Tomato and Basil Pasta Swirl

"Fresh tomatoes not quite there yet? No worries! In love with these Canned Diced Tomatoes with Basil, Garlic and Oregano. Easy: Boil Pasta, Empty can of Diced Tomatoes into a pot, Heat, combine Pasta and Tomatoes, and top with fresh Basil, pieces of Burrata, and sprinkle with good quality Pecorino. Simple dinner that everyone likes? Done! Pasta swirl inspired by @jakecohen"
-- @dimityjones
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Serves or Makes: 3-4

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  • 16 ounces box ziti lunghi pasta
  • 14 1/2 ounces can diced tomatoes
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 12 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 Buratta balls
  • Pinch red pepper flakes
  • grated fine parmesan cheese, as garnish
  • basil leaves, as garnish
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil


  • Step 1

    Put a tall pot of salted water on to boil. (It's helpful to use a tall pot, to cook the long strands you'll need to twirl.)

  • Step 2

    Once the water comes to a boil, gently submerge a handful of Ziti Lunghi Pasta (this is a thicker, larger, Bucatini Pasta you can get in a specialty pasta store (or Eataly, in New York has it.) Be careful not to snap the long strands of Pasta as you emerge them into the boiling water.

  • Step 3

    Meanwhile, empty a medium can of diced tomatoes into a saucepan, and gently heat through, stirring on a medium to low heat. Add salt, pepper, sugar to the tomatoes, to taste. Keep warm.

  • Step 4

    Boil the pasta until it's cooked. The pasta needs to be soft and pliable enough to twirl but not too Al Dente, or the pasta won't bend into a circular pattern. Take a strand of pasta out of the pot, and try twirling it before removing the pasta. When you feel the pasta is ready, drain out the pasta water.

  • Step 5

    Add a few splashes of good quality olive oil to the remaining cooked pasta strands. Let sit.

  • Step 6

    When the pasta is cool enough to handle, gently mix in the oil with your hand to coat the each of the strands with the oil, being careful not to break any of the long pasta strands. If the pasta is coated in oil, it will be easier to arrange.

  • Step 7

    Arrange pasta on your desired plate starting from inside, working out, until​l you fill the plate.

  • Step 8

    Add dollops of the warm Tomato sauce, all over the pasta, and its juice. Break open some Buratta balls and add them neatly on top, as well. Season all over, with Sea Salt Flakes and Pepper. Then top with a sprinkling of grated, fine, Parmesan Cheese and some leaves of fresh Basil. Serve immediately.