This delicious burrata pasta is mixed with a flavorful sauce made of roasted tomatoes, garlic, and thyme and then topped with a creamy ball of burrata and fresh basil leaves. It’s the perfect meal for the whole family!
Creamy Burrata Pasta Recipe
If you’re familiar with our Peach Burrata Salad, Panzanella Salad with Burrata, Pest Pasta Salad with Burrata, and Warm Burrata with Roasted Tomatoes recipes here on The Cheese Knees, by now, you know we love adding burrata to just about anything!
Well, we’re at it again with this amazing burrata pasta! The combination of roasted tomatoes, garlic, and thyme creates a delicious pasta sauce with so much flavor that all you need to do is add your favorite type of pasta (ours is bucatini). Then comes the star of the show, the burrata! It’s the perfect creamy cheese to top this pasta off.
This creamy burrata pasta will make dinner time a real treat. Even the pickiest eaters in your household will find this cheesy, creamy, goodness a new favorite!
why you’ll love it!
- It makes for a super satisfying summer dinner.
- A simple dish that looks and tastes amazing!
- Burrata adds a creamy, delicious layer of flavor to any pasta dish.
- It’s easily customizable!
- Cherry tomatoes: roast these bad boys up in the oven to enhance their flavor and make the tastiest pasta sauce!
- Garlic: it would be a crime not to incorporate garlic into this delicious sauce. It adds a richness that you just can’t beat.
- Thyme: adds a depth of flavor to the pasta sauce to make it irresistible!
- Bucatini pasta: we love the way bucatini holds the sauce! It’s a sturdy noodle that won’t fall apart on you. Feel free to use whatever type of pasta you wish!
- Burrata cheese: the shining star of this dish, burrata is an ultra creamy cheese that will undoubtedly take this dish to gourmet level.
- Basil: fresh basil and tomato sauce are a match made in pasta heaven. It adds that perfect finishing touch.
Pesto Pasta Salad
Calling all burrata lovers! You have to try this pesto pasta salad topped with creamy burrata.
Optional Ingredient Additions
Although we love how this pasta tastes as is, there are many things you can add to your burrata pasta to make it an even more substantial and flavorful meal. Here are some ideas for inspiration:
Protein: If you’re looking for a heartier dish, why not add some grilled chicken breasts or steak? You can also cook up some bacon and crumble it over the dish.
Veggies: You can’t go wrong with roasted vegetables like zucchini, eggplant, bell peppers, or mushrooms. Just cut them into cubes or slices, toss them with a bit of oil and some herbs, and bake them in the oven for about 30 minutes.
Cheese: Give your burrata pasta an extra cheesy kick by adding freshly grated Parmesan or Pecorino cheese.
Herbs & spices: Try topping your pasta dish with other herbs like parsley or oregano. If you like a bit of heat, sprinkle some red pepper flakes over the top.
How to Make Burrata Pasta
Preheat the oven to 400℉.
ROAST VEGGIES + HERBS
Next, cut the top off of the head of garlic and place it in a cast iron skillet with the tomatoes and fresh thyme.
Drizzle the olive oil over the top of the garlic and the tomatoes. Toss together, add the salt and pepper, then roast for 30 minutes.
While the tomatoes are roasting, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the bucatini according to package instructions for about 10 minutes. Drain and set aside.
Remove the tomatoes from the oven and remove the thyme sprigs. Squeeze the garlic into the tomatoes and mash it all together to form a chunky sauce.
Pro Tip: If the head of garlic is too hot to squeeze, place it in the middle of open tongs to squeeze it out!
ASSEMBLE, SERVE + ENJOY
Now it’s time to bring everything together for a delicious meal! Add the pasta to the skillet and toss it all together. Top with burrata and fresh basil. Serve immediately and enjoy!
Can I use other varieties of pasta for this burrata pasta?
Absolutely! We recommend using longer, thicker kinds of pasta like spaghetti, linguini, or fettuccine as they tend to provide the best results.
Is there a vegan alternative to burrata?
You can replace the burrata with your favorite vegan cheese. It won’t have quite the same flavor and texture as burrata, but it will still be delicious.
Burrata Pasta for Meal Prep
You can make the pasta and sauce ahead of time, but we recommend adding the burrata and basil just before serving so that it stays fresh and creamy.
To make ahead, simply store the cooked pasta and sauce in separate containers in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat the pasta and sauce separately, then assemble, add burrata and basil, and enjoy!
Leftover burrata pasta can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
To reheat, place the pasta in a skillet over medium heat or in the microwave until warmed through.
Easy Burrata Pasta
- 3 cups cherry tomatoes ~2 pints
- 1 whole head of garlic
- 4 sprigs of fresh thyme
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon cracked black pepper
- 8 oz. bucatini pasta
- 8 oz. burrata cheese ripped into chunks
- ¼ cup fresh basil thinly sliced
- Preheat the oven to 400℉.
- Cut the top off of the head of garlic and place it in a cast iron skillet with the tomatoes, and fresh thyme. Drizzle the olive oil over the top of the garlic and the tomatoes. Toss together and add the salt and pepper. Roast for 30 minutes.
- While the tomatoes are roasting, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the bucatini according to package instructions, for about 10 minutes. Drain and set aside.
- Remove the tomatoes from the oven and remove the thyme sprigs. Squeeze the garlic into the tomatoes and mash it all together to form a chunky sauce.
- Add the pasta to the skillet and toss it all together. Top with burrata and fresh basil.
- Serve immediately.
Tips & Notes
- You can use any pasta for this recipe.
- If the head of garlic is too hot to squeeze, place it in the middle of open tongs and squeeze it out.