This Burrata Pasta is going to be your new favorite pasta!!! The burrata cheese is lusciously creamy and when served over a rich pasta it's a match made in heaven!
If you need a mouthwatering pasta recipe to impress everyone, search no further!!!
The simplicity of serving fresh burrata cheese with pasta takes it to a whole new level! The burrata cheese is lusciously creamy and has so much flavor and pairs so well with a rich homemade tomato sauce.
When served over hot pasta, the burrata cheese will slightly melt and with every spoon, you'll want more! It looks so decadent and fancy, but it's actually really easy to make and tastes unreal!
I recently served this burrata pasta for a big family dinner and it was a huge hit, so I knew I had to share the recipe for you all to try.
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Why you'll love this recipe
- Creamy and dreamy. Burrata cheese is the star of the show and transforms ordinary pasta into a rich and luscious plate of food
- Quick and Easy. With minimal ingredients and straightforward steps, this recipe is perfect for busy weeknights or when you have last minute guests
- Versatile Delight. You can customize burrata pasta with your favorite pasta sauce. Here I’ve served it with a homemade marinara sauce but it would also be amazing on other sauces such as a basil pesto pasta or even vodka sauce pasta
- Impress Your Guests. Burrata Pasta is a showstopper. Whether you're hosting a dinner party or family night, this decadent pasta dish will have everyone screaming for the recipe
What is Burrata cheese?
Burrata cheese is an Italian fresh cheese orginated from the Apulia region in Southern Italy. It's a handmade cheese from cow's milk, that looks similar to fresh mozzarella cheese as it's in the shape of a round bag with tied closure.
The outer shell casing is a firmer solid cheese made from mozzarella and the inside consists of stracciatella and fresh cream. It’s super creamy, soft, and delicate on the inside with a rich buttery flavor.
Ingredients and Substitutions to make Burrata Pasta
- Burrata cheese is of course the star of the recipe! It's a fresh Italian cheese which has a firmer outer case made from mozzarella and the inside filled with creamy stracciatella cheese and cream. You can find it at your Italian grocer and also some supermarkets
If you can't find burrata cheese, you can use stracciatella cheese. Bufala mozzarella could also be used, but it doesn't have the same creamy texture unfortunately. Ricotta and goats cheese can also be used
- Pasta. Choose your favorite pasta shape! This burrata pasta pairs well with short pasta such as paccheri, penne, rigatoni or even orecchiette. Long pasta such as spaghetti, tagliatelle or bucatini pasta work great too. Feel free to also substitute with a gluten free pasta if you need to
- Tomatoes. You can use ripe fresh tomatoes to make your marinara sauce or you can also use whole peeled canned Italian tomatoes which is what I've done here. Use cherry tomatoes if you prefer a sweeter sauce. Whichever tomatoes you decide on, ensure they are high quality as it will make a big difference to your sauce
- Fresh basil leaves add a burst of flavor to your pasta sauce and also provides a freshness to the burrata in pasta. If you dont have fresh basil, you can use dried basil or dried oregano
- Extra virgin olive oil for that essential Italian touch! I love to drizzle some over the burrata cheese before serving
- Garlic for all my fellow garlic girls! You don't need much in this recipe as you don't want it to take over the sauce recipe
- Parmigiano reggiano cheese aka parmesan cheese. I love to toss freshly grated parmigiano reggiano cheese to the pasta when the sauce is mixed through. It brings an extra depth of flavor and creaminess to the sauce
- Red pepper flakes are added for a little garnish and a little spice. Feel free to leave this out or also substitute with a chili oil
How to make Burrata Pasta
Impress everyone with this easy burrata pasta. It starts with a rich tomato sauce and ends with a creamy burrata cheese. Here are my simple steps to make it in no time.
- Remove burrata from the fridge and so it comes to room temperature. Then make the Italian pasta sauce by adding olive oil and peeled garlic cloves to a saucepan and saute for a few minutes on medium heat
- Add canned tomatoes and slightly smash them with a wooden spoon. Add a cup of water to the can to capture any leftover sauce
- Season with salt and pepper, basil leaves and simmer with the lid on for 20 minutes on a low-medium heat
- Allow sauce to cool down then blend until smooth in a blender. Then pour it back into the pan
- Cook pasta al dente in heavily salted boiling water
- Add cooked pasta straight to the pan, with parmesan cheese and a splash of pasta water. Stir to combine until the sauce is thick and creamy. To serve, add the burrata cheese to the middle and cut it open. Season with some olive oil, basil leaves and red pepper flakes, and enjoy!
Tips and Tricks
- Ensure the burrata is taken out of the fridge about 30-60 minutes before serving. You want it to come to room temperature and not to be served straight from the fridge for the ultimate creamy center
- Use high-quality ingredients. When we are only using a handful of ingredients in a recipe, trust me it makes the biggest difference!
- Reserve some pasta cooking water, it's mandatory for making a silky sauce consistency
- Always cook your pasta in your sauce for the final few minutes for the best flavor
If you can't find burrata, stracciatella cheese which is actually what is inside burrata is your closest bet! Bufala Mozzarella is also a good substitute, but it won't be as creamy. Ricotta or goat cheese can also work
Yes it does melt when heated or left out. I recommend not to cook the burrata but to serve it over the hot pasta so it slightly melts but its still thick and creamy
It's best to enjoy burrata pasta fresh. The tomato sauce however can be made in advance and served fresh with the burrata cheese when you are ready
Storage, Reheating and Freezing
- Burrata Pasta is best enjoyed fresh as the cheese is the creamiest when its just cut open. However if you have leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two days. I don't recommend to freeze this pasta recipe
- Reheat any leftovers in a small saucepan or skillet with a splash of water until heated through. You can also reheat in the microwave but it can dry the sauce out
- You can however freeze the marinara sauce for up to 2 months! I like to do this myself so I have a quick dinner when I'm short in time
More Burrata Recipes
More Easy Pastas
- Broccoli Pasta
- Pasta with Peas
- Cherry Tomato Pasta
- Pasta e Fagioli
- Lemon Garlic Pasta
- Baked Feta Pasta
- Spaghetti Alla Puttanesca
- Mushroom Carbonara
I love seeing your creations and remakes, so be sure to rate the recipe, comment and share your Burrata Pasta photo on Instagram so I can share the love!
Burrata Pasta (30min Dinner to Impress)
- 1 ball fresh burrata cheese
- 360 grams pasta - I've used paccheri pasta shape
- 800 grams canned peeled tomatoes (you can also use fresh ripe tomatoes or cherry tomatoes)
- 40 grams freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
- 2 large garlic cloves
- ½ handful fresh basil leaves (approximately 8 big leaves)
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- Garnish with extra virgin olive oil, fresh basil leaves, red pepper flakes
- Carefully place the burrata on a plate or bowl and leave on the side for now to allow it to come to room temperature while you are cooking
- Now to make the homemade tomato sauce, in a large saucepan or pot add the olive oil and peeled garlic cloves and saute for a few minutes on medium heat until golden
- Add the canned tomatoes and slightly break them up with a wooden spoon. Add a cup of water to the can to capture any leftover sauce
- Season well with salt and pepper, tear up the basil leaves and simmer with the lid on for 20 minutes on a low-medium heat
- Allow the sauce to cool down slightly, then blend until smooth in a blender or you can also use an immersion blender. Then pour it back into the same saucepan. (Here are more details on the sauce recipe if needed)
- In the meantime, cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water. Ensure to cook until al dente and not over cook the pasta (usually 2 minutes under the package instructions)
- Drain the pasta and keep some of the pasta water. Add the pasta straight to the saucepan with the sauce, add the grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese with a good splash of the pasta waterStir through so everything is combined and the sauce is silky and creamy (add more pasta water if needed)
- When the pasta is silky and creamy, take the saucepan off the heat. Add the burrata cheese to the middle of the pasta and carefully cut it openSeason it with a drizzle of olive oil, fresh basil leaves and red pepper flakes, and enjoy your luscious Burrata Pasta!!