Fusilli with Yellow Squash & Grape Tomatoes

September/October 2014

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For this healthy and quick pasta recipe, corkscrew-shaped pasta, fusilli, is tossed with silky sautéed summer squash, ripe red tomatoes and fresh thyme. Serve with a green salad with vinaigrette and crusty whole-grain bread.

Fusilli with Yellow Squash & Grape Tomatoes

Makes: 6 servings

Serving Size: about 1 1/3 cups

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  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium sweet yellow onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 pound yellow summer squash
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt plus 1 tablespoon, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 2 cups grape tomatoes (about 6 ounces), halved lengthwise
  • 12 ounces fusilli or other corkscrew-shaped pasta


  1. Put 2 quarts of water on to boil in a large pot.
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook, stirring frequently, until lightly brown, 4 to 8 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, if the yellow squash has a “crookneck,” cut off the neck, halve it lengthwise and cut into 1/4-inch slices; quarter the wider part lengthwise and cut into 1/4-inch slices. If the squash is shaped like a zucchini, quarter it lengthwise and cut into 1/4-inch slices.
  4. When the onion is lightly brown, add the squash, thyme, 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until the squash releases most of its liquid and begins to brown, 7 to 10 minutes. Add tomatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, until they begin to break down, 4 to 6 minutes more.
  5. Meanwhile, add the remaining 1 tablespoon salt to the boiling water, stir in pasta and cook according to package instructions until just tender. Drain well and toss with the sauce. Serve at once.


Per serving: 311 calories; 9 g fat (1 g sat, 6 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 49 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 5 g total sugars; 10 g protein; 4 g fiber; 339 mg sodium; 407 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C 36% daily value), Folate (34% dv)

Carbohydrate Servings: 3

Exchanges: 3 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 1/2 fat

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