You will love this Tomato Burrata Pasta! This easy weeknight dinner comes together in 20 minutes and is delicious for the whole family.
With creamy burrata cheese, blistered tomatoes, perfectly cooked pasta, and a fresh basil sprig, you'll want to make this easy pasta dish again and again.
This pasta dish was inspired a few years ago by a dish I had at Speck Italian when I lived in Columbus, Ohio. The dish had delicious seasonal tomatoes, perfectly cooked pasta, and a giant ball of burrata cheese on top of the pasta.
I knew that I needed to recreate a version right away!
If you've never had burrata cheese, it's a delicious mozzarella that looks like fresh mozzarella on the outside, but has a runny, stracciatella and cream filled center. It's one of my favorite cheeses!
I like serving this for a large group because it's easy to make and all of the ingredients are available year round.
Why You'll Love this Recipe
Delicious - This Tomato Burrata Pasta recipe is so delicious. Each bite is packed with flavor that your family will truly love! It's really a perfect dish for the whole family. Great for entertaining too!
Approachable - This recipe is approachable and is easy to make. You only need a few kitchen tools to make this great recipe. The best part of this pasta recipe is easy enough to make for a weeknight, but also fancy-feeling enough to make for a date night!
Kid Friendly - This is a great recipe for adults and children!
Here are the simple ingredients you will need for this recipe:
- Olive Oil - regular olive oil
- Cherry Tomatoes - Halved. You can also use grape tomatoes instead.
- Kosher Salt
- Black Pepper
- Garlic Cloves - minced
- Linguine - Or any other pasta shape. You can use long or short pasta for this recipe,
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil - for serving
- Burrata Cheese
- Fresh Basil - For serving
Let's make this simple dish together!
Bring a large pot of salted water to a rolling boil. Add linguine to boiling water and cook until al dente according to package directions. When pasta is done, reserve one cup of pasta water and set aside.
While linguine is cooking, heat olive oil on medium heat in a large skillet. Add cherry tomatoes and let them cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Add salt, pepper, and garlic to the skillet. Cook for another 10 minutes, or until the tomatoes start to blister.
Add cooked pasta to the pan and stir well. Add reserved pasta water 2 tablespoons at a time to let the sauce thicken.
After the pasta and sauce are mixed together, plate your pasta in a large bowl and top with a ball of burrata cheese and lots of fresh basil leaves. Finish with a drizzle of olive oil and serve.
Expert Tips and Tricks
Here are some expert tips to make this delicious Tomato Burrata Pasta recipe perfect.
Reserve Pasta Water - Don't skip reserving pasta water! This step is crucial and helps bring the tomato sauce together with the pasta.
Complete the Meal - Complete the meal with an arugula salad and a glass of red wine!
Utilize Leftovers - Use leftovers for meal prep. Add grilled chicken and a handful of spinach or arugula for a delicious prepared lunch for the entire family!
Here is some kitchen equipment you will need for this pasta dish. You can find all of these products on Amazon.
Large Skillet - I love this large skillet because it's deep enough to hold an entire pound of pasta!
Tomato Knife - I have this tomato knife and absolutely love it! I highly recommend for cutting any type of tomato.
Pasta Bowl - These pasta bowls are the perfect bowl for this burrata pasta recipe!
Here are some common recipe substitutions and variations for this easy recipe.
Make it Spicy - Add red pepper flakes to the pasta to give it a kick.
Add Protein - You can add chicken breast, crispy prosciutto, or grilled shrimp to this pasta recipe for added protein. You could also top with crispy breadcrumbs or some toasted pine nuts.
Cheese Variations - If you can't find fresh burrata, you can top with parmesan cheese, fresh mozzarella cheese, or Ciliegine mozzarella.
What To Serve With
Here are some suggestion on what to serve this garlic lemon pasta with:
- Chicken Limone
- Tomato Crostini
- Spinach Stuffed Salmon
- Lemon Pepper Shrimp
- Pan Fried Sea Bass
- Marinated Mozzarella Balls
- Limoncello Spritz
- Simple Charcuterie Board
- Lemon Goat Cheese Tart
- Peach Panzanella Salad
Frequently Asked Questions
Burrata is a type of mozzarella cheese. The outside skin in mozzarella, while the inside of the creamy cheese is stracciatella and cream.
Burrata is best fresh! Serve burrata over pasta, with crackers, fresh fruit and vegetables, or on top of a salad.
Burrata can last up to 5 days in water in the refrigerator.
Recipe Storage and Reheating
Here are storage and reheating instructions for this recipe.
Refrigerator Storage: Store in an airtight continuer and eat leftovers within 4-5 days.
Freezer Storage: Freeze in a freezer-safe, airtight container and keep for up to 3 months. When you're ready to use, thaw in the refrigerator and reheat as instructed below.
Reheating Instructions: The best way to reheat this recipe is to heat in a skillet with a little olive oil over low heat until warm.
Other Recipes to Try
Tomato Burrata Pasta
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 12 oz package cherry tomatoes sliced
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 4 cloves garlic chopped
- 1 lb linguine
- Extra virgin olive oil for serving
- 4-6 balls of burrata cheese
- Fresh basil for serving
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a rolling boil. Add linguine and cook until al dente. When pasta is done, reserve one cup of pasta water and set aside.
- While linguine is cooking, heat olive oil on medium heat in a large skillet. Add cherry tomatoes and let them cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Add salt, pepper, and garlic to the skillet. Cook for another 10 minutes, or until the tomatoes start to blister.
- Add drained pasta to the pan and stir well. Add reserved pasta water 2 tablespoons at a time to let the sauce thicken.
- After the pasta and sauce are mixed together, plate your pasta and top with a ball of fresh burrata cheese and lots of fresh basil.