Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Recipe (Re)creation: Summer Spaghetti with Heirloom Tomatoes, Basil, Toasted Hazelnuts + Burrata

This pasta dish is an ode to summer produce.  It was inspired by a recipe I came across in the summer eating issue of Bon Appétit.  I adapted it by adding the flavor combinations I crave on a regular basis while also sticking to the ingredients I had on hand.  Feel free to double or triple this recipe for a crowd.  It's very straightforward and simple and relies on the freshest produce for all the best flavors to come through. Get yourself to the farmer's market and start cooking!

Serves 2


  • 6-8 oz. spaghetti
  • 1/3 cup hazelnuts
  • 1 large heirloom tomato (or 2 medium ones)
  • 1-2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Kosher salt & pepper
  • Burrata (as much as you'd like)


-Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and toast the hazelnuts on a baking sheet for 8-10 minutes.
-Let the hazelnuts cool, coarsely chop them, and set aside.
-Roughly chop up the heirloom tomato in 1 inch cubes, place in a bowl and season with salt.
-Bring a large pot of salted water to boil and cook the spaghetti until al dente.
-While the pasta is cooking, throw the garlic, red pepper flakes, 1/4 cup basil leaves, half of the chopped tomatoes and half of the hazelnuts and a pinch of salt in a food processor and blend until smooth.
-Drain the pasta and reserve 1/8 cup of the pasta water.
-Add the tomatoes, the blended sauce, the spaghetti, extra pasta water and the remaining hazelnuts and basil to a large bowl.
-Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
-Divide evenly among two bowls and top with generous spoonfuls of burrata.

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