It’s 5 pm, the sun is still out and it’s 83 degrees. Do you really want to spend the rest of the night in front of the stove? You are too busy enjoying Summer! The thing is that you still need to feed your family and what better way than a super simple recipe that tastes amazing! Well hello, Bacon & Corn Carbonara! A new way to use that fresh corn from the stands!
Imagine a plate of pasta that’s lusciously creamy, but not heavy. Sound like a contradiction? When you try this perfectly satisfying dish, you’ll see what we mean. (And did we mention it’s ready in under an hour?)
- 4 ears corn or you can use 4 cups frozen corn
- 10 strips bacon, diced
- 1 red onion, minced
- 3 to 4 clove garlic, minced
- ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 16 ounces thick spaghetti or linguine
- 2 large egg yolks
- ⅓ cup heavy cream
- 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- black pepper
- green onions diced, for serving
- 1. Cut the corn off the cob with a sharp knife. Transfer kernels to a bowl and firmly scrape the knife against the cob to release any liquid. Discard the cobs.
- 2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the bacon and cook until the fat has rendered and it’s very crisp, 5 to 6 minutes. Remove the bacon from the pan with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.
- 3. Add the red onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until it’s tender, about 4 minutes. Add the corn and garlic and cook until the garlic is fragrant, about 3 minutes. Season with the salt and red pepper flakes and reserve over low heat.
- 4. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over medium-high heat. Add the pasta and cook until al dente, 8 to 10 minutes. Scoop out and reserve 1 cup of the pasta water, then drain the pasta.
- 5. Stir the pasta water into the corn mixture. Raise heat to medium and bring the liquid to a gentle simmer. Add the pasta to the skillet and toss to combine.
- 6. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and cream. Add to the skillet and toss well to coat. Add the Parmesan, plenty of black pepper and reserved bacon and toss to combine. Garnish with the green onions.