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Brown Rice Pasta with Creamy Greek Yogurt Sauce

A gluten-free alternative to regular pasta and a lower-fat alternative white sauce for a healthy comfort food.


  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2garlic cloves
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 oz or 1/4 cup fresh Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt (2% or whole milk works best)


  1. Heat butter, garlic, nutmeg and salt over medium heat in a small saucepan until butter is melted. Stir consistently so the butter doesn’t burn.

  2. Place cornstarch in a small bowl. Slowly whisk in the milk. Whisk the milk mixture into the saucepan to thicken. Whisk until smooth and thick. Stir in the Parmesan cheese and yogurt.

  3. Enjoy over pasta of choice. I used brown rice pasta and added some shrimp and fresh spinach.

By Functionally Simple Nutrition

Ariana Cucuzza, RDN, LD is the founder of She is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist specializing in Functional Medicine Nutrition and sports nutrition.

Ariana holds a bachelor’s degree in food and nutrition sciences from Ohio University and went on to complete her dietetic internship at The Cleveland Clinic. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater Cleveland chapter of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She also is an active member of the Sports Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition (SCAN) and Dietitians in Functional Medicine (DIFM) Practice Groups of the national Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She has been featured in Health Magazine, Live Science, Rally Health, YouBeauty, US News & World Report and Cleveland Clinic's Health Essentials as well as live appearances with WKYC news.

In her previous role as a public health and community-based dietitian, she led “food as medicine” initiatives in coordination with health care providers to provide nutritious food to low-income patients with diet-related health challenges. She also led nutrition workshops, cooking demonstrations, and assisted with menu planning for afterschool programs and senior meals.

Ariana enjoys cooking, trying new things, and staying active with yoga and Crossfit!

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