The tomatoes are roasted before having the pasta mixed through to bring through the juices and add an exceptional flavour.
- 600 g heirloom tomatoes, some halved or quartered, some left whole
- 300 g canned tomatoes or passata
- 3-4 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra to serve
- 1 garlic head, cut in half
- 125 ml (½ cup) dry white wine (or white balsamic vinegar or verjuice for a non-alcohol version)
- 1-2 red chillies (optional)
- salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 250 g casarecce
- 1 burrata
- small handful basil leaves, to serve
Oven temperatures are for conventional; if using fan-forced (convection), reduce the temperature by 20˚C. | We use Australian tablespoons and cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml; 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml; 1 cup equals 250 ml. | All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed. | All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified. | All eggs are 55-60 g, unless specified.
1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
2. Mix all the ingredients except the pasta, burrata and basil in a large roasting dish (I normally serve the pasta in the same oven dish so make sure it’s big enough to accommodate the cooked pasta as well). Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the tomatoes are slightly blistered and very juicy.
3. Meanwhile, cook the pasta in a large saucepan of salted boiling water until al dente. Drain and reserve a few tablespoons of pasta cooking water.
4. Take the dish out of the oven, mash a few of the soft garlic cloves with a fork into the sauce and discard the skins. Add the cooked pasta and toss through, adding a little pasta water, if needed. Tear the burrata and add it to the pasta, then top with a grind black pepper, a good drizzle of olive oil and the basil leaves.
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