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Creamy Fusilli with Sundried Tomatoes, Ricotta, and Peas
with balsamic roasted broccoli

Active: 30 min Total: 30 min
This sophisticated one pot pasta dish is sure to become a favorite. Ricotta provides a creamy finish and lemon zest gives it just the right zing.
Smarts: Creamy sauces go well with any pasta, so feel free to use something aside from fusilli.


Creamy Fusilli with Sundried Tomatoes, Ricotta, and Peas:
  • Garlic - 3 cloves , minced
  • Sundried tomatoes - 6 , sliced
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Red pepper flakes - 1/4 tsp
  • Fusilli - 8 oz
  • Milk - 2 1/2 cups
  • Water - 1 cup
  • Salt - 1 tsp
  • Black pepper - 1/2 tsp
  • Garlic powder - 1 tsp
  • Oregano, dried - 1/2 tsp
  • Parsley, dried - 1/2 tsp
  • Ricotta, low-fat - 1/2 cup
  • Peas - 1 cup
  • Lemons - 1/2 , zest of
Roasted Balsamic Broccoli:
  • Broccoli - 1 1/2 lbs , chopped
  • Red pepper flakes - 1/4 tsp
  • Vinegar, balsamic - 1 Tbsp
  • Oil, cooking - 1 1/2 Tbsp
  • Lemons - 1/2 , juice of


  1. Garlic / Broccoli - Prep as directed. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
  2. Sun-dried tomatoes - Slice.

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  1. Heat oven to 425F / 218C. Toss broccoli with red pepper flakes, balsamic vinegar, cooking oil and some salt and pepper. Spread out onto a sheet pan and roast for 20 minutes (if you have leftover garbanzo beans from yesterday, feel free to toss them onto the pan), shaking once midway through.
  2. Heat a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add cooking oil and then garlic, sundried tomatoes, and red pepper flakes to heated oil. Heat for ~1 minute.
  3. Add in pasta, milk, water, salt, pepper, garlic powder, oregano, and parsley. Cover and bring to a boil. Simmer until pasta is al dente, tender but still with a bite. This should take ~10 minutes, but check and stir every few minutes to prevent sticking.
  4. Once pasta is cooked, fold in ricotta, peas, and lemon zest. Season to taste with salt and black pepper (this dish is great with pepper!) or other spices. Finish roasted broccoli with lemon juice and some salt and pepper. Enjoy with pasta!



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