Rotini are short, corkscrew-like shaped pasta. The name translates from Italian to “small wheels” and the shape originated in Southern Italy. It is a very similar shape to fusilli but the screw is a bit tighter.

Taco Rotini Pasta Taco Rotini Pasta

This recipe is a great way to spice up taco night, and it also only requires one pot to prepare. We adore how the author unexpectedly combines spicy flavors with taco seasoning, jalapenos, and salsa-style tomatoes. To begin, brown the ground beef in a sizable stockpot. Next, spice up the meat by adding minced jalapeno, minced garlic, and chopped onions. Finally, add the tomatoes, some beef broth, and the rotini pasta after seasoning with taco seasoning. Serve the pasta with sour cream, green onions, and cheddar cheese if desired after letting everything simmer for about 20 minutes, or until the pasta is tender.

This dish is great if you’re low on clean dishes because you don’t have to boil your noodles separately. If someone wants tacos and another person wants pasta for dinner, it is also a great way to reach a compromise.

Get the full recipe and directions from Small Town Woman.

Cheesy Rotini Pasta with Roasted Vegetables Cheesy Rotini Pasta with Roasted Vegetables

This recipe is one of our favorites because it gives us our daily serving of vegetables without having to prepare a side salad. For the cheesy pasta component, you’ll need marinara sauce, salt, black pepper, fresh basil, fresh oregano, cheddar cheese, mozzarella, and parmesan cheese. While the rotini cooks, combine the sauce and cheese in a different saucepan over low heat.

Finally, get a sheet pan ready and roast broccoli, zucchini, eggplant, and cherry tomatoes for 30 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. To ensure that the vegetables are evenly roasted, flip them halfway through the cooking process. You don’t have to stick to those only; you can also include bell peppers, cauliflower, mushrooms, and brussels sprouts in the dish. Your pasta should be placed on a plate and topped with roasted vegetables, parmesan, and fresh herbs. If you choose to substitute non-dairy cheese for the dairy-based cheese in this recipe, the dish will be vegan.

Get the full recipe and directions from A Simple Palate.

How to Make Rotini Pasta with Roasted Vegetables – Step by Step

Preheat oven to 400F. Toss chopped vegetables in oil with salt and minced garlic. Roast for 20-30 minutes, flipping halfway through.

As directed on the package, cook the pasta in a pot of boiling water. Using a small pot or liquid measuring cup that can withstand hot liquids, drain the pasta and set aside 1 cup of the pasta water.

Add pasta, mozzarella, cheddar cheese, marinara, and fresh herbs to the remaining pasta water. Mix together – the consistency should be a creamy/cheesy sauce. Adjust pasta water or add more cheese if needed.

Serve pasta with roasted vegetables and grated fresh parmesan on top after seasoning with salt and pepper if necessary.

What Are Rotini Noodles?


What is rotini made out of?


What pasta can I substitute for rotini?

Given that it can hold more sauce thanks to its corkscrew shape, rotini is among the best pasta options available. And more sauce is always a good thing, in our opinion.

Is rotini pasta good?

Unlike most other pasta shapes, rotini’s twisted shape makes it incredibly adept at retaining sauces. Rotini pairs best with thick, smooth sauces. It nevertheless functions well in stir-fries, casseroles, and salads.

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