Spaghetti with Caramelized Onions, Mushrooms and Pancetta

A favorite pasta recipe:  Spaghetti with Caramelized Onions, Mushrooms and Pancetta

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 47 minutes

Spaghetti with Caramelized Onions, Mushrooms and Pancetta


  • 8 ounces uncooked spaghetti
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped pancetta or bacon (about 1 ounce)
  • 6 cups sliced sweet onions (about 3 large onions)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper, divided
  • 6 cups sliced mushrooms (about 1 pound)
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh oregano (or 1/2 teaspoon dried)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley, divided
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup low-salt chicken broth
  • fresh oregano, optional


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain well; set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Add pancetta; sauté 3 minutes. Stir in onion, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper; cover and cook 15 minutes, stirring frequently. Uncover and cook 10 additional minutes, stirring frequently. Remove onion mixture from skillet; set aside.
  3. Add mushrooms, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper to skillet; cook over medium- high heat 4 minutes. Add minced oregano and 2 Tablespoons parsley; cook 1 minute. Add garlic; sauté 1 minute. Add onion mixture and broth; cook until thoroughly heated. Add mushroom mixture to pasta; toss to coat.
  4. Divide among 4 shallow bowls; sprinkle evenly with 2 Tablespoons parsley. Garnish with fresh oregano sprigs, if desired.


  • Pancetta is Italian bacon that is cured with salt and spices but not smoked. Regular bacon or ham can be substituted for it.
  • Nutrition Facts - Amount Per Serving (1 1/2 cups)
  • Calories 344, Calories From Fat (19%) 65, Total Fat 7g, Saturated Fat 1.5g, Cholesterol 3.81mg, Sodium 399.81mg, Carbohydrates 58.5g, Dietary Fiber 4.72g, Sugar 7.83g, Net Carbohydrates 53.75g, Protein 12.80g
  • Weight Watchers Points per serving
  • SmartPoints: 8, Points Plus:  8.5, Old Program: 9

2 Responses to “Spaghetti with Caramelized Onions, Mushrooms and Pancetta”

  1. postedJul 26, 2012 2:13 PM

    Is this recipe from Cooking Light? 2007?

    • postedJul 27, 2012 8:13 AM

      not sure! The recipe was probably given to me at some point & I wasn’t aware of the source. Are you recognizing it from CL?

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