Creamy Corn Pasta

4 servings


10 minutes

active time

45 minutes

total time


12 ounces dry shell or orcchiette pasta

4 tablespoons salted butter, divided

2 large cloves garlic, minced

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

2 cups fresh, frozen, or canned corn kernels,divided

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more forgarnish

1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)

1/3 cup torn fresh basil or mint, plus morefor garnish

1 tablespoon lemon juice


Gather all ingredients.

Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil. Stir in shell pasta and return to a boil. Cook pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, 1 minute less than package instructions, about 8 minutes. Drain and reserve 1 1/2 cups pasta cooking water.

Melt 1 tablespoon butter in an extra-large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic, salt, and black pepper. Cook until fragrant, stirring regularly, about 1 minute.

Add 1/2 cup of the reserved pasta water and 1 3/4 cup corn. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer, covered, until corn is heated through and very tender, 2 minutes for canned corn, 3 minutes for frozen corn, and 6 minutes for fresh corn. Cool for 15 minutes.

Add cooled corn mixture to a blender and blend until very smooth, about 2 minutes. Add additional pasta water as needed to blend.

Melt the remaining 3 tablespoons butter in the extra-large skillet. Add the remaining 1/4 cup corn and cook over medium heat until tender and corn is heated through, about 1 minute.

Add corn puree and cook, uncovered, over medium heat until heated through, about 2 minutes.

Add cooked pasta and 1/2 cup of the reserved pasta water. Stir in Parmesan cheese and crushed red pepper, if using. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly, adding more pasta water as needed to reach desired consistency.

Stir in basil and lemon juice.

Serve with more basil and Parmesan cheese.


Serving Size



421 kcal

Total Fat

17 g

Saturated Fat

10 g

Unsaturated Fat

0 g

Trans Fat



41 mg


626 mg

Total Carbohydrate

59 g

Dietary Fiber

3 g

Total Sugars

16 g


11 g

4 servings


10 minutes

active time

45 minutes

total time
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