Corn, Bacon & Basil Spaghetti

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A few weeks ago I made a Corn Chowder with Bacon & Basil that I absolutely devoured. Fresh and seasonal, I loved the contrast between the sweet corn, smoky-salty bacon and fragrant basil. So when I saw a recipe for Pasta with Bacon & Corn Pesto on Serious Eats last week, I decided I had to make it immediately.

Instead of going the pesto route with pine nuts and olive oil, I wanted something more reminiscent of creamed corn. I crisped my bacon, then cooked the corn in the bacon fat. I pureed some of the corn with a little cream and Parmesan cheese into a creamy yellow sauce which was tossed with the bacon and spaghetti and topped with basil ribbons and lots of freshly ground pepper.

Corn, Bacon & Basil Spaghetti

This pasta is even better than the chowder. Same lovely flavor combination with all the addictive goodness of pasta. I followed my meal up with a juicy peach, making me glad that it’s summer despite the stifling heat. A perfect meal.

Corn Chowder with Bacon & Basil

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  1. This looks awesome!!! This is going on my have-to-make list. Thanks!

  2. i saw that same recipe and made it two days later with fresh sweet corn from down the road. we loved it as well!



  3. this looks like something I could dig into with joy and be rewarded for having done so. tip ~ if you can get Nueske’s bacon, try it. it is made here in Wisconsin, and it is so good.

  4. This is simply beautiful to look at and I bet yummy to eat! I have basil and tomatoes in garden so it is perfect meal to make!

  5. I think applewood smoked bacon would go really well with this also I am really loving cilantro these days and think i will make this with cilantro, thanks for all your great recipes!

  6. Oh. My. Gosh. This was AMAZING. I used fresh basil fettuccine, and just to be a little more decadent, I topped each dish with 2 sauteed scallops (sauteed in the bacon fat, of course) and a drizzle of the bright orange tomato puree/sauce I made. I also put up some corn today, so I boiled the fresh pasta in that water. Seriously, so so so good. Thank you!

  7. Looks gorgeous AND delicious – great food photography and tasty sounding to boot! And (PS – my first time on your blog, I *love* the title – suddenly am 15 again at a little club here in Portland)

  8. This is a fun pasta recipe that my family really loved. I recommend adding the chopped basil when you add the pasta to let the flavor infuse into the dish.

  9. Delicious! Quick and easy and the combination of the flavors was fantastic. It was light which I didn’t expect due to the whipping cream and bacon. I’ll be making this much more often!

  10. Hi! I just wanted you to know how much we love your recipe. It’s a favorite at our house :) Thanks for sharing :)

  11. I can survive on Pasta for days long! This dish looks so colorful and lovely .. plus corn.. yummy.

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