Orange Asparagus Pasta Salad

Amie Valpone

by | Updated: December 3rd, 2016 | Read time: 1 minute

Not your ordinary pasta salad, this gourmet dish gets a citrusy and nutritious twist when warm, gluten-free penne is tossed with fresh-squeezed orange juice, slender asparagus spears and  chopped pistachio nuts. No need to pre-steam the greens””slender stalks will soften after you add them to the mix!

Pasta with Asparagus
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Orange Asparagus Pasta Salad

Serves 4


8 oz.  penne pasta
1 lb. fresh asparagus, cut into 1-inch pieces
1/4   cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
2   Tbsp. olive oil
3   Tbsp.  freshly squeezed orange juice
1/4 cup finely chopped pistachios
Sea salt and pepper, to taste


1. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and rinse under cool water.

2. In a large bowl, gently toss all ingredients.

3. Serve immediately.