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Pasta with Creamy Corn Sauce, Basil, and Breadcrumbs

Fresh corn is simmered and blended until smooth to give this pasta a fresh, creamy sauce (without any cream). Topped with garlicky breadcrumbs and fresh basil, this pasta dish is begging to be your next late summer meal.
Don't forget to reserve ¾ cup of pasta water - you'll need it both to season the sauce and thin it out to the right consistency.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Pasta
Keyword: corn recipe, easy dinner, easy, weeknight-friendly, kid-friendly, summer, vegetarian
Servings: 4
Calories: 592kcal
Author: Jess Smith via Inquiring Chef
Cost: $6.00


  • Stockpot
  • Skillet
  • Colander
  • Blender


  • 1 tablespoon Kosher Salt
  • 5 tablespoon Unsalted Butter, divided
  • ½ cup Panko Breadcrumbs
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 12 oz Pasta, any fun shape (I used Gigli pasta)
  • 2 cups Corn Kernels, preferably fresh
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan Cheese, plus more for serving
  • Chopped Fresh Basil, for topping (optional)


  • Bring a large pot of water (for the pasta) to a boil. Add 1 tablespoon kosher salt.
  • While the pasta water is coming to a boil, place a large skillet over medium heat. Add 3 tablespoon butter. When butter melts, add breadcrumbs and garlic and saute until golden brown and fragrant, 4 to 6 minutes. (Note: If using unsalted butter, season the breadcrumbs with some salt.) Set aside. Return pan to medium heat.
  • At this point, the water for the pasta should be boiling. Add pasta and cook according to package directions.
  • When pasta has been boiling for a few minutes, scoop out ¾ cup of pasta water and reserve it for the sauce.
  • To the heated skillet you used for the breadcrumbs, add remaining 2 tablespoon butter. Add corn and saute until corn is bright yellow and tender, 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Combine corn and reserved pasta water in a blender. Blend until smooth.
  • Drain pasta. Pour corn over pasta. Gently fold in parmesan cheese. Taste pasta and season with some salt, if needed.
  • Divide pasta between serving bowls.
  • Top pasta with fried breadcrumbs, chopped basil, and some extra parmesan cheese. Enjoy!


Calories: 592kcal | Carbohydrates: 84g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 2150mg | Potassium: 344mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 582IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 181mg | Iron: 2mg