Easy Fusilli with Tomato Pesto Sauce Recipe - Allrecipes.com
Easy Fusilli with Tomato Pesto Sauce Recipe
  • READY IN 30 mins

Easy Fusilli with Tomato Pesto Sauce

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"Spiral pasta tossed with a super easy tomato sauce, sprinkled with Parmesan cheese and garnished with fresh basil. A lovely, simple dish. This is so easy and really yummy!"

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    30 mins


  1. Heat oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Saute garlic for 2 minutes, then add tomatoes and simmer for 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain and return to pot.
  3. Season tomato sauce with salt and pepper; stir in pesto. Pour sauce over hot cooked pasta and mix well. Sprinkle with cheese, garnish with basil leaves and serve immediately.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 01, 2006

I loved how easy and delicious this dish was. I did make some modifications though, which I think truly added to the flavor of this dish. I added olives and a couple splashes of red wine as the sauce was simmering. I used pennine rigate instead of fusili. After tossing the pennine in the sauce, I added some crumbled feta cheese and then tossed again. I served with grated parmesan cheese on top. This dish is to die for....so yummy.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Aug 17, 2010

Okay, well this is good and will do for a busy day. It is a no-brainer, soooo easy to make and I did not even have to buy any of the ingredients since I already had them all on hand. I might make this again but will add grilled chicken.

Dec 01, 2004

I enjoyed this recipe and plan on adding it to my regular rotation. I followed the recipe exactly and recommend it. Some people may want to add some garlic.

Feb 13, 2007

Very good recipe! Definitely add salt. I added a splash of red wine and some Italian spice and a dash of fat-free creamer, and I think it would have been fantastic without the pesto, which itself was great. The addition of the pesto makes the red tomato sauce an unusual color...I didn't mind but it might throw off kids or people who aren't expecting it. All in all, a success.

Dec 31, 2007

easy to make. added sausages and fresh tomatoes. delicious.

Jun 03, 2003

I was very impressed with how this recipe turned out. I guess by some interpretations it may be a bit bland, but I fully enjoyed the light flavor as did my guests. I will definitely make it again.

May 25, 2008

This is a very good dish I will make again! Modifications: I used long fusili and topped the pasta with pieces of grilled chicken. I added kalamata olives and a couple splashes of red wine to the sauce as other reviewers suggested.

Sep 05, 2007

Appreciated how easy it was. I would double the amount of sauce for the noodles though.


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  • Calories
  • 360 kcal
  • 18%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 50.8 g
  • 16%
  • Cholesterol
  • 5 mg
  • 2%
  • Fat
  • 12.5 g
  • 19%
  • Fiber
  • 3 g
  • 12%
  • Protein
  • 11.7 g
  • 23%
  • Sodium
  • 208 mg
  • 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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