Pasta with Balsamic Sauce, Dried Tomatoes, & Garlic is a light and savory dinner. Slow roast the tomatoes and garlic, then toss them with pasta!
I love making this dish in the summer when my garden is full of tomatoes. My little yellow pear tomatoes almost make more than I can eat, which is why I created this recipe! The sauce is light and bright, and the tomatoes condense into delicious bites packed with flavor. The burrata adds creaminess and a big handful of basil gives it the perfect balance of herbiness.
Ingredients for Pasta with Balsamic Sauce, Dried Tomatoes, & Garlic
- Oven-Dried Tomatoes: Sweet and savory sun-kissed tomatoes that pack a flavor punch with every bite! Perfect for bringing a touch of summer to your pasta dish, even in the dead of winter.
- Roasted Garlic: Roasting garlic takes it from hot and crunchy to soft, buttery, and mellow, adding a rich depth of flavor to this dish.
- Balsamic Pasta Sauce: A match made in heaven! This tangy and slightly sweet sauce is the perfect partner for your spaghetti. Plus, it makes you feel like a fancy Italian chef – even if you can barely cook an egg.
- Thin Spaghetti: It’s like regular spaghetti, but thinner! Don’t be fooled though, these delicate strands pack a flavorful punch and won’t leave you feeling like you just ate a brick.
- Parmigiano Reggiano: Say cheese! This nutty, tangy, and salty cheese is a staple in Italian cuisine. It adds the perfect finishing touch to this balsamic pasta dish, and if you close your eyes, you might just hear the Italian countryside calling your name.
- Basil Leaves: Feeling fresh and fancy? Add some basil! These fragrant green leaves add a pop of color and freshness to this pasta dish. Plus, they make you feel like a master chef even though this recipe is super easy.
- Burrata: Move over, mozzarella! Burrata is the creamy and dreamy star of this dish. Its soft and luscious texture will make you wonder why you ever settled for plain old cheese.
- Coarse Salt: Big and bold! Coarse salt adds a satisfying crunch and a burst of salty goodness to your pasta dish. Plus, it’s perfect for throwing over your shoulder for good luck.
- Freshly Ground Pepper: Spice up your life (and your pasta dish) with freshly ground pepper! It adds a bit of kick and a whole lot of flavor, making your taste buds dance with joy.
Tips for perfect Pasta with Balsamic Sauce, Dried Tomatoes, & Garlic
- Pick a day when you’ll be home for a couple of hours before dinner. You’ll be slow roasting the tomatoes until they are sweet and jammy, which takes a couple of hours. The best part is the prep only takes a few minutes and then you get to enjoy the delicious smell of roasting tomatoes for hours.
- Make sure to toss the pasta with sauce in a bowl, not in the pan you used to boil the pasta. This is a light thin sauce, and it will get soaked right up in a hot pan. Tossing it in a bowl means you get a nice coating of sauce.
More Pasta Recipes with Balsamic Sauce
Side Dishes for Pasta
- Peach Panzanella Salad
- Mini Sweet Peppers Recipe with Lime Crema
- White Bean Tuscan Hummus – Under 15 Minutes!
- Prepare the Oven-Dried Tomatoes and Roasted Garlic according to their recipes.
- Let the garlic cool, and remove the garlic cloves from the bulb.
- Pasta: Cook 8 ounces of thin spaghetti according to the package instructions. Reserve 1 cup of pasta water, this may be needed to thin the sauce. Drain pasta and set aside.
- Sauce: While pasta is cooking, prepare the Balsamic Pasta Sauce in a large bowl according to the recipe.
- Sauce the Pasta: In a large bowl (not in the pan), toss together the Oven-Dried Tomatoes, Roasted Garlic, cooked pasta, Balsamic Sauce, and Parmigiano Reggiano. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- To serve: Arrange the pasta on a plate. Top with basil leaves and burrata, then sprinkle with reserved Parmigiano Reggiano and lemon zest.