Summer Pasta


  • 8 ounces brown rice penne pasta
  • 1 bunch asparagus, trimmed and cut into 3/4 inch pieces
  • 1.5 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 4 teaspoons whole-grain mustard
  • 4 teaspoons brown rice flour
  • .5 teaspoon salt
  • .5 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh tarragon, or .5 teaspoon dried
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • .5 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 3 minutes less than the package directions. Add asparagus and continue cooking until the pasta and asparagus are just tender, 3 minutes more. Drain and return to the pot.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk milk, mustard, flour, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant and lightly browned, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Whisk in the milk mixture. Bring to a simmer, stirring constantly, and cook until thickened, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in tarragon, lemon zest and juice.
  3. Stir the sauce into the pasta-asparagus mixture. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring, until the sauce is thick, creamy and coats the pasta, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in .25 cup Parmesan. Divide the pasta among 4 bowls and top with the remaining .25 cup Parmesan.
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