5 from 11 votes
Brown Butter Orecchiette with Bacon, Corn & Goat Cheese
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins

Savory, al dente orecchiette tossed with buttery corn, crispy bacon, decadent goat cheese and herbaceous chives; coated in a luscious, rich brown butter sauce. This pasta tastes heavenly and takes less than 30 minutes to prepare!

Course: entree, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 721 kcal
  • 12 ounces Orecchiette
  • 2 ½ Cups Corn (from about 2 ears of corn)
  • 3 Cloves Garlic – smashed
  • 1 Shallot – finely diced
  • Pinch Red Pepper Flakes
  • 6 TBS Unsalted Butter – cut into 6 pieces
  • Kosher Salt
  • 8 strips Center Cut Bacon – cooked and crumbled
  • 2 TBS Chives – thinly sliced
  • 6 ounces Goat Cheese – crumbled
  • ¼ Cup Parmesan – freshly grated, plus more for serving
  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook orecchiette according to package directions just until al dente. Drain, reserving 1 cup of pasta water and return pasta to pot. Set aside
  2. Meanwhile: Melt butter in a large skillet* (large enough to hold pasta and corn) over medium heat. Add in garlic and cook until garlic is lightly browned, about 2 minutes. Remove and discard garlic. Continue to cook butter until it is frothy and starts to brown, about 1-2 additional minutes.
  3. Add in the corn, shallots and season with ¾ tsp salt and a pinch of pepper and crushed red pepper flakes. Cook, stirring, until corn is tender, about 2-3 minutes. Add pasta and cooked bacon. Gently toss to combine.
  4. Remove from heat and add in the parmesan, half the crumbled goat cheese and half of the chives. Gently stir to combine. Add in some of the reserved pasta water if pasta seems dry*. Transfer to a serving bowl and top with remaining goat cheese and chives.
  5. Serve immediately with extra grated parmesan.
Recipe Notes

*You can use frozen, defrosted corn if you can’t get a hold of fresh corn on the cob.
*If you don’t have a large skillet, you can substitute a medium sized pot.
*I didn’t end up needing any of the reserved pasta water.
*I garnished my pasta with dried chive blossoms.

Nutrition Facts
Brown Butter Orecchiette with Bacon, Corn & Goat Cheese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 721 Calories from Fat 270
% Daily Value*
Fat 30g46%
Saturated Fat 18g113%
Cholesterol 72mg24%
Sodium 601mg26%
Potassium 524mg15%
Carbohydrates 89g30%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 25g50%
Vitamin A 1090IU22%
Vitamin C 8.8mg11%
Calcium 156mg16%
Iron 2.8mg16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.