Burrata PastaDifficulty: Easy
Burrata pasta is simplicity at its finest! Pair this rich cheese with a hearty tomato basil sauce for an easy dinner that’s truly sublime.
¼ cup olive oil
4 medium garlic cloves, peeled and sliced
28 ounce whole San Marzano tomatoes
1 teaspoon kosher salt
½ cup roughly chopped basil leaves, plus more for garnish
8 ounce spaghetti or bucatini pasta
½ pint red and yellow cherry tomatoes, sliced in half (or, omit if they’re not in season)
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
8 ounce (2 balls) burrata cheese
Fresh ground black pepper, for serving (optional)
- Make the tomato basil sauce: Add the olive oil to a saucepan over medium heat. Add the sliced garlic and cook for about 30 to 45 seconds until lightly browned and fragrant. Add the whole tomatoes with the can liquid, taking care as it may spit as the tomatoes hit the hot oil. Use a potato masher to break up the tomatoes into small pieces (see the sauce photo above). Add the kosher salt and chopped basil leaves and bring to a heavy simmer. Cover the saucepan with a lid slightly ajar and simmer, bubbling rapidly, for 10 to 12 minutes until thickened. (If you prefer a smoother texture you can immersion blend it, but we highly recommend the chunky rustic texture here.)
- Cook the pasta: Meanwhile, bring a large pot of heavily salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente. Set the timer for a few minutes less than the package instructions and then taste: the pasta should be just done, still with some firmness. Drain the pasta and return to the pot. Add a drizzle of olive oil if the sauce is not yet done, to prevent sticking.
- Serve: Toss the noodles with the sauce until well coated. Add to a platter and top with the grated Parmesan. Add the two burrata balls, and arrange the cherry tomatoes around them. Top with a drizzle of olive oil, several pinches kosher salt, fresh ground black pepper and additional chopped basil. When serving, have each eater break off pieces of the burrata for their portion, or simply break it into pieces and lightly toss throughout the pasta.
- Burrata cheese is one of life’s greatest pleasures (if you’re a cheese lover like we are). One of the best ways to make it into a meal?