Shell pasta served with onion soup in a mug, with cheese, parsley and breadcrumbs. French Onion Soup Pasta is perfect for revamping your onion soup leftovers!
This is my first-ever mug meal! I went to buy the mugs extra for this recipe. A shell-formed pasta served with leftover onion soup and a cheese gratin on top with a few breadcrumbs. Recalling the “French onion soup bread” gives the meal an extra crunch. It’s pretty 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
You don’t get to see the shell pasta often on your plate. Where I live, in Barcelona, they call it “Galets,” it’s a famous 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.
Initially, I wanted to use pasta for this Catalan dish, but it ended differently. Maybe next year… It finally turned out into a lovely pasta “gratiné” mug meal with my double onion soup leftovers used as the sauce. Let’s say it turned out to be my 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. Plus, 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, making 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 halfway in boiling salty water, and drain.
- Add them immediately to an oven-proof mug or recipient.
- Add 150ml of the preheated onion soup in each mug (3/4).
- Top it with the cheese.
- Cook in the oven at 200°C (400F°) for 10-15 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
- Add the breadcrumbs on top, and cook one more minute before taking the mugs out of the oven.
- Sprinkle a bit of parsley and black pepper.