Jun 012009

I love fusilli, maybe because of its shape, “traps” better and more sauce. I am sorry if you do not have Trader Joe’s nearby…because some of the ingredients is from Trader Joe’s, but you can always substitute.


1 lb of lean ground beef
2 tablespoon olive oil
3 cloves garlic finely chopped
1 large onion chopped
1 can of Hunts tomatoes paste (6 oz)
½ teaspoon sugar
salt and pepper to taste
1 teaspoon pasta seasoning blend (Trader Joe’s)

1 lb fusilli pasta (Trader Joe’s)

Parmesan cheese
Dry parsley


In a pan, heat the oil and add the garlic and onion, let it brown. Add the ground beef and cook until done.
Add the tomato paste and 12 oz of water (use the can to measure), salt, pepper, seasoning blend and sugar. Simmer until the liquid is evaporated. Longer you simmer more flavorful the sauce will be, so don’t rush.


In the meantime, cook the fusilli as instructed in the package. I added some rock salt just before adding the pasta. I learned that it should keep the water “hotter”.

Serve the sauce on the fusilli and garnish with grated parmesan and dry parsley.


Curiosity Corner Jan 2013
Did you know that fusilli in Italian means “little spindles”? And it is known as well as “twisted spaghetti”?

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  31 Responses to “Fusilli with Meat Sauce”

  1. yummmmmm- I love fusilli too. I am a huge pasta sauce fan so anything that helps get more to my mouth is a winner in my book 🙂 Hope you’re having a nice Monday

  2. Never cooked with fusilli, but we know it’s gotta be good.

  3. MMMMMM…I adore fusilli & other shapes of pasta! your sauce looks delicious! yum!

  4. I like fusilli too. I bet it was great here with your delicious meat sauce!

  5. Yours looks great, too. And, I agree about the fusilli trapping the sauce–you might really like the tuna and fusilli on my site (under big bites).

  6. I love fusilli ! This is comforting yet elegant dish.

    Thanks for sharing your delicious recipe:)

    And I can visit you if you can visit me:)


  7. Oooh, that looks so hearty and satisfying..
    I make something similar to this with ground turkey for a lighter dish. Try it subbing it sometime. Only thing is, you may need a little more seasoning to make up for the low-fat content.
    By the way, I just added you to my links. Have a great week!

  8. Fusilli are a fun pasta to cook with – sounds delicious with the meat sauce!

  9. haha, fusilli is the ONLY pasta shape I buy! I love those…I don’t really like thin noodly pasta like angel hair…it’s no fun at all!

  10. That look amazingly delicious. I love fusilli because it the sauce clings to it so well. Awesome job!

  11. I like your curiosity corner. Learnt sth new : ) Lovely pasta too of course!

  12. I love Fusilli too, it’s so silly. :0) This looks so great! Love Trader Joe’s. I haven’t tried their pasta seasoning yet.

  13. Fusilli is one of my favorite pasta shapes too, and I love meat sauce! Great recipe.

  14. Sounds delicious! I never shop at Trader Joe’s, but perhaps I should.

  15. Juliana this is my all time favorite dish. Thank you for sharing the recipe!

  16. your meat sauce is very similar to the version i swear by, so i know it’s good. i like fusilli, too–such a fun shape. 🙂

  17. I love fusili! This is a delicious dish! Pasta are always welcome at my table…



  18. First: the photos are mouth-watering. And second – isn’t it wonderful how different types of pasta adhere differnetly with various sauces? I love it! And I love the pretty pictures it makes on the plate.

  19. Pasta is my favorite comfort food. I have to have it once per week!

  20. classic! looks great 🙂

  21. You know, I think I’ve never tried fusilli. I love how all of your ingredients came from TJs! Yum!

  22. Yum, this looks great. I love fusilli too, I always buy fun shapes of pasta.

  23. Fusilli are as fun to say as they are to eat.

  24. i love this noodle. and your right, it traps more of the sauce! i bet this dish was better the next day, as most dishes with tomato sauces are.

  25. Delicious looking pasta, Juliana! Too bad it’s too hot here for such dish.

  26. All of these different pasta shapes and names are so fascinating… It’s always fun to learn a bit more about them!

  27. yum, I love meat sauce pasta 🙂

  28. We love pasta but this kind of classic meat sauce is an absolute favorite! My husband actually prefers fusilli or penne over spaghetti or linguine for these kinds of sauces. Lucky for me, we do have a Trader’s so I’ll be on the lookout for this seasoning blend.

  29. I love fusilli! Your sauce sounds amazing! Meat sauces like yours are such a treat for me. It reminds me of my mom’s pasta sauce. This is a true comfort meal for me!

  30. Love the shape of the fusilli pasta. Each twist really picks up a bit of the sauce. Yum

  31. I now have the answers to my questions – at last! Thank you for a great site. Gratefully, Beth