Pasta with Fresh Corn Pesto
- 4 cups fresh corn kernels (from about 4 large ears of corn; see tip below for technique)
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus some for garnish
- 1/3 cup pine nuts, toasted
- 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil, plus 1 tbsp
- Salt and pepper
- 8 oz thick cut pasta, such as fettuccine
- 3/4 cup fresh basil, coarsely chopped
Add corn, garlic, about 1 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp black pepper.
Saute until corn is tender but not brown, 3-4 minutes.
Reserve about 1 1/2 cup of corn mixture in a small bowl.
Place the remaining corn mixture into a food processor.
Add Parmesan and pine nuts and puree to combine.
With machine running, add in olive oil and blend until pesto is almost smooth. Set aside.
Cook pasta in a large pot of salted, boiling water until just tender.
Reserve about 1 1/2 cups of the pasta water and drain pasta.
Return pasta to the pot and combine with corn pesto, reserved corn kernels and 1/2 cup basil leaves.
Toss over medium heat, adding pasta water by 1/4 cupfuls to thin out the pesto.
Cook until warmed through and of the desired consistency.
Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Serve pasta garnished with fresh basil and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.
Technique Tip: To remove the kernels from an ear of corn, place a small bowl upside down in a larger bowl. Peel the corn, removing all of the strings. Cut the ear in half to make it easier to work with. Place one flat end of the corn on top of the small bowl. Run your knife from top to bottom of the ear, allowing the kernels to collect in the larger bowl; repeat on all sides with each ear of corn.
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