Thursday, July 29, 2010

tagliatelle with fresh corn pesto

I got nothin' to say other than I dare you to find someone who wouldn't just absolutely kill for a bite of this pasta. Let's just breeze over the ingredient list: bacon, garlic, corn, parmesan, and basil. Like, give me a break. This dish must be made. With serious immediacy.

I just ask that you invite me over to share it with you.

Tagliatelle with Fresh Corn Pesto
Recipe Courtesy of Bon Appetit, August 2010
Serves 6 as a first course

4 bacon slices, cut lengthwise in half, then crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces
4 cups fresh corn kernels (cut from about 6 large ears)
1 large garlic clove, minced
1 1/4 teaspoons coarse kosher salt
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese plus additional for serving
1/3 cup pine nuts, toasted
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
8 ounces tagliatelle or fettucine
3/4 cup coarsely torn fresh basil leaves, divided

Cook bacon in large nonstick skillet over medium heat until crisp and brown, stirring often. Using slotted spoon, transfer to paper towels to drain. Pour off all but 1 tablespoon drippings from skillet. Add corn, garlic, 1 1/4 teaspoons coarse salt, and 4/4 teaspoon pepper to drippings in skillet. Sauté over medium-high heat until corn is just tender but not brown, about 4 minutes. Transfer 1 1/2 cups corn kernels to small bowl and reserve. Scrape remaining corn mixture into processor. Add 1/2 cup Parmesan and pine nuts. With machine running, add olive oil through feed tube and blend until pesto is almost smooth. Set pesto aside.

Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until just tender but still firm to bite, stirring occasionally. Drain, reserving 1 1/2 cups pasta cooking liquid. Return pasta to pot. Add corn pesto, reserved corn kernels, and 1/2 cup basil leaves. Toss pasta mixture over medium heat until warmed through, adding reserved cooking liquid by 1/4 cupfuls to thin to desired consistency, 2 to 3 minutes. Season pasta to taste with salt and pepper.

Transfer pasta to large shallow bowl. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup basil leaves and reserved bacon. Serve pasta, passing additional grated Parmesan alongside.
Image above courtesy of Bon Appetit


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gmcerrato said...

kiira that looks soooood good. definitely going to have my mom make me that haha

Kiira Leess said...

greg! fancy seeing you here ;) a friend of mine just made it and survey says: looks as good as it tastes. let me know how your mom's version turns out!


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