Pasta with Corn, Zucchini, and Tomatoes

Italy may claim pasta, but it is a dish loved all over the world. Pasta is the perfect dish for any season.  While this dish doesn’t have a fancy name, it remains just as tasty. This pasta dish with corn, zucchini, and tomatoes will be a hit at any dinner table this summer. It uses fresh, in season vegetables that make the pasta fresh and bright. It can be served either warm or cold and is even better leftover.  If you prefer other in-season vegetables, you can easily switch them out in order to fit your preference. Other vegetables that would be a great swap would be mushrooms, asparagus, or
eggplant. Taking advantage of in season produce will take any meal to the next level. Serve with some warm garlic bread and a summer spinach salad and you have yourself a perfect summer meal.

Pasta with Corn, Zucchini, and Tomatoes


• Salt and pepper to taste

• 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, or 2 tablespoons oil and 1 tablespoon butter

• 1 cup corn kernels (from 2 or 3 ears)

• 1 cup diced zucchini or summer squash (from 2 or 3 small vegetables)

• 1 medium onion or 3 or 4 shallots, diced

• ¼ teaspoon minced garlic, optional

• 1 or 2 sprigs tarragon

• 4 plum or 2 large tomatoes, diced

• 1 pound cut pasta, like penne


1. Set a large pot of water to boil and salt it. Put 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat and add corn. Cook, stirring occasionally, until corn begins to brown. Add zucchini and some salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until zucchini begins to brown.

2. Add onion or shallots and garlic if you are using it. Cook, stirring occasionally, until
onion softens, about 5 minutes. Add tarragon and cook for 30 seconds, then tomatoes. Put pasta in boiling water and cook until tender but not mushy, 10 to 15 minutes.

3. While pasta cooks continue to cook sauce, reducing heat when tomatoes begin to break down. If sauce dries out (with plum tomatoes, this is likely), add some pasta cooking water, about 1/2 cup at a time. When pasta is done, drain it, toss with sauce and remaining oil or butter, and serve immediately while warm.

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