Looking for something simple to make but also passable as a restaurant-quality dish? You’re looking right at it here! Burrata is all the hype these days and is basically one big ball of creamy cheesiness. Whether to add it on top of a pizza, pasta, or as an antipasto on its own, burrata is a star ingredient in its own right. In this burrata pasta recipe, I’ve kept it simple with garlic and roasted tomatoes for a robust but refreshing flavour combo. Additionally, I’ve got a little hack for you on roasted tomatoes as well which is by using an air fryer to save you time!
How to make Roasted Tomatoes with an Air Fryer
Roasting the tomatoes helps to get a more concentrated flavour out of the tomatoes. It adds another dimension of flavour to whatever dish you’re trying to make. Instead of roasting in the oven, make use of your air fryer for a quicker and more convenient way of making roasted tomatoes at home!
The only ingredients you need for making air fryer roasted tomatoes are:
- Cherry tomatoes
- Olive Oil
- Sea Salt
You simply need to air fry them at a high temperature for about 10 minutes till the tomatoes burst. It’s honestly so easy and simple, and you can make them ahead and add them whenever you need to.
Dressing up the Burrata with Basil Oil
This is entirely optional but I’d highly recommend going the extra step to make s little batch of homemade basil oil to drizzle over the burrata. The basil oil really perks up the flavours of the burrata and gives the entire dish an extra oomph.
To make the basil oil, you simply need:
- Fresh Basil Leaves
- Good quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Sea Salt
- Chilli Flakes (optional, but we like a subtle little tease of heat here!)
It doesn’t get any simpler by throwing all these ingredients into a blender and blitzing it. You can store any remaining basil oil in an air-tight jar and keep refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.
Yes, Burrata cheese is vegetarian and, therefore, halal.
How to make Roasted Tomatoes & Burrata Pasta
Ingredients you need
- Spaghetti – or use other long pasta shapes such as Angel Hair, Fusilli Lunghi, etc.
- Olive Oil
- Garlic & Chilli Flakes – the aromatics
- Roasted Tomatoes
- Dried Basil, Salt & Black Pepper – to season
- Fresh Basil – for garnish
- Basil Oil
- When air frying the tomatoes, do not overcrowd the air fryer basket. This is to ensure even cooking over the tomatoes. Cook in batches if need to.
- The golden rules for any pasta dish are (1) season the water very generously with salt for cooking the pasta; (2) reserve the pasta water. These two steps are key to the final flavours of your pasta dish. The seasoned pasta water lends flavour to the pasta sauce and the pasta water also helps to bind the sauce to the pasta itself as well. It’s the key to making restaurant-quality pasta dishes at home and it’s especially prominent in a simple pasta sauce recipe as such!
- You can find Burrata cheese at the likes of Waitrose and Ocado.
- To get the real flavours out of the Burrata (it would otherwise seem a bit tasteless), take it out of the fridge for about 30 minutes before serving to let it rest at room temperature.
- With fresh basil leaves, only add them to the dish until the very end as garnish. This is because prolonged heat would affect the flavour profile of the herb and lose its unique delicateness.
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Air Fryer Roasted Tomatoes Burrata Pasta
- 1 Air Fryer
- 2 tbsp Olive Oil plus more for air frying
- 4-5 cloves Garlic finely chopped
- 1 tsp Chilli Flakes
- 400 g Cherry Tomatoes halved
- 220 g Spaghetti
- ½ tsp Dried Basil
- Salt & Black Pepper to taste
- 1 Burrata *rest at room temperature
- 25 g Fresh Basil Leaves stems removed
- 2 cloves Garlic
- ½ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- A pinch of Sea Salt
- Chilli Flakes optional
Prepping the Air Fryer Roasted Tomatoes
- Preheat the air fryer to 200°C.
- Layer the halved cherry tomatoes into the air fryer basket. Do not overcrowd and cook in batches if need to.400 g Cherry Tomatoes
- Toss with a pinch of salt and a brush of olive oil. Cook for 10 minutes until the tomatoes have burst.
Making the Pasta
- Bring a large pot of water to boil and season very generously with salt. Cook pasta according to package instructions. Reserve ½ cup of pasta water.220 g Spaghetti
- Heat olive oil over medium heat in a saucepan. Saute garlic and chilli flakes for a few minutes until golden and fragrant.2 tbsp Olive Oil, 4-5 cloves Garlic, 1 tsp Chilli Flakes
- Add the roasted tomatoes and season with dried basil, salt and black pepper.½ tsp Dried Basil, Salt & Black Pepper
- Pour in about ⅓ cup of the pasta water (you can always add more later), and let it bubble for a few minutes until slightly reduced.
- Toss in pasta until thoroughly combined and garnish with fresh basil leaves.
- When serving, top with Burrata cheese and drizzle with basil oil on top.1 Burrata
Making the Basil Oil
- Place fresh basil leaves, garlic, extra virgin olive oil, salt, and chilli flakes (if using) into a blender. Blitz until smooth.25 g Fresh Basil Leaves, 2 cloves Garlic, ½ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil, A pinch of Sea Salt, Chilli Flakes
- Like any other air fryer recipe, do not overcrowd the air fryer basket when roasting the tomatoes. This is to ensure even cooking over the tomatoes. Cook in batches if need to.
- It is key to season the water very generously with salt when cooking the pasta. As the pasta sauce here is quite simple, the salty edge from the pasta & pasta water would play a huge role in perking up the flavours.
- Make sure you take the Burrata cheese out of the fridge about 30 minutes before serving so that it can rest at room temperature. The flavours are best when at this ambient temperature. It would otherwise seem a bit tasteless.
- Only add the fresh basil leaves until the very end as garnish. Prolonged heat would affect the overall flavour profile of the herb and lose its unique delicateness.
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