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Pasta With Asparagus And Burrata

15 MINPrep Time
15 MINCook Time
by Giada De Laurentiis
Photo Credit: Elizabeth Newman
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This springy pasta is full of fun texture and vibrant flavor. Creamy burrata, snappy asparagus, caramelized fennel, crunchy almonds and more make this one unforgettably tasty recipe.

Serve this at your next luncheon or dinner party alongside chicken or seafood!

Pasta with Asparagus and Burrata


Pasta With Asparagus And Burrata

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Prep Time

15 minutes

Cook Time

15 minutes




Giada De Laurentiis

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  • 3 tablespoon olive oil, plus more to serve
  • 2 shallots, diced
  • 2 medium fennel, trimmed, halved and thinly sliced or shaved
  • 1 teaspoon Calabrian chili paste
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided, plus more for the pasta water
  • 1 (1 pound) asparagus, trimmed and cut in to 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 pound short pasta, such as rigatoni
  • 1 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest, from 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped roasted almonds
  • 2 (4 ounce) burrata cheese, torn into 1-inch pieces
  • Freshly cracked black pepper, optional


  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil over medium high heat. Season the water generously with salt. Add the pasta to the water and stir to prevent sticking. Allow the past to cook until just al dente, 8 to 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the oil and heat an additional 30 seconds or until the oil moves freely in the pan. Add the shallots, fennel, Calabrian chili paste and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring often until the fennel has softened and is beginning to brown lightly, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the asparagus and remaining 3/4 teaspoon salt. Stir to combine. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the asparagus is tender, another 2 minutes.
  3. Using a spider remove the pasta directly from the water to the pan with the vegetables, along with 1/2 cup of pasta water. Alternatively, you can drain the pasta reserving 1 cup of the pasta water. Sprinkle the parmesan cheese directly on the bare pasta and stir to combine. Stir in the lemon zest, lemon juice and chopped almonds, adding more pasta water as needed if the mixture gets too dry. There should be a light, slightly creamy sauce coating the pasta.  Spoon into bowls. Scatter the burrata over the top, drizzle with more olive oil and finish with few grinds of black pepper if using.



Nutrition Serving Size
per serving
Amount/Serving % Daily Value
66 grams
24 grams
23 grams
Saturated Fat
7 grams
26 milligrams
403 milligrams
5 grams
6 grams

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