Bucatini with Cherry Tomatoes and Burrata


  • Prep Time15 mins
  • Total Time30 mins
  • Makes4 servings
Bucatini with Cherry Tomatoes and Burrata

(Photo: Erik Putz; Produced by Sun Ngo; Food styling by Lindsay Guscott; Prop styling by Catherine Doherty)


  • 450 g dried bucatini pasta

  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter, divided

  • 3/4 cup panko bread crumbs

  • 4 anchovy fillets

  • 3 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes

  • 1/2 cup dry white wine

  • 6 cups cherry tomatoes, divided

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1 cup lightly packed basil leaves, divided

  • 1 125-g ball burrata cheese, quartered

  • or 2 balls burratini cheese, halved


  • Cook pasta following package directions. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta water and then drain pasta. Set aside.

  • Heat a large frying pan over medium. Add 2 tbsp butter, and then panko. Cook, stirring, until golden-brown, 3 to 5 min. Transfer to a small bowl.

  • Wipe pan clean and set over medium. Melt remaining 4 tbsp butter, and then add anchovies, garlic and red pepper flakes. Cook, breaking up anchovies with a wooden spoon, until anchovies are dissolved and garlic is fragrant, about 2 min.

  • Increase heat to medium-high. Add wine, 3 cups tomatoes and salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tomatoes are very soft, 5 to 6 min. Gently squish tomatoes with the back of a wooden spoon. Continue to cook until sauce is thickened, 2 to 3 min more.

  • Add remaining 3 cups tomatoes, reserved pasta water and half of the basil. Bring to a boil. Add drained pasta. Cook, stirring often, until sauce is thickened and pasta is evenly coated, about 2 min.

  • Divide pasta among 4 plates. Top with burrata, and then sprinkle with bread crumbs and remaining 1/2 cup basil.

Kitchen tip

Make your own bread crumbs by whirling day old, or lightly toasted, bread in a food processor until very finely chopped.