Summer Squash Pasta

In addition to the best watermelon of the season recently appearing on our table, corn and zucchini seem to have hit their summer stride. This corn and summer squash pasta is now therefore a must on our family’s table!

I planted a few zucchini seeds in our backyard last month. We haven’t had any squash yet, but the plant is looking healthy, so I’m hopeful to have some in a few weeks.

In the meantime, we’ve been enjoying some from the farmers market and from my mom’s garden when she has some to share!

Summer Corn Pasta with Zucchini

Summer Squash Pasta

I always liked corn growing up, but I didn’t really appreciate the fact until I stayed with family of a friend in Baltimore for one of my research trips in grad school. My friend’s mom rejoiced in the ability to buy corn from trucks on the side of the road and did so as much as she could!

Since then I’ve become much more cognisant of loving the summer staple. I usually treat it as a starchy part of our meals (our plates loaded with more nutrient-dense veggies for sure), but a welcome treat to say the least. This zucchini corn pasta seems like of funny (mixing carbs with carbs), but the flavor is just so delicious.

I love this corn pasta as a side dish with grilled chicken or fish. It’s delicious warm with freshly cooked zucchini and corn, but then it’s just as delicious the next day for a cold salad at lunch!

Summer Corn Pasta with Zucchini

Easy Summer Dinner

Zucchini, corn, and pasta make  a delicious dish to enjoy at dinner. It all comes together (stress free) in about a half hour.

While you cook the pasta, you can cut the zucchini and cut the kernels off the cob of corn. When you add the pasta to the water, saute the veggies, and then just throw it all together!

I do really love the easy addition of some fresh parmesan cheese and these chili flakes. I personally think most pasta dishes are better with chili flakes, but I know that isn’t everyone’s cup of tea (bowl of pasta?).

Besides the small addition of parmesan, however, you could do a number of other cheeses. Goat cheese is obviously a welcome addition. Add in some fresh herbs and lemon zest – yum! But honestly, this dish as is….is pretty delicious if I do say so myself!

And if you love the combination of zucchini and corn (or just have an overabundance on your hands), these zucchini quesadillas with roasted corn salsa is another good recipe to try!

Looking for more ideas, try this pasta with green beans, bowtie pasta salad and check out these ideas for what to make for dinner when it’s too hot outside.

Summer Corn Pasta with Zucchini

Need more pasta in your life? This lemon tuna pasta recipe is easy, inexpensive and delicious! Simpler versions (great as a side dish too) are peas and pasta and this ham pasta is a mandatory one in our house. And try this cabbage pasta as soon as possible!!

On the lighter side, this fresh cherry tomato pasta with ricotta is divine and this broccoli pasta is heartier than you’d ever expect from a plant-based meal!

And for a great basic recipe to use as a base, try this cream cheese pasta!

Summer Corn Pasta with Zucchini
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5 from 18 votes


Don't you just love the fresh flavors of fresh corn and zucchini in the summer? With both in abundance, why not whip up this summer corn pasta with zucchini. It's the perfect easy dinner or side dish – not to mention a delicious cold salad to enjoy for lunch!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Course: entree, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dinner, easy dinner, pasta, side dish, side dishes, vegetables, vegetarian
Servings: 6
Calories: 288kcal
Author: Luci Petlack


  • 12 ounces penne cooked according to package directions and drained
  • 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • Kernels from two ears of corn about 1 cup
  • 2 small zucchini halved length-wise and sliced (about 2 ½ cups)
  • 3 large basil leaves minced
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan
  • ¾ teaspoon fine sea salt or more to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Optional garnishes: shaved Parmesan small basil leaves, crushed red pepper, olive oil


  • Drizzle drained pasta with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Toss and set aside.
  • Heat the remaining olive oil over medium-high in a large pot. Add the corn and cook for 1 minute. Add the zucchini and cook 5 to 10 minutes, until the zucchini reaches your desired tenderness.
  • Reduce the heat to low. Stir in the basil and Parmesan. Add the salt and pepper.
  • Stir in the pasta and cook for about 2 more minutes, until heated through.
  • To serve, top each bowl of pasta with shaved Parmesan and other garnishes as desired.


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Calories: 288kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 385mg | Potassium: 338mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 168IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. 5 stars
    I love this great meatless meal for our taste buds to relax!. This recipe is worth making it! I have tried it: it is yummy.

  2. 5 stars
    Corn and zucchini are two of my favorite summer veggies, and I love the idea of throwing them into a pasta together! Can’t wait to try this recipe!

  3. 5 stars
    Lovely and fresh flavours – we enjoyed this one warm evening outside and it was a delicious meal! The addition of basil worked so well.

  4. 5 stars
    Summer zucchini and corn go hand in hand! I love the idea of enjoying it with pasta. I’m getting hungry just thinking about this delicious recipe!

  5. 5 stars
    There is nothing like fresh corn on the cob purchased from a roadside stand. I’m in Ohio and look forward to when I can get fresh corn every year. Excited to try your pasta recipe!

  6. 5 stars
    This looks absolutely amazing, although do you think it’s ok if I carve off half a block of parmesan and eat that on it’s own on the side? 🙂

  7. 5 stars
    When the temps get too high it’s always nice to fall back on simple pasta dish such as this! I have some zucchini coming up in the garden so this is a perfect recipe to try.

  8. 5 stars
    This is a wonderful summer recipe! I just picked up fresh zucchini and corn at the farmers market, so I have all the ingredients I need to make this light pasta dish!

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