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Campanelle with Corn, Scallions, and Arugula


Part corn chowder and part pasta salad, this dish hits all the right notes for a summer dinner.

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  • Servings: 8

Source: Martha Stewart Living, August 2011


  • 4 cups corn (from 5 ears)
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 ounces sliced smoked bacon, chopped
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 red Thai chile, finely chopped
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 pound campanelle or other shell-shaped pasta, such as orecchiette, cooked until al dente (1 cup cooking water reserved)
  • 3 scallions, white and pale-green parts only, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups baby arugula
  • Garnish: shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano or Parmesan cheese


  1. Puree 1 cup corn and the chicken stock in a blender.

  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook bacon until crisp, about 8 minutes. Add corn puree, remaining 3 cups corn kernels, 2 tablespoons butter, and the chile. Season with salt and pepper. Cook until corn is soft, about 5 minutes.

  3. Toss in pasta, reserved cooking water, and remaining 2 tablespoons butter. Cook until sauce is creamy, about 3 minutes. Toss in scallions and arugula. Garnish with cheese.

Cook's Notes

Follow these steps when you cook the pasta for this dish: Bring a large pot of water (6 quarts) to a boil -- you want enough water so the pasta can move around. Season the water with 1/4 cup coarse salt. (The water should be well seasoned; think "salty like the sea.") Cook 1 pound of pasta until al dente. Drain, reserving at least 2 cups cooking water. The pasta releases starch as it cooks, and the starchy water is essential to the sauce.

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  • janey83
    11 SEP, 2015
    Really enjoyed this light dish. Added shrimp (up to a pound) with salt and pepper when the bacon was almost crisp (took them out and added them back after sauce was done). Used light egg noodles. Easy, quick and really delicious!
  • General Jim
    6 SEP, 2013
    Surprisingly delicious! I used orecchiette pasta, and a yellow jalapeno+one dried Thai chili. I couldn't help myself to throw in a clove of garlic. The spiciness from the peppers and arugula (we love spicy) was beautifully off-set by the bacon and corn.
  • kgmack4
    23 AUG, 2013
    My family absolutely loved this. My 17 year old son could not stop eating it. I could not find the red Thai chile so I added a dash of crushed red pepper flakes. This added a mild heat. I also used large shell pasta because I could not find Campanella. I would make this again tonight!