Fresh Spaghetti with Tomato Sauce and Burrata

Fresh Spaghetti with Tomato Sauce and Burrata

This life-changing (no, but seriously) pasta dish was such a smash hit that we just had to bring it back as a Popular Recipe... and fast. Fresh, tender spaghetti is coated in a comforting tomato and basil sauce, which gets extra depth from white wine and crushed red pepper. Finished with salty Parmesan and a generous portion of ethereally creamy burrata cheese, this is a sort of situation.



30 mins

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Main Ingredients

  • 1/2 ounce basil
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 29 ounces diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup tomato purée
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 pound fresh spaghetti
  • 1 ounce grated Parmesan cheese
  • 8 ounces burrata
  • olive oil
  • kosher salt
  • black pepper

Cooking Instructions

Step 1

Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Rinse basil and set aside 1 whole sprig for Step 3; roughly chop remaining leaves, discarding stems. Peel onion, halve, and thinly slice. Mince garlic

Step 2

Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large high-sided pan over medium heat. When oil is shimmering, add onion and cook until soft and translucent, 5-7 minutes. Add crushed red pepper (skip or use half for less heat) and garlic and cook until fragrant, 1 minute more.

Step 3

Add wine, diced tomatoes and their juices, tomato purée, sugar, and whole basil sprig to pan with onion. Increase heat to high and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium and simmer until sauce is reduced by half, 6-8 minutes. Stir in 1 teaspoon salt and black pepper as desired. Remove pan from heat.

Step 4

Season boiling water generously with salt. Stir in spaghetti and cook until al dente, about 3 minutes. Reserve 1 cup pasta cooking water, then drain and set aside until sauce is done.

Step 5

Remove and discard basil sprig from tomato sauce (see recipe tip), then return to medium heat. Add spaghetti to pan and cook, stirring, until coated and warmed through, 1-2 minutes. Add reserved pasta cooking water, 2 tablespoons at a time, until sauce thickens and clings to pasta (see recipe tip). Remove pan from heat and stir in Parmesan. Taste and add salt and black pepper as desired.

Step 6

Divide spaghetti among serving plates. Remove burrata from container, discarding excess liquid (see recipe tip), then tear into bite-size pieces and arrange over spaghetti. Garnish with chopped basil and dig in!

All recipe ingredients should be cooked to a safe internal temperature according to USDA guidelines. After preparing a recipe, please store any leftovers in the refrigerator.