Creamy Sweet Corn Pasta with Basil Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 12 ounces pasta (your favorite shape – penne, farfalle, or shells work well)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 ears of fresh sweet corn, kernels removed (about 3 cups)
  • 1 medium shallot, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, plus more to taste
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil, plus more for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice (optional, for brightness)

Instructions:

  • Cook the pasta: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook according to package directions until al dente. Reserve 1 cup of pasta water before draining.
  • Sauté the vegetables: While the pasta cooks, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the shallots and cook until softened, about 2 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for another 30 seconds, until fragrant.
  • Cook the corn: Add the corn kernels, salt, and pepper to the skillet. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the corn is tender-crisp, about 5 minutes.
  • Create the sauce: Stir in the heavy cream and bring to a gentle simmer. Reduce heat to low and stir in the Parmesan cheese until melted and a creamy sauce forms.
  • Combine pasta and sauce: Add the drained pasta to the skillet along with 1/2 cup of the reserved pasta water. Toss to coat the pasta evenly in the sauce. If the sauce seems too thick, add a bit more pasta water until it reaches your desired consistency.
  • Finish and serve: Stir in the fresh basil and lemon juice (if using). Taste and adjust seasonings with salt and pepper, as needed. Serve immediately with additional Parmesan cheese and fresh basil for garnish.

Tips:

  • Fresh Corn is Best: Using fresh sweet corn will make a significant difference in flavor. Frozen corn can be used in a pinch (thawed first).
  • Pasta Shapes: Feel free to experiment with different pasta shapes to suit your preference.
  • Optional add-ins: For extra protein, try adding cooked, shredded chicken or crumbled Italian sausage. To add a little heat, stir in a pinch of red pepper flakes.

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