Spaghettini with Freshly Shucked Corn, Cream & Bacon

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Spaghettini with Freshly Shucked Corn, Cream & Bacon

This quick, luscious pasta dish makes a wonderful appetizer, but you can double the recipe to make four main-course servings.

Total Time: 30
Yield: 2 entr


  • 2 cups fresh corn kernels (from 2 or 3 large ears ripe sweet corn)
  • 8 ounces spaghettini (or other thin spaghetti)
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 strips thick-cut bacon, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1—2 tablespoons minced fresh summer savory (or another fresh herb such as chives or flat-leaf parsley)
  • Kosher or sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano—Reggiano cheese


Boil spaghettini in a large pot of salted water until just cooked through and still al dente; don’t overcook. Drain pasta, saving about 1 cup cooking water.
While pasta is boiling, melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add bacon pieces and cook, stirring, until they begin to sizzle and render their fat, about 5 minutes. Add corn kernels and cook, stirring often, until kernels start to take on a roasted color, about 10 minutes.
Pour 1/2 cup reserved pasta water into pan. Stir; then add cream and fresh summer savory or other herbs. Stir well again. Bring sauce to a boil and cook a few minutes, until slightly thickened. Taste and add salt and pepper as needed.
Turn off the heat. Pour drained spaghettini into the pan, add cheese, and toss together thoroughly.

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