Shell pasta with an extra tasty onion soup served in a mug topped with a light gratin, fresh parsley and crunchy breadcrumbs. French Onion Soup Pasta is a great way to revamp your onion soup leftovers!
This is my first-ever mug meal! Actually, I went to buy the mugs extra for this recipe. A shell-formed pasta served with leftover onion soup and a gratin on top with a few breadcrumbs. In order to recall the “French onion soup bread”, plus it gives the meal an extra crunch. It’s quite simple to make and tasty, so if you have any onion soup leftovers at home, this French Onion Soup Pasta is the way to go!
A Catalan Tradition as Inspiration
The Shell Pasta
The shell pasta is something you don’t get to see often on your plate. Where I live, in Barcelona, they call it “Galets” and it’s a popular pasta during the holiday season. They make a simple broth soup with it, sometimes the shells are not stuffed, and other times filled with meat or meatballs. This soup is called “Escudella i carn d’olla” and it is usually consumed for lunch on Christmas.
Originally, I wanted to use pasta for this Catalan dish, but it ended up differently. Maybe next year… 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 pasta! The tasting is just as delicious as the onion soup and is fun to plunge into with the spoon to get to the onion bits. The pasta will absorb some of that exquisite onion soup taste.
The Mug Choice
On top of it all, it’s served in a mug which makes it possible to “gratiné” or grill the cheese in the oven, just like with French onion soup. I didn’t use 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.
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So let’s make this fun and easy dish!
French Onion Soup Pasta in a Mug
- Cook the pasta half way in boiling salty water, drain.
- Add them immediately to an oven-proof mug or small ovenproof recipient.
- Add 150ml of the preheated onion soup in each mug (3/4 of the mug).
- Top it with the cheese.
- Cook in the oven at 200°C (400F) for about 10-15 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
- Add the breadcrumbs on top, cook 1 more onute before taking the mugs out from the oven.
- Sprinkle a bit of parsley and black pepper.