Pearl Onions in Tomato Balsamic Sauce

Pearl onions cooked in tomato sauce make a great side dish for any meal and are even delicious as a cold salad.  The combination of brown sugar, white balsamic vinegar and capers give the onions a lovely sweet and sour taste and the grape tomatoes make the sauce really flavourful and rich.

Pearl Onions in Tomato Balsamic Sauce

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  • 500 g pearl onions
  • 2 Tblsp olive oil
  • Small knob of butter
  • 1 punnet grape tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/2 tsp brown sugar
  • 3 Tblsp White Balsamic vinegar
  • 1 1/2 Tblsp capers
  • 2 Tbsp chopped parsley
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • chicken seasoning
  • freshly ground black pepperIMG_20180904_120055Cipolline in tomato ingredients2


  1. In a pot of boiling water blanch the onions for 2 minutes, then peel
  2. Heat the oil and the knob of butter in a heavy based saucepan
  3. Add the chopped tomatoes and the tomato paste and stir throughIMG_20180904_122705-Tomatoes cooking
  4. Stir in the capers, rosemary, brown sugar and stir through then add the peeled onionsIMG_20180904_122845-Cipolline in tomato sauce2
  5. Season with freshly ground black pepper and chicken seasoning and stir through the vinegar
  6. Lower the heat and simmer until the onions are tender, approximately 60 minutes
  7. When nearly cooked stir through the chopped parsleyIMG_20180904_123629-Cipolline in tomato sauce3
  8. Serve hot or chilled as an accompaniment to meat with crusty breadIMG_20180904_135424-Onions in tomato sauce

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