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Nutritional Info
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 311.7
  • Total Fat: 6.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 96.7 mg
  • Sodium: 237.8 mg
  • Total Carbs: 30.2 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 2.0 g
  • Protein: 33.3 g

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Red Hot Fusilli


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Red Hot Fusilli RECIPE

Introduction

This lively low-saturated fat pasta dish contains lots of tomatoes and herbs and very little oil. This lively low-saturated fat pasta dish contains lots of tomatoes and herbs and very little oil.

Ingredients

    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1/4 cup freshly minced parsley
    • 4 cups ripe tomatoes, chopped
    • 1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped or 1 teaspoon dried basil
    • 1 tablespoon oregano leaves, crushed or 1 teaspoon dried oregano
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • ground red pepper or cayenne pepper to taste
    • 8 oz. uncooked fusilli pasta (4 cups cooked)
    • 1/2 lb. cooked chicken breasts, diced into 1/2-inch pieces (3/4 lb. raw) (optional)

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Directions

1. Heat oil in a medium saucepan. Sauté garlic and parsley until golden.



2. Add tomatoes and spices. Cook uncovered over low heat 15 minutes or until thickened, stirring frequently. Add chicken and continue cooking for 15 minutes until chicken is heated through and sauce is thick.



3. Cook pasta in unsalted water. Drain.



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.



Yield: 4 servings--Serving Size: 1 cup





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  • Very Good
    27 of 28 people found this review helpful
    Very Good!
    I added sliced red bell pepper and a thinly sliced onion.I also substituted sliced italian sausage instead of the chicken.We Loved it!!!Will DEFINITELTY make it again! It's even better the next day and freezes well. - 2/11/09

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  • Very Good
    25 of 25 people found this review helpful
    I added roasted red peppers and used whole wheat pasta. Delicious! - 5/30/08

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  • Incredible!
    19 of 19 people found this review helpful
    My husband and I found this recipe years ago and make it all the time! We LOVE it! In the winter I use canned diced tomatoes with jalapenos, not as good as fresh, but even easier! - 3/31/08

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  • Incredible!
    18 of 18 people found this review helpful
    So easy and yet so delicious !! At first I got scared by the name of the Recipe (Red Hot Fusilli) but when I read it over, the burn-you-to-death hot peppers were only "to taste" and we didn't even need them to make this turn out great. - 3/22/09

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  • Incredible!
    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
    This recipe is terrific. Followed exactly and it was so good next night I added slivered red pepper and baby scallops. Am planning on trying shrimp next. This will become one of my standards that I use all the time! - 3/13/09

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  • Very Good
    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
    I added a small chopped onion, another garlic clove, a pinch of crushed rosemary, and quinoa penne for a slightly more spicy gluten free version. You could add bell peppers, black olives and/or mushrooms for a variation. - 5/28/08

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  • Very Good
    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
    Very good. I did substitue slices of chicken sausage (with spinach & cheese) for the chicken breast and it added lots of flavor. My husband would still prefer a traditional pasta sauce, but I liked this healthier alternative. - 3/27/08

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  • Incredible!
    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
    I threw a chopped up onion into mine. Love the way the herbs help it come together! A caloric and sodium steal, and high in protein. And I still have leftovers for lunch for a few days. - 3/22/09

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  • Incredible!
    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
    I really enjoyed this recipe. I substituted medium cocktail shrimp for chicken. I think next time (and there definitely will be a next time!) I will chop up a green pepper or two and toss it in there. I put in a little cornstarch to thicken it, but I'll try tomato paste next time. - 12/2/08

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  • Incredible!
    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
    Very good I left out the chicken and add a few black olives. This is a keeper. - 6/13/07

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  • Very Good
    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
    I used a whole grain pasta and added i/2 cup frozen peas per servings, fresh rosemary.. Yummy! - 3/14/08

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  • Very Good
    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
    Very easy to make. Didn't use enough cayenne and red pepper this go round, would add more next time. Love the idea of including kalamata olives as well. - 6/3/08

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  • Incredible!
    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
    This is the kind of meatless dinner my family loves! Especially the hot & spicy part. I didn't have any fusilly so I substituted whole wheat rotini to make it even healthier. YUM! - 5/28/08

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  • Very Good
    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
    I really liked this and I'm not a big fan of chicken in red sauces :-) - 9/28/08

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  • Good
    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
    I enjoyed but would prefer the sauce to be thickened a little, maybe would try adding a small can of tomato paste also. I couldn't find fusilli so used rotini instead. Would make again. - 9/20/08

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  • Incredible!
    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
    I used whole wheat rotini and leftover grilled chicken and it was fantastic! - 7/29/08

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  • Incredible!
    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
    This was wonderful and it will be in my regular rotation. Turned down the spice slightly for the kids. - 3/26/08

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  • Very Good
    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
    Delicious. Although... it lacks something. Maybe there needs to be a little less pasta. - 9/21/07

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  • Incredible!
    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
    great basic recipe and as so many have said, easy to substitute other foods. - 3/15/09

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  • 6 of 6 people found this review helpful
    I made this tonight but used whole wheat thin spaghetti & it is awesome! My husband & I really loved it. I put red pepper flakes for the spice. Will definitely make again. - 6/5/08

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  • Incredible!
    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
    My family and I love this recipe; it is so simple and quick yet delicious and spicy! - 5/28/08

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  • Very Good
    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
    It had a good flavor and the sauce was just right. Chicken had great flavor! - 4/1/08

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  • Incredible!
    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
    WOW! This was incredible and EASY - 3/25/08

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  • Incredible!
    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
    i also used whole wheat pasta. this is a great recipe.. i could eat this everyday. thank you. - 3/17/08

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  • Incredible!
    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
    Very easy..I made this before I went to the gym. I used diced canned tomatoes. I love this spicy kick that it has. - 3/12/08

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  • Incredible!
    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
    This is so good, and you can make it as spicy as you want! - 3/11/08

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  • Very Good
    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
    For a Vegetarian version, I susbtituted Tofu to Chicken. - 3/11/08

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  • Incredible!
    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
    Fantastic...I used penne pasta instead of the fusilli pasta and added tomato passata to make the sauce that little bit richer. I substituted small meatballs for the chicken the second time I made this dish. - 3/11/08

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  • Incredible!
    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
    I loved it. Tastes great and is very easy and quick to make. The best kind of recipe to have when you don't have time.
    - 11/12/07

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  • 5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    I made this tonite for dinner and its a winner. Fantastic. Its 6 points for WW people. Definately worth it. - 11/17/09

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  • Incredible!
    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
    Super dish, easy and great eats. Now one of our favorites - 4/3/09

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  • Very Good
    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
    We enjoyed this and will add it to our bi-weekly mix. - 3/18/09

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  • Very Good
    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
    This is one of my favorite recipes. I love crushed red peppers in pasta! Delicious! - 3/12/09

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  • Incredible!
    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
    This was really good. Thanks! - 9/24/08

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  • Incredible!
    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    My husband and I loved this! We like spicy food and this filled the bill. I didn't have enough fresh tomatoes so I used a can of diced tomatoes plus one chopped fresh tomato. I also had to use fettucine, couldn't find fusilli at the store. - 12/9/07

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  • O.K.
    5 of 11 people found this review helpful
    A bit too spicy for my taste. - 3/27/07

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  • Incredible!
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Yummy is the term that best describes this. I added bell peppers, onions, and celery to mine. I also did two tablespoons of dried basil instead of the two teaspoons of dried and added freshly ground pepper. I used organic whole wheat pasta. It was delicious! - 2/21/10

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  • 4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    I am trying to stay away from the pasta of any kind so what I did was to make the sauce and spoon it over fresh chicken breast and bake it in the oven for 45 minutes at 350. It smelled awesome and my daughter thought it was excellent served with a salad and veggies. - 2/5/10

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  • 4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Very Good. I was a little apprehensive about it at first, but Loved all flavors combined together. Even my daughter that doesn't like tomatoes ate two helpings - 1/24/10

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  • 4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    This is my kind of recipe: Easy, fast, and low in calories. As suggested, shrimp, scallops, Italian turkey sausage and other vegetables can replace the chicken. I love it! - 11/15/09

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  • O.K.
    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
    Just OK. Kind of boring and flavorless, but I appreciate the healthy ingredients and the overall health of the recipe. I didn't hate it, but I'm not in a hurry to make it again. - 3/15/09

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  • Incredible!
    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
    This has been a family favorite for years! - 3/15/09

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  • 4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    I love hot and spicy foods, and this was the bomb!! and having the spices cooked in really helped it out. - 3/14/08

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  • Incredible!
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    i love it easy and quick to make and love the taste it v - 3/11/08

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  • 4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    This is one awesome recipee will definitly be making again soon. - 3/11/08

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  • Good
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    It was okay, needed a little more sauciness for me personally but that can be changed by adding more tomatoes next time around! - 9/21/07

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  • Very Good
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    This is so easy to make, tastes fabulous, and very likeable by many eaters. A real winner! - 3/20/07

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  • Very Good
    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
    This is YUM-O and very easy to make. I substituted turkey tenderloing for the chicken breasts and it worked just as well. - 3/15/07

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  • Very Good
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Quick, easy, and great way to make use of fresh ingredients. Canned tomatoes make a decent substitute. - 3/13/07

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  • 3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    even without meat this is great especially with fresh basil, oregano & parsley - and it will be even better once the local tomatoes are ready. This will be a summer staple - 6/18/10

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    I cook with hot peppers often & have a suggestion if you're nervous about "hot" (ref. comment on this). Try habernero and/or serrano peppers: they have more flavor than heat. Be careful, though: when new to preparing hot peppers, use gloves. The oils linger on your fingers. Don't touch your eyes!!!! - 5/2/10

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  • Very Good
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    This was a big hit with the family. I loved it too because it was so easy to make. Very tasty and satisfying. - 2/7/10

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  • 3 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Recipe is very good. I will make a few alterations by using whole wheat pasta and possibly roasted peppers. - 2/6/10

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    I love hot food and added some fresh chilli peppers. This is also great as a smaaaall portion with some salad to liven up the salad - 2/5/10

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  • Very Good
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    This was really quick and easy and surprisingly low in calories. I added some red bell pepper and found it made quite a satisfying meal. I made 4 portions and saved 3 to eat tomorrow and the next day and the next :) - 1/24/10

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  • Good
    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
    I found this pretty bland, I used red pepper flakes which did add a slow burn at the end. I incorporated more veggies like squash and zucchini in the sauce. - 11/9/09

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  • Very Good
    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
    used red pepper flakes/skipped the cayenne - 8/30/09

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  • Very Good
    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
    I misread the instructions when I was cooking and ended up using 1 tbsp of cyan pepper...needless to say it was VERY red hot fusilli . I will use this recipe again in the future using less cyan though lol. - 8/29/09

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  • O.K.
    3 of 10 people found this review helpful
    I did not care for this. Think it has 6 WW points for 1 serving. I did make it. - 3/15/09

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  • 3 of 5 people found this review helpful
    I am giong to add more veggies instead of the chicken. - 3/12/09

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  • Very Good
    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Excellent and clearly explained. - 6/3/08

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Very healthy, very tasty and something new for my recipe box! - 3/11/08

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  • Very Good
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    very tasty. I like to use chicken breasts on the bone which I roast in the oven. I think they have much more flavour. I served this over brown basmati rice. My husband and I both loved it. Will have the leftovers for lunch today. - 6/9/10

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Without the chicken this is really awesome -- I love spicy and like the suggestions of addding onions & red peppers too. Also the winter idea-! I'm not a fan of pasta but this one's a-okay - 5/20/10

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Fantabulous! I felt like Julia Childs making it - and my two teens told me how great it smelled, and thanked me after making it. We all loved it. Incidently, I substituted cilantro for the parsley and went light on the cayenne pepper. Delicious! - 3/6/10

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Excellent easy to cook recipe. - 12/21/09

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  • 2 of 6 people found this review helpful
    I am definitely trying this...My boys will actually enjoy this and there is plenty of everything for everybody in it! - 3/19/09

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
    Delicious! - 3/12/09

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  • 2 of 4 people found this review helpful
    I'm gonna use my left over turkey. - 3/12/09

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
    very tasty! - 3/12/09

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  • 2 of 6 people found this review helpful
    This is a recipe that I will be trying. My family does not eat chopped tomatoes, or fresh tomatoes in any fashion, so will have to substitute tomato sauce and some tomato paste. I like the idea of adding italian sausage, I have plenty of that in the freezer. - 3/12/09

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  • Very Good
    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
    A nice light dish for springtime. Thanks! - 3/12/09

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  • 2 of 5 people found this review helpful
    I will make this on Friday without the chicken for Lent as a side dish. If the family likes it, I'll try making it with the chicken next week. Maybe use Italian stewed tomatoes for a thinner brothy texture. Can't wait! - 3/12/09

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  • Very Good
    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
    This is one I really want to try. It sounds so easy and can be served either hot or cold! - 3/14/08

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    My entire family really loved this and asked that we make it again. - 6/23/10

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Very Good and very easy to make! - 6/12/10

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This recipe is absolutely delicious! I made it tonight for dinner and everyone loves it! - 6/11/10

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  • 1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Calorie breakdown by ingredient adds up to 500 per portion not 311 - 6/8/10

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  • Good
    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I would add tomato paste and fat free yogurt for a blush sauce, over penne, topped with grated low fat cheese and forget the hot stuff to suit out tastes. - 6/8/10

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I made it with shrimp. Loved it!!! - 6/8/10

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I added a more garlic, 1small can tomato paste, 1 onion, used whole wheat pasta, and used a little less chicken. - 5/10/10

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  • Very Good
    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Simple, good, healthy. - 2/6/10

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Loved it! I used whole wheat pasta and added chopped green pepper and onion, delicious! - 2/5/10

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  • O.K.
    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
    This was a lot more work than it is worth. Would rather have plain rice. - 11/19/09

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  • Very Good
    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    That was very good. Hope to have it again. - 11/16/09

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    GREAT RECIPE... I WILL BE MAKING THIS OFTEN !!!! - 11/15/09

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  • 1 of 4 people found this review helpful
    I like this recipe. I will definitely try it this coming week. - 9/13/08

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  • The family loved this! Even our three young boys, who don't always eat to well, ate this and asked for more. - 10/9/11

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  • Nice way to use those homegrown tomatoes! - 8/28/11

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  • I am not a big cooker at all and this recipe was super easy, fast and delicious! I will be making this again. - 8/3/11

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  • Very good. I adde sliced of onions and loved it. - 5/8/11

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  • This recipe sounded really interesting, so I was curious about the full nutritional breakdown (bottom of Nutritional Info box) and found the math didn't work. Adding up the calories/ingredient, I got 500 cal/serving using the 3 oz of pasta listed, or 400 cal/serving using the recipe's 2 oz of pasta - 5/8/11

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  • Just okay. Best part about it was the italian turkey sausage. i found the sauce to be rather bland! - 2/16/11

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  • Very yummy when you swap the chicken for turkey Italian sausage! - 1/6/11

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  • It really was good--- We ate it all-- - 12/31/10

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  • Another great base recipe open to adaptation for personal tastes and nutritional requirements. Thanks! - 12/31/10

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  • This is excellent!!!!! - 12/31/10

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  • Very simple and taste great. I add mixed veggies to my dish and it was great. - 12/31/10

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  • Pretty much the way I do this, except I use my homemade garlic/chili paste. - 12/18/10

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  • Very easy and tasty, even with canned tomatoes. I think it would be great with white fish or shrimp instead of chicken. - 11/18/10

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