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Hey! Hi! So tacos on Tuesday… pasta on Wednesday!

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I can totally handle that!!

Especially a pasta like this. One with basil, grilled corn, charred tomatoes and a big ball of burrata. Yes, I am definitely OK with that. It’s basically summertime on a plate! I know summer is still more than a month out, but I think it’s pretty clear that summer is the season I am craving. I am DONE with the snow, ready for warmth and ready for relatively lighter meals. Granted I don’t really get that much of the warmth where I live, but I’m pretty pumped about the food!

Here’s the deal, I am not trying to jump a season (well maybe just a bit), but my grocery store had the most gorgeous looking sweet yellow corn and heirloom cherry tomatoes. Obviously I couldn’t resist getting like ten ears and a bucket full of cherry tomatoes. I have this problem…when something looks amazing and too pretty for words, I have to like, buy them all up. It’s a fear not only of not having enough, but that the next time I go back to the store, all that pretty little produce will be gone.

And yes, clearly I am not the world’s best at sharing. Oooops.

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OKok, so serious talk though.

One, this pasta, like tell me that it excites you as much as it’s exciting me, right? I know it’s simple, but the flavors?!?! You really can’t beat them. Never will I tire of basil, tomatoes, cheese and corn. Never.

Two, and this is totally random… but my brother text me asking for serious help. He and one of his “hommies” are having a biggest loser contest to see who can lose the most weight and he needs to know what to eat. Creighton LOVES food. In my opinion, not particularly good food, but the kid loves food. I’m talking, steak, wings, burgers, fries, any and all Mexican (as long as it has zero quinoa… or at least as long as he isn’t told there’s quinoa in it), pizza and basically anything that’s not green. We could not be more opposite in our eating habits, but I do love pizza and Mexican for sure.

Anyway, his text pretty much made my Monday night. It made me laugh, and laugh hard, and it made me happy because I think he is actually semi-serious about eating slightly healthier. Yeahh!!

Of course I told him all the good things to eat – quinoa included, plus veggies galore and lean proteins. We’ll have to see how this goes. I’d really love to literally make him a meal plan, and truly help him win this little contest he has going on, but time is so not on my side these days. UGH! If any of you guys out there have any tips/suggestions for him you’ve got to let me know in the comments section! I mean, we have to help him out! 🙂

PS. Creigh is really not extremely overweight, he does work out everyday, but his diet needs some serious work. With some tweaks I have significant confidence he will crush this contest. I’ll have to keep you updated! 🙂

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Sorry, now back to the pasta…but I had to share that with you, it just made me laugh. You’d get that even more if you knew Creighton. Lol.

So, Charred Tomato and Corn Pesto Pasta!

I am really into fast and simple these days. Life is busy, and fast and simple is where it’s at, and I feel like you guys get that! One of my favorite things to do with cherry tomatoes, other than eat them fresh like sweet candy, is to roast them. It almost makes them seem sun-dried, and I LOVE that! They’re just sooo flipping good! They are my favorite over top pasta, pizzas and toast! Of course I also have to pair the tomatoes with basil, so naturally a simple basil vinaigrette (or pesto, but I only had fresh basil on hand so I just made a quick vinaigrette and it was delicious!) gets tossed over those quick cooking angel hair noodles and the corn. Can’t lie the corn may be my favorite part. Probably if only because I feel like I haven’t had corn in months (because I haven’t), but the corn just works here, and it works really well! 🙂

And then that’s it. Add some burrata and DONE.

Super simple, super fast.

Now let’s eat pasta!

Oh, but a quick note, you can use any cut of pasta you love, long or short. I grew up on angel hair, so when in doubt I go with that. Plus it takes like two-three minutes to fully cook and then it’s ready to go. Perfection.

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Charred Tomato and Corn Pesto Pasta.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories Per Serving: 786 kcal

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups heirloom cherry tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil plus more for serving
  • 1/3 cup fresh herbs (I used basil oregano and dill)
  • 2 cloves garlic divided minced or grated
  • kosher salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 ears fresh corn grilled or charred under the broiler + corn cut away from the cob
  • 1 pound angel hair pasta use gluten free pasta if needed
  • 2 zucchini spiralized or very thinly sliced
  • 1 cup basil vinaigrette or basil pesto recipe below
  • 8 ounces fresh burrata or mozzarella
  • large handful of fresh basil for serving

Basil Vinaigrette

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Add the cherry tomatoes, olive oil, fresh chopped herbs, minced garlic and a generous sprinkle of salt and pepper to a baking dish. Toss well, making sure the tomatoes are well coated in olive oil, herbs, garlic, salt and pepper. Roast for 10-15 minutes or until the tomatoes collapse.
  • Meanwhile bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Boil the pasta until al dente and drain well.
  • Add the pasta to a large serving bowl and toss with the zucchini and basil pesto. Add the cherry tomatoes and grilled corn. Break the burrata over the pasta. Sprinkle with crushed red pepper flakes and fresh basil. EAT!

Basil Vinaigrette

  • In a blender or food processor, blend the basil, olive oil, vinegar, garlic, 1 teaspoon of the salt, and a pinch red pepper flakes until smooth. Taste and adjust salt as needed.

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No really, perfection, I could eat this every day and be happy… veggies, carbs and cheese! 🙂

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  1. 5 stars
    This was soooo good! I was able to use all vegetables from my CSA and yum! It took longer then expected but was worth it!

  2. I made this recipe last night and myself and my husband loved it! I added shrimp and used goat cheese instead of burrata and it was scrumptious. The basil vinaigrette was a welcomed departure from traditional pesto because it wasn’t heavy and had a bite from the red wine vinegar. Absolutely yum!

  3. Looks delish! Do you cook the zucchini or just eat it raw? Also could this be made ahead and reheated for the salad? I do lunch bunch at school and this is my week to cook. Thanks in advance!

    1. Hey Margie!! You just eat the zucchini raw and yes, this would be great to pack as lunch! Let me know if you have questions. Hope you love the pasta!!Thanks!!

  4. I”m all for a summery pasta and you sold me with the burrata. There’s nothing better! 🙂

  5. Am I the only Vegan/Vegetarian obsessed with this blog? I find so many of your rich and beautiful recipes easily adaptable.

  6. love seasonal foods! that is a hint for creighton too 😉
    Eat lots of fresh fruit and veg. Or even more simple just totally up the amount of water he is drinking per day, esp. if he adds lemon juice to it.

  7. If Creighton is at a healthy weight already, then he shouldn’t pull any overly bold moves to lose weight quickly ( if ya know what I mean )

    Overall when’s the deadline? Since he works out regularly too, a simple diet change will help him drop pounds pretty rapidly in the beginning before starting to plateau. Obviously switching to healthy is a good choice, but if he just can’t bear the thought of giving up burgers and throwing in quinoa, the simplest thing to do is cut down portion sizes. Even something as small as not taking the last bite, overtime, works really well 🙂

    1. Hey Natala!!! Thank you so much for your words of wisdom!! I am not sure what the deadline is, but I will give him all this info!! Hoping he can make healthy lifestyle changes! thank again! ?

  8. We just had this for dinner. It was delicious! I grow lots of herbs so it was a good dish for me to use tarragon, oregano, chives, and parsley (and basil of course). Big hit with everyone…especially my vegan daughter.

  9. This dish does remind me of summer on a plate Tieghan! All my favorite ingredients. Adding to my summer menu!

  10. Looks so good! Can’t wait to try this. Because I’m good at burning things, how long do you broil the corn so it’s charred and not burnt to a crisp? Thanks! : )

    1. HI Renee! I either grill my corn on the grill for 8-10 minutes, turning it 2-3 times while cooking OR I put it under the broiler for 3-4 minutes, turning it once in the middle of cooking until it’s charred. Let me know if you have questions. Hope you love this and thank you!!

  11. Beautiful and tasty looking dish! That is so awesome that your bro wants to take back his health! I’m guessing with the foods you listed that he eats, they are probably mostly processed foods? I would encourage him to begin eating foods that he can make himself from scratch. Get the processed junk out and begin eating whole foods. He would most likely totally rock that contest if he could focus on that and he’s got his sister’s blog for whole food recipe inspiration! ?

    1. Hey Shannon!! haha! Yes, it is mostly processed foods and yes, I could not agree more with you! No processed foods! I will try to stick this in his head! ? thanks again!

  12. One thing we do is have protein shakes sometimes. Love them and it makes me think I am drinking a milk shake. HA! I make it real thick with frozen banana.

  13. Grilled corn is my fav! Nothing better than the fresh summer corn SO close to coming out!

  14. Easy recipes are my jam, and this one looks right up my alley. I love when fresh tomatoes start popping up at the markets and I can gorge on them day in, day out 🙂

  15. That’s so awesome that Creighton wants to eat healthier and that he knows who to go to for help. My little bro keeps starting a “diet” for like 5 minutes and then seeing a cookie and saying screw it. Ha, so hopefully your brother has more willpower than mine. Ok, this pasta is so freakin’ amazing! Like, who cares about what season it should be in, I want it NOW!

  16. Thanks again for a beautiful dish I can serve family and guests as well! Sorry I don’t comment often,…..It’s hard to type while holding a fork!

  17. This looks divine, Tieghan! Ever since I made your epic quinoa burger, I’ve been hooked on your blog. Will try this out soon and let you know! By the way, once I had prepared a meal and my husband said, “Is it a Tieghan recipe?” Because he knows how awesome your recipes are! Keep up the good work 🙂