Fusilli with Garden-Fresh Tomato "Sauce"

Summer 2003, The Essential EatingWell Cookbook (2004)

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This easy uncooked sauce is perfect on a hot summer night. You can serve it right away, but it tastes even better if everything marinates for an hour or so. To feed more people, simply add a little more of each ingredient—especially the tomatoes. Halved cherry tomatoes are a nice alternative to field tomatoes.

Fusilli with Garden-Fresh Tomato "Sauce"

Makes: 6 servings, 1 2/3 cups each

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  • 3 cups diced, seeded ripe tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup finely diced green bell pepper
  • 2 scallions, white and pale green parts only, thinly sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese, (4 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup Kalamata olives, pitted and coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon red-wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 12 ounces whole-wheat fusilli, or other whole-wheat pasta


  1. Combine tomatoes, bell pepper, scallions, garlic and oil in a large bowl; toss to mix well. Add feta cheese, olives, parsley, basil, balsamic vinegar, wine vinegar and lemon juice; toss again. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Put a large pot of lightly salted water on to boil. Shortly before serving, cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and add to the sauce; toss to coat well.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 1. Cover and let stand at room temperature for up to 1 1/2 hours.


Per serving: 387 calories; 17 g fat (5 g sat, 11 g mono); 17 mg cholesterol; 49 g carbohydrates; 10 g protein; 7 g fiber; 513 mg sodium; 272 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (35% daily value), Fiber (26% dv).

Carbohydrate Servings: 3

Exchanges: 4 starch, 2 vegetable, 5 fat

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Health & Diet Considerations
Low cholesterol
High fiber
Ease of Preparation
Total Time
45 minutes or less

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