Linguine alla Cipolla {Linguine with Onions}

If pasta were an actress/actor it would win the award for best actress/actor in a major motion picture. It’s such a chameleon and adapts itself perfectly to it’s surroundings {aka sauces LOL} I know I’ve said this a gazillion time but the possibilities are limitless! Today’s possibilities involve onions and mushrooms!

This dish is HEAVY on the onions so it might not be the best date night dinner choice but if you’re eating alone or with good friends it’s PERFECT so go ahead have a second helping!

In addition to the onions there are the oh so magnificient mushrooms! Yes, those are indeed DRIED mushrooms below. If you’ve never eaten dried mushrooms, don’t be afraid. Once you hydrate them, they plump right up. Just like magic!

The hardest part about this dish is chopping the onions. If you’re wearing mascara, you might want to remove it beforehand. Trust me, I forgot and I looked like death warmed over by the time I was finished {not purty} I don’t know about you but I have yet to find anything that stops me from “crying” when I chop onions. Although I haven’t tried the “onion goggles”. Maybe next time I’ll borrow Miss Priss’ scuba mask {I’ll look equally as ridiculous, but if It works…LOL}

The onion and mushroom sauce is so creamy thanks to the milk! It’s deepened with the addition of tomato sauce. I know you’ll be tempted to raise the temperature from LOW but resist the temptation, you’re cooking with milk and if you do, you’ll have a frothy mess on your hands ; )


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Linguine alla Cipolla {Linguine with Onions}
What you’ll need:
1 cup dried mushrooms
2 cups milk
3 small-medium onions – minced
2 tablespoons tomato sauce
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3.5 tablespoons unsalted butter – room temperature
1 clove garlic – minced
1 heaping tablespoon parsley – chopped
1 pound Linguine
1/4 cup Grana Padano – grated

What to do:
1. Place the dried mushrooms into a small bowl and cover with warm water to hydrate. Set aside.

2. Into a large saute pan place the onions and milk. Season generously with salt and pepper. Cook over low heat for approximately twenty minutes. Stirring occasionally. Add the tomato sauce and olive oil and continue to cook for approximately 10 minutes. Stirring occasionally.

3. Remove mushrooms from soaking water, rinse and wring them removing as much water as possible. Chop roughly.

4. Place a large pot of generously salted water onto boil. When boiling, cook Linguine until al dente. Drain and set aside when cooked.

5. Into a separate saute pan melt the butter, add the garlic and chopped mushrooms, cook over low heat for approximately 10 minutes. Add mushroom mixture to onion mixture. Stir to combine. Transfer drained Linguine into pan and toss to combine. Add grated Grana Padano, gently toss. Serve immediately.

Garnish with additional parsley and cheese if desired.

Buon Appetito!


  1. 1

    there really couldn’t be a better combination! this sounds fantastic 🙂

  2. 2

    This looks and sounds delish…
    Thnak you for sharing!

  3. 3

    Looks like my kind of pasta dish for sure!

  4. 4

    Looks amazing and delicious! I had to look up Grana Padano, I’ve never tried it, but I will thanks to you!

    • 4.1

      Grana Padano is ah-mazing! It’s more subtle than Parmigiano Reggiano and less salty. Perfect for when you don’t want to overpower a dish. Lurve it!

  5. 5

    Mi piace! Simple and delicious.Nice fungi 😉

  6. 6

    Looks fantastic! Where can you find dried mushrooms?

    • 6.1

      Hi Lauren. I picked mine up at World Market but they’re readily available in most markets. If you can’t find dried you could always substitute fresh {which obviously wouldn’t need to be hydrated. If you went with fresh, I’d recommend Portobello}

  7. 7

    This dish looks amazing, I’ll have to try it. Oh, I do own – and use – onion goggles, and I don’t care how ridiculous I look they make chopping onions tolerable!

  8. 8

    Wonderful recipe and gorgeous photos 🙂

  9. 9

    Love this pasta dish. Simple, yet amazing!

  10. 10

    Looks great, thanks for sharing!

  11. 11

    Beautiful dish! Nice catch on the mushrooms.

  12. 12

    Paula this dish looks (and I’m sure is) DElicious! There is a way to keep your eyes from stinging and it has worked for me 99% of the time. Keep your mouth shut lol! That’s right! Do not say a word while you are chopping onions and don’t open your mouth until they are safely out from under your nose. It works! Smoochies!

  13. 13

    Paula – this is perfect for date night as long as you both eat it and then you can giggle together as you know that you wouls only be offending anyone else near you. 🙂

  14. 14

    Hi Paula, your linguine looks deliciously creamy… Congratulations for all your recipes, they take me back to Italy, and it is sooooo nice!

  15. 15

    I adore pasta as well and like you think it’s the the most adaptable thing. I also love onions and mushrooms and so will be making this dish. Thank you for sharing it!


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