Caramelizing onions in this recipe is the simple process of heating until natural sugars brown and caramelize, giving them an intense, mellow flavor. Source: Diabetic Living Magazine

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  • Cook pasta according to package directions, except omit any oil or salt. Drain. Return pasta to hot saucepan; cover and keep warm.

  • Meanwhile, in a heavy large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium-low heat. Add onion to skillet; cover and cook for 13 to 15 minutes or until onion is tender. Sprinkle with sugar. Cook, uncovered, over medium-high heat for 4 to 5 minutes more or until onion is golden brown, stirring frequently.

  • Add zucchini and garlic to onion in skillet. Cook and stir for 2 minutes. Stir in the water, balsamic vinegar, and dried thyme (if using). Cook for 2 to 3 minutes more or until zucchini is crisp-tender, stirring occasionally.

  • Add zucchini mixture, nuts, and fresh thyme (if using) to cooked pasta; gently toss to combine.


Tip: To toast nuts, spread in a shallow baking pan lined with parchment paper. Bake in a 350 degrees F oven for 5 to 10 minutes or until golden, shaking pan once or twice.

Nutrition Facts

131 calories; 3.6 g total fat; 0.5 g saturated fat; 4 mg sodium. 111 mg potassium; 21.1 g carbohydrates; 1.2 g fiber; 2 g sugar; 4.3 g protein; 44 IU vitamin a iu; 4 mg vitamin c; 100 mcg folate; 15 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 16 mg magnesium;