Pasta with Tomatoes, Corn & Basil
This is another one that started with an idea I found on MilkStreet – Thanks, Guys! I have streamlined it and adjusted it to suit my tastes and disposition. But let’s face it, I love any dish featuring fresh basil with freshly grated parmigiana cheese!!
1 pint container of fresh grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
1 bag of Trader Joe’s frozen Super Sweet Organic Corn or your favorite frozen corn
6 Tbs unsalted butter or substitute
2 cloves garlic, minced
4-5 cleaned scallions, chopped diagonally in 1/4 in sections, whites and greens
1 sweet Jalapeño pepper, seeded, deveined, and chopped fine ( Tamed Jalapeños work too)
1 package of whole wheat campanelle, rotini or penne, or any other short pasta noodle you like
1 cup fresh basil, chopped
1 tsp Trader Joes Chili-Lime seasoning
1 tsp dried sweet basil
1/2 cup Grated parmigiana divided
Salt Substitute and pepper to taste
- In a large pot, bring 2½ quarts water to a boil. Add 1/3 of the bag of frozen corn. Add pasta after a minute and cook to al dente. Reserve 3 1/2 cups of cooking water. Drain pasta and corn and set aside
- In a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium, melt 3 tablespoons of butter. Add the remaining sweet corn, garlic, scallions, sweet basil, pepper, and salt substitute. Cook, stirring, until fragrant and the scallions have softened about 3-5 minutes.
- Stir in 1½ cups of the cooking water. Cook over medium-low, uncovered, and stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened (a spatula should leave a brief trail when drawn through the mixture), 10 to 15 minutes.
- Add the pasta to the skillet and cook over medium, stirring constantly, until the pasta is coated and the sauce is creamy, about 2 minutes; if needed, add the reserved cooking water 2 tablespoons at a time to reach proper consistency.
- Remove pan from heat, add the remaining 3 tablespoons butter, the tomatoes with their juices, jalapeños, Chili and Lime seasoning, fresh basil and 1/2 the Parmigiana, then toss until the butter has melted. Taste and season with salt substitute and pepper, as needed.
- Garnish with more grated Parmigiana. Serve to 4-6 hungry people of discerning tastes.