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One Pot Melty Burrata Lemon Pesto Pasta! This simple summery pesto pasta is made in under 30 minutes, uses just one pot, and is a great way to use up all that summer basil. Made with creamy melted burrata cheese, homemade pistachio basil, a touch of garlic, and finished with fresh basil and lemon. The perfect quick-cooking pasta that’s great for these low-key summer nights.

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Sometimes when testing out a new recipe I’ll begin cooking and then the dish begins to take a completely different turn. That’s exactly what happed with this delicious pesto pasta. Originally the burrata cheese was never part of this recipe. But in the end, it ended up being the the KEY to creating a really delicious, really exciting pesto pasta. ‘

I know this looks super simple, and it is. But guys don’t let that fool you, this is probably my favorite recipe of the week.

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Here’s the story

Before I left for Mexico, I was in a mad rush to get everything done…per usual before leaving for just about any trip.

The fridge was really running low on ingredients. But the garden was full of fresh herbs, especially basil. The pantry was stocked with pasta and I had just enough cheese in the fridge to create something delicious.

So pesto pasta it was.

The details are simple

Since I had mass amounts of fresh basil and thyme. I made a quick basil pesto with roasted pistachios, parmesan, thyme and lemon. I’ve included the recipe so you guys can make your own homemade pesto too. But feel free to use store-bought pesto if that’s easier for you.

If you are going to make pesto, it’s really easy. Just combine everything in a food processor until mixed, then season with salt.

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Now the pasta…it comes together in just one pot

The rest is so quick and easy that you’ll be shocked.

Boil your favorite pasta. I love to use a long noodle, but short cut works too. Before you drain the pasta, save some of that pasta cooking water to help you create a yummy pesto sauce at the end.

Now in the same pot you boiled the pasta, cook up some garlic and thyme. Add chili flakes for a bit of spice, then stir in the pasta, pesto, and a couple of spoonfuls of ricotta cheese.

When everything is combined, break the balls of burrata over the pasta and remove from the heat. Add the basil and lemon, then gently stir a few times until the burrata begins to melt into the pasta.

If you’ve never experienced melty burrata cheese, let me just say that it is truly so delicious. Creamier and cheesier than you could ever imagine. A little really does go a long way!

Serve the pasta up immediately, while everything is still warm, and top with plenty of fresh basil. Honestly, this is one of my easiest recipes yet. But it’s also one of my favorite summer dinners. At least at the moment.

You only need a handful of ingredients and a small amount of time. This dish is pretty hard to beat.

And most importantly, it is DELICIOUS! And especially great if you have a summer garden full of basil and thyme!

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Looking for other fresh basil recipes? Here are some favorites:

Roasted Tomato Basil and Feta Orzo

Basil Parmesan Pasta with Crispy Chicken, Prosciutto, and Arugula

Greek Watermelon Feta Salad with Basil Vinaigrette

Lastly, if you make this One Pot Melty Burrata Lemon Pesto Pasta, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

One Pot Melty Burrata Lemon Pesto Pasta

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories Per Serving: 436 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.



  • 1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Boil the pasta to al dente, according to package directions. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta cooking water. Drain.
    2. In the same pot set over medium-high heat, add the olive oil, shallot, garlic, thyme, and a pinch of red pepper flakes. Cook another minute. Add the reserved pasta cooking water, the pasta, pesto, balsamic vinegar, and ricotta, stir until combined. Next, break the burrata over the pasta. Remove from the heat and gently stir until the cheese is melty. 
    3. Add the basil, lemon zest, lemon juice, and season with salt and pepper. Remove from the heat and serve immediately topped with additional basil. Enjoy!


Pistachio Basil Pesto 
2 cups packed fresh basil 
1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese 
1/4 cup toasted pistachios 
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil 
2 tablespoons lemon juice 
sea salt 
Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender and blend until mostly smooth. Taste and season with salt and chili flakes, if desired. Pesto keep 1-2 weeks in the fridge. 
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  1. 5 stars
    Oh my gosh this was so good! I already had basil ricotta pesto so I just used that. I was pleasantly surprised when I found the same pasta at my grocery store because their options are very limited and because I’ve been wanting to try it for so long. I was a little concerned that the lemon would be too lemony but it’s absolutely perfect. Such an awesome recipe Tieghan!

    1. Hi Monica,
      Wonderful!! I love to hear that this dish turned out well for you, thanks for trying it and your comment! Happy Friday:)

  2. Can I swap out pesto and do a pine nut pesto rather than a pistachio pesto?? DYING to make this! 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    I had pesto already, so this came together so fast!!! I had to sub mozzarella for burrata, still delicious! Just curious, why does balsamic vinegar work? I thought it would ruin the dish, but trust you so added it in!

    1. Hi Lori,
      Happy Sunday!! Thank you so much for trying this recipe and your comment, I love to hear that it was a winner! The balsamic adds a bit of sweetness to the dish which I think helps to balance out the other flavors! xx

    1. Hi Maggie,
      Sure, cooked chicken or sausage would both be great to add to this dish! Let me know if you give it a try, I hope you love this recipe! xT

      1. Thank you Tieghan! I have been following you for years and recently started using your recipes. I love them! For this one, I ended up baking boneless skinless chicken thighs, shredding it and then mixing it in with the pasta. It was really tasty but thinking I am may try sausage next time!

  4. 5 stars
    Hands down the BEST pesto recipe ever! It’s the lemon and pistachio pesto that does it for me. 10/10 recommend.

    Thanks again Tieghan for another amazing recipe.

    1. Hi Alli,
      Perfect!! Thanks so much for making this dish and sharing your comment, so glad it was a hit! Have a great weekend:)

  5. 5 stars
    Just made this for the first time tonight. I’m one of those people who is guilty of at least doubling the amount of garlic in every recipe, but other than using 5 cloves (2 were pretty small) I followed the recipe to a T and it was outstanding. I loved the pistachios in the pesto, the little punch of balsamic, and the creaminess of the ricotta and burrata. This was also one of the few where I was able to put the water on the stove and have all of the other prep done before the pasta was done cooking.

    1. Hey Hayley,
      I truly appreciate you giving this recipe a try and sharing your feedback, love to hear that it was enjoyed!❄️ xx

  6. 5 stars
    Amazing recipe! Lovely with the hebs, cheese and fresness of the lime. We will defently will eat this more often.

    1. Hi Irma,
      Happy Wednesday! I am thrilled to hear that this recipe was a winner, thanks a bunch for making it! xT

    2. 5 stars
      This was really delicious and so easy to put together. I was in a rush so bought pesto from the store but otherwise followed the recipe as written. We all loved it and next time I’ll plan ahead so I can make the pesto from scratch too!

      1. Hey Stefani,
        Awesome!! Thanks so much for making this recipe and sharing your feedback, I am thrilled to hear that it was enjoyed! xx

  7. 5 stars
    This was easy to make and absolutely delicious!!! Never would’ve thought to incorporate the balsamic vinegar but found it to be an element that kept me coming back for more.

    1. Hi Kelly,
      Happy Monday! Thanks a lot for trying this recipe out, I am so excited to hear that it was a hit! xx

    1. Hey Kelly,
      Happy Wednesday!? Thanks so much for making this recipe, I am so glad it was a tasty one! xxT