What’s for New Year’s Eve?

December 31, 2013 by Beth

New Year’s Eve is a special time to celebrate the incoming new year.

So, what are your plans? A party, dinner out or a quiet night at home?

If you’re fond of just watching the ball drop in Times Square in the comfort of your own home, then I have a great dinner plan for you.

How does  Creamy Mushroom Pasta with caramelized onions and spinach sound for that special dinner?




You could definitely eat this creamy pasta loaded with vegetables as a stand-alone, vegetarian dish.

It also makes a surprisingly great side dish for a grilled steak, pork or chicken.




Creamy Mushroom Pasta with Caramelized Onions and Spinach

Prep time: 50 min


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 onions, medium or large, sliced
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 10 or 15 small mushrooms sliced (I used shiitake with stems removed)
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 cups spinach
  • 8 oz fettuccine pasta
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Makes 4 servings.

1) First we need to caramelize onions. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil on high heat in a large skillet, when oil is heated, add sliced onions and cook on high heat for about 10 minutes, constantly stirring with spatula. The onions should start to brown, but without burning (a couple of onions may be burnt here and there, but overall they should not be charred). Reduce heat to medium and continue cooking onions for 10 more minutes, continuing to stir, as onions brown even more without burning. At this point add just a pinch of salt over 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. Total you should have cooked onions for 30 minutes. Remove from heat and sprinkle onions with a small amount of balsamic vinegar to deglaze the pan. Using spatula, mix the onions, scraping the bottom of the pan and coating onions with a pinch of balsamic vinegar you just added.




2) After you have started cooking onions, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in another pan, and add sliced mushrooms (I used shiitake with stems removed, you can use any small sized mushrooms).

Add just a pinch of salt. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook mushrooms covered for about 20 minutes, occasionally stirring.



3) Add cooked mushrooms to the pan with caramelized onions, add 3 cups of spinach and stir on low heat just until spinach wilts.



4) Cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain.



5) Add heavy cream, milk, Parmesan cheese and 1/4 teaspoon salt to the mushroom-onions-spinach mixture on medium-low heat and mix.

Add pasta to the creamy sauce, stir to coat on low heat for about 5-10 minutes until Parmesan cheese melts and starts to coat pasta as well.



6) Serve on warm plates (warmed in the oven) as is, or with more parmesan cheese sprinkled on top.



This delicious pasta recipe happens to combine all four of my favorite sides for steak in one: mushrooms, creamed spinach, caramelized onions, and creamy pasta with cheese.

So, feel free to eat this pasta as a stand-alone vegetarian dinner or add a piece of grilled steak, pork, or chicken.

Either way, it’s a crowd pleaser at New Year’s or any other night of the year!


Happy New Year everyone!




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  1. Susan says:

    Looks yummy!

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