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Red Hot Fusilli

This recipe comes from the USDA Healthy Eating on a Budget cookbook.

Ingredients

Serves 4

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1/4 cup parsley (fresh minced)
  • 4 cups ripe tomatoes (chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil (chopped or 1 tsp dried basil)
  • 1 tablespoon oregano leaves (crushed or 1 tsp dried oregano)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt ground red pepper (or cayenne to taste)
  • 8 ounces fusilli pasta (uncooked, 4 cups cooked)
  • 1/2 pound cooked chicken breast, optional* (diced into 1/2-inch pieces)

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in a medium saucepan. Saute garlic and parsley until golden.
  2. Add tomatoes and spices. Cook uncovered over low heat 15 minutes or until thickened, stirring frequently. If desired, add chicken and continue cooking for 15 minutes until chicken is heated through and sauce is thick.
  3. Cook pasta until firm in unsalted water.
  4. To serve, spoon sauce over pasta and sprinkle with coarsely chopped parsley. Serve hot as a main dish and cold for the next day’s lunch.

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