Fusilli with Feta and Green Peas

Fusilli (Spiral) pasta

Fusilli (Spiral) pasta

By Cat, March 2013 (Photo, right, from Wikimedia Commons)

See also: 1. Pasta Menu2Pasta (About)3Mediterranean Menu;

Feta is a Greek brined cheese, popular throughout the eastern Mediterranean, and typically made from sheep’s milk, or goat’s milk. It is a fairy dry, aged cheese that crumbles well; I always keep some on hand for crumbling over a salad, or in a favorite casserole such as pastitsio (pasticcio). And it is excellent in quick pasta dishes such as this one.

Fusilli is a spiral pasta that works well with cheesy-creamy sauces such as this one, and kids love them.

Fusilli with Feta and Green Peas

This recipe is adapted from Fine Cooking (1); the original recipe was written to serve 4 – 6, but I’ve modified it to serve 2.

One way I’d like to serve this is to toss with cubed chicken meat, for a main dish. I’d also like to try this with snow peas (in the pod).


Ingredients & Equipment:

  • Sauce:
  • ½ cup homemade chicken stock
  • 1 cups shelled peas (fresh or frozen; if starting with peas in a pod, you’ll need about 1 lb before shelling)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp chopped fresh dill
  • Unrefined sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • lemon wedges for garnish
  • Pasta
  • 4 oz fusili pasta
  • 1 ½ oz feta, finely crumbled (about 5 Tbsp)
  • Equipment
  • 3 quart saucepan
  • small saucepan
  • large bowl


  1. SauceBring stock to a boil over high heat; add peas and cook 2 – 4 minutes until crisp-tender. Remove from heat; using a slotted spoon, remove and reserve ⅓ cup of peas.
  2. Transfer broth and remaining peas to a blender. Add olive oil and all but ⅓ tsp of the dill, ⅓ tsp salt and ⅛  tsp pepper. Blend until smooth; it will be thin.
  3. Pasta: Bring saucepan of water to boil.
  4. Cook pasta in boiling water according to package directions, to al dente. Drain but reserve ¼ cup of pasta water, in case the finished dish is too thick.
  5. Place pasta in a large bowl. Add the sauce, reserved peas and 1 Tbsp of the feta and toss to combine..
  6. Serve garnished with the remaining feta, reserved dill, and lemon wedges on the side.


  1. finecooking.com/recipes/fusilli-peas-feta.aspx

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