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sweet_corn_pesto_pasta Today is officially the first day of summer! Yay! Fun and delicious produce is in abundance everywhere right now and one of my favorite summer things ever is sweet corn! I think corn makes just about anything better and this Sweet Corn Pesto is no exception. You can whip this pesto up in about 5 minutes and it only requires a small, handful of ingredients.

We’ve tossed our pesto with a 50/50 pappardelle and zucchini noodle blend. I know zucchini noodles have been all the rage for the last year or so, and while I love zucchini in general, I’m still not 100% convinced. I love carby pastas way too much to try to want to trick myself into thinking that strips of zucchini are the same thing. They’re just not. I’ve made a happy compromise with myself with the 50/50 blend though. I still get to enjoy my carbs, but the zucchini strips really lighten the dish up.

This super summery dish is simple and delicious and perfect for all the upcoming hot and sunny days! Enjoy! xx, Jenny

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Sweet Corn Pesto Tossed with (50/50) Pappardelle + Zucchini Noodles

Servings: 3


sweet corn pesto

  • 1 ½ tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoons diced shallot
  • 1 cup fresh corn kernels
  • 1 garlic clove, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons slivered almonds
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons finely grated Parmesan
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • 2 large zucchinis, thinly sliced lengthwise using a potato peeler for long, thin strips
  • 8 ounces pappardelle pasta
  • ½ cup charred corn kernels
  • fresh basil leaves or milk cilantro blossoms optional


  • For pesto: Melt butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add shallots, corn and garlic and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat and transfer to a food processor. Allow mixture to cool, about 5 minutes. Add oil and almonds and pulse until mixture is evenly and finely ground. Fold in Parmesan and adjust seasonings. Set aside.
  • Place zucchini strips onto a baking sheet (will probably need a couple) lined with a cooling rack. Lightly sprinkle each strip with kosher salt and set aside. Allow zucchini to “sweat” for about 15 minutes.
  • While zucchini ‘sweats’, cook pasta. Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil. Add a handful of salt and pasta and boil for 5 to 7 minutes or until al dente, stirring occasionally.
  • Drain pasta into a colander, reserving 3 tablespoons pasta water, and add salted zucchini strips. Gently toss together and rinse until cool water.
  • Transfer pesto to a large mixing bowl and stir in pasta water. Top pesto with pasta and zucchini noodles. Toss together until all the noodles are coated and evenly mixed together.
  • Add corn and basil and adjust seasonings. Gently toss together and serve.

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  1. heather (delicious not gorgeous) Not Specified Not Specified

    yay for compromise! and charred/grilled summer corn is one of my favorite things to eat, hands down.

  2. Adrian Not Specified Not Specified

    Is there any non-nut ingredient I can substitute the almonds for? I have a nut allergy but still would love to try this dish!

    • Jenny Park Not Specified Not Specified

      Are you also allergic to seeds like pumpkin or sunflower? If not, I would recommend either of the two :)

  3. Julie Not Specified Not Specified

    Corn and zucchini are seriously the best of friends, right? Love this idea to cut down on a bit of carbs and keep it light for summer. If you aren’t quite sold, cook some thinly sliced zucchini low and slow and it becomes super sweet. I mash it up with some garlic & cream for a pasta sauce all the time.

  4. Katrina Not Specified Not Specified

    Sweet corn pesto sounds incredible! Really loving this dish!

  5. Caitlyn at SoDamnGood Not Specified Not Specified

    Such a simple meal but it looks SO good. We are huge pesto fans over here, so I will definitely be giving this one a try!

  6. Alonso M Not Specified Not Specified

    I tried this recipe today for the fam and it was a big hit. My two teenage kiddos said they loved it and to have them say something like that from a dish w zucchini, says a lot!

  7. George Not Specified Not Specified

    colorfully delicious

  8. Nicola Not Specified Not Specified

    Making this tonight but where did you get those bowls?

    • Teri Lyn Fisher Not Specified Not Specified

      Ugh I’m sorry I am totally not sure – but they are two different ones. Sorry!

  9. Amy Not Specified Not Specified

    Is this meant to be eaten hot or cold, or either?