Dinner Tonight: Pasta with Bacon and Corn

Ok.  I’m going to say it.  Are you ready?  Here it is.  This is my very favorite supper I make.
I know.  You’re like what?  Huh?  Some pasta dish with corn and bacon is your very favorite thing to eat for dinner?  Yes.  It is.  I love it.  I consider this a Spring/Summer supper, so I’ve been without this wonderful dish for six long months now.  Now that the weather is warmer and the days are longer, I can partake.  You should too.
I was inspired to make this several years ago after watching Rachael Ray add corn to a pasta dish.  I tried her method but it took too long and dirtied up too many dishes, so I simplified things.  When the weather is warm, you don’t want to be inside cleaning dishes.  You want to be out.  This dinner will have you out the door, Popsicle in hand in no time.
The Shopping List for Shay’s Favorite Supper šŸ™‚
1 pound pasta
10 pieces of bacon, chopped (I use turkey bacon but use whatever you like)
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 cup fresh or frozen corn kernels
1 cup cream style corn (the kind in a can on the veggie aisle)
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) and Salt and Pepper to taste
In a large pasta pot, bring water to a boil.  Drop pasta in and cook to al dente.
Meanwhile, in a big skillet, heat a few tablespoons of EVOO over medium-high heat.  Add in bacon and cook until crisp.  Remove bacon from pan and reserve on a paper towel nearby.  Add in onion, some salt and pepper and saute about 5 minutes.  Stir in garlic and frozen or fresh corn and cook over medium another 4-5 minutes.  Stir in cream corn and reserved bacon. 
Drain pasta from pot and toss with corn mixture.  Add in Parmesan cheese and stir until all the pasta is incorporated with the sauce.  Add a little more salt and pepper to taste.
That’s it.  So simple and so good.  Fresh corn is so good when it’s in season but frozen works really well too.  Don’t even thaw it, just toss the frozen corn right on in.
Corn in your pasta?  Yes.  Yes.  Yes. 
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  • Ashley April 10, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    I made almost this same exact pasta for dinner last night except no cream corn, add shredded cheese and tomato and serve cold šŸ™‚ YUM!

  • The Azams April 16, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    This was so delicious and easy! Thanks for the recipe!

  • Manders April 23, 2012 at 4:16 am

    Goodness this sounds delicious!

  • Nancy Jennings May 11, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    I made this for my boys tonight and my youngest, Ryan, (15 months old) ate TWO entire plates full!! It was a HUGE hit with our family. Thank you for sharing! It was super easy and quick too!!

  • judahsjourney.com May 10, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    It is rare that I find a recipe my entire family of eight enjoys. I made this tonight and it was such a hit!! Yum! Even my picky 5yr old ate it! Praise The Lord! Thanks for posting!

  • judahsjourney.com May 10, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    It is rare that I find a recipe my entire family of eight will enjoy! I made this tonight and it was such a hit!! Yum!! Even my picky 5-yr-old enjoyed it! Praise The Lord!! Thank you for posting!!

  • Jeanette Garofola May 17, 2013 at 12:29 am

    Holy moly! This dish was so, so, so delish! I was a bit skeptical that my husband would like it beca'use it's so simple, but boy was I wrong. He loved it and so did I. Just fabulous! Thanks for another winner Shay!

  • Anonymous October 1, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    Silly question….should I drain the bacon grease before adding the rest of the ingredients?…or does it just become part of the mixture?

  • Mix and Match Mama October 1, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    It's just part of the flavor of the pasta! You don't need to drain it!

  • Lauren October 9, 2013 at 1:50 am

    I made this twice in the last three weeks- seriously amazing!!!

  • Anonymous November 11, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    Do you have a favorite brand of turkey bacon?

  • Lexy April 10, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    This sounds so good and is all foods my boys love, but one of mine has a dairy allergy. Do you think I could skip the Parmesan? Maybe ad tomatoes instead? Or does a lot of the flavor come from the cheese?

  • Mix and Match Mama April 10, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    You could skip the cheese but I wouldn't add tomatoes. The flavor is the corn and tomatoes would overwhelm that. Enjoy!

  • Anonymous April 11, 2014 at 6:01 am

    What kind of pasta do you recommend using?

  • Toddler Mom April 16, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    I have leftover BBQ chicken and corn on the cob from last night's dinner, so I think I'll make a variation of this dish, using the leftover chicken instead of bacon. And I think I actually have a can of creamed corn in my cabinet that I've been trying to figure out a way to use… Perfect!

  • Angela Foote May 7, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    I finally made this dish for dinner tonight. It was so easy and delicious and will become a regular on our rotation! I added a bit of reserved pasta water at the end to make it a little saucier. Mmmmm!

  • Laura May 12, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    Shay – my grocery store sells pre-chopped onions. How much should I use to equal a small onion? Cant't wait to have this for dinner tonight!

  • Anne Cazeau July 30, 2015 at 11:42 pm

    I tried this out tonight. My husband loved it. I added a little more corn and bacon to the sauce. Good recipe.