How To Make Spaghetti With Corn, Ham And Ricotta Salata

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2. Spaghetti with Corn, Ham and Ricotta Salata

Serves 4

Recipe by Rebekah Peppler

1 lb spaghetti
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 lb ham steak, cut in 1/4-inch cubes
1 cup frozen corn
1 cup shaved ricotta, divided
1/4 cup basil leaves, thinly sliced in ribbons
kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

Cook spaghetti according to package directions, until al dente. Drain through a colander, reserving about a cup of the pasta water.

In a large skillet over medium heat, melt 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, then add diced ham and cook until the ham is starting to brown, about 5 minutes, moving the ham around the pan occasionally. Add 1 cup frozen corn kernels and cook until the corn is thawed and warmed through, about 2 minutes. Add the pasta, 3/4 cup shaved ricotta salata and 1/4 cup of the reserved pasta water. Season with salt and pepper, and toss to coat.

Transfer to a serving bowl, and garnish with basil ribbons and an additional ¼ cup shaved ricotta salata.

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4. For this recipe, you’ll need a 12-inch skillet and a large pot to cook the pasta.


You can get a great skillet here (pictured left, worth the price, will last forever) or a more affordable decent one here. Any stock pot that’s at least 8 quarts will work, but a 12-quart pot (pictured right) is your best bet. Get a simple one here.

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