Roasted Tomato and Burrata Pasta Salad

Roasted Tomato and Burrata Pasta Salad

When life gives you half an hour to make your lunch for the week, along with the first of the summer tomatoes and an abundant crop of basil, make Roasted Tomato and Burrata Bow Tie Pasta Salad.  So if you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed a number of beach-focused posts this past weekend.  One of the greatest parts of living in this part of the PNW is that the beach is only two hours away, and I was fortunate to happen to have a meeting along the coast on Friday, which led to a night’s stay in Bandon, Oregon, a small tourist town along the southern Oregon coast.  I ate seafood, picked up rocks and shells, and wandered along the beach.  This meant, however, that Saturday was consumed with beach-time and driving, leaving just one day to run errands and cook on Sunday.  I also realized, belatedly, that the Vancouver Marathon was happening on Sunday, which meant virtually no parking for the farmer’s market in Vancouver.  This gave me a great excuse for going to a different market across the river in Portland – the Montavilla neighborhood market, where I found the first cherry tomatoes of the season.  After having also crammed in shopping, a father’s day phone call, and a haircut, I was left with little time to be super kitchen creative. 

Thus, bow tie pasta salad with roasted tomatoes, basil and Burrata cheese.  Burrata cheese looks like a large round chunk of mozzarella.  The difference is that the exterior is very mozzarella like, while the interior is filled with creamy curds that melt very nicely.  It’s divine. Burrata was a rarity when we lived in rural Oregon, but here in the Portland area, it’s much easier to find.  This recipe comes together very quickly and makes a great lunch dish.  It would hold up well for a picnic, too. 

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Roasted Tomato and Burrata Bow Tie Pasta Salad
Serves 4

8 ounces dried bow tie pasta
15-20 cherry tomatoes
2 cloves of garlic chopped finely
2 balls of burrata
10-15 leaves of basil, torn into bite-size pieces
Salt to taste
Ground pepper to taste
Olive oil to taste

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.  Put the whole cherry tomatoes on a baking sheet or pie pan and drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with the chopped garlic.  Roast for 20 minutes or until the tomatoes are wrinkly and soft.  Set aside and let cool.

Fill a saucepan about half way with water and bring to a boil.  Add the pasta and cook according to package instructions.  Drain the pasta.

Combine the drained pasta, the roasted tomatoes, and basil and toss.  Tear the burrata into chunks and add to the pasta/tomato/basil combination.  Add a pinch of salt and a few grinds of ground pepper and drizzle a little olive oil over the top. 

This can be eaten as is, or left overnight in the fridge and reheated the next day – no more than a minute or two in the microwave.

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