Creamy Corn Basil Pasta

Creamy Corn Basil Pasta studded with crispy bacon. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Happy Monday! Let’s get into it. What are we making for dinner? How about something with corn? Let’s blow it out with the corn until Summer ends, OK?

Creamy Corn Basil Pasta studded with crispy bacon. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

This recipe for Creamy Corn Basil Pasta is extremely simple. Perfect for a Monday. We cook bacon and then we cook corn in the bacon fat. Then we add some cream to the mixture along with pesto and we stir that into hot spaghetti. We top the spaghetti with the crispy bacon and all is right with the world.

Creamy Corn Basil Pasta studded with crispy bacon. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Wait. I forgot to say that there’s also a ton of Parmesan in the mix because MORE IS MORE!  This is the dish I’ll be thinking fondly of when we’re in the dead of winter and there’s no sunshine to be found. If you want to push it over the edge and exploit all of summer’s bounty, add is some fresh chopped tomatoes while you can!

Let’s gather our ingredients:

Creamy Corn Basil Pasta studded with crispy bacon. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

First things first. Crisp bacon!

Creamy Corn Basil Pasta studded with crispy bacon. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Set bacon aside. Now we cook the corn with the garlic + red pepper flakes.

Creamy Corn Basil Pasta studded with crispy bacon. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Cream gets added. So does the pesto.

Creamy Corn Basil Pasta studded with crispy bacon. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Pasta meets sauce.

Creamy Corn Basil Pasta studded with crispy bacon. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Stir it up, little darling.

HELLO PARM!

Creamy Corn Basil Pasta studded with crispy bacon. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Add pasta water if you need to thin it out.

Creamy Corn Basil Pasta studded with crispy bacon. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Crispy bacon + basil.

Creamy Corn Basil Pasta studded with crispy bacon. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Taste for seasoning.

Creamy Corn Basil Pasta studded with crispy bacon. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Serve it up.

Creamy Corn Basil Pasta studded with crispy bacon. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

You’ll love the creamy, sweet corn mixed with the crispy bacon!

Creamy Corn Basil Pasta

serves 3-4

  • 12 oz. spaghetti
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 strips bacon, roughly chopped
  • 2 ears corn, cut off the cob
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 heaping tablespoons fresh pesto
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan, plus more for serving
  • 1/3 cup fresh basil, roughly chopped

Bring a large pot of well-salted water to a boil. Cook pasta according to the package directions. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of pasta water.

Meanwhile, cook bacon in a medium skillet with olive oil over medium-high heat until nicely crisped, about 5-6 minutes. Remove bacon from heat and drain on paper towels, set aside.

Add corn to the skillet and cook for 2-3 minutes so it softens. Add garlic and red pepper flakes and cook for another minute. Slowly add in the heavy cream followed by the pesto and cook for 6-8 minutes, or until the sauce thickens slightly. Toss spaghetti into the creamy corn sauce and stir in Parmesan cheese. If sauce needs to be thinned, stir a little of the reserved pasta water into the pasta. Toss chopped basil into the pasta and serve hot with additional parmesan on top.

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  • Lori

    This does seem perfect for a Monday! Sounds delicious

  • Kayla

    You just changed our dinner plans. This looks amazing!

  • The Wooden Spoon

    Gorgeous pictures! I love the napkins you have- so fun for summer!

  • Katie

    Any good bacon-replacement suggestions for a vegetarian? I’m sure it’s delicious either way, but I’d hate to lose the crispy component. Fried shallots maybe?

  • libby

    Until you added pesto, I thought that we were going in a carbonara direction, flavor-wise. Plot twist! Add pesto!
    This sounds so satisfying on a flavor level but also the comfort one finds in carbs… I’m here for it.

  • Jane M

    Oh MY MY MY this pasta dish looks so creamy and delicious! YUM! Lately I’ve been grating lemon peel on top of my pesto that I stick in the freezer. It’s so tasty once the pesto is defrosted! Did you happen to see on the Kitchn blog about freezing pesto on a cookie sheet and to break it up once it’s been frozen to get the exact amount of pesto needed? It’s just a BRILLIANT IDEA THAT I PLAN ON USING NEXT TIME I MAKE A BATCH!

    • Tracy

      oh that’s cool! i’ve seen people put pesto in ice cube trays but never on a cookie sheet.

  • Joy

    Tracy–I just made this for dinner tonight. I had to, given I had two corn cobs and five slices of bacon leftover in the fridge and a bunch of basil stuffed in a mason jar on the counter. It was so good! Thanks for the perfect Monday recipe.

  • Jamie

    I want this so much but my last basil plant was infested with a worm of some sort, and the last corn I bought wasn’t good – I’m feeling the summer produce blues… Must remedy that situation soon! = )

  • Sarah

    Damn, that looks amazing.

  • Scarlett

    Omg this looks so good. I just ate lunch but now my mouth is watering again!

  • todd wagner

    Corn, chili flakes, pesto … say no more!! :)

  • Ellie Delancey

    Do you think I could make this with macaroni noodles instead of spaghetti? What do you think?

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