Esquites Pasta Salad

From McGough's Recipes


  • 1 lb. penne
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 2 c. frozen or fresh corn
  • 1/2 c. mayonnaise
  • 1/3 c. Mexican crema or sour cream
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 c. crumbled cotija or feta
  • 1/4 c. freshly chopped cilantro


  1. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package directions to al dente. Drain.
  2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, melt butter. Add corn and cook until blistered, about 5 to 8 minutes.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, crema, lime juice, chili powder, and cayenne pepper. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. In a large bowl, toss pasta, corn, cotija, and cilantro together. Add dressing and toss to coat. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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