Jul 26, 2015

Brie and Asparagus Pasta

Brie and Asparagus Pasta is a fancy mac and cheese recipe loaded with fresh sauteed asparagus smothered in a rich, creamy, garlicky brie cheese sauce. This recipe is inspired by the Trader Jacque's Shells with Brie and Asparagus at Trader Joe's and is a decadent bowl of cheesy goodness that is surprisingly easy to make...
Brie and Asparagus Pasta in a white bowl ready to eat

Brie and Asparagus Pasta in a white bowl ready to eat for lunch or dinner
Don and I don't eat out much for several reasons, but mostly because we just don't enjoy it. We love to eat fresh and flavorful meals at home. When we do go out to eat it is either disappointing because the food lacks flavor, or it is so expensive, we can usually make the meals at home for much less. I hope we inspire you to eat at home to save your hard earned $$$ while experiencing exciting new flavors you only get with home cooked meals.

My recipe is inspired by Trader Jacque's Shells with Brie and Asparagus. On a recent road trip, we were just too tired to dine out, so we stopped in at Trader Joe's to pick up some goodies to enjoy in our hotel room. 

We decided to get some pre-made sandwiches as well as some frozen meals. I spied the Trader Jacque's Shells with Brie and Asparagus and was instantly intrigued. I also picked up a Caprese Sandwich which really hit the spot. Oh my goodness was it ever delicious! Or maybe I was just really, really hungry from traveling all day. I recreated the Caprese Sandwich too & it turned out even more delicious!
Brie and Asparagus Pasta in a white bowl set on the dinner table
I never did get to enjoy my Shells with Brie and Asparagus, but Madison did and she loved it! I am so glad I looked at the ingredients, because I couldn't get that combo off my mind. I just knew I had to recreate it at home.
Top view looking down on Brie and Asparagus Pasta in a white bowl on the dinner table

Once I tasted the creamy freshness of this scrumptious pasta dish, there was no way I was keeping it to myself! I hope you love it as much as I do!! But really, who wouldn't love how easy it is to make and how quickly it comes together? This recipe is made all in one pot and is on the table in about 30 minutes, y'all!! That alone makes it a winner in my book! But the flavor and texture of this dish would be worth the effort even if it wasn't super easy to make :)
Brie and Asparagus Pasta ready to eat
The crispy crunch of the sauteed asparagus contrasts nicely with the soft, but firm, pasta which seemingly holds just the right amount of creamy brie cheese sauce on every piece, creating the perfect bite with each exquisite forkful. The comforting goodness of this recipe keeps us coming back for more!
Brie and Asparagus Pasta ready to eat

Brie and Asparagus Pasta

Life Tastes Good
Published 07/26/2015
Brie and Asparagus Pasta


  • 12 ounces Casarecce pasta or another pasta that holds sauce well, such as small shells
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon freshly minced garlic, divided
  • 1 shallot finely diced (about 1/4 to 1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 pound fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1" pieces
  • sea salt and fresh black pepper to taste
  • Bechamel Sauce (click for tutorial)
  • 7 ounces Brie Cheese, diced (remove the rind first)
  • Parmesan Cheese (garnish)
  • Freshly chopped parsley (garnish)
  • Crushed red pepper flakes (garnish)


  1. In a large pot, cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  2. In the same pot, melt 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat and saute 1/2 tablespoon of freshly minced garlic with 1/4 to 1/2 cup of finely diced shallot for about a minute until the vegetables begin to soften. Add the asparagus pieces and a pinch of sea salt and saute until the asparagus starts to soften - about 2 minutes. Remove the vegetables from the pot and set aside. The asparagus should still have some crunch to it when you remove it from the pan.
  3. In the same pot, prepare the Bechamel Sauce as outlined in the tutorial here. As soon as the Bechamel is thickened, remove it from the heat and add in the diced Brie Cheese. Stir until the brie is melted and the cheese sauce is velvety smooth. Give it a taste and add salt and pepper as needed. TIP: Be sure you remove the rind from the brie before adding it to the Bechamel. The rind won't melt nicely, so it's best to remove it and then dice the cheese. If you put the cheese in the freezer for about 30 minutes it will harden up and the rind will be easier to remove.
  4. Toss the pasta with the brie cheese sauce and top with the sauteed vegetables. Garnish with fresh Parmesan cheese and parsley if you like. For a little extra kick, sprinkle on some crushed red pepper flakes. Enjoy!
Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 mins.
Cook time: 30 mins.
Total time: 35 mins.


  1. Looks and sounds amazing Marion! I love the combination of ingredients too!

  2. Mac and cheese with Brie??? And asparagus??? Definitely a dish we'd love at our house!!!

  3. I love brie and asparagus. What a great way to bring them together.

  4. Very creative to be inspired by a supermarket dish. I've also never thought to put asparagus in a mac and cheese. Very inventive!

  5. I love asparagus in pastas - this one looks fabulous! I'm definitely intrigued by brie in it. I've only ever had brie in a sweet dish.

  6. What a beautiful dish! I love the presentation! It looks yummy!

  7. Oh my goodness, you have elevated mac and cheese to new heights! Great recipe~love it!

  8. I agree- restaurant meals are often so disappointing! Your dish looks fantastic! :-)

  9. Looks like such a great dish, easy but delicious flavors!

  10. Brie & asparagus - what's not to like!! I could eat the picture!

    1. Thanks, Michelle! Definitely a favorite pasta dish in our house :)


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