Bacon, Corn and Mascarpone Tagliatelle

Serves 4

A creamy yet light sauce is the perfect complement to sweet corn and bacon in this flavorful combination from Rach.
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/3 pound lean, thick cut bacon or pancetta, diced
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 4-6 ears fresh, sweet corn on the cob, kernels scraped
  • 2 tablespoons thyme, chopped
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup mascarpone cheese
  • Black pepper, espelette or cayenne pepper, to taste
  • 1 pound egg tagliatelle or fettuccine
  • Flat leaf parsley and chives, chopped
  • Grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, for serving
Directions
  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  2. Heat the olive oil (two turns of the pan) over medium-high heat in large skillet; add the bacon and crisp. Remove to a plate; add the onion to the drippings and reduce the heat a bit. Cook to soften, then add the garlic, corn and thyme; cook until the corn just begins to lightly brown. Add the stock, bring to a bubble and reduce a minute or so. Stir in the mascarpone cheese and reduce the heat to low.
  3. Salt the boiling water and cook the pasta to al dente. Add a ladle of the starchy cooking water to the sauce, drain the pasta and add it to the pan. Toss vigorously with the corn sauce, bacon and a handful of cheese to combine and serve in shallow bowls with parsley and chives on top; pass extra cheese at the table.