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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: 444 kcal

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  • 1 cup finely torn ciabatta bread
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • crushed red pepper flakes
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 pound bucatini pasta, or other long cut pasta
  • 3 cups cherry tomatoes
  • 4 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
  • 1/3 cup white wine, such as Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc
  • 1/2 cup manchego cheese, grated
  • 1 large handful fresh basil, roughly chopped
  • 2 balls fresh burrata cheese


  • 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
    Outstanding. And so in line with the Italian tradition of using high-quality ingredients and treating them simp[ly and with respect. i made this for a few friends and they all but licked their plates. Served it with grilled sausages on the side.
    Many thanks…

  2. 5 stars
    This was AMAZING!! Our grocery store was out of burrata so I didn’t have that. But it still was a huge hit with my kids and husband. The breadcrumbs added a nice light crunch. I thought they would be too lemony with that much zest, but they were perfect!

  3. 5 stars
    LOVE this recipe so much… did it as a panzanella – followed everything the same way, just didn’t add pasta, and doubled the amount of bread/tore into a bit larger chunk. FANTASTIC. 10/10 making again tonight. 🙂 Maybe one day i’ll get around to adding the bucatini!

  4. 5 stars
    Simply delicious! The fresh herbs I love and the lemon zest on the croutons add so much for me ! Soooo good thank you

  5. 5 stars
    Made this for my girlfriends tonight and it was a huge hit!! Super easy and fresh tasting, a great summer dinner. Subbed parm for the manchego. Everyone loved!!

  6. Very nice. I added some small chopped crimini mushrooms to the garlic/cherry tomato sauce; zest was of Key lime. Pasta used was linguini, because that’s what was to hand. This will be repeated.

    1. Hi there! I like serving this with a fresh arugula salad. Something very simple is best! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much! x Tieghan

  7. 5 stars
    WOW! Another delicious meal and so easy! The flavors were amazing especially the hint of lemon! 4 grown kids & my sisters here for an impromptu dinner & they think I’m a genius lol! Definitely going to make this a lot this summer.

    1. HI! You can just use chicken or veggie broth in place of the wine. Please let me know if you have other questions. Hope you love this recipe! Thanks! 🙂

  8. 5 stars
    Made this a couple of days ago and loved it. Adding lemon juice prior to serving reallyelevates. Also used parm…availability:). I think Next time even more lemon zest and mor red pepper flakes. This is a keeper.

  9. 5 stars
    Super yummy! Great blend of flavors and textures. My husband is usually the chef, and he went back for seconds. I added some steamed kale and a squeeze of lemon. Mmm!!