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The finished corn pasta dish with bacon in a white serving platter with a gold spoon.

Creamy Corn Pasta with Bacon

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  • Author: Kelli Avila
  • Prep Time: 00:10
  • Cook Time: 00:25
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4-6 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop


When corn is in season, make this Creamy Corn Pasta! Crisp bacon, sweet corn and sharp pungent Cotija cheese and Orechiette to scoop everything up make this weeknight pasta out-of-this-world-good. 


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  • 2 green onions, sliced thinly, whites and greens separated
  • 6 pieces bacon, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 cups fresh cut corn kernels (cut from 4-6 cobs)
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 16 ounces dried Orechiette pasta
  • 1/2 Cotija cheese, grated (or substitute parmesan)


  1. Fill a large pot with water and a big pinch of salt. Bring it to a boil over high heat. Once boiling, add pasta and set the timer to cook the pasta according to package instructions. Set aside 1 cup of pasta water. Drain the pasta and return them to the large pot.
  2. Meanwhile, heat a large saute pan over medium heat. Once hot, add bacon and cook until crispy. Drain all but 2 tablespoons of rendered bacon fat.
  3. Add the green onions and garlic to the bacon and cook for 1 minute, then add in corn and cook until softened, about 10 minutes.
  4. Stir in the heavy cream and butter, and cook until the butter is melted about 30 seconds. Shut off the heat.
  5. Add the cooked pasta to the corn. Stir together, adding pasta water a little at a time to create a sauce that coats.
  6. Right before serving, stir in the grated cotija, then taste and adjust the seasoning. Serve with the green onion tops for garnish.


Don't add salt until the very end. Because of the salted pasta water and the salty pancetta, you likely won't need to add salt to this dish at all. But if you do, add it in at the end after you've tasted it.

Use any pasta that you want here, though the Orechiette are fun for holding the corn and bacon

Bacon can be swapped out with ham or you can even omit it. Though you'll lose a bit of flavor, so I recommend increasing the garlic and adding salt.