ffwD: Recipe Swap Onion “Carbonara”

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I, probably like many of my fellow Doristas, was a bit hesitant of this week’s assignment. The premise of this recipe was to make a rich and creamy pasta sauce but swap out the carbo-laden pasta for steamed onions. Steamed onions? That’s not one of the two acceptable ways I prefer my onions prepared. (Those being batter-dipped and fried or caramelized.) However, I was excited by making the sauce, so I decided to give the steamed onions a shot. To be safe though, I had a box of fettucine on hand, just in case things went south with the steamed onions.

I was rather surprised how quickly this whole dish came together, even though I only made one quarter of the recipe. I microwave-steamed my onions for eight minutes, and the sauce came together in less than five, considering I used pre-chopped pancetta instead of bacon. Overall, I was pleased by this dish. But, how bad can a dish truly be, even with steamed onions, when there’s a delicious sauce with cream, butter, and Parmesan? Yeah, this recipe just may be a keeper!

This recipe swap onion “carbonara” was made for French Fridays with Dorie, a group of bloggers who are cooking their way through Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours.

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75 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. nana
    Dec 20, 2013 @ 12:22:56

    This was a happy surprise and so delicious. Thank you for the lovely card, and
    I wish you a very Merry Christmas.

  2. Liz Berg
    Dec 20, 2013 @ 12:52:05

    I knew you weren’t a fan of onions, so wondered if you’d risk this one πŸ™‚ SO glad you enjoyed it, too!

  3. Sawsan@ Chef in disguise
    Dec 20, 2013 @ 13:09:56

    Steamed onions, now that is really interesting!
    I need to give this a try

  4. Inger Wilkerson
    Dec 20, 2013 @ 13:43:48

    I love onions, but I’d have been hesitant with a big plate of steamed onions too. Glad to hear it worked out (gotta love that butter and Parmesan)!

  5. ashley
    Dec 20, 2013 @ 13:51:47

    Carbonara ANYTHING is my meal of choice! Love it!

  6. tastytreats13
    Dec 20, 2013 @ 14:05:55

    This sounds amazing! The picture looks great! πŸ™‚

  7. Cher
    Dec 20, 2013 @ 14:06:34

    Yep – between the bacon, cream and cheese there was little room for this one to go wrong!

  8. suzanne
    Dec 20, 2013 @ 14:16:26

    Thats really different, low carb too. You are right how can you not like anything with bacon, egg, cheese cream. Yum.

  9. saucygander
    Dec 20, 2013 @ 14:20:25

    I’m intrigued, is there much of a onion taste? The sauce sounds great though!!

  10. Tanusree
    Dec 20, 2013 @ 14:29:02

    This was a surprisingly good recipe. isn’t it. I enjoyed it too.

  11. Cakelaw
    Dec 20, 2013 @ 15:58:57

    This was pretty good, wasn’t it.

  12. GourmetGetaways (@GourmetGetaway)
    Dec 20, 2013 @ 18:06:36

    Looks amazing!!! YUM!!! So hungry now πŸ™‚

  13. Karen
    Dec 20, 2013 @ 18:22:09

    Carbonara is delicious…I know I could eat a bowlful of the onions but my husband would be wanting to know where was the pasta. πŸ™‚

  14. Jean | DelightfulRepast.com
    Dec 20, 2013 @ 19:32:03

    I’m with you – I definitely have my doubts about using steamed onions in place of pasta. But after reading your experience, I just might be willing to give it a try! If my carbonara has no pasta, does that mean I can eat all the bread I want?! πŸ˜€

  15. Betty
    Dec 20, 2013 @ 20:06:39

    This sounds perfect to me! πŸ™‚

  16. EmilyC
    Dec 20, 2013 @ 20:34:07

    Looks pretty FAB!

  17. SandraM
    Dec 20, 2013 @ 21:37:38

    Very interesting indeed! I’ve never heard of steaming onions. I like that you kept a box of pasta on hand! Very wise! πŸ™‚

  18. Hotly Spiced
    Dec 20, 2013 @ 22:50:15

    When I make carbonara I add onions but there’s pasta there as well. This is a very unusual take on a traditional pasta dish but I am intrigued. I’d like to try this xx

  19. Karen @ Karen's Kitchen Stories
    Dec 20, 2013 @ 22:56:20

    Interesting. I actually love onions.. a lot (although battered and fried wins and caramelized comes in second). I’m glad you took the risk!

  20. sprinklesandsauce
    Dec 20, 2013 @ 23:29:33

    Yum! Love carbonara!

  21. Geraldine Saucier
    Dec 20, 2013 @ 23:41:25

    Glad you liked this one. I passed.

  22. Tandy | Lavender and Lime
    Dec 20, 2013 @ 23:56:06

    I too would have been a bit skeptical!

  23. Three Well Beings
    Dec 21, 2013 @ 01:55:50

    This is really intriguing! I love onions, so I think this would be something worthy trying. Very different!

  24. Bali Tour
    Dec 21, 2013 @ 02:05:30

    it’s Look yum and fantastic
    Thanks for great recipe πŸ™‚

  25. Food,Photography & France
    Dec 21, 2013 @ 02:10:45

    Clever idea….worth trying, that’s for sure.

  26. foodbod
    Dec 21, 2013 @ 02:25:05

    What an interesting idea, that many onions would play havoc with my digestion though!!!

  27. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef
    Dec 21, 2013 @ 05:45:20

    I love onions and this is a must-make for me.

  28. oneexpatslife
    Dec 21, 2013 @ 07:30:43

    Surprisingly good. I had never steamed onions before either, but that’s what I love about Dorie. She’s always introducing me to new ideas.

  29. milex
    Dec 21, 2013 @ 08:17:37

    How cool!

  30. Yvonne @ bitter baker
    Dec 21, 2013 @ 08:28:31

    Wow, this is so cool! Really gotta try this one! Do you think it would work with a tomato sauce as well?

  31. Asmita (@FoodieAsmita)
    Dec 21, 2013 @ 08:31:47

    Sounds interesting and delicious!

  32. Amanda Chic
    Dec 21, 2013 @ 11:05:05

    Yummy !!! merry xmas

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    A chic kiss πŸ˜‰

  33. Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen
    Dec 21, 2013 @ 14:56:49

    How interesting, I have never tried making steamed onions. The dish looks like it came out great!

  34. Johanna GGG
    Dec 21, 2013 @ 16:27:41

    interesting idea – I love onions caramelised and think that would be great with the cheese sauce

  35. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic
    Dec 21, 2013 @ 23:14:53

    I love carbonara but never even think of swapping pasta with steamed onions! Interesting…

  36. Anita Menon
    Dec 22, 2013 @ 02:49:30

    a no carbs pasta dish sounds fantastic. From the picture it felt like spaghetti. Only when I read your post, I realized its not.

  37. andi winslow
    Dec 22, 2013 @ 10:31:33

    Interesting recipe, looks good. Andi

  38. Mardi (eat. live. travel. write.)
    Dec 22, 2013 @ 14:29:03

    I agree – definitely a keeper πŸ™‚

  39. Tricia S.
    Dec 22, 2013 @ 15:25:01

    The results really sing on that gorgeous plate ! Yes this was pretty surprising- in a fabulous way. I do agree with your two “preferred” ways to enjoy onions – gosh I love a good onion ring πŸ™‚

  40. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl
    Dec 22, 2013 @ 15:35:39

    My onion loving husband will love this! Have a great holiday!

  41. Abbe@This is How I Cook
    Dec 22, 2013 @ 17:50:32

    I love onions, but this would also be perfect for gluten free folks!

  42. Zoe
    Dec 22, 2013 @ 19:45:59

    Interesting very-onion dish! I like this because I love onions πŸ˜€

  43. Guyla
    Dec 22, 2013 @ 20:28:53

    This was good wasn’t it? Glad you enjoyed it. I did too.

  44. TrafficDiva
    Dec 23, 2013 @ 05:01:35

    That looks really good!!! However, like another poster stated, a plate full of onions wouldn’t..umm..sit well on my tummy. I’d have to make this using low carb pasta because the other ingredients…..YUMMMMMMMY!! Lol!!

  45. Gloria
    Dec 23, 2013 @ 05:54:58

    I love carbonara!!! Yummy!
    xoxo

  46. Amy (Savory Moments)
    Dec 23, 2013 @ 08:07:15

    This is a very interesting twist on carbonara. I love onions though, so I would probably enjoy it!

  47. Daniela
    Dec 23, 2013 @ 14:06:58

    Love this carbonara with a twist.
    It’s a must try!
    Merry Christmas to you Yummy and Happy Holidays!

  48. foodfashionandflow (@FoodfashinFlow)
    Dec 23, 2013 @ 17:31:47

    This looks good. Onions add a great flavor to everything

  49. Raymund
    Dec 23, 2013 @ 18:35:56

    Ohhhh that looks so tasty!
    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to your family!

  50. Melo Limparfaite
    Dec 23, 2013 @ 19:37:19

    That looks very good

  51. Carolyn Jung
    Dec 24, 2013 @ 17:10:02

    Oh wow, I bet this would be heavenly slathered on some grilled bread. Creamy onions are magically good.

  52. Amelia
    Dec 24, 2013 @ 20:23:00

    Hi YM, very interesting recipe. It look good.

    Merry Christmas to you and have a wonderful holiday.

  53. bitsandbreadcrumbs
    Dec 24, 2013 @ 22:52:17

    I’m excited to hear that you liked this version of carbonara with the onions, yummy. I may have to give this a try,

  54. cquek
    Dec 24, 2013 @ 23:19:40

    May this Christmas marks the beginning of a wonderful year for us. Have a joyous Christmas!

  55. Karen
    Dec 25, 2013 @ 08:36:05

    Merry Christmas, I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas.

  56. Ameena
    Dec 25, 2013 @ 12:28:45

    I’ve never heard of steaming onions before…what a unique recipe.

    Hope you have a fantastic Christmas today!

  57. Deepti
    Dec 25, 2013 @ 13:33:14

    Looks great! Merry Christmas to you too!

  58. Beth
    Dec 26, 2013 @ 04:43:30

    What a unique idea! So glad it turned out for you.

  59. Bam's Kitchen
    Dec 26, 2013 @ 06:40:00

    That sauce does look rich and creamy. Wishing you a super holiday.

  60. Balvinder
    Dec 26, 2013 @ 10:52:52

    This sounds great. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

  61. jora
    Dec 26, 2013 @ 11:21:02

    Now I’m craving onion rings! It’s hard to go wrong with battered and fried anything.

  62. the Squishy Monster
    Dec 26, 2013 @ 12:33:02

    I love a good carbonara! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, my friend =)

  63. anecdotesandapples
    Dec 26, 2013 @ 20:35:38

    I love onions, so I have no doubt I would enjoy this. Thank you for sharing!

  64. Cakelaw
    Dec 27, 2013 @ 00:58:46

    Hope you had a great Christmas YC!

  65. HappinessSavouredHot
    Dec 27, 2013 @ 15:20:31

    Hmmm, that looks pretty good! Especially since I love all the ingredients involved! πŸ™‚

  66. Monica
    Dec 27, 2013 @ 22:07:05

    I’ve been cooking with onions and stocking my pantry with it a lot more lately. It must be the sweetness I adore. Your “carbonara” looks awesome – the sauce alone does it for me too.

  67. Juliana
    Dec 28, 2013 @ 12:02:54

    Interesting recipe…and glad you like it…I know I would πŸ™‚
    Happy New Year!

  68. Sugar and Cinnamon
    Dec 28, 2013 @ 13:17:04

    Hmm what an interesting idea! I wonder if it would work with tomato based sauce as well…it looks promising though!

  69. bakeawaywithme.com
    Dec 28, 2013 @ 20:23:30

    I never got this one done…my husband doesn’t eat onions! It does look good! Wishing you a very Happy New Year!

  70. Jenn and Seth
    Dec 29, 2013 @ 09:31:11

    such an interesting idea! looks delicious!

  71. dulceshome
    Dec 29, 2013 @ 12:53:38

    I thought this was yummy too! I did have mine with pasta. Great either way!

  72. Mary
    Dec 29, 2013 @ 17:10:09

    I adore onions – so glad you went ahead and enjoyed it!
    Mary x

  73. Jess
    Dec 29, 2013 @ 19:24:58

    That looks delicious!
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  74. Tracy
    Dec 30, 2013 @ 11:09:45

    That looks so yummy. I love onions.

    Tracy @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

  75. Lawyer Loves Lunch
    Dec 30, 2013 @ 17:39:57

    I also prefer my onions fried and caramelized but the sauce on this looks so good, I may have to give it a go! πŸ™‚

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