Late Summer Pasta with Cream Sauce

  • Author: Erin Alderson
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: pasta
  • Method: stovetop



23 ounces pasta, cooked in salted water

2 teaspoons butter, ghee, or olive oil

1 ear sweet corn (1 cup kernels)

1/3 cup diced red peppers

1/4 minced scallion or onion

23 tablespoons heavy cream

1/4 cup grated (veg-friendly) parm, + extra for serving

Zest from 1/2 lemon

23 tablespoons julienned basil, + extra for serving

Salt, to taste


  • Cook pasta and drain, reserving 1/2 cup pasta water. Melt butter in a skillet and add the vegetables. Cook the vegetables until tender but still some texture. 
  • Turn off heat and add in cream, parm, and lemon zest. Add the pasta and turn the heat back on to low. Stir until the sauce has coated the pasta, adding a splash of pasta water as needed to thin the sauce. The sauce will thicken again slightly as it heats with the pasta. 
  • Turn off heat and stir in basil. Serve with a sprinkle of more basil, parm, and crushed red pepper if desired. Eat immediately- the sauce soaks in fast!