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Pasta with Fresh Corn, Tomatoes and Basil | Get Inspired Everyday!

Summertime Penne with Fresh Corn, Tomatoes, and Basil

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All the best flavors of summer combined together in this creamy pasta, fresh corn and tomatoes pair perfectly with a touch of blue cheese crumbles and basil.



12 ounces penne pasta, I used DeLallo brown rice pasta

2 Tablespoon butter

2 Tablespoons olive oil

1 large sweet onion

1 cup heavy whipping cream

4 ears fresh organic sweet corn, kernels cut off the cob

12 ounces cherry tomatoes, halved

1 cup chopped fresh basil

23 ounces crumbled Point Reyes Blue Cheese, or gorgonzola dolce

1/2 teaspoon sea salt, to taste


Bring a large pot of water to boil on the stove.

While the water is heating, melt the butter and olive oil together in a large skillet.

Slice off both ends of the onion and remove the core. Cut the onion in half from the top to the bottom. Lay each half flat side down on the cutting board and slice 1/4″ across the onion to make half moon pieces.

Add the onion to the skillet and sauté until the onion has softened and turned a light golden color. Add the heavy cream and simmer for 3-5 minutes, or until the cream begins to thicken just a bit.

When the water is boiling, add the pasta and 1 Tablespoon sea salt. Cook the pasta according to the package instructions. I personally like to pull my pasta out 2 minutes early and finish cooking it in the sauce. It’s a restaurant trick that helps your pasta and sauce come together for a better final product!

While the pasta cooks, prepare your corn, tomatoes, basil, and blue cheese or gorgonzola.

When the pasta is almost cooked, scoop out 1/2 cup of the pasta water before draining it. Drain the pasta and add it to the onion cream sauce mixture in your skillet. Simmer for a couple of minutes to help the sauce ‘stick’ to the pasta. Add a bit of the pasta water if is seems like you’re lacking in sauce – you want the pasta to be nicely coated.

Remove the pasta from the heat when it is al dente. Add the corn, tomatoes, basil, and blue cheese – mix in thoroughly and adjust the salt to taste.

Serve the pasta immediately!

  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: Italian