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Alice Bergen Phillips

Cheesy Recipes

Spring Greens Pasta with Burrata


I love burrata. No, that's not entirely accurate - I luuuuuuurve burrata. While usually I end up eating burrata straight out of the brine with whatever I have on hand (tomatoes, crackers, bread, a spoon, my face...), one day I decided to be a grown-up and actually find a dinner recipe for this fabulous cheese. And I'm so glad I did - I found this awesome pasta dish on Feasting at Home, and it has become a springtime staple in our household. The version below is one that I have doctored a bit, but you can find the original here.


Ingredients

-16oz pasta (I usually use orecchiette, farfalle, or fusilli - whatever the grocery story happens to have in stock that week)

-4 quarts water

-2 cups fresh or frozen peas

-2 cups fresh sugar snap peas

-1 bunch asparagus, chopped into 1-2 inch pieces, tips separated from stems

-1 medium onion, diced

-10oz mushrooms, sliced (I usually use button mushrooms, but you do you)

-2 cups greens that will wilt well (say that 5 times fast), like arugula, spinach, chard, or dandelion greens

-1 TB olive oil

-2 eggs

-1/2 cup parmigiano reggiano, grated (or more... with me it's always more)

-2 balls of burrata

-salt

-pepper


Method

-Pour water into a large pot and season with a generous amount of salt; Bring to a boil

-Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook onion in olive oil until softened, then add asparagus stems, mushrooms, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook over medium heat until tender.

-Add wilting greens to mushroom skillet and saute, tossing often, until they've just wilted. Once wilted, take skillet off of heat and set aside.

-Whisk 2 eggs in a medium bowl and set aside.

-When water has come to a boil, add pasta, stirring a few times to make sure it doesn't stick together at the bottom. Cook pasta as per instructions, minus one minute.

-When the timer goes off, do two things: 1) Add the peas, sugar snap peas, and asparagus tips and cook with the pasta for the remaining 1 minute; 2) Take a ladle and scoop out 1 ladle-full of pasta water. Add the pasta water slowly to the eggs while whisking with a fork - this will temper the eggs and create a carbonara-esque sauce. MAKE SURE TO KEEP STIRRING WHILE POURING SLOWLY. Seriously. This is important if you don't like scrambled eggs in your pasta.

-After the final minute of pasta-cooking is done, drain the pasta and added veggies, and pour into a large bowl. Toss with the sauteed veggies from the large skillet, the parmigiano reggiano, and a little more salt and pepper. 

-Pour the egg mixture over the pasta, tossing thoroughly (but gently!) so everything gets coated.

-Serve with burrata. I'll leave the portioning up to your discretion. Sometimes I'll put a half-burrata on every plate. Sometimes I'll put a whole one. It depends on how much I'm craving burrata at the time.

 

 

Alice Bergen Phillips