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Corn, Tomato, and Basil Pasta

  • Servings: 8
Corn, Tomato, and Basil Pasta


  • 1 pound medium shell pasta
  • Coarse salt
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 small leeks, white and light green parts, halved lengthwise, thinly sliced crosswise, and well washed (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 2 1/2 cups corn kernels (4 to 5 ears)
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1 large pinch red-pepper flakes
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved (or grape tomatoes)
  • 1/2 cup torn basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, leaves
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 4 ounces ricotta salata cheese, crumbled or shaved


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add pasta and a generous amount of salt. Cook until al dente according to package instructions. Drain, and run under cold water to cool. Drain well; set aside.

  2. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add leeks, and cook until translucent, 1 to 1 1/2 minutes. Add corn. Season with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Cook until color is set, and the corn is heated through, 3 to 4 minutes more. Remove from heat; let stand until cool.

  3. In a large bowl, combine pasta, corn mixture, tomatoes, basil, parsley, lemon juice, and cheese. Toss to combine. Taste, and adjust for seasoning.

Reviews (5)

  • illinoisellen 27 Aug, 2008

    i make something similar to this but use lime juice instead with a little honey. I also add avocado and sometimes black beans. I often skip the pasta and just have lots of veggies

  • plsnoname 23 Aug, 2008

    Great recipe and really showcases summer foods. I substituted garlic and herb goat cheese for the ricotta salata. I can usually find the goat cheese at the local farmers market along with the corn, leeks and tomatoes. I will definitely make this again next week.

  • Hobbersquach 17 Apr, 2008

    This is a easy and very favor-full dish.

  • Hobbersquach 17 Apr, 2008

    This is a easy and very favor-full dish.

  • hotbabe 20 Jan, 2008

    this salad was great, i could not find the cheese so i used parm.

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