy Skillet Steak Fajitas (Low Carb and Whole30)

Easy Skillet Steak Fajitas (Low Carb and Whole30)

Tender, thinly sliced steak and crisp bell peppers and onions are coated in a bold Steak Fajita Marinade to create these Easy Skillet Steak Fajitas. This one-pot meal is perfect for those eating low carb, paleo or gluten free. Only 287 calories per serving!

Steak Fajitas and onions and peppers in a black cast iron pan

Long time readers know we’re HUGE fans of Mexican Recipes, being born and raised in San Diego. I’ve already shared my favorite Carne Asada Recipe with you (for Carne Asada Tacos) as well as Pork Chili Verde and Flank Steak Tacos

 

Next up is naturally my go-to Easy Skillet Steak Fajitas recipe. If you like easy fajita recipes, make sure to checkout our Easy Skillet Chicken Fajitas Recipe.

While we usually make steak fajitas on the grill, since the low daytime weather here rarely dips below 60 degrees, we know that’s not the case for most of you, so adapted our Grilled Steak Fajitas recipe for the indoors. If you’re heading outside, this recipe also works for an outdoor grill. Just shave a minute or two off the cook time.

This Mexican Fajitas recipe is extremely versatile so satisfy’s a lot of different diet requirements. Tuck the steak and peppers into a homemade flour tortilla to keep things traditional, serve them alongside Mexican rice or Slow Cooker Refried Beans for an “entree” style plate or stuff them into a lettuce wrap before topping it off with guacamole and salsa. Low carb peeps can serve them along this Creamy Avocado and Tomato salad.

Steak fajita marinade in a clear round bowl. Slice of orange and cilantro on the side.

What Type of Steak Is Best For Fajitas

You’ve got four great options. I personally use flank steak, since I like the mild beef flavor, but all four are the best steak for fajitas. Skirt steak and flank steak are the traditional options.

 

Flank Steak Fajitas– Very mild beef flavor and a lean cut.

 

Skirt Steak Fajitas– A bit stronger beef flavor than flank steak. It’s also the leanest option so a bit tougher than the other options. As such you’ll want to aim for a medium-rare to medium final temp.

 

Flat Iron Steak – Not common, but still a great option. Has good marbling making it more flavorful and tender than the flank steak and skirt steak.

 

Sirloin Steak Fajitas – Nice beef flavor and marbling. It’s thicker than the other options, so you’ll have very tender thicker slices.

Steak Fajita Marinade

Our steak fajita marinade recipe is short and sweet. All the traditional flavors you expect to see in a traditional Mexican fajitas recipe: olive or avocado oil, orange juice, lime juice, garlic, chili powder, cumin, paprika, cilantro, salt and pepper

How Do You Tenderize Steak Fajita Meat?

As with most marinades, the key is to let the steak marinate for a minimum of 2 hours, if time permits. Marinating the steak allows the flavors to infuse and harmonize and also tenderizes the meat. If we don’t have a full two hours to marinate the meat, we sprinkle on a bit of McCormick’s Meat Tenderizer 5 minutes before cooking to speed along the process.

Steak Fajitas and onions and peppers in a black cast iron pan

How To Cook Steak Fajitas

Not including the recommended marinating time, these steak fajitas are ready in under 30 minutes.

 

Step 1 – Whisk together the marinade and cover the steak. Marinade in the refrigerator for two hours, if time permits.

 

Step 2 – Season the steak with salt and pepper before placing in a cast iron skillet over medium high heat for 5.5 – 7 minutes per side, flipping halfway through. Remove the meat from the skillet and tent with foil to rest.

 

Step 3 – Add the vegetables to the skillet and cook for about 6-7 minutes, until soft.

 

Step 4 – Slice the steak and serve alongside the vegetables and toppings.

Mexican Fajita Cooking Time:

Cooking times will vary slightly, depending on the cut and thickness of the steak. Use a meat thermometer (the ThermaPen is my favorite brand!) to check the temperature while cooking.

 

Here’s a guideline for Flank Steak measuring 1” thick.

 

Rare: 5.5 – 6 minutes per side (remove at 120)

Medium Rare: 6 – 6.5 minutes per side (remove at 130 degrees)

Medium: 6.5-7 minutes per side (remove at 140)

Medium Well: 7-7.5 minutes per side (remove at 150)

 

Remember you must let your steak rest (covered with foil) for 7-8 minutes to re-distribute the juices and continue cooking an extra 5 degrees to get to your desired final temp.

How Do You Cut Flank Steak For Fajitas?

Always cut across the grain, no matter what cut of beef you go with. You’ll also want a sharp knife to slice them as thin as possible to avoid chewy meat. Some recipe call for slicing the beef before cooking, but I’m not a fan of this technique. All the good juice runs out while cooking and it won’t be as tender.

Steak Fajita Calories

Our steak fajita recipe calculates to only 287 per serving!! This does not include any toppings you may add, however.

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Tender, thinly sliced steak and healthy peppers and onions are coated in a knockout fajita seasoning mix to create Easy Skillet Steak Fajitas. This one-pot meal is perfect for those eating low carb, paleo or gluten free. 
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword Bell Peppers, Cinco De Mayo Recipes, Fajitas Recipe, Flank Steak, Gluten Free Recipes, keto recipes, Low Carb Recipes, Mexican Recipes, Red Onions, Steak Recipes, Whole30 Recipes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
MARINATING TIME: 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 287kcal
Cost $28

Ingredients

Steak Marinade:

  • 2 Lbs Flank, Skirt, Sirloin or Flat Iron Steak (*Note 1)
  • 1/4 Cup Olive or Avocado Oil
  • 2 Tbsp Orange Juice
  • 2 Tbsp Lime Juice
  • 1 Tbsp Minced Garlic
  • 2 tsp Chili Powder
  • 2 tsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1/4 Cup Chopped Cilantro
  • Coarse Sea Salt, To Taste (*Note 2)
  • Black Pepper, To Taste

Fajita Vegetables:

  • 2 Tbsp Olive or Avocado Oil, Divided
  • 3 Large Bell Peppers, Cut Into Thin Strips
  • 2 Large White Onions, Sliced
  • Salt, To Taste

Instructions

  • Add the oil, lime juice, garlic, cumin, chili powder, paprika and cilantro to a small bowl and whisk to combine. Place the steak into a large bowl or large Ziploc bag and pour the marinade over the steak. If using a Ziploc bag, massage the bag to ensure the marinade covers the entire surface of the steak. If using a bowl, toss the steak to evenly coat.
  • Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for a minimum of 2 hours, if time permits.
  • Right before cooking, remove the steak and transfer to a large cutting board. Pat dry with paper towels. Season liberally with the salt and pepper.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of oil to a large cast iron skillet and heat over medium-high heat. Add the steak to the skillet and cook for 5.5-7.5 minutes per side, flipping halfway through. (*Note 3) Reference the cooking temp chart in the post if you’re unsure of the final temp you’re aiming for.
  • Use a meat thermometer to check the temperature. Remove the steak when it’s 5 degrees under what your desired final temp is. Place the steak on a large cutting board and tent with foil. Let rest for 7-8 minutes before slicing.
  • While the steak is resting, add 1 tablespoons of oil to the skillet and swirl to coat. Add the onions, peppers and salt, to taste. Cook, stirring occasionally, for approx. 6-7 minutes, until the vegetables are soft.
  • Remove the foil from steak and slice against the grain into thin strips. Serve alongside the cooked vegetables and any other toppings you prefer. Enjoy immediately!

Notes

Note 1 – Any of these cuts work for this recipe. I prefer flank steak for it’s mild beef flavor and lean meat.

Note 2 –  Using coarse sea salt (or Kosher) helps marinate the meat better than standard table salt. 

Note 3 –  Here’s a temperature guideline for flank steak measuring 1” thick. You will need to adjust depending on the cut and thickness of the steak you’re using. I HIGHLY recommend using a meat thermometer (Thermaworks Dot is what we use). 

  • Rare: 5.5 – 6 minutes per side (remove at 120)
  • Medium Rare: 6 – 6.5 minutes per side (remove at 130 degrees)
  • Medium: 6.5-7 minutes per side (remove at 140)
  • Medium Well: 7-7.5 minutes per side (remove at 150)

Remember you must let your steak rest (covered with foil) for 7-8 minutes to redistribute the juices and continue cooking an extra 5 degrees to get to your desired final temp.

Nutritional information is calculated using flank steak and olive oil. No added salt was factored in nor were any toppings you choose to add. 

Nutrition

Calories: 287kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 77mg | Potassium: 600mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 2185IU | Vitamin C: 84mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 3mg

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Creamy Spinach Mushroom Tortellini with Caramelized Onions

Creamy Spinach Mushroom Tortellini with Caramelized Onions is an Italian pasta dish packed with veggies.  This easy and delicious meatless recipe is a perfect weeknight dinner!

Creamy Spinach Mushroom Tortellini with Caramelized Onions

If you’re looking for a simple creamy tortellini recipe, this is it!  To make this, you will need basic ingredients, such as spinach, mushrooms, onions, cream, and store-bought tortellini.  This creamy pasta was inspired by my farfalle recipe.

If you like this type of easy-to-make, family-friendly weeknight pasta dishes, I also recommend the following recipes: Italian ravioli with spinach, artichokes, and capers, as well as pesto chicken tortellini with veggies.

What is Tortellini?

  • Tortellini is a stuffed pasta that features a distinctive ring shape.  Tortellini is traditionally served with broth.
  • Tortellini is usually stuffed with cheese and meat-based filling.
  • Tortellini originates from the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna, situated in northeast Italy.

creamy spinach mushroom tortellini with caramelized onions

Things I love about creamy spinach mushroom tortellini

  • Meatless recipe. This pasta dish creates rich, deep flavors without any meat.  Sauteed mushrooms, creamy spinach, and caramelized onions provide so much flavor to the pasta that it stands great on its own.
  • You can easily add protein if you prefer.  This pasta will make a perfect sidekick to any type of grilled meat, whether it’s steak, pork, or chicken.  Spinach mushroom tortellini will also work well with fish, shrimp, and scallops.
  • Simple ingredients.  This recipe uses basic ingredients, such as spinach, mushrooms, onions, cream, and store-bought tortellini.  There is no need to look for that special ingredient.  These basic ingredients, when combined, create an absolutely amazing flavor profile!
  • Easy recipe.  Because this recipe comes together so easily, it’s a perfect dish to make for a weeknight dinner.  Tip: make caramelized onions a day or two in advance to save time.
  • Versatile dish. Tortellini is not the only stuffed pasta you can use in this recipe.  Ravioli will work great as well!  You can also use regular pasta, such as bow-tie or penne pasta.

Creamy Spinach Mushroom Tortellini with Caramelized Onions

Substitutions

  • What kind of tortellini should you use? You can use any type of tortellini: three-cheese tortellini, spinach tortellini, beef-stuffed tortellini, etc.  I used refrigerated 3-cheese tortellini.
  • What can you substitute for tortellini?  Use ravioli, gnocchi or bow tie pasta.
  • What can you use instead of spinach?  Baby kale or arugula will work great in this recipe.
  • What kind of mushrooms will work well here?  You can use button mushrooms, portobello mushrooms, shiitake, crimini, porcini or oyster mushrooms.

What can you use instead of heavy cream?

  • Half-and-half. You can use 1 cup of half-and-half instead of heavy cream.  Bring half-and-half to boil, then add 1/s cup of shredded Parmesan cheese.  Reduce to simmer.  Keep stirring while the sauce simmers until the cheese melts.
  • Coconut milk. Use 1 cup of coconut milk to replace 1 cup of heavy cream.  Follow the recipe as is.

Can you make this recipe gluten-free?

Substitute tortellini with gluten-free ravioli or gluten-free short pasta, such as gluten-free bow tie pasta.  You can also use gluten-free gnocchi (be sure to check the packaging as not all gnocchi is gluten-free).

Creamy Spinach Mushroom Tortellini with Caramelized Onions

How long to cook tortellini?

Follow the package instructions.   The cooking times and instructions will depend on whether you buy refrigerated or frozen tortellini. If using the refrigerated type of tortellini (not frozen), usually you would bring a large pot of water to boil and then cook the tortellini for about 7 to 10 minutes in boiling water.

Cooking tips

  • Make-ahead tip.  Make caramelized onions ahead of time, refrigerate them in an air-tight container, and use within the next 3 days.  You can also freeze caramelized onions for up to 2 months and thaw them whenever you need them.
  • How to reheat.  Reheat gently, on low-medium heat.  Add a small amount of heavy cream or half-and-half to thin out the sauce.

Creamy Spinach Mushroom Tortellini with Caramelized Onions

SIDE DISHES

Spinach mushroom tortellini is a rich pasta dish that features a luscious cream sauce made with heavy cream. The best side dishes for this type of rich creamy pasta are fresh salads along with bread. Here are some ideas:

Add protein

If you crave to add protein to your dinner, this pasta is so versatile, there are many types of meat you can add.

  • Grilled steak.  This creamy spinach mushroom tortellini will make a worthy side dish to any steak: rib-eye, filet mignon, porterhouse, flank steak, or skirt steak.
  • Chicken.  Serve this pasta with grilled or sauteed chicken.  You can use chicken breasts, chicken thighs, or chicken legs.
  • Pork.  Grilled pork chops or pan-seared pork chops will work great.  You can also serve spinach mushroom tortellini as a side dish to pork tenderloin.
  • Seafood.  Add grilled or pan-seared salmon or trout.  This pasta goes well with seared shrimp and scallops.

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Creamy Spinach and Mushroom Tortellini with Caramelized Onions

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Creamy Spinach Mushroom Tortellini with Caramelized Onions is an Italian pasta dish packed with veggies.  This easy and delicious meatless recipe is a perfect weeknight dinner! 
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 544kcal
Author Julia

Ingredients

Caramelized Onions

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 yellow onions large
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Creamy pasta sauce

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 08 oz mushrooms (I used crimini mushrooms)
  • 8 oz spinach
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 9 oz tortellini (I used 3-cheese tortellini, refrigerated)
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper when serving

Instructions

How to caramelized onions (this can be done a day or 2 in advance):

  • Peel the onions, wash them and thinly slice them.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil on medium-high heat in a large skillet. Add sliced onions and cook on high heat for about 10 minutes, constantly stirring with the spatula.
  • Reduce heat to medium and continue cooking the onions for 10 more minutes, continuing to stir, as onions brown even more without burning. At this point add a pinch of salt over the onions.
  • Continue cooking for 10 more minutes on medium or low heat, stirring occasionally to make sure onions don’t stick to the bottom of the pan or burn.
  • In total, you should have cooked onions for 30 minutes.  Remove the onions from the skillet onto a plate. 

How to make the creamy sauce

  • Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in the same skillet on medium heat. Add sliced mushrooms. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt. Cook mushrooms for about 5 minutes, occasionally stirring, until mushrooms are soft.
  • Add fresh spinach to the skillet and stir on low heat just until spinach starts to wilt.
  • Add back the caramelized onions.
  • Add 1 cup of heavy cream and 1/4 teaspoon salt to the mushroom and spinach mixture and bring to a quick boil. Immediately reduce to simmer.  Keep stirring while the sauce simmers for a couple of minutes. 

Add tortellini

  • Cook tortellini according to package instructions.   Usually, that means to bring a large pot of water to boil.  Add tortellini and boil for 7 to 10 minutes.  Drain.
  • Add cooked and drained tortellini to the creamy sauce. Stir on low heat for a couple of minutes to reheat.
  • Top with cracked black pepper when serving.

Notes

Helpful Tips about Caramelized Onions.

  • Make-ahead tip.  Make caramelized onions ahead of time, refrigerate them in an air-tight container, and use within the next 3 days. 
  • You can also freeze caramelized onions for up to 2 months and thaw them whenever you need them.

Substitutions for heavy cream

  • Half-and-half. You can use 1 cup of half-and-half instead of heavy cream.  Bring half-and-half to boil, then add 1/s cup of shredded Parmesan cheese.  Reduce to simmer.  Keep stirring while the sauce simmers until the cheese melts.
  • Coconut milk. Use 1 cup of coconut milk to replace 1 cup of heavy cream.  Follow the recipe as is.

Other Substitutions 

  • Use button mushrooms, portobello, cremini, shiitake or oyster mushrooms.
  • Good substitutes for spinach are kale and arugula.
  • You can also use pre-made ravioli, gnocchi or short pasta (such as bow-tie or penne pasta) instead of tortellini.
  • Substitute tortellini with gluten-free ravioli or gluten-free short pasta, such as gluten-free bow tie pasta.  You can also use gluten-free gnocchi (be sure to check the packaging as not all gnocchi is gluten-free).
  • Protein.  You can add grilled steak, pork chops, or chicken.  You can also serve this with fish, shrimp, or scallops.

 

Nutrition

Calories: 544kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 105mg | Sodium: 640mg | Potassium: 621mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 6190IU | Vitamin C: 21.5mg | Calcium: 198mg | Iron: 3.6mg

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