Cipolle Vegetariane {Vegetarian Onions}

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This is another Italian dish that can be made a multitude of ways. Cipolle Vegetariane is Italian for Vegetarian Onions! Yes, you read right – Vegetarian Onions! Don’t get excited, I am after all serving them with my Pepper Encrusted Steaks! But they are just as fab on their own. They smell so divine while cooking. What’s not to like: onions, mushrooms, bell pepper. Oooh! So good.

I will say that hulling out the insides can be a bit tricky. PLEASE wait until the onions cool down otherwise you’ll be fussing up a storm. I prefer to do my fussing in Italian so that no one in the house understands – tee hee. I’m also known to the do same thing while driving, but don’t tell! Don’t want to lose my Principessa status!

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As with everything, if you particularly like mushrooms add some more & cut back a bit on the onions. If you like it more bread-y, add some more breadcrumbs. It’s for you after all! I think I might actually add in a little bacon next time around. Because after all, doesn’t bacon make everything better?

What do you like to stuff your onions with?

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What you’ll need:
4 large white onions – as close to the same size as possible
2 heaping tbsp of bread crumbs
1/4 cup mushrooms – diced
1/2 cup grated swiss cheese
1 red bell pepper – diced
4 tbsp unsalted butter – melted
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
s/p

What to do:
Preaheat oven to 350 degrees. Put on a large pot of water to boil. Peel the outer skin off of your onions, put them into the boiling water & cook for 15 minutes. Remove onions from water & allow them to cool for approx 5 min.

Cut off the tops of the onions & discard. Hull out the insides of the onions & set aside. Careful not to cut the outside or bottom.

Roughly chop the portion of the onion that you removed. Into a saute pan add the olive oil & heat over medium-high heat. When the pan is hot add the onions, pepper & mushrooms. Season well with s/p. Stir, cover & cook for approx 10 mins. Stirring every so often. Turn off the heat & add the bread crumbs. Stir to combine.

Spray an ovenproof casserole with cooking spray. Place your onion shells into casserole & stuff with filling. Sprinkle the tops with cheese & pour over melted butter. Cover your casserole dish with tinfoil & bake for approx 50 mins. Allow to cool for a bit before serving.

Buon Appetito!

Goes great with:

Pepper Encrusted Steak

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22 Comments

  1. 1

    Thank you so much for posting this recipe. It really was everything the title said
    I think its nice recipe & yummy .I really liked it

  2. 2

    ahhh LOVE ONIONS – great dish :)

    • 2.1

      Me too! Thanks so much! I’m sure it’s going to be on the table a lot this fall!

  3. 3

    Those look so good! Now if I could only get my family to eat them with me. :(

    • 3.1

      Thanks Kendra! They’re so sweet & tasty when they’re cooked like this! I bribe mine with dessert LOL

  4. 4

    This looks amazing! Can’t wait to try it!

  5. 5

    Every single one of your recipes looks fabulous! I can’t wait to dig in and start cooking them! Thanks!

  6. 6

    Looks great, I love onions so much!

    • 6.1

      Thanks Angie! They’re so versatile! I always buy the biggest bag I can find & they never go bad in my house! I think I use onions as much as I do garlic & olive oil! LOL

  7. 7

    Looks good. Got to try this!

    • 7.1

      Thanks a bunch! I’ll def be making this again & again trying out new stuffing ideas :) They’re oh so sweet & tender.

  8. 8

    This looks so delicious! It would be interesting to do a Mexican version of this meal- maybe use a red onion and stuff it with chopped tomatoes, a little lime juice and cilantro then top with avocado and cheese…mmmm. Great recipe!

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    Ryan Behr /

    This looks amazing, something I have never seen before. Going to try this soon

    • 9.1

      Thanks so much Ryan! I’m glad you’re going to try it soon! You can stuff them with just about anything so go ahead & get creative!

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    Anne McCoy /

    You have a new devoted fan! I can’t wait to try this and many more of your recipes! Anne

  11. 11

    Ooooh! I love onions! This looks great!

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