Gone Viral: French Onion Pasta

This French Onion Pasta started on TikTok, and it has taken over our news feed. We decided to try it! The verdict: It was pretty good! It doesn’t beat an actual bowl of French Onion Soup, but it is more filling than soup alone. If you’ve ever had a “deconstructed” French Onion Soup, it gives a very similar vibe. Here’s how we made it.


  • 2 tablespoons – Butter
  • 1 large – Onion
  • 1/8 cup – Sherry
  • 1/4 cup – Dry White Wine like Pinot Grigio
  • 5 sprigs – Fresh Thyme
  • 8 oz. box – Rigatoni
  • 3 cups – Beef Stock or Broth (Stock will be a bolder flavor)
  • 1 teaspoon – Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/4 cup – Grated Parmesan Cheese, freshly grated will taste better than jar
  • 1/4 cup – Half-and-Half
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  1. Melt butter in a large stock-type pot on medium heat. Thinly (the thinner the better) slice the onion and add to the butter. Add a heavy pinch of salt to the onion, stir to incorporate the onion, butter, and salt. Cover and cook for 5 minutes, NO PEEKING.
  2. Remove lid and reduce heat to low. Let onions continue to cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally until they are caramelized.
  3. Deglaze the pot by adding the sherry and wine to the pan and using a spatula to scrape up the browned bits from the bottom of the pan.
  4. Add sprigs of thyme and a little salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Add UNCOOKED rigatoni to the pot.
  6. Add beef stock and Worcestershire sauce to the pot. Bring to a boil and cook until pasta is al dente, about 15 minutes.
  7. Turn off heat and remove pot from burner. Carefully fish out the thyme sprigs and discard.
  8. Slowly add parmesan and the half-and-half to the mixture and stir until pasta is well coated.
  9. Serve immediately; garnish with a sprinkle of additional fresh parmesan.