Did you recently purchase some Fusilli Protein Pasta and need a good recipe?
Look no further – this is one of my favorite go-to meals when I want to have minimal fuss in the kitchen. I’ve been know to serve this dish to friends and family too…they thought I had created such a special dish. With just a few simple ingredients, you will be enjoying this delicious dish, too.
• 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
• 2 garlic cloves, minced
• 4 fresh tomatoes, small, finely diced, yields about a cup (you can substitute with canned tomatoes)
• up to 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil (do not used dried – this is a must!)
• 1/4 teaspoon Napa Valley Meritage Blend seasoning (or another Italian seasoning)
• Dash each salt and pepper
• 1 T. freshly grated Parmesan cheese
• One package Fusilla protein Pasta (20 grams of protein per serving)
Instructions: Have all the ingredients prepared and ready before you start cooking.
1. Pour the dried noodles into boiling water in a pot and cook for 12 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, in a sauté pan, add the olive oil and heat for about one minute over low medium temperature. Add the garlic and sauté for about 30 seconds, stirring constantly – do not let garlic burn. Add the fresh basil and continue stirring for another 30 seconds. Reduce heat, add the chopped tomatoes and cover with a lid and simmer for about three minutes, stirring often, until the tomatoes cook down to a sauce consistency.
3. Add Napa Valley Meritage Seasoning Blend or other Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Stir in the Parmesan cheese, cover the sauce with lid and let simmer until noodles are done. You can add a bit of water if needed.
4. After noodles are cooked, transfer them to the tomato sauce and mix together. Pour into a bowl, sprinkle with a bit more parmesan and serve up with a side salad.
For a 30+ gram protein meal, add some diced cooked chicken, lean sausage, pancetta, or prosciutto.
Nutritional Value: Each serving (without extra protein) contains approximately 230 calories, 24 grams of protein, 8 grams of fat and 14 grams of net carbohydrates.
created by Paula Hendricks, BS, Nutritionist-C