Monday, April 15, 2013

creamy corn and bacon pasta


This is my desert island meal.

It's no secret that I am a bit of a pasta freak.  I love it just about every way you can make it.

But, for me, it just doesn't get much better than this. It's creamy and decadent, but still so fresh with delicious corn and lovely basil. I'm telling you, for a spring or summer dinner everyone will go crazy over, this is where it's AT.

Creamy Corn and Bacon Pasta (adapted from Bourbonnatrix Cooks)
serves 4-6

you'll need:
1 lb. fettucine (I always use this fabulous one for this dish because I like the peppery kick)
4 slices bacon, cut into strips
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 ears of corn, kernels removed (about 2 cups)
3/4 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup Parmesan, plus more for serving
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper, plus more for serving
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Salt boiling water generously, then add pasta and cook according to package directions.

While pasta is cooking, set a large skillet over medium high heat and cook bacon until crisp. Remove with a slotted spatula and set aside on paper towels to drain.

Add onion and corn to the same skillet and cook about 5 minutes, until just tender. Add the garlic and cook for about 30 seconds. Remove the skillet from heat. Spoon half of the corn-onion-garlic mixture into a blender or food processor and add the heavy cream, Parmesan and salt. Pulse until smooth. Return the creamy corn mixture to the pan and mix with the whole kernels.

When pasta is al dente, remove 1 cup of pasta water and set aside. Drain pasta in a colander and add to the skillet with the corn. Add bacon and pepper and toss the pasta with the corn until evenly coated, adding pasta water if necessary to thin out the sauce. Once everything is perfectly nice and creamy, sprinkle basil leaves on top.

Divide into bowls and serve with a sprinkling of Parmesan and more freshly ground black pepper. Now bring me an enormous bowl.

25 comments:

  1. I'm fasting for a blood test tomorrow. Wish I hadn't looked at your blog (in a good way).

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    1. That's too crazy - I JUST got home from the doctor having blood work done. Maybe you can reward yourself post-appointment with this :)

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  3. This has all of my favorite things in it. Sounds delicious!

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  4. I'm with you on pasta. Like brownies, I've rarely met a pasta dish I didn't like. This looks delicious! I'm addicted to corn and bacon, well,...just makes everything better.

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  5. Love this!! Bacon makes everything better!

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    1. Thanks, Megan! I'm with you on that! :)

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  6. Wow, this looks SO delicious and flavorful! Great recipe!

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    1. Thanks Georgia! It's one of my faves!

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  7. comfort food to the max :) yum

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  8. This dish look fabulous! I really want to try that peppercorn fettucine...

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    1. Thanks Ashley! The fettucine is awesome - gives a perfect kick!

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  9. I am a pasta freak too and that's what we are easting for lunch today :)

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  10. Oh my. This just looks decadent! Like you, I love all things pasta. :)

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    1. Thanks Rach! Can't go wrong with pasta!

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  11. Pasta + bacon = yes, please! Looks so delicious!

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    1. How bad can that be, right? :) Thanks Beth!

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  12. Oh....and I'm crazy about any pasta too. This creamy corn and bacon pasta looks divine.

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  13. There's nothing like a bowl of pasta-especially when you add corn, bacon and cream! Yum!

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