Tim, have you heard of the trick of shucking corn in a bundt pan? The little tip goes in the bundt hole and then you just slice downward and the kernals fall into the baking area. Gah, why did I not discover this a zillion years ago?? Kathryn
One of the things I love is how elegant simple food becomes in the summer. Corn. Period. Cherry. Period. I’m a huge addict of elaborate foods and their preparation, but the purity of summer is always a joy.
As always, Tim, your photos are so clean and wonderful. A million people could shoot this dish, and it will be your photos that walk away with the award. Love your eye and mastery of the lens.
Thanks for all of the nice comments!
Kathryn, Seriously?! That is such a great idea! Thanks for sharing that.
Pam, you are too kind! Thanks so much. I completely agree that the purity of summer is always a joy.
This sounds really, really good! I am seeing more and more recipes that use the “milk” from corn (including intentionally scraping down the empty cob with the back of a knife to get more) rather than cream and I’m fascinated by it.
What a unique idea! I too love corn and associate it with warm summer days (though there aren’t so many of those now that I live in San Francisco). I also love that you pointed out that Bryan loved this dish despite his distaste for corn–I often find myself writing, “While Matt is not asparagus fan…” Thanks for sharing, Tim!
I’ve been looking at this recipe for weeks, wondering how it is. It struck me as a “deconstructed” pesto with corn added. But it sounds like it comes together and becomes something more??
Still thinking about corn ice cream!!
How can Bryan not like corn off the cob? FRESH corn off the cob, that is. Especially when you get those little “slabs” of corn that stay together when you cut them off… yum. The other night I sauteed fresh corn kernels with sweet butter, fresh basil and thyme, garden cherry tomatoes, salt/pepper and served it as a side dish. Heaven! It’s all about the fresh corn vs. canned, which I can’t stand.
My in-laws have grown massive amounts of corn this year, and even as much as I love it, I’ve been somewhat at a loss for what to do with it! I’ll be adding this to my rotation, along with last year’s summer “buzz” recipe, the corn/tomato pie from Gourmet–which is to die for, if you haven’t had it.
My daughter made this same recipe last week and posted it on her blog. After reading her blog, my husband and I put the recipe on our “To Make” list. We grow our own basil and buy locally grown sweet corn from Tom’s Farm near our house. I would like to leave out the bacon, but my daughter says the bacon is “a must” for flavor. I love when one recipe pops up on different blogs, and each author/chef puts an individual spin not only on the recipe itself but also on the photo journaling of that recipe.
I was intrigued by this recipe too and wanted to make it, but my household is vegetarian. Is the bacon indeed a “must” for flavor? I suspect it is, but thought I’d throw out the question just in case: any possible substitutes?
That is a good question. Something else is a “must” because I think the dish would be pretty flat without some sort of contrast. Some things I might try: strips of roasted poblanos, and then also toast some extra pine nuts and sprinkle on top for added crunch? Toasted breadcrumbs and smoked salt? I’m not exactly sure how any of these would go, but I do think it is worth experimenting with. The sauce is very mellow and creamy and so you just want to try to find something to play with that. Let us know if you do!
Corn isn’t one of my favorite things in the world – I don’t hate it, I can just kind of take it or leave it. This recipe though, looks like something I could get in to. I’ll probably give it a shot this weekend.
I am rather rarely impressed by pesto, as I love this preparation and I tasted tons of various pesto dishes. But I am really impressed by this one, with a strong American touch. I already have corns in my fridge (I bought them straight away in the morning, when I saw your post), as well as other ingredients, except for red pepper flakes. I am going to prepare this pesto tomorrow. Thanks for your recipe and have a nice evening.
WOW Tim this looks fantastic. I love corn. I’ve grown up eating corn all through the monsoons. Although surprisingly, all of a sudden we don’t get white corn. Just the sweet, yellow “American” corn. I remember standing at the stove and fire roasting corn on the cob and them rubbing it with lime dipped in chilli, salt and a wee bit of sugar. Oooh you took me back. I must try your recipe.
For all of my vegetarian pals out there, I just made this and added a couple of splashes of liquid smoke to olive oil (instead of bacon and drippings) at the beginning when you saute the garlic and spices, and it was great! Instead of pasta, I made this with amaranth, and the nutty flavor of the grains plus the fresh basil and corn was really killer!
I don’t think I’ve yet commented on your blog, but have been following (and hugely enjoying your writing and gorgeous food photography) for the last year or so. I made this corn pesto last night, and my husband and I both agreed that it was AMAZING. And what a great way to use and enjoy all the local fresh corn that’s at the market right now. Thank you for sharing! Looking forward to leftovers for lunch.
I made this dish last night with just a few tweeks – half the bacon, and I added more cream to the pesto but no olive oil. This turned out to be a truly special dinner. And I had the in-laws over for dinner no less! Yeah! We were all grinning like idiots because we were so amazed at how awesome this dish it. I’m thinking about two potentially awesome variations – 1) add lump crab to the sauce right at the end (the sauce is already kind of alfredo-ey, so I think crab would be killer), and 2) what if you thinned the sauce out and made it into a soup? It might just be the best corn chowder EVER. Tim – beautiful pics as usual, and I plan to make the chocolate-caramel tart this weekend.
This is such a good example of what I love about Summer cooking: clean, simple, pure, beautiful, and delicious! Our corn is actually just ripening in the garden due to a cooler than usual summer so this is perfect timing even though we’re post Labor Day. Thank you!
I just found this recipe by searching for corn and pasta on Google and came across your fabulous blog. I have just spent 30 minutes reading back to your two year anniversary and all the way back to this recipe. You are so funny and generous. Every chef you mention is so great, we love Saveur and we live in River Forest. I have to meet you as you are HILARIOUS. One thing you should check out is Rare Bird Preserves, made in Oak Park by a friend of mine, Elizabeth Madden, who lives in River Forest. (Also, next June, try Andrea Reusing’s recipe “Chicken with Rhubarb and Fennel” which we made after seeing it in the Wall Street Journal and was one of my favorite meals of the summer. Thank you SO much for doing what you do.
Hi Patty! Thanks for leaving such a nice note. I really appreciate the encouragement. I know Elizabeth and Rare Bird- she is great and they are some amazing preserves! And thanks for the heads up on the Chicken with rhubarb and fennel, it sounds amazing. Keep in touch…
Hi Tim! I made this shortly after you posted it 2 years ago, and I’m hoping to make it again, but as something served as a side at a giant bbq (ie. room temp). Do you think this would congeal into a giant mass of pasta and corn, or would it keep its creamy texture? Opinions appreciated!
Hey Nuala- Unfortunately, I think it would congeal into a giant mass. Which is a real bummer, because your idea sounds great. Maybe you could do a version without the cream sauce? Maybe just toss pasta with olive oil, bacon, corn kernels? And maybe use penne or something similar so it is easier to eat? Let me know what you come up with!
Hi again! I ended up following the recipe with a few changes– used orecchiette instead of tagliatelle, and when I made the pesto I thinned it with a little half & half and never added any of the pasta water (I figured it would be the starch that would make the whole thing a sticky mess). It worked wonderfully and everyone loved it– will definitely be making it again as a pasta salad while corn is still so sweet and delicious.
I am new to this blog. But, growing up in the Midwest,then having a garden as a young adult to pick corn and throw it into a pot, then moving to Maryland for 8 years to survive on Silver Queen in the summer, and then back to Indiana where the vegetable stand is the grocery–corn is a daily summer staple/favorite in the summer. I can not wait to try this. And with bacon? One word. YUM.
I just discovered your blog earlier this week and came across this recipe. I was so excited to find it because it was a different pasta dish and I never would have though to make a pesto out of corn! Anyway, I made this last night for my husband and I and we both LOVED it! Great flavor and I loved the little kick it had from the crushed red pepper. I kept saying it was a restaurant quality dish! The only change I made was to use whole wheat fettucine. I will definitely be checking out more recipes on your site, thanks for sharing!
I just wanted to let you know that this is by far the best recipe i’ve tried in a long time! I came across your page on Pinterest, thought it sounded interesting since my market just got in a ton of fresh corn from a local farm, I decided I’d make use of the produce. I made homemade fettucini and basically followed the recipe exactly except that I added more bacon. I paired it with a simple salad, fresh bread and Chardonnay of course;) I think I knocked my dates socks off….in fact that is an exact quote from him. Good thing I like him because I think he fell in love;) anyway thank you so much for posting and I definitely recommend this recipe to everyone!! If your feeling like bringing it up a notch make your own pasta! It’s totally worth the effort!
this is my favorite way to use fresh corn! I’ve been waiting all year until corn is in season to make this with my homemade pasta. I made it last year and had people think I was a genius and I have been sharing your recipe ever since! Thank you so much….I’m so excited to see that corn is on sale at the grocery store. I am making this again ASAP!