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Brown Rice and Quinoa Fusilli Pasta With Tomato and Garlic Sauce

I enjoy cooking simple and tasty dishes, especially ones with healthy ingredients.

This simple dish is a powerhouse of nutrients.

This simple dish is a powerhouse of nutrients.

Satisfying Meal With Only Five Ingredients!

A few months ago, while grocery shopping in Trader Joe's, I picked up a bag of brown rice and quinoa fusilli pasta just for fun. I knew that brown rice and quinoa are each super nutritious, so I figured the combination of both grains would be a powerhouse of nutrition.

The thing is, I didn't expect it to taste so good!

One of my favorite ways to prepare this dish is with a simple sauce made with tomato, garlic, and olive oil. After adding the sauce over the cooked pasta, I sprinkle a little Romano cheese on top.

This savory and healthy meal keeps me feeling full and satisfied for hours!

These are the ingredients I use to make this dish. This 16 oz bag of pasta yields 6 servings. This recipe is for 2 servings.

These are the ingredients I use to make this dish. This 16 oz bag of pasta yields 6 servings. This recipe is for 2 servings.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

3 min

7 min

10 min

2 servings

I prep the sauce ingredients in advance or as the pasta is cooking.

I prep the sauce ingredients in advance or as the pasta is cooking.

Ingredients

For the pasta:

  • 2 cups uncooked organic brown rice and quinoa fusilli pasta

For the sauce:

  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 medium-sized ripe tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)
  • 1/2 cup water from cooked pasta (optional)

For the topping:

  • 2 tablespoons Romano cheese, shredded

Instructions

  1. In a large pot, bring water to a boil. Add 2 cups of brown rice and quinoa fusilli pasta and cook, uncovered, at medium heat for 7-10 minutes or according to package directions.
  2. Place a small pan on the stove and allow it to heat. When you add a drop of water to the pan and it sizzles, add 4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil to the pan. (I like to use a small cast iron skillet.)
  3. When you add another drop of water to the pan and it sizzles, add 4 minced garlic cloves to the pan.
  4. Add 2 medium-sized chopped tomatoes to the pan and gently blend the ingredients together with a wooden spoon.
  5. Add 1/4 teaspoon of salt (optional).
  6. Cover the pan and cook at low-medium heat for approximately 5 minutes or until the ingredients blend together to create a lovely aroma. I normally cook the sauce for as long as it takes the pasta to cook.
  7. Drain the pasta with a colander. If desired, save 1/2 cup of the pasta water and add it to the sauce in the pan. Continue to gently blend the ingredients together.
  8. Pour the cooked pasta into each bowl.
  9. Pour half of the sauce over each serving of pasta.
  10. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of shredded Romano cheese over each serving.

Tips and Tricks

  • Substitute Parmesan cheese for Romano cheese.
  • To further enhance the flavor of this dish, add a little unsalted butter to the pasta after you drain it.
  • To cook for one person, simply halve the ingredients.

Some Health Benefits of Tomatoes

protect heart health

support your body's immunity

protect your vision

improve digestion

contain cancer-fighting antioxidants

improve your skin

reduce blood pressure

help manage diabetes

strengthen bones

Tomatoes are packed with cancer-fighting antioxidents.

Tomatoes are packed with cancer-fighting antioxidents.

What Are Antioxidants?

Antioxidants are compounds found in foods, especially brightly colored produce like tomatoes. These compounds help protect your cells from damage that cause disease, such as cancer and heart complications.

An antioxidant-rich diet is an excellent way to help your body protect itself against everyday stressors in our environment, like harmful chemicals we are exposed to daily.

Lycopene

Tomatoes are especially rich in an antioxidant called lycopene. Lycopene is what gives tomatoes their bright red color! There's a ton of research that shows that lycopene helps prevent cancer and heart disease.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Madeleine Clays