This French onion pasta bake is comfort food at its finest

In this episode of ITK Eats, we show you how to take comfort food at its finest and turn it into an easy weeknight dinner. This French onion pasta bake recipe is inspired by classic French onion soup, with tender pasta noodles and a savory cream sauce mixed in, then topped with crunchy bread crumbs. We make this one-pot recipe in a Lodge Enamel Cast Iron Dutch Oven because it’s oven-proof, so you don’t have to switch dishes to put it under the broiler.

Cooking for vegetarians? Just switch out the beef broth for vegetable stock.


  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 2 medium onions, thinly sliced

  • 2 tablespoons sherry

  • ¼ cup Dry white wine

  • 5 sprigs of fresh thyme

  • 8 ounces uncooked rigatoni

  • 1 tsp Worcester sauce

  • 3 cups beef stock or broth

  • ¼ cup heavy cream

  • 1 cup shredded gruyere

  • ¼ cup shredded parmesan

  • Salt and black pepper for seasoning

For the topping:

  • ¼ cup shredded parmesan

  • ½ cup bread crumbs

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil


Lodge Enamel Cast Iron Dutch Oven


1. Melt butter over medium heat, then add onions and season with a pinch of salt and saute over medium heat for 5 minutes. Then, reduce heat to medium-low and saute for 30-45 minutes.

2. Add sherry, dry white wine, thyme, a pinch of salt, a few grinds of black pepper, pasta, Worcester sauce and beef stock and bring to a boil. Cook until the pasta is al dente.

3. Remove thyme sprigs and mix in heavy cream, gruyere and parmesan.

4. To make the topping, combine parmesan, bread crumbs and olive oil in a separate bowl. Sprinkle this mixture over the top of the pasta. Broil for a few minutes until golden brown.

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