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Italian Pasta

by | Published: November 25, 2021 | Last updated: January 09, 2023

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Nothing better on Thanks Giving Day than this easy-to-make Italian pasta dish served in a rich tomato sauce and fresh basil picked right from my terrace. A combination of lightly fried vegetables, organic brownfusillii pasta, herbs and spices and the delicious tomato sauce. A perfect quality base sauce from organic and biodynamic agriculture.

Key Ingredients

  • Pure tomato sauce
  • Brown fusili pasta
  • Zucchini
  • Carrot
  • Red pepper
  • Onion
  • Garlic cloves
  • Dried Italian herbs
  • Fresh basil
  • Virgin olive oil

Notes on Ingredients

A complete list of ingredients with the exact amounts and step-by-step instructions you can find in the RECIPE CARD below.

Pure tomato sauce – This is an excellent sauce, 100% tomatoes and produced from organic agricultre- Cus can find it here in the link: Organic Tomato Sauce

Brown fusili pasta – Dried fusilli pasta is  made from durum wholewheat semolina. Nowaadays you will find it in most big chain supermarkets or your local health store.

Zucchini – Also known as a courgette in english. It`s a long green vegetable and very nutritious.

Carrot – I love to add carrots in most of most savoury dishes. They not only nutritious, they bright up any dish.

Red pepper – I add red pepper to this dish mainly for colour.

Onion – I used half of a regular brown onion.

Garlic cloves – Plenty of garlic, but that depends on your desired taste.

Dried Italian Herbs – I love this blend, again you can pick it up at most stores, if you don`t find it you can purchase it on Amazon on the following link: Dried Italian Herbs

Fresh basil – Straight from my terrace.

Virgin Olive oil – I always like to use a high quality organic cold pressed oil.

Equipment

One Cast Iron Frying Pan. I love my cast iron pan, it`s none stick and pure iron so you know that no aluminium or other nasty chemicals are transferred to your food. I bought mine from Amazon and don’t regret it, it’s so durable and will last you forever. You can see it n the link or picture below:

One Colander – A use a stainless stell one. I have 4 different sizes that come in a set, dirt cheap in Amazon.

How to make summary

Step-by-step instructions you can find in the RECIPE CARD below.

Lightly fry all those nutritious vegetables. Cook the pasta separately and add the pasta and tomato sauce to the vegetables. Stir in the basil and dried herbs.

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Italian Pasta

 pasta dish served in a rich tomato sauce and fresh basil
Delightful Dish served in a rich tomato sauce and fresh basil

Italian Pasta

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is Organic and Biodynamic agriculture?

Organic and biodynamic agriculture is a production system that sustains the health of soils, ecosystems, and people. It relies on ecological processes, biodiversity and cycles adapted to local conditions, rather than the use of inputs with adverse effects.

Where does fusili pasta get it`s name?

Fusilli (foo-SILL-ee) is n Italian pasta shaped like curly spirals or little springs. Fusilli is served with thick creamy sauces combined with meat, fish, or vegetables.  The word fusilli comes from “fuso” meaning spindle—a spindle rod is traditionally used to spin the strips of pasta into its spiral shape.

Cooking Fusilli

Fusili can be added directly from the pack and cooked in boiling water. It usually cooks pretty quickly around 6-8 minutes. I advise you to strain the pasta immediately and add desired sauce right away. Alternatively, rinse the pasta with cold water and drain well before using in a pasta salad or saving it for later.

Varieties

There are plenty of varieties out there from whole wheat, gluten-free, or high-protein versions of fusilli. It can be made or bought fresh can be found in dried form. Dried colourful varieties are dyed red with beetroot or tomato, green with spinach, and black with cuttlefish ink

A variant of fusilli, called fusilli bucati, is made with hollow tubes of pasta that are first twisted into springs. There is also fusilli lunghi, which are long, spaghetti-length strands of spiral pasta rather than short pieces. A combination of the two (hollow tubes twisted into long strands) is called fusilli lunghi bucati.

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2 Comments

  1. Amanda

    Yummy just added a little chilli to give it an extra kick.

    Reply
    • Julie

      Thank you Amanda, I would also love it with that kick of chilli

      Reply

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