Jon & Vinny’s Style Spicy Fusilli Pasta, Caesar Salad & Brussels Sprouts Skewers

I LOVE when I can recreate a healthier version of a classic dish that tastes just as delicious! I substituted a few of the ingredients to make it guilt-free, and you can’t even tell! ⁣

Ingredients for Pasta

  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 small garlic cloves, finely grated
  • ½ cup tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons vodka
  • 1 cup coconut cream
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound brown rice fusilli (#traderjoes)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 ounce finely grated Parmesan, plus more for serving

Instructions for Pasta:

  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, for about 5 minutes.
  • Add tomato paste and cook, until paste starts to caramelize. Add vodka and cook, stirring constantly for about 2 minutes.
  • Add cream and red pepper flakes and stir until well blended. Season with salt and pepper; remove from heat.
  • Meanwhile, cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the pasta water.
  • Add pasta to the skillet with the sauce along with butter and ½ cup of the pasta water.
  • Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly and adding more pasta water if needed, until butter has melted. Season with salt and pepper and add Parmesan, tossing to coat.

Ingredients/Instructions for Salad:

  • Romaine lettuce
  • Croutons
  • Grated Parmesan cheese
  • Caesar Dressing

1. Add croutons to a ziplock bag and crush to form a powder. Lay the lettuce leaves on a plate, sprinkle with croutons and Parmesan and drizzle the dressing on top.

Ingredients/Instructions for Brussels Sprouts:

  • Brussels Sprouts, washed, cleaned and cut in half
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Avocado or Olive Oil
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Skewer sticks
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Add Brussels Sprouts halves one by one on a skewer.
  3. Add salt, pepper, oil and balsamic vinegar.
  4. Add to oven and cook for 10-15 minutes until crispy.
  5. Take out of the oven and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  6. Let sit for a minute until cheese has melted.

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