Creamy Sausage Pasta with Corn and Basil
Creamy Sausage & Corn Penne Pasta made with fresh corn & basil, Italian sausage, and mascarpone & parmesan cheeses. Simple pasta perfection in 30 minutes.
- 1 pound penne pasta
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 pound sweet or spicy Italian sausage we prefer spicy
- 1/2 cup diced yellow onion
- 2 cups fresh or frozen corn thawed, not canned!
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 8 ounces mascarpone
- 1 tablespoon Sambal chili paste found in the Asian aisle at your local grocery store
- 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/4 cup fresh basil chopped
Boil a large pot of salted water on medium-high heat. Add penne and cook according to the package directions. Once noodles are al dente, reserve 1/2 cup of pasta water, then drain the remaining water from the noodles. Make sauce while pasta is cooking.
Heat a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil and sausage; cook for about 5-6 minutes, breaking up the sausage as it cooks with a wooden spoon. Break the sausage into bite-sized pieces.
Add the yellow onion and cook for another minute or two. Stir in the corn and salt. Stir until the corn is warm, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a large serving dish.
Add mascarpone, chili paste, the hot pasta, and the 1/2 cup of reserved pasta water to the large serving bowl with the corn and sausage. Add the Parmesan directly over the hot pasta. Then using a large serving spoon, toss everything together well. Then add the basil and lightly toss again.
Serve immediately and with additional Parmesan cheese if desired.
Calories: 665kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 772mg | Potassium: 428mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 545IU | Vitamin C: 5.3mg | Calcium: 206mg | Iron: 1.8mg