Beverly Astin’s creamy corn pasta recipe

Good Things Utah

We love when Beverly Astin joins us in the kitchen! Not only is she a ton of fun, but her positivity is contagious. She always shares a recipe that is not only tastes incredible, but is accessible to everyone! She whipped up creamy corn pasta with bacon and scallions, and we loved every bite!

Ingredients 4 slices bacon

Kosher salt 6 

ears corn, shucked 12 oz. 

orecchiette pasta 1 oz. 

pecorino cheese, finely grated, plus more for serving 2 

scallions, thinly sliced 1/2 c. 

basil, torn, plus more for serving

Hot sauce, for serving

Directions

  1. Cook bacon in a large skillet on medium until crisp, about 7 minutes; transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate. Break into pieces when cool.
  2. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add corn and cook 2 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board. Cook pasta per package directions in the same pot. Reserve 1 cup cooking water, then drain pasta.
  3. When corn is cool enough to handle but while pasta is still cooking, cut off kernels (you should have about 3 cups). Transfer 2 cups to a blender along with cheese, ¾ cup pasta cooking water, and ¼ teaspoon salt; puree until very smooth.
  4. Toss pasta with corn puree, adding some reserved pasta water, 1 tablespoon at a time, if pasta seems dry. Fold in reserved corn, scallions, basil, and bacon. Serve sprinkled with additional cheese and basil and with hot sauce if desired.
Deena Manzanares
Deena Marie Manzanares is a Utah native, but lived in NYC for a few years while attending the Atlantic Theater Company Acting School. Locally, she has worked as a professional actor for years in both stage and film.

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