Creamy Tomato Basil Pasta with Burrata

When it comes to classic Italian dishes, you can’t go wrong with a delicious bowl of creamy tomato basil pasta with burrata. With just a few simple ingredients, this timeless combo will have you feeling like a master chef in no time!

This go-to dish is sure to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters and can easily be made vegetarian by subbing in your favorite plant-based cheese. So get cookin’ and enjoy this family favorite rigatoni pasta and homemade tomato basil sauce. Buon Appetito!

tomato basil pasta with burrata

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When it comes to comforting and indulgent meals, few dishes can compare to a plate of creamy tomato basil pasta with burrata. This delectable combination of flavors and textures brings together the richness of creamy sauce, the freshness of basil, and the luxuriousness of burrata cheese, resulting in a culinary experience that is both satisfying and memorable.

Here’s what you need to make this creamy tomato basil pasta with burrata:

  1. Pasta: Begin with your favorite pasta variety; whether it’s fettuccine, penne, or rigatoni, the choice is yours. The pasta serves as the hearty base for this dish, providing the perfect canvas to showcase the other elements. We chose rigatoni for this dish 🙂
  2. Tomatoes: Ripe, juicy cherry tomatoes are the foundation of the sauce. Opt for fresh, sun-ripened tomatoes when they’re in season
  3. Basil: Fragrant basil leaves add a burst of freshness to the dish, balancing the richness of the sauce and cheese. A handful of chopped basil leaves will infuse the dish with its signature aroma.
  4. Garlic: Sautéed garlic is the aromatic base of the sauce, imparting depth and flavor to the dish.
  5. Cream: Coconut cream or heavy cream contributes to the lusciousness of the sauce, creating a velvety texture that coats the pasta beautifully.
  6. Burrata Cheese: The star of the show, burrata, is a soft and creamy Italian cheese that oozes with richness. Its delicate outer layer encases a decadent center of stracciatella and cream. Burrata’s creamy interior is what truly elevates this pasta dish to a new level of indulgence.
  7. Olive Oil: Quality olive oil is essential for sautéing, adding a subtle richness and depth to the overall flavor profile.
  8. Seasonings: Salt, pepper, and crunchy red pepper chili oil (or red pepper flakes) provide a well-balanced seasoning that enhances the flavors without overpowering.
creamy tomato basil pasta with burrata

How to make creamy tomato basil pasta with burrata

  1. Cook the Pasta: Boil the pasta in generously salted water until al dente. Drain and set aside reserving 1/2 cup of water.
  2. Sauté the Aromatics: In a deep skillet or sauce pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add finely chopped garlic, sautéing until translucent and aromatic.
  3. Prepare the Sauce: Introduce the tomatoes to the pan, allowing them to break down and release their juices. Simmer until the sauce thickens slightly. Incorporate the cream and pasta water, creating a creamy and luscious texture. Season with salt, pepper, and teaspoon of crunch red pepper chili oil.
  4. Combine the Elements: Toss the cooked pasta into the sauce, ensuring each piece is coated in the sauce. Gently tear the fresh basil leaves and add them to the pasta.
  5. Add the Burrata: Cut the burrata open, allowing the creamy interior to spill over the pasta. cool, creamy burrata is truly a delight for the senses.
  6. Serve and Enjoy: Plate the creamy tomato basil pasta with a generous serving of burrata on top. Garnish with additional fresh basil leaves and a drizzle of olive oil.
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Creamy Tomato Basil Pasta with Burrata

Ciarra Siller
This silky creamy tomato basil pasta with burrata is the perfect weeknight dinner. It's bursting with juicy cherry tomatoes, basil and just creamy burrata cheese.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 5 people

Equipment

  • deep skillet or sauce pan
  • large pot

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lbs rigatoni or pasta of choice
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 2 pints cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ½ cup coconut cream or heavy cream
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tsp crunchy red pepper chili oil or red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ cup fresh basil leaves
  • 2-3 balls burrata cheese

Instructions
 

  • Cook the Pasta: Boil the pasta in generously salted water until al dente. Drain and set aside reserving 1/2 cup of water.
  • Sauté the Garlic: In a deep skillet or sauce pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add finely chopped garlic, sautéing until translucent and aromatic.
  • Prepare the Sauce: Introduce the tomatoes to the pan, allowing them to break down and release their juices. Simmer until the sauce thickens slightly. Incorporate the cream and pasta water, creating a creamy and luscious texture. Season with salt, pepper, and teaspoon of crunch red pepper chili oil.
  • Combine the Elements: Toss the cooked pasta into the sauce, ensuring each piece is coated in the sauce. Gently tear the fresh basil leaves and add them to the pasta.
  • Add the Burrata: Cut the burrata open, allowing the creamy interior to spill over the pasta. cool, creamy burrata is truly a delight for the senses.
  • Serve and Enjoy: Plate the creamy tomato basil pasta with a generous serving of burrata on top. Garnish with additional fresh basil leaves and a drizzle of olive oil.
Ciarra

Ciarra

Ciarra Siller is the founder of the dessert blog Peanut Butter Plus Chocolate and author of Vegan Chocolate Treats. Born and raised on the West Coast, she's a food and product photographer living in Atlanta. Ciarra loves to tell visual stories through food and the recipes she creates.

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