Yummy Pasta: Fusilli w/ Zucchini, Corn & Bacon

I don't usually rave about such simple recipes, but this one was the bomb! (does anyone even say that anymore?).

The original recipe wants you to boil your zucchini and corn, but I used a cast iron skillet for my vegetables and bacon, and it was fantastic!

We each went back for thirds.

Fusilli w/ Zucchini, Corn and Bacon (adapted from Serious Eats):

1 lb. fusilli (curly) pasta
3 ears of fresh corn, corn removed from the cob
6 slices of bacon, chopped
3 zucchini squash, cut into small 1/2" pieces
4 Tbsp of prepared basil pesto
1/2 cup of pasta water
salt & pepper

Start with a 12" cast iron skillet and cook your bacon about 2 minutes, then add the cut up zucchini and corn.

Try not to stir the mixture too much, let the corn and zucchini get brown and caramelize in the bacon fat. About 12-15 minutes total.

Meanwhile, cook your pasta as per directions and don't forget to save 1/2 cup of the pasta water before draining.

Drain your pasta and add it to a large bowl or skillet, then add the cooked corn, bacon and zucchini.

Add the 4 tablespoons of basil pesto, reserved pasta water and season with salt and pepper.

This was such a crowd pleaser!

PS if you are curious about the gold flower, they are the dead clematis flowers climbing up my trellis, and they look like spun gold! So pretty!


Dinner looks fast and delicious, and what neat flowers! Clematis were the only thing my mom could ever grow (not kill) when I was growing up.

kat said…
Oh I want to try this late in the summer when the MN sweet corn is ready & we have a glut of zucchini
Catherine said…
This looks fantastic!!! I can't wait to try it.
Nice top photo Stace! Corn, bacon and pasta, I'm in!
Dewi said…
You know, I never thought of using both pasta and corn together. That sounds like fabulous idea of using summer crop.

About clematis, I know what you mean by pretty, although mine is never look that as pretty as yours. Great shot Stacey.
Jen_from_NJ said…
Great zucchini recipes are like gold (like your flower!) in NJ - soon we will be inundated with zucchini! This sounds amazing!
The JR said…
Our zucchini is coming in strong right now. Have tons of it to cook.
Colleen said…
Oooh, can't wait to make this - looks so good!