Summer Corn Pasta with Basil combines many wonderful flavors of Summer all in one delicious dish.
From the garden to the table.
Our garden is exploding with fresh herbs and veggies! While soaking up the Summer sunshine and our bountiful garden, I was inspired to get in the kitchen and create a new recipe.
When I think of summer I think about a slower pace, longer days, farmers’ markets, garden-fresh ingredients, and cooking with the delicious flavors of the season. Sweet corn, juicy vine-ripened tomatoes, and aromatic basil are just a few of my favorite flavors of Summer.
Pasta is always a crowd-pleaser.
On this farm, there can’t ever be enough pasta recipes. Whether it’s served as a main course or a side dish, everyone loves pasta. My family would eat pasta every day if they could. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love a good tomato-based sauce served over pasta. For Summer though, I wanted to try something different. Lately, I’ve been crushing on corn. Fresh corn was my inspiration for this recipe.
Corn, pasta, and basil are a Summer match made in heaven.
Corn, pasta, and basil are flavors that when combined scream, “Summertime!” The beauty of this recipe is that to fit your family’s taste, you can add or omit certain ingredients and guess what!?… It’s still delicious!
Summer is abundant with fresh ingredients. It’s such a beautiful time of the year. As often as possible, I try to take advantage of seasonal ingredients because they are the freshest. Therefore, I always use fresh corn on the cob for this recipe. That being said, frozen corn can also be used. Grilling the corn is also not necessary, but I personally love grilled corn. The sugar from the corn caramelizes and adds a rich flavor that elevates this recipe perfectly. Sauteeing the corn works well too.
I use Farfalle pasta in this recipe because the bow tie shape reminds me of a butterfly, which also reminds me of summer. The bow tie shape has a wonderful way of catching all the incredible flavors in the sauce making for a perfect bite. Rotini, Penne, and Rigatoni pastas can also be used.
There is nothing like fresh basil! I highly recommend only using fresh basil for this recipe. Dried basil can be used, but the bright green color from the fresh basil leaves along with the fresh flavor of the basil really can’t be beat.
To roast or not to roast (the tomatoes).
Have you ever tried roasted tomatoes? They are so delicious! If you have not tried roasted tomatoes, this recipe is a perfect way to try them. I’ve made Summer Corn Pasta with Basil using fresh/raw tomatoes and I’ve made it with roasted tomatoes. Although both versions are mouthwatering, I like it best with roasted tomatoes. I’ll let you be the judge…
This is my favorite recipe for roasted tomatoes. I promise it’s worth the extra time!
Versatile recipes are the best!
Perfect as a side dish or an entree.
Along with the versatility of the ingredients in this Summer Corn Pasta with Basil is the versatility in how you can serve it. It’s an ideal side dish for a Summer BBQ, a picnic at the beach, or a Sunday brunch in the sunshine.
It is also very satisfying on its own as a Summer entree. Keep it vegetarian or add rotisserie chicken (my favorite super-easy shortcut to add protein to any dish) or grill up some shrimp with butter and garlic and serve them with the pasta. I’m telling you, the sky’s the limit with this recipe!
Hot, cold, or room temp this dish is delish!
The versatility of Summer Corn Pasta with Basil doesn’t stop. How do you serve it?… Thank you for asking. It is equally delicious served hot, cold, or room temperature which makes it perfect for a BBQ, picnic, or weekday Summer meal.
There are so many reasons to love this pasta recipe! I hope you try it and that you love it as much as we do on the farm. Happy Summer!
If you are looking for more delicious Summer inspired recipes, you may enjoy these:
- Grilled Corn Summer Salad
- Pickled Red Onions
- Delicious Kale Pesto
- Salmon, Asparagus, and Dill Orzo Salad with Lemon Pepper Vinaigrette