Caramelised Shallot Pasta

A delicious and easy, caramelised shallot pasta recipe, with sweet caramelised shallots, tangy tomatoes and salty anchovies. The perfect Friday night pasta dish! This one is most definitely for the adults.

A bowl of caramelised shallot pasta

There's a new favourite pasta recipe in our house, and it's one for the adults! This caramelised shallot pasta, packs a punch in flavour, and is perfect for Friday nights in on the sofa, accompanied with a lovely chilled glass of white wine.

The sweetness of the caramelised shallots, accompanies the tangy tomatoes and salty anchovies so well. It's a flavour match made in heaven!

A bowl of shallot pasta

What is the difference between a shallot and an onion?

Unlike regular onions, which grow in single bulbs, shallots grow in clusters, more like garlic. Shallots are generally sweeter and more mellow in flavour than an ordinary white onion.

How do you caramelise shallots?

To get that lovely sweet caramelised flavour, gently cook the sliced shallots over a low heat, in some butter, until sticky and soft. To get the perfect level of stickiness usually takes about 10-15 minutes. Don't forget to keep stirring the shallots, to stop them sticking to the pan.

Can I freeze caramelised shallots?

The caramelised shallots in this recipe can be frozen for future use. You could make a double batch and freeze half for another time. The sticky shallots are great with sausages and barbecued meats. 

Caramelised Shallot Pasta

What pasta should I use?

I've used bucatini pasta in this recipe. Often mistaken for spaghetti, bucatini is slightly thicker than spaghetti, and has a hollow centre, to suck up all that sauce. Feel free to use spaghetti if you can't get hold of bucatini.

What do you need to make caramelised shallot pasta?

  • Shallots
  • Garlic
  • Tomato Puree
  • Anchovy Fillets
  • Pasta
  • Parsley

Step-By-Step Caramelised Shallot Pasta

Step 1: Gather your ingredients needed to make the caramelised shallot pasta recipe.

Ingredients for the shallot pasta

Step 2: Gently cook the sliced shallots, until they are sticky and caramelised.

Caramelising shallots

Step 3: Add the anchovy fillets and tomato puree.

Anchovies and tomato puree

Step 4: Cook for 5 minutes until the anchovies have melted into the shallots.

Shallots, anchovies and tomato puree

Step 5: Add the cooked bucatini to the sauce and mix well to coat.

A pan of pasta

Step 6: Serve the pasta in bowls and sprinkle with chopped parsley and Parmesan.

Caramelised shallot pasta

Top tips for making Caramelised Shallot Pasta

  • If you can't get hold of shallots, use 1 large white onion instead. Add 1/4 tsp of sugar when cooking, to help sweeten it.
  • The recipe can easily be doubled to serve 4 people.
  • Remember that that the sticky shallots can be frozen, so why not make double and freeze half for another time?
  • If you can't get hold of bucatini, use spaghetti instead.

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Caramelised Shallot Pasta

Caramelised Shallot Pasta

Prep time: 5 MCook time: 15 MTotal time: 20 M
A delicious and easy caramelised shallot pasta recipe, with sweet caramelised shallots, tangy tomatoes and salty anchovies.


  • 2 TBSP Olive Oil
  • 3 Banana Shallots, peeled and sliced
  • 3 Garlic Cloves, chopped
  • 50g tin of Anchovy Fillets
  • 2 TBSP Tomato Puree
  • 200g Pasta 
  • 2 TBSP Parsley, chopped
  • 2 TBSP Parmesan, grated


  1. Put a pan of water onto boil. Once the water is boiling, cook the pasta according to packet instructions, drain and set aside, reserving 2 TBSP of the pasta cooking water for later.
  2. Meanwhile, in a frying pan, heat the oil and butter, then gently cook the shallots and garlic until sticky and caramelised. This should take about 10 minutes.
  3. Add the anchovy fillets and tomato puree, stir in and cook for 5 minutes.
  4. Add the cooked pasta to the sauce, along with the reserved cooking water, and stir to coat and heat through.
  5. Serve with chopped parsley and grated parmesan.


If you can't get hold of shallots, use 1 large onion instead.
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  1. I love a simple pasta dish, something you can throw together that will satisfy the whole family. Thank you for sharing. I think my partner in particular would love this x

  2. This is a pasta dish I have never seen before - and I am a big fan of pasta! Thank you so much for sharing - I will certainly check out this recipe!

  3. Jess Howliston15 June 2020 at 20:11

    YUM! This looks so delicious I am definitely going to give it a try so thanks for sharing the recipe! Pasta is a firm favourite in our house so I am sure this will be a winner and I love the idea of adding different bbq meats to it too!

  4. I do like anchovies, this sounds really delicious, especially with a glass of red wine.

  5. This sounds like a really tasty dish. I don't often use anchovies although they do add a creamy saltiness to dishes. Might need to get some more in.

    1. The anchovies give this dish a lovely robust flavour.

  6. I'm in my 50s and this is the first time I've heard of bucatini - where have I been. I bet the combination of shallots and anchovies is delicious.

    1. Ha Ha. You can find it in all major supermarkets now.

  7. Ooo now this is my kind of thing for sure. how lovely does this look and you are making me feel more hungry than I already am x

  8. Wow, what a delicious looking pasta dish! We love pasta in our house so definitely need to give it a try!

  9. I love shallots for their flavour although never seem to buy them. You have inspired me to cook with them again

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