Photography: Francesco Tonelli; Food Styling: Victoria Granof; Prop Styling: Tiziana Agnello
Hands-on Time
25 Mins
Total Time
25 Mins
Serves 4

Don't skimp on the oil: There's a good bit here, but it creates a gorgeous tomato sauce that coats the noodles nicely. Burrata is rich, delicious fresh mozzarella cheese filled with cream. Although it was originally a hard-to-find imported Italian ingredient, now Bel Gioioso (an American cheese producer) makes and sells it in the gourmet cheese section at many major supermarkets.

How to Make It

Step 1

Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat; drain.

Step 2

While pasta cooks, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Arrange tomato halves, cut sides down, in pan; cook 1 1/2 minutes or until seared. Stir tomatoes; cook 30 seconds. Remove tomatoes from pan; set aside.

Step 3

Reduce heat to low. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add red pepper and garlic; cook 2 minutes or until fragrant, stirring occasionally. Place canned tomatoes in a mini chopper or food processor; process until almost smooth. Add pureed tomatoes and salt to oil mixture; cook 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Step 4

Remove skillet from heat. Add spinach and cooked pasta; toss well until spinach wilts slightly. Arrange about 1 1/3 cups pasta mixture in each of 4 shallow bowls. Divide the seared grape tomato halves evenly among the servings. Dollop about 2 table­spoons burrata cheese over each serving, and sprinkle with freshly ground black pepper.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

tasty and not too labor intensive

May 22, 2015
Husband said "pasta was really good!" therefore it's definitely going in the "keep" pile. 

3 1/2 stars

September 17, 2015
Well I liked this, but my teenager didn't.  I've never used burrata cheese in a recipe before.  I'd make it again.  It went together quickly and was very filling.

Our go-to comfort food

January 15, 2017
This is the best recipe!  The problem is the Burrata.  It is too expensive and doesn't keep well, so you spend too much money and don't use much of the product.  The secret it to use Low-Fat Ricotta instead. Dollop the 2 tablespoons on each serving, just as is specified for the Burrata.  The ricotta melts just a bit into the pasta and makes a wonderful creamy sauce.  My husband has to have a spoon to get every last bit of it! Others have tried fresh mozzarella without good results.  Ricotta works much better.   Interestingly, there are several pasta recipes that call for ricotta just as I've described.  I wonder that it wasn't suggested for this recipe.  It works better here than for any of others.  I now make this 3 of 4 times a month.

cjbuddy's Review

April 06, 2014
So good! I love burrata but haven't used it at home until now. Made with whole wheat pasta, and a touch more garlic and red pepper.

BrookeEngeldrum's Review

March 06, 2013

jmeleeS's Review

July 18, 2013
Excellent pasta recipe! I did make a few modifications: 1) more garlic (1 whole elephant clove; minced); 2) Used Italian Style Diced Tomatoes; 3) Added handful of chopped fresh basil; 4) Used "fresh" fettucine & 5) To thicken my sauce, I let the fresh tomatoes (used a variety, some roma, some heirloom & some grape; whatever was leftover from other recipes this week / available) simmer with the canned tomatoes for ~8 minutes, then I added 1 tbsp of cornstarch and simmered another 2-3 while stirring. Add the rest of the ingredients and top with sliced simply seasoned grilled chicken and you have an excellent meal. I had no problems with the flavor or the depth and I really think Burrata makes this dish extra special (they sell it at Meijer). Total time from start to finish was the prescribed 25 minutes (including chopping); just enough time for your chicken breasts to grill. We absolutely will be making again; simple, elegant, and delicious; enjoy!

ChrisBellaire's Review

April 09, 2013
My husband and I thought this was delicious and company-worthy. Couldn't find burrata, so used a combination of mozzarella and feta and it turned out delicious. Also used whole wheat pasta. It was simple and quick to prepare. Served it with a fruit salad to temper the heat a bit -- the dish is spicy!

cookinlite2nite's Review

August 17, 2014

merrysanchz's Review

March 12, 2013
This was really good and if I hadn't used my last can of tomatoes to make salsa, it would have been really quick (meaning trip to the store instead of pizza delivery). It fell just a tad flat and needs a little kick. The next time I will add some fresh basil or parsley at the end. I couldn't find burrata cheese so I used some crumbled, fresh goat cheese, which added a nice creaminess. My husband loved it!

mreardon3712's Review

April 07, 2013
Really tasty and I can't wait to have it again. The spinach and grape tomatoes really make it fresh and light. The burrata is like an unexpected treat. You can't get it everywhere, but Im lucky we have a store near us that has a large specialty cheese section.