A shell pasta with an extra tasty onion soup (sauce) served in a mug topped with a light gratiné, fresh parsley and crunchy bread crumbs. The new way to eat your onion soup!A shell pasta with an extra tasty onion soup (sauce) served in a mug topped with a light gratiné, fresh parsley and crunchy bread crumbs.

Onion Soup Pasta

This is my first ever mug meal! Actually, I went to buy the mugs extra for this recipe. A shell formed pasta served with a leftover of onion soup and a light gratin on top with a few bread crumb to recall the “french onion soup bread” and gives the meal an extra crunch. It’s quite simple to make and tasty, so if you have some onion soup leftovers this is the way to go!

Catalan tradition

The shell pasta is something you don’t get to see often in your plate. Where I live, Barcelona, they call it “galets” and it’s a popular pasta during the holidays season. They make a simple broth soup with it, sometimes the shells are not filled, others times filled with meat or served next to meatballs. This soup is called “escudella i carn d’olla” and is usually consumed for lunch on Christmas. Originally I wanted to use the pasta for this Catalan dish, but it ended up differently. Maybe next year…
A shell pasta with an extra tasty onion soup (sauce) served in a mug with a light gratiné, fresh parsley and crunchy bread crumbs on top.It finally turned out into a nice pasta “gratiné” mug meal with my double onion soup leftovers used as the sauce. Let’s say it turned out into my own version of festive shell pasta, tasting just as delicious as the onion soup and fun to plunge in with the spoon to get to the onion bits. The pasta will absorb some of that exquisite onion soup taste while it cooks. Plus it’s served in a mug which makes it possible to “gratiné” or grill the cheese on top in no time, just like with a french onion soup. I didn’t used so much cheese, since I’m on my eternal diet… but feel free to go heavier on the cheese factor. Another typical recipe a la “FoodOlic”; mixing the best of two worlds.

So let’s make this fun and easy dish!


Onion Soup Pasta in a Mug

Makes 2 portions | Preparation: 15 minutes | Difficulty: easy

IngreOnion Soup Pastadients
  • 300ml of onion soup (check my double onion soup recipe or my simple one here)
  • 250g of pasta of your choice (fusilli, shells, farfalle)
  • 50g of dry crumb (or blend a piece of dry / toasted bread) *optional
  • a tasty cheese (gruyere, gouda, cheddar, etc)
  • parsley finely chopped
  • salt and pepper
  1. Cook the pasta half way in boiling salty water, drain
  2. Add them immediately to an oven proof mugs or small ovenproof recipients of your choice
  3. Add 150ml of the preheated onion soup in each mugs (3/4 of the mug)
  4. Topped with the cheese (to taste)
  5. Cook in the oven at 200°C (400F) for about 10 minutes or until the cheese melted
  6. Add the bread crumb on top, cook 1 more minute before taking the mugs out from the oven
  7. Sprinkle a bit of parsley and black pepper

It’s hot! Let know the guests and serve the mugs on a placemat and napkins to allow them to touch the mug without burning themselves.


mug pasta onion


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  2. Lynn | The Road to Honey Reply

    The temperatures have definitely take a severe dip here in Boston so my cravings for soup have gone through the roof. This looks so warm & comforting. And I love the though of eating soup out of a mug. . .that in of itself amps up the cozy factor.

  3. “Tasty cheese” is my favorite part of recipe!! What a cozy treat for winter. I’m bundled up in blankets right now wishing I had a mug of this soup!! 🙂

  4. Fred Nonterah Reply

    This looks amazing and especially at this time of the here! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Loving this onion soup! I don’t think I’ve eaten soup out of a mug but it seems like a great idea. I can’t wait to try it.

  6. I’ve never used onion soup to spice up pasta but I remember my mom always using it in burgers or other foods and it has a very homey taste. I really like this idea and the mug makes it perfect for a lazy day at home. Wonderful recipe 🙂

  7. I’m in love with your mugs! And the soup in a mug looks great and stops you from eating too much as well I imagine!

    • Aren’t they cute?!?!! Love them too, and strangely a lot of pasta fits in there… like a full on plate…

  8. love putting soups in my mugs. Gorgeous photos and I have to try this recipe!

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