Having a spontaneous dinner party this weekend? Here's another 10-minute pasta you can make using super-sweet corn from the farmer's market. Made with fresh fettuccine that cooks up in minutes, this elegant, hassle-free dish might be just the thing to serve as your first course. Follow with a side of bluefish resting upon a bed of thinly sliced tomatoes, onions and purple sage. Just drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil and blast it in a very hot oven for 15 minutes. For dessert? Uber-ripe peaches from the farmer's market bathing in red wine. And some cookies, of course. Fettuccine with Smoked Salmon, Creme Fraiche & Sweet Corn If you like, you may also add some snippets of fresh basil or cilantro. A must: Creme fraiche.
8 ounces fresh fettuccine 1 cup sweet yellow corn, freshly cut from the cob 4 ounces best-quality smoked salmon, thinly sliced 8 ounces creme fraiche 6 tablespoons freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano 1/4 cup finely minced fresh chives 1 large lemon
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and corn and cook 3 to 4 minutes, until tender. Meanwhile, cut the salmon into 1/2-wide strips. Drain the pasta well; shake dry. Immediately return the pasta to the warm pot. Add the smoked salmon, creme fraiche, cheese, salt and pepper to taste. Warm gently for 1 minute over low heat, but do not cook. Stir in chives. Transfer pasta to bowls. Using a microplane, grate lemon zest on top and serve immediately. Add snippets of basil or cilantro, if desired. Serves 4