Pepperoni & Pesto Fusilli

Pepperoni & Pesto Fusilli Shadow

You won’t find a Wisconsinite indoors for a second during the summer, and this primo dish is perfect for al fresco dining. Whether you serve it hot as an entrée or cold as a side, our Pepperoni & Pesto Fusilli is sure to have you saying deliziosa!


  • 1 lb fusilli pasta
  • 4 oz Old Wisconsin Snack Sticks
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes - quartered
  • 1 lb mozzarella balls - halved
  • 2 oz balsamic vinegar glaze - or to taste
Ingredients for Pesto (or use a quality pre-made pesto):
  • 3 cups fresh basil leaves
  • ¼ cup shelled pistachios
  • ¼ cup pine nuts - alternative
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 clove garlic
  • Salt to taste


  • Slice the Old Wisconsin Snack Sticks into 1/8” to 1/4” rounds, or slice on bias if desired.
For the Pesto:
  • If you substitute a pre-made pesto, skip steps 3 through 5.
  • Trim basil of any woody stems.
  • Add basil, parmesan cheese, garlic, pistachio (or pine) nuts, and half of olive oil to food processor and chop. Slowly drizzle in remaining olive oil and process until somewhat smooth.
  • Add salt to taste.
For the Dish:
  • Bring one gallon of well salted water to boil in stock pot.
  • While water is coming to a boil, add sliced snack sticks to a hot pan and sauté until fat begins to render out.
  • Add 1 cup of pesto to sauté pan, cook for 1 minute. Set aside.
  • Add fusilli pasta to pot and cook until al dente (roughly 11 minutes at sea level).
  • Drain pasta well, place in large bowl and pesto and snack stick mixture. Mix well.
  • Add tomato and cheese to pasta. Mix well.
  • Drizzle balsamic glaze over pasta to taste.
  • Serve!

Nutritional Facts:

Per serving (daily value): Calories 1103.52kcal; Protein 51.315g (103%); Total Fat 56.743g (87%) (Sat. 17.99g (90%)); Chol. 89.68mg (30%); Carb. 95.89g (32%); Fiber 5.794g (23%); Sugars 9.253g; Calcium 1115.2mg (112%); Iron 3.59mg (20%); Sodium 1006.486mg (42%); Vit. C 15.85mg (26%); Vit. A 2976.851IU (60%); Trans fat 0g

Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Total Time: 45 Minutes
Makes: 4 Servings
Cost: $6.42/per serving

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