Fusilli with Green Sauce & Burst Cherry Tomatoes

This vegetarian dinner is packed with flavor, thanks to a lemon-herb shallot sauce. The herbaceous green sauce uses plenty of fresh herbs, including cilantro, dill and parsley. Use any leftover sauce as a dressing for grain bowls and salads.

Fusilli with Green Sauce & Burst Cherry Tomatoes
Photo: Photographer: Greg DuPree, Food Stylist: Martgaret Dickey Prop Stylist: Kay Clarke
Active Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
40 mins


  • 8 ounces whole-wheat fusilli

  • ¾ cup extra-virgin olive oil plus 1 tablespoon, divided

  • 1 small shallot, chopped

  • 6 cloves garlic, chopped, plus 6 cloves, sliced, divided

  • ½ cup fresh cilantro

  • ¼ cup fresh dill

  • ¼ cup fresh flat-leaf parsley

  • 2 tablespoons fresh oregano

  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • ¾ teaspoon salt, divided

  • 2 pints cherry tomatoes

  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper


  1. Bring a medium pot of water to a boil. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain.

  2. Meanwhile, combine 3/4 cup oil, shallot, chopped garlic, cilantro, dill, parsley, oregano, lemon zest, lemon juice and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a blender; blend until smooth.

  3. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add tomatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, until they start to burst, about 10 minutes. Add crushed red pepper and the remaining sliced garlic and 1/4 teaspoon salt; cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add the pasta and 2/3 cup of the sauce; toss to coat. (Reserve the remaining sauce for another use.)

To make ahead

Refrigerate sauce (Step 2) in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

535 Calories
33g Fat
52g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 1 1/4 cups
Calories 535
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 52g 19%
Dietary Fiber 7g 25%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 9g 18%
Total Fat 33g 42%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Vitamin A 1728IU 35%
Vitamin C 29mg 32%
Vitamin E 5mg 31%
Folate 30mcg 8%
Vitamin K 57mcg 48%
Sodium 359mg 16%
Calcium 62mg 5%
Iron 3mg 17%
Magnesium 22mg 5%
Potassium 652mg 14%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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