Tag: fusilli

Fusilli is a long, thick, corkscrew shaped pasta, commonly with 3 interlocking screws . The word fusilli presumably comes from fusile, archaic or dialectal word for “rifle” (fucile in modern Italian), referring to the spiral-grooved barrel of the latter. The word can also mean “little spindles” in standard Italian.
In addition to plain and wholewheat varieties, as with any pasta other colours can be made by mixing other ingredients into the dough, which also affects the flavour. For example, beetroot for red, spinach for green and cuttlefish ink for black.
Fusilli is often confused with the short, flattened, twisted pasta known as rotini.