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Bowls of sweet corn pesto with pappardelle and zucchini noodles.

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

Teri & Jenny
5 from 1 vote
Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine Italian-american
Servings 3
Calories 590 kcal


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.


Calories: 590kcalCarbohydrates: 78gProtein: 19gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 82mgSodium: 123mgPotassium: 988mgFiber: 7gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 855IUVitamin C: 44mgCalcium: 138mgIron: 3mg
Keyword corn pasta, pasta,
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