Onion Pasta with Parsley and Red Wine

This cheap and cheerful pasta dish from Jack Monroe is perfect for a midweek supper. Budget-friendly and straightforward, it's a great family pasta dish, taking just 15 minutes to make.

A Girl Called Jack
From the book A Girl Called Jack


I always buy a dozen onions at a time, as these hardy little vegetables keep for over a week in the fridge and form the base for most of my savoury recipes. However, sometimes I seem to end up with a few too many – in which case, I turn them into a delicious meal in their own right, such as this recipe.

Serves 2


2 onions
1 tbsp oil
160g pasta or spaghetti
4 tbsp red wine
a handful of fresh parsley, finely chopped
2 tbsp grated hard strong cheese


1. Peel and finely slice the onions, and place in a frying pan with the oil on a low heat to cook slowly. Meanwhile, bring a medium saucepan of water to the boil and put in the pasta. Cook according to the  packet instructions, usually 8 to 10 minutes.

2. As the onions start to soften, add 2 tablespoons of the red wine and stir in, turning the heat up to medium. When the wine has been absorbed, add the remaining 2 tablespoons.

3. Once the pasta is cooked, drain and toss with the onions. Serve with generous amounts of parsley and cheese scattered on top.

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