Fusilli with Pomidoro Sauce Rossella’s Cooking with Nonna

Fusilli with Pomidoro Sauce 

Rossella’s Cooking with Nonna


I love Pomidoro Sauce… It’s basically a fresh tomato sauce. Easy and quick to make and….. it is delicious. And Fusilli is one of my two absolute favorite pastas along with rigatoni. YUM

Actually I love Pasta almost any way we make it but there is something about fresh tomatoes and pasta that makes me crazy. Hope you enjoy this recipe by Rossella…



Fusilli  are a variety of pasta that are formed into corkscrew or helical shapes. The word fusilli presumably comes from fuso (“spindle”), as traditionally it is “spun” by pressing and rolling a small rod over the thin strips of pasta to wind them around it in a corkscrew shape.

In addition to plain and whole wheat varieties, as with any pasta, other colours can be made by mixing other ingredients into the dough, which also affects the flavour, for example, beetroot or tomato for red, spinach for green, and cuttlefish ink for black.

The term fusilli is also used to describe a short, extruded, twisted pasta known as rotini in the United States.


Fusilli may be solid or hollow. A variant type of fusilli are formed as hollow tubes of pasta that are twisted into springs or corkscrews and are called fusilli bucati. Another variant are twisted long lengths as though spaghetti were coiled around an object known as fusilli lunghi. Fusilli Napoletani are flat lengths of coiled pasta formed around a spindle.


Pasta al pomodoro is an Italian food typically prepared with pastaolive oil, fresh tomatoesbasil, and various other fresh ingredients. It is intended to be a quick light dish, rather than a dish in a heavy sauce.

Pomodoro means “tomato” in Italian.

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