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Corn fettuccine in a large skillet.

Corn and Cilantro Fettuccine Alfredo

  • Author: Jessie
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 3-4 1x
  • Category: Pasta
  • Cuisine: Italian-American


This easy, creamy pasta features summer sweet corn and fresh cilantro in a quick parmesan sauce!


  • 1/2 pound fettuccine
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and lightly smashed
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 3 ears sweet corn, grilled, with kernels removed (about 3 cups)
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Cook fettuccine in very salty water until al dente. Reserve 2/3 cup of pasta water, then drain and set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add smashed garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, for 2-3 minutes until garlic is soft and butter is fragrant. Remove and discard garlic cloves.
  3. Slowly add cream to butter, stirring constantly to incorporate. Cook, stirring occasionally, until cream has thickened and is at a low simmer, about 5-10 minutes.
  4. Stir in parmesan, corn kernels, cilantro, salt, and pepper.
  5. Add drained fettuccine noodles to sauce and toss to combine. Add pasta water a few Tablespoons at a time, tossing well between each addition, until you have a smooth, silky sauce (you may not need all the pasta water here!) 
  6. Taste pasta and add extra salt and pepper as needed. Serve immediately; top with extra cilantro and corn for garnish.


Use true Parmigiano Reggiano (parmesan) cheese here, and shred it yourself for best results: store-bought shredded cheese is often coated with preservatives and anti-caking agents that prevent it from melting smoothly into a sauce. 

Additions and Substitutions. Add cooked protein (chicken, shrimp, bacon, salmon) or extra veggies (shallot, broccoli, peas, spinach, mushrooms) to this pasta if you like. Swap the heavy cream for half and half (it may need an extra few minutes to thicken) or use a few scoops of our cauliflower cream sauce in place of the heavy cream. Add a splash of white wine, a squeeze of lemon juice, or a pinch of red pepper flakes for extra flavor.

Strict vegetarians should look for parmesan cheese made without rennet.

Keywords: pasta, alfredo, fettuccine, summer