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Make a Scrumptious Pomodoro Sauce with Penne, Burrata and Basil

Pomodoro Sauce is a quick and easy Italian tomato sauce that's super fresh and flavorful -- it's best served with penne pasta, fresh basil, and burrata! It is definitely a crowd-pleaser because of how fresh, simple, and tasty it is. This classic tomato sauce requires barely any time or ingredients in comparison to more traditional Italian dishes like Bolognese. And since it's so light and has such a short cook-time, it's the perfect pasta recipe for summertime!

If you're unfamiliar with Burrata, think of it as Mozzarella's less put-together, more indulgent cousin. The outside is remarkably similar to mozzarella in look and feel. But the inside is completely different. Rather than having a dense, unanimously textured center, burrata is filled with creamy chunks of stracciatella.

Stracciatella is basically threads of mozzarella soaked in salty heavy cream. The result is undeniably addicting and we highly recommend trying it if you've never had it before!


For the Pomodoro Sauce


2 tbsp olive oil

1 sweet onion finely diced

⅛ tsp crushed red pepper flakes

10 cloves garlic minced

1 large can Cheese Pomodori Pelati

1 pinch of sugar

3 tbsp butter

3 basil sprigs

kosher salt

For the Penne Pomodoro


1 lb penne pasta, cooked al dente

2 balls burrata cut into thirds

1 handful of fresh basil

olive oil

red pepper flakes



For the Pomodoro Sauce


1. Add olive oil to a sauce pot and turn the heat to medium. Add onions, red pepper flakes, and two pinches of salt and stir - cook for 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook for another 2 minutes until fragrant.

2. Meanwhile, use an immersion blender or food processor to puree the can of tomatoes until smooth. Add tomatoes to the pot with a pinch of sugar and two more pinches of salt. Stir and cook for about 20 minutes or until the sauce reduces. Before adding pasta, add in butter and basil and stir - cook for another two minutes. Season with more salt if needed.

For the Penne Pomodoro


1. Add al dente pasta to the Pomodoro sauce and cook over medium heat until the sauce coats each noodle - about 2 minutes. Remove the wilted basil before plating pasta.

2. To plate, add a few spoonfuls of the penne Pomodoro to each bowl. Top each bowl with a chunk of burrata, a pinch of salt, fresh basil, and a drizzle of olive oil.

Buon Appetito!!

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