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A very simple pan roasted cherry tomato summer pasta, with white wine, garlic, fresh herbs, topped with the most addicting lemony breadcrumbs, and finished with luscious burrata cheese. Perfect summer dinner…made using pantry staples, and ready for eating in under 30 minutes.

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Hands down, this is my favorite recipe of the week, and maybe even the month. It’s totally my kind of food. Hello to carbs, summer tomatoes, herbs, more carbs, and burrata cheese. You see?

All my favorites in one very summery dish. Very classic HBH, right?


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This is a recipe I created a couple of weeks ago. Actually, it was the day before leaving for vacation. I really wanted to use the ingredients I had on hand in order to waste the least amount of food possible.

The thing is, I didn’t really have that much food on hand. Knowing that I was going out of town for two weeks, I had started to really empty out my fridge, anyone else do the same before a big trip? I always hate leaving perishable produce behind when I know it’s just going to rot, so I try my best to use it up before leaving.

Anyway, all I really had left in my kitchen was a bunch of cherry tomatoes, garlic, and cheese. Naturally, pasta was the first thing that came to mind…

Enter this summery pasta full of garden and pantry staples. It’s made in thirty minutes or less and uses ingredients you might even have on hand right now. Meaning, you could probably make it for dinner tonight. Just a thought.

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Some (simple) details.

Start with the breadcrumbs. I know they might not seem like something that special, but trust me, these are some seriously special bread crumbs. Cooked in olive oil and seasoned with crushed red pepper flakes and lots of lemon, there’s nothing boring happening here, and oh my gosh they are so good. Especially atop this tomato filled pasta. Trust me on this, make the breadcrumbs.

Once the crumbs are made, it’s time for the tomatoes.

First, find some really good, really colorful cherry tomatoes. I prefer the heirloom variety, but any will do as long as they taste sweet and delicious.

Add the tomatoes to a screaming hot skillet with lots of garlic and herbs, and cook them until they burst. Add wine, pasta, and cheese, and DONE.

Simple. Quick. So easy. So freaking good.

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I could literally go on and on about my love of this pasta, but instead, you should just plan this for dinner and find out for yourself. It’s one of those recipes that will be on weekly rotation in my kitchen all summer long.

Plus, I have more herbs than I know what to do with growing in the garden (including peppers and cherry tomatoes), so this pasta is a great way to use all those herbs.

OK. OKAY. And you know I love that ball of burrata too. It’s so good alongside the burst cherry tomatoes. So good.

Typically Friday night is my pasta night of choice, but in the summertime, and when recipes are this easy, I really don’t see why we can’t do a weeknight pasta.

Also, this isn’t a recipe you can make in advance, but it’s great for a smaller dinner party because it requires very minimal prep and time, AND it’s beautiful.

Everyone I’ve made this for has LOVED it and cleaned their plates, so if you’re looking to impress, make this.

So what do you think? Wednesday night pasta night?

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Skillet Summer Pasta with Burst Cherry Tomatoes and Lemony Breadcrumbs

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories Per Serving: 511 kcal

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  • 1. In a large skillet set over medium heat, add 2 tablespoons olive oil. When the oil shimmers, add the bread and a pinch of red pepper flakes. Cook, stirring occasionally until golden and toasted all over, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the lemon zest. Slide bread crumbs onto a plate. Wipe the skillet clean. 
    2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook according to package directions until al dente. Just before draining, remove 1 cup of the pasta cooking water. Drain.
    3. Meanwhile, place the same skillet used for the bread over high heat and add the remaining olive oil. When the oil shimmers, add the tomatoes, garlic, thyme, and oregano, and a pinch each of salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Cook until the tomatoes begin to pop, about 4-5 minutes. Pour in the wine, cook 1 minute. 
    4. Add the pasta and a splash of the pasta cooking water to the skillet, tossing to combine. Remove from the heat and add the manchego cheese and basil, toss to combine. If needed, thin the pasta sauce with a little of the reserved cooking water.
    6. Divide the pasta among bowls and top with burrata and bread crumbs. EAT.
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  1. 5 stars
    I’m big fan of HBH – this recipe is kinda epic (like Crispy Cauliflower Tinga Tacos). My garlic started browning too fast, and the tomatoes not quite popping, so I added extra wine and let it braise, which really deepened the flavor. The use of manchego is a great switch up to parm and gives the dish a super flavor. My husband thought I added butter to the sauce.

    1. Hey Kris,
      Amazing!! I am so glad this recipe was a hit, thanks a lot for trying it out! Have the best weekend! ☀️xx

  2. I made this and added chicken! It was delicious!! I marinated chicken in the wine and garlic and herbs!! I tried shrimp but it did not have as much flavor as chicken!!

    1. Hi Suzanne,
      Happy Sunday!! Thanks so much for making this recipe, I love to hear that it was enjoyed!? xTieghan

    1. 5 stars
      I have made this several times now. Always a hit with my must have meat hubby! I am making it tonight for our stay in dinner and a movie night! Yummy!

      1. Hey Susan,
        Fantastic! Love to hear that the recipe was enjoyed, thanks bunch for making it. Have the best weekend:) xTieghan

  3. 5 stars
    Wow…made this tonight, Sooo good. The sauce was so rich and savory… tomatoes, garlic, wine and herbs. Go figure. I didn’t add burrata since I’m fighting the Covid 10. But bread crumbs were the perfect touch. I tried using with home grown spaghetti squash but it’s been eh lately, so I had some fresh tagliatelle that I switched in last minute. Otherwise would have been photo-worthy. Delish!!

  4. 5 stars
    Lovely meal. We are going away with friends soon (staying in separate cottages and eating together outside). On my night to cook I am going to make this. Tried it tonight and it was absolutely lovely. Fresh and fragrant and so many different textures. It’s a winner.

  5. 5 stars
    Amazing! This was easy to make and delicious. Highly recommend. All amazing flavors! I added a squirt of lemon to my finished pasta.

    1. Hi Molly,
      Another fresh herb that you enjoy like mint or parsley is also great to use depending on the recipe! I hope this helps! xTieghan

  6. 5 stars
    Simple and beautiful. I used regular old Panko in place of the torn ciabatta and it was still a perfect topping. I couldn’t find burrata, used regular torn mozzarella instead. If I made it again I would A) insist on the burrata for added creaminess and B) add even more cherry tomatoes than the recipe calls for – maybe fully cook half of them until broken down and jammy, then add the other half later for more texture/freshness. Great recipe!

  7. Hi!!

    I walked out without the ciabatta bread!! 🙁 what can i
    Substitute?? I have a french baguette and panko.


  8. 5 stars
    This is DELICIOUS. I rarely feel comfortable cooking for people since I’m not very skilled but I made this for friends with success! I felt comfortable hosting people for the first time. Thanks for the detailed steps and video – super helpful.

  9. Just received your book as a gift and I can’t wait to try so many of your recipes! The one above looks amazing; I shall be making it for New Year’s Eve. Very impressed, Tieghan!