Pasta is the perfect canvas to show off seasonal produce‚ such as springtime asparagus. Hemp Seeds provide protein and a delicate heartiness to the dish‚ which makes a wonderful entrée that can be served hot or cold.
8 oz Quinoa Rotelle Pasta
Trim the asparagus, discarding the woody ends. Slice the asparagus stems into 1-inch pieces.
In a blender, combine the Cashews, Dijon mustard, olive oil and lemon juice, along with ¼ cup water and ½ teaspoon sea salt. Blend into a cream.
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the rotelle for a few minutes until it’s near tender but still chewy, then add the asparagus and cook for 3-4 minutes longer until pasta is done and asparagus is a vibrant green. Set aside a cup of the cooking water. Drain the pasta and asparagus, and return them to the pot. Add the blended cream, lemon zest, capers, chives and Hemp Seeds, and season with black pepper. Toss well to distribute and adjust seasoning if desired. Transfer to serving plates and garnish with additional chives, Hemp Seeds and edible flowers.
May be served hot or chilled.
Makes 4 Servings
Submitted by Julie Morris