Burrata, Tomato, Basil Pasta

The last few weekends have been pretty quiet for me, so I wanted to spend some time really indulging in the activities I enjoy when by myself. I’ve been painting, reading, crafting, watching movies — whatever I feel like in the moment. As part of that, I didn’t want to commit myself to too many duties — cleaning, cooking, doing laundry, etc. The to-do list could go on forever. Saturday night I wanted a dinner that felt just as indulgent as spending my free time however I pleased but didn’t require a lot of effort. That’s where this pasta dish really shines, and it all comes down to one ingredient that really steals the show: burrata cheese. 
Burrata is essentially a mozzarella cheese pouch filled with cream and curd. It’s as ridiculously good as it sounds. I first encountered this type of cheese at one of our favorite Pittsburgh restaurants, Il Pizzaiolo. It was served with basil, tomatoes, and a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. The first time I had it, I felt like I never truly understood how good cheese could be. And I loved cheese before that, so this was a big deal. When I saw that Trader Joe’s carried it, I had to have it! The first time I prepared it, I copied the Il Pizzaiolo tomato salad recipe. For a homemade salad, it felt restaurant quality. When I saw this Camille Styles pasta recipe, I knew this would be the perfect easy yet indulgent Saturday night dinner. Trust me when I say, you have to try it!

I Didn’t Burn It #2: Orecchiette with Turkey Sausage and Broccoli Rabe

I often have a love-hate relationship with my Giada De Laurentiis Everyday Italian cookbook. Some of the recipes are very straight forward and simple like this one and some have a laundry list of ingredients that include pricey fresh herbs. I of course substitute with my trusty dry ingredients but, Giada, not all of us live in California where the weather is constantly warm for growing fresh ingredients. Not all of us have perfect hair and make up and low-cut shirts when we are posing for a photo while bending over a boiling, steaming pot of pasta. 

That being said, the Orecchiette with Turkey Sausage and Broccoli Rabe recipe has a simple ingredient list and it only takes about 30 minutes. Perfect for a week night meal and there are plenty of leftovers.