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
Green and red varieties of fusilli (or any pasta) are created by
using spinach or beet juice, respectively, instead of water.
There are also whole wheat versions of fusilli available.
Fusilli is not to be confused with the short, flattened, twisted
pasta known as rotini.