Spaghetti With Burrata and Garlic-Chile Oil

Spaghetti With Burrata and Garlic-Chile Oil

Burrata — a cousin of mozzarella with a creamy core — is a splurge, but it does all the heavy lifting in this simple dish, adding a rich finish that renders a basic bowl of whole-wheat noodles sophisticated. A spicy-sweet seasoned oil made by sautéing fennel, garlic and red-pepper flakes in good-quality olive oil over low heat is drizzled over the top, complementing the velvety texture of the cheese and the nuttiness of the noodles.
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  • Serves: 4 persons



  1. Step 1

    Bring a large pot of generously salted water to a boil. Crack the fennel seeds with the flat side of a large knife or the backside of a heavy skillet. Heat the oil, sliced fennel, garlic, fennel seeds and red-pepper flakes in a large skillet over low. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the garlic and fennel are softened and the oil is deeply flavored, 12 to 15 minutes.
  2. Step 2

    Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to package directions until al dente. Drain and return pasta to pot. Reserve a few tablespoons of the seasoned oil and fennel mixture, then add the rest to the pot with the pasta and toss to coat.
  3. Step 3

    Divide the pasta and burrata among four shallow bowls. Spoon the remaining seasoned oil and fennel mixture over the top and season with flaky salt and black pepper to taste.