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

Diabetic Living Magazine
Source: Diabetic Living Magazine


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15 mins
50 mins


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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

132 calories; protein 4.3g; carbohydrates 21.1g; dietary fiber 1.2g; sugars 2.3g; fat 3.6g; saturated fat 0.5g; vitamin a iu 43.8IU; vitamin c 3.9mg; folate 100.5mcg; calcium 14.5mg; iron 1.1mg; magnesium 16.1mg; potassium 111.1mg; sodium 3.8mg.