Basil Pesto Spaghettini with Corn & Tomatoes

Basil Pesto Spaghettini

with Corn & Tomatoes

30 MIN
2 Servings
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From the Test Kitchen

Tonight, we’re using a flavor-packed pesto brimming with basil, garlic, and nuts to perk up our pasta. Spaghettini—a type of thin, delicate spaghetti—is the perfect choice for the dish, which highlights fresh tomatoes and corn. And for a gourmet garnish, we’re topping each bowl with freshly grated Grana Padano cheese, an aged variety from northern Italy with a deliciously nutty flavor.

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Basil Pesto Spaghettini with Corn & Tomatoes
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Prepare the ingredients:
1 Prepare the ingredients:

Heat a large pot of salted water to boiling on high. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Remove and discard the corn husks and silks. Cut the corn kernels off the cob; discard the cob. Peel and roughly chop the garlic. Quarter the tomatoes; place in a bowl and season with salt and pepper. Using the flat side of your knife, smash the olives; remove and discard the pits, then roughly chop. Grate the cheese on the small side of a box grater.

Cook the spaghettini:
2 Cook the spaghettini:

Add the spaghettini to the pot of boiling water and cook 5 to 6 minutes, or until al dente (still slightly firm to the bite). Reserving ½ cup of the cooking water, drain thoroughly.

Cook the corn & tomatoes:
3 Cook the corn & tomatoes:

While the spaghettini cooks, in a large pan, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the corn and garlic; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes, or until slightly softened and fragrant. Add the seasoned tomatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes, or until softened. Turn off the heat. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Finish the spaghettini:
4 Finish the spaghettini:

Add the cooked spaghettini and half the reserved cooking water to the pan of cooked corn and tomatoes. Cook on medium-high, stirring vigorously, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until coated. Turn off the heat. Add the olives and pesto; stir to thoroughly combine. (If the sauce seems dry, gradually add the remaining cooking water to achieve your desired consistency.) Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Plate your dish:
5 Plate your dish:

Divide the finished spaghettini between 2 dishes. Garnish with the cheese. Enjoy!

Tips from Home Chefs

1 Prepare the ingredients:

Heat a large pot of salted water to boiling on high. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Remove and discard the corn husks and silks. Cut the corn kernels off the cob; discard the cob. Peel and roughly chop the garlic. Quarter the tomatoes; place in a bowl and season with salt and pepper. Using the flat side of your knife, smash the olives; remove and discard the pits, then roughly chop. Grate the cheese on the small side of a box grater.

2 Cook the spaghettini:

Add the spaghettini to the pot of boiling water and cook 5 to 6 minutes, or until al dente (still slightly firm to the bite). Reserving ½ cup of the cooking water, drain thoroughly.

Cook the spaghettini:
3 Cook the corn & tomatoes:

While the spaghettini cooks, in a large pan, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the corn and garlic; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes, or until slightly softened and fragrant. Add the seasoned tomatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes, or until softened. Turn off the heat. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

4 Finish the spaghettini:

Add the cooked spaghettini and half the reserved cooking water to the pan of cooked corn and tomatoes. Cook on medium-high, stirring vigorously, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until coated. Turn off the heat. Add the olives and pesto; stir to thoroughly combine. (If the sauce seems dry, gradually add the remaining cooking water to achieve your desired consistency.) Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Finish the spaghettini:
Plate your dish:
5 Plate your dish:

Divide the finished spaghettini between 2 dishes. Garnish with the cheese. Enjoy!

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