Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Dinner Tonight: Pasta with Bacon and Corn


Ok.  I'm going to say it.  Are you ready?  Here it is.  This is my very favorite supper I make.

I know.  You're like what?  Huh?  Some pasta dish with corn and bacon is your very favorite thing to eat for dinner?  Yes.  It is.  I love it.  I consider this a Spring/Summer supper, so I've been without this wonderful dish for six long months now.  Now that the weather is warmer and the days are longer, I can partake.  You should too.

I was inspired to make this several years ago after watching Rachael Ray add corn to a pasta dish.  I tried her method but it took too long and dirtied up too many dishes, so I simplified things.  When the weather is warm, you don't want to be inside cleaning dishes.  You want to be out.  This dinner will have you out the door, Popsicle in hand in no time.

The Shopping List for Shay's Favorite Supper :)
1 pound pasta
10 pieces of bacon, chopped (I use turkey bacon but use whatever you like)
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 cup fresh or frozen corn kernels
1 cup cream style corn (the kind in a can on the veggie aisle)
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) and Salt and Pepper to taste

In a large pasta pot, bring water to a boil.  Drop pasta in and cook to al dente.

Meanwhile, in a big skillet, heat a few tablespoons of EVOO over medium-high heat.  Add in bacon and cook until crisp.  Remove bacon from pan and reserve on a paper towel nearby.  Add in onion, some salt and pepper and saute about 5 minutes.  Stir in garlic and frozen or fresh corn and cook over medium another 4-5 minutes.  Stir in cream corn and reserved bacon. 

Drain pasta from pot and toss with corn mixture.  Add in Parmesan cheese and stir until all the pasta is incorporated with the sauce.  Add a little more salt and pepper to taste.

That's it.  So simple and so good.  Fresh corn is so good when it's in season but frozen works really well too.  Don't even thaw it, just toss the frozen corn right on in.

Corn in your pasta?  Yes.  Yes.  Yes. 

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17 comments:

Ashley said...

I made almost this same exact pasta for dinner last night except no cream corn, add shredded cheese and tomato and serve cold :) YUM!

The Azams said...

This was so delicious and easy! Thanks for the recipe!

Manders said...

Goodness this sounds delicious!

Nancy Jennings said...

I made this for my boys tonight and my youngest, Ryan, (15 months old) ate TWO entire plates full!! It was a HUGE hit with our family. Thank you for sharing! It was super easy and quick too!!

judahsjourney.com said...

It is rare that I find a recipe my entire family of eight enjoys. I made this tonight and it was such a hit!! Yum! Even my picky 5yr old ate it! Praise The Lord! Thanks for posting!

judahsjourney.com said...

It is rare that I find a recipe my entire family of eight will enjoy! I made this tonight and it was such a hit!! Yum!! Even my picky 5-yr-old enjoyed it! Praise The Lord!! Thank you for posting!!

Jeanette Garofola said...

Holy moly! This dish was so, so, so delish! I was a bit skeptical that my husband would like it beca'use it's so simple, but boy was I wrong. He loved it and so did I. Just fabulous! Thanks for another winner Shay!

Anonymous said...

Silly question....should I drain the bacon grease before adding the rest of the ingredients?...or does it just become part of the mixture?

Mix and Match Mama said...

It's just part of the flavor of the pasta! You don't need to drain it!

Lauren said...

I made this twice in the last three weeks- seriously amazing!!!

Anonymous said...

Do you have a favorite brand of turkey bacon?

Lexy said...

This sounds so good and is all foods my boys love, but one of mine has a dairy allergy. Do you think I could skip the Parmesan? Maybe ad tomatoes instead? Or does a lot of the flavor come from the cheese?

Mix and Match Mama said...

You could skip the cheese but I wouldn't add tomatoes. The flavor is the corn and tomatoes would overwhelm that. Enjoy!

Anonymous said...

What kind of pasta do you recommend using?

Toddler Mom said...

I have leftover BBQ chicken and corn on the cob from last night's dinner, so I think I'll make a variation of this dish, using the leftover chicken instead of bacon. And I think I actually have a can of creamed corn in my cabinet that I've been trying to figure out a way to use... Perfect!

Angela Foote said...

I finally made this dish for dinner tonight. It was so easy and delicious and will become a regular on our rotation! I added a bit of reserved pasta water at the end to make it a little saucier. Mmmmm!

Laura said...

Shay - my grocery store sells pre-chopped onions. How much should I use to equal a small onion? Cant't wait to have this for dinner tonight!

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