Conchiglie Pasta with Sweet Corn and Cherry Tomatoes

Fresh and just-picked flavor are the best words to describe this pasta dish. It's so sweet that our kids gobbled it up. It's also good chilled!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
8 servings


  • 1 (16 ounce) package jumbo pasta shells, dry

  • 4 ears corn, husked

  • 1 pound cherry tomatoes, halved

  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 4 ounces prosciutto, diced

  • 2 tablespoons basil pesto

  • 10 leaves basil, thinly sliced

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add conchiglie and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, 10 to 12 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, bring a separate pot of water to a boil. Add corn and boil for 2 minutes. Remove and run under cold water to cool.

  3. Hold each cob upright in the base of a large serving bowl, and cut kernels off with a sharp knife.

  4. Drain pasta; add to the corn. Add tomatoes, olive oil, prosciutto, pesto, basil, and salt; toss thoroughly.

  5. Serve immediately (or refrigerate for up to 2 days), topped with Parmesan cheese.

Cook's Notes:

Prosciutto is optional, but if using, you can substitute diced, pre-cooked sausage, if preferred.

Do Ahead or Delegate: Cook the pasta and store it tossed with a little oil to prevent sticking, cook the corn and remove the kernels from the cob, cut the tomatoes, dice the prosciutto or sausage (if using) and refrigerate, grate the Parmesan cheese if necessary and refrigerate, or fully prepare and refrigerate the dish.

Scramble Flavor Booster: Add the juice of 1/2 fresh lime or lemon, 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar or 1/2 teaspoon salt-free lemon-pepper seasoning.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

407 Calories
16g Fat
54g Carbs
14g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 407
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 20%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 16mg 5%
Sodium 503mg 22%
Total Carbohydrate 54g 20%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 14g
Vitamin C 14mg 72%
Calcium 72mg 6%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 391mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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