Fusilli Primavera

Fresh vegetables tossed with fun shaped pasta make this low-calorie vegetarian meal nice for entertaining.

Fusilli Primavera
Total Time:
40 mins


  • 8 ounce dried fusilli, fettuccine, linguine or other long pasta noodles

  • 16 fresh asparagus spears (about 3/4 lb.)

  • 4 cloves garlic, very thinly sliced

  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil

  • 2 medium carrots, very thinly bias-sliced

  • 1 leek, thinly sliced

  • 6 roma tomatoes, seeded and chopped (about 2-1/4 cups)

  • ¼ cup extra-dry vermouth, dry white wine, or vegetable broth

  • ½ teaspoon kosher or sea salt

  • 2 tablespoon butter

  • ¼ cup shredded fresh basil

  • ½ cup coarsely chopped cashews or sliced almonds, toasted

  • 1 ounce smoked Gouda or provolone cheese, thinly shaved


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions in a Dutch oven; drain. Return pasta to pan. Set aside.

  2. Trim asparagus. Remove tips; set tips aside. Bias-slice remaining asparagus stalks into 1-1/2-inch pieces. Set stalks aside.

  3. In a wok or 12-inch nonstick skillet stir-fry garlic and red pepper in hot oil for 15 seconds over medium-high heat. Add carrots and leek; stir-fry for 2 minutes. Add tomatoes; stir-fry for 1 minute more. Add asparagus stalks, vermouth, and salt. Cook, uncovered, for 2 to 3 minutes or until asparagus is crisp-tender. Add asparagus tips. Cook, uncovered, for 1 minute more. Add butter, stirring till melted. Add asparagus mixture and basil to pasta; toss gently to coat. Transfer to a warm serving dish. Garnish with nuts and shaved cheese. Makes 4 main-dish servings.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

241 Calories
16g Fat
16g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 241
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 21mg 7%
Sodium 397mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 34.2mg 171%
Calcium 101mg 8%
Iron 2mg 11%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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