15 Delicious Pumpkin Pasta Recipes That Will Satisfy All Your Fall Cravings

Pasta is the quickest way to nourish your soul while devouring lots of fresh, seasonal ingredients. You just can’t go wrong with a warm bowl of satisfying carbs combined with colorful veggies—it sets off all the pleasure receptors in the brain. Because we find ourselves in October—the true start of cozy season—let’s cruise into fall with these absolutely delectable pumpkin pasta recipes.

Though I love pasta during every season, there’s something extra special about making an indulgent pasta dish as the weather starts to get crisp and cozy. And what ingredient says fall more than pumpkin? The creamy consistency and savory-meets-sweet flavors of roasted pumpkin are a feast for the senses. It’s practically autumn on a plate.

15 Pumpkin Pasta Recipes

You’ll want to bookmark these pumpkin pasta dishes, whether you’re planning a dinner party or looking to treat yourself to a seriously delicious weeknight dinner for one. Consider this your “fall eats bucket list,” and enjoy them before the season is over. We’ve included vegan and vegetarian options as well, so that everyone can enjoy this utterly delicious flavor combination.

Creamy Pumpkin Gnocchi

Why We Love It: This pumpkin gnocchi is my idea of a perfect fall meal. It’s sweet, savory, and packed with beautiful, herby flavor. And out of all the pumpkin pasta recipes on this list, this one is the sauciest—spooning up almost like an indulgent soup. The best part? It comes together in just 30 minutes. So the next time you want to whip up something special on a weeknight, make this your go-to.

Hero Ingredient: Nutmeg is a seriously underrated spice when it comes to creamy, rich pastas. In this dish? It’s perfect.

Brown Butter Pumpkin Pasta

Why we love it: It couldn’t be easier to make this warming, too-good-to-be-true pasta. Put a new twist on the classic fall pumpkin flavor by peeling it, roasting chunks with honey, and tossing it into the pasta. The nutty brown butter sauce takes less than five minutes to make and packs a flavorful punch.

Hero ingredient: Don’t skip the fresh sage.

Pumpkin Cheese Stuffed Pasta Bolognese Bake from Half Baked Harvest

Why we love it: Can’t you practically smell this pasta bake through the screen? It doesn’t get much cozier than his dish. Jumbo shells are stuffed with pumpkin, cheese, and fresh sage then baked in a spicy bolognese-style sauce. Yum!

Hero ingredient: The sauce is spicy, creamy, and damn delicious.

Vegetarian Spinach Pumpkin Lasagna from Ambitious Kitchen

Why we love it: It’s a cheesy, squashy, savory, saucy delight sprinkled with parsley and sage. What a dream! This dish is easy to portion out and loaded with delicious flavors like ricotta, parmesan, and sage that are layered with pumpkin, more cheese, and crunchy/creamy lasagna noodles.

Hero ingredient: The trifecta of mozzarella, parmesan, and ricotta blends together for some serious indulgence.

Creamy Pumpkin Spaghetti with Garlic Kale from Pinch of Yum

Why We Love It: There are countless pumpkin pasta recipes, but what really sets them apart is the unique spin they each bring to the table. This recipe makes it happen with a side of garlicky kale, perfectly offsetting the creamy, tomato-y pasta sauce. Served together in a bowl, it’s a complete meal that needs nothing else.

Hero Ingredient: I love the use of sun-dried tomatoes in this recipe. They add a rich, briny flavor that rounds out the pumpkin pasta sauce.

Creamy Pumpkin Pasta with Sausage from Platings and Pairings

Why We Love It: For the non-vegetarians among us, this hearty pasta dish is an ideal fall dish. When it’s rainy, gray, and the air outside is crisp, I can’t imagine twirling my fork around anything cozier. Not only is the sauce silky and smooth but this pasta is laced with rich, crispy bits of sausage—and it goes from pot to table in only a half-hour.

Hero Ingredient: The tiniest bit of cinnamon adds a touch of sweetness that’s quintessentially fall.

Creamy Pumpkin Pasta from Jar of Lemons

Why We Love It: Alongside soup, pasta is synonymous with fall. And when pumpkin—plus garlic, sage, parmesan, and roasted pepitas—joins the mix, perfection ensues. It’s rich, crunchy, creamy, and totally autumnal. There’s nothing better.

Hero Ingredient: I love the mix of walnuts and roasted pepitas tossed over top. It’s the crunch for me.

Creamy Pumpkin Pasta with Caramelized Hazelnut Mushrooms from Full of Plants

Why we love it: This ultra-comforting pumpkin pasta recipe is a rustic feast. Soy-glazed mushrooms and caramelized hazelnuts are mixed with creamy pumpkin fusilli to make a perfect fall meal.

Hero ingredient: Golden brown and crunchy caramelized hazelnuts.

Vegan Pumpkin Mac ‘n’ Cheese from Minimalist Baker

Why we love it: Is there anything more comforting than macaroni and cheese? This grown-up take on the classic only requires 10 ingredients and couldn’t be easier to make. You can easily roast the pumpkin yourself or buy a canned pumpkin to save time.

Hero ingredient: A pinch of pumpkin pie spice adds warmth and depth of flavor.

Spinach Bacon Pumpkin Mac and Cheese from Ambitious Kitchen

Why we love it: This is the best dinner to come home to on a chilly fall evening. It’s cozy, is full of fall flavors and nourishing ingredients, and is pretty easy to whip together on a busy weeknight! Treat yourself.

Hero ingredient: Has bacon ever not been a hero ingredient?

Why We Love It: When we’re between the months of September and November, it’s non-negotiable: I need my marinara with a hefty dose of pumpkin. With plenty of the classic herbs (oregano, tarragon, garlic, and cinnamon), it’s clear the Italian classic plus pumpkin is a perfect pairing. Honestly, it’s so good, I plan to make this well into the winter.

Hero Ingredient: The balsamic vinegar adds a complex sweetness with notes of fig and chocolate that are a tasty complement to every pumpkin-y bite.

Pumpkin Cauliflower Gnocchi with Nutty Browned Butter and Whipped Ricotta from Half Baked Harvest

Why we love it: Making this gnocchi is much easier than it looks, trusts us. It’s a cozy, and delicious recipe that uses mashed cauliflower, pumpkin puree, flour, parmesan, and eggs. Simple enough! Light, pillowy gnocchi is the perfect thing to eat on a cozy night in.

Hero ingredient: The delicious, nutty hazelnut and sage browned butter sauce.

Pumpkin & Chickpea Pasta with Creamy Miso Sauce from Full of Plants

Why we love it: Warm your soul with this sumptuous pumpkin pasta dish. Roasted pumpkin, crispy chickpeas, and fettuccine in a creamy white miso sauce make for a seriously joy-inducing dinner.

Hero ingredient: Crispy chickpeas dusted in aromatic spices.

Pumpkin Cacio e Pepe from How Sweet Eats

Why we love it: If you thought that a traditional cacao e Pepe couldn’t be improved upon, then think again! This is a simple, flavorful, and unexpected twist on the classic Roman dish that you’ll come back to again and again.

Hero ingredient: A few grates of nutmeg help to bring out the mild pumpkin flavor.

Pumpkin and Pancetta Pasta Bake from Stuck in the Kitchen

Why we love it: Indulge in this cheesy, flavorful pasta recipe next time you’re stuck inside on a stormy night. The taste of pancetta, pumpkin, garlic, sage, and toasted walnuts come together for an almost over-the-top delicious flavor profile.

Hero ingredient: Salty pancetta can’t be beaten.

This post was originally published on September 20, 2021, and has since been updated.

Yes, Adult Lunchables Are a Thing—10 Delicious Ideas for Healthy Lunches on the Go

Ah, the nostalgia of childhood lunchables—bite-sized magic for an otherwise mundane school day. If you know, you know: they were irresistible. Each box felt playful and creative, a culinary adventure for tiny appetites. And they always hit the spot. Back in the 90s, I relished every mini pizza and cracker stacker I could get my hands on (…despite the rare occurrence). Fast-forward to today: those cherished memories aren’t just reserved for middle school moments. Enter the world of adult lunchables!

That’s right. Turn your childhood favorites into sophisticated—yet simple—gourmet creations. These healthier renditions pay homage to your yesteryears. Ready to assemble? We’re sharing how to make ’em, build ’em, and enjoy ’em. Prepping your lunch never felt so fun.

Featured image by Michelle Nash.

A Balanced Lunch for Brainpower

This goes without saying, but a balanced lunch is the key to unlocking your afternoon brainpower. Just as a car prefers optimal fuel, your brain demands the same. From a mealtime perspective, this looks like a mix of leafy greens, complex carbs, lean protein, and healthy fats. This combo helps maintain steady blood sugar. In turn, preventing that dreaded afternoon slump.

Additionally, a healthy lunch supports neurotransmitter function and concentration. And we all appreciate a focused work sesh. By embracing a wholesome lunch—rather than chugging another cup of coffee—you amplify your problem-solving abilities, creativity, and overall mental acuity.

Image by Suruchi Avasthi

Lunchtime Superstar: Protein

What takes center stage as your lunchtime superstar? Protein, baby! Don’t skimp on this important macronutrient. Protein plays a foundational role in everything from muscle health to energy. Showcased in your midday meal, it does all of that—and more. It aids in fullness (curbing endless snacking), helps balance hormones, and supports your overall physique goals. Whether you’re reaching for hard-boiled eggs, leftover steak, rotisserie chicken, tinned fish, non-GMO tofu, or a generous scoop of cottage cheese, protein sources are a dime a dozen. Embrace this nutrient as your lunchtime hero.

Are lunchables healthy?

This depends, of course. Lunchables—while convenient and popular—are often criticized for their nutritional content. They provide a quick meal option, but many traditional Lunchables tend to be high in sodium, saturated fats, and processed ingredients. These factors can contribute to health concerns, like high blood pressure, obesity, and other diet-related issues. Fortunately, the solution lies in using wholesome, higher quality ingredients. A portable lunch doesn’t have to equate to unhealthy.

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How to Make an Adult Lunchable

Once you craft your first delicious (and nutritious) adult lunchable, you’ll be hooked. It’s both an artistic and satisfying endeavor—something your kids can participate in, too. Follow these steps to create a personalized, on-the-go lunchable:

1. Choose your base

Begin with a foundation of whole grains, seeds, or whole-grain crackers. Consider roasted sweet potatoes, grain-free crackers, whole wheat wraps, quinoa, brown rice, or whole-grain pita bread.

2. Select a protein

Include 3-5 ounces of protein for sustenance. Options include grilled chicken, turkey slices, prosciutto, sausage, lean deli meats, tofu, canned tuna, sharp cheese, or cottage cheese.

3. Load up on veggies

Pile on a colorful array of fresh vegetables for added crunch and fiber—i.e., baby carrots, bell pepper strips, cucumber slices, cherry tomatoes, butter lettuce, or snap peas.

4. Include healthy fats

For flavor and satiety, add 1-2 sources of healthy fats: nuts, seeds, avocado slices, or full-fat cheese, for example.

5. Add a dip or spread

Elevate your meal with a flavorful dip or spread. Hummus, tzatziki, guacamole, salsa, or a Greek yogurt-based dressing enhances both taste and texture.

6. Toss in a side of fruit

A serving of fresh fruit will help with hydration and provide essential vitamins. When possible, choose what’s in season: berries, apple slices, nectarines, kiwi, etc.

Don’t forget to satisfy your sweet tooth. Pack a homemade cookie, a handful of dark chocolate-covered almonds, or an energy ball.

8. Assemble with care

Because we eat with our eyes first, make your lunch visually appealing! Use a portable container or bento box that keeps each component separate. And don’t forget an ice pack (if necessary).

Image by Kristen Kilpatrick

10 Adult Lunchable Ideas: Easy and Balanced

With that formula in mind, below are adult lunchables—combinations that showcase a variety of flavors, textures, and nutrients. Whether you’re on the go or glued to your desk, these will nourish your midday cravings.

1. Mediterranean mezze

Whole wheat pita triangles, baba ganoush, cherry tomatoes, cucumber slices, olives, feta cheese, and a side of walnuts.

2. Asian fusion

Spring rolls, edamame, carrot and cucumber sticks, pickled ginger, and dark chocolate for dessert.

3. Protein powerhouse

Hard-boiled eggs, sliced turkey or chicken breast, Mary’s Gone crackers, sharp cheddar cheese, almonds, and a mix of fresh berries.

4. Italian antipasto

Prosciutto or salami slices, Raincoast Crisps, mozzarella cheese balls, sun-dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, and a handful of mixed nuts.

5. Smørrebrød sensation

Dense rye bread (or Finn Crisps), smoked salmon, Jarlsberg cheese, cucumber slices, and fresh dill. Add a spoonful of lingonberry jam (if you can find it!) and roasted almonds.

6. Bento box bliss

Sushi rice with sesame seeds, teriyaki-marinated tofu or salmon, steamed broccoli, roasted seaweed, and kimchi.

7. Capri caprese

Slices of beefsteak tomato, fresh mozzarella, and basil leaves drizzled with balsamic glaze. Relish a slice of raspberry tiramisu for dessert! For more protein, include a portion of rotisserie chicken or canned tuna.

8. Tex-Mex fiesta

Mini corn tortillas, chicken fajitas, black beans, 1/4-1/2 an avocado, salsa, shredded lettuce, and a side of sliced mango.

9. Middle Eastern medley

Falafel, hummus, whole wheat pita, cauliflower tabbouleh salad, sliced bell peppers, and a handful of dried apricots.

10. Green goddess

Butter lettuce (for making into lettuce wraps), leftover grilled steak (or chickpeas), avocado slices, mint tzatziki, and roasted asparagus. Grapes or kiwi on the side for dessert.

Burrata Is the Most Delicious Food Ever—See Our 15 Favorite Ways to Use It

Burrata might just be the world’s best cheese. A bold claim, I know, but there’s something extra delicious and luxurious about its creamy decadence. To give it all the love it deserves, I wanted to dedicate some space to some of my favorite burrata recipes. And while I adore a burrata appetizer or a classic cheeseboard, there are so many unexpected ways to incorporate it into meals.

For those who love it as much as I do, you might be surprised to learn that there are wrong ways to use burrata. In my extensive recipe searches, I came across a salmon and burrata sandwich (no, thank you) and way too many recipes that combined burrata and eggs. But beyond those missteps, it’s nearly impossible to mess up this creamy, delightful cheese from the gods.

Featured image by Kristen Kilpatrick.

Image by Michelle Nash

25 Mouthwatering Burrata Recipes

Burrata starts out as fresh mozzarella and then gets stuffed with curd and topped off with fresh cream. The whole yummy thing is then sealed up into a ball that’s ready to ooze its deliciousness all over whatever dish you serve it up in. I’m partial to a peach burrata salad or even a burrata pasta, but I’m itching to try each and every single one of the scrumptious recipes listed below. Keep scrolling for all the burrata recipe inspo you need. I guarantee you’ll have more than a few of these on repeat.

Sausage Burrata Pizza

Why We Love It: Pizza night is an evening I always look forward to, especially when the pizza in question is one you can’t find at just any pizza shop. This homemade pizza made with sausage and burrata is the perfect blend of savory and sweet. Trust us: you’ll want to add burrata to every pizza after this.

Hero Ingredient: While we adore the burrata, homemade pizza dough is the real star of this show.

Heirloom Tomato & Burrata Galette

Why We Love It: If you’re looking for burrata recipes that can hold their own at an elegant dinner party, this should be at the top of your list. It couldn’t be simpler or more stunning! This spin on the traditional galette is all the more streamlined thanks to the use of store-bought pie dough for the crust. It’s rustic but gorgeous, as all the best things in life seem to be.

Hero Ingredient: Fresh, in-season heirloom tomatoes are the standout, juicy beauties in this stunner of a main dish. By salting them first and letting them sit before proceeding with the recipe, you’re highlighting their irresistible sweetness. Nature’s candy, indeed.

Strawberry Caprese Salad

Why We Love It: Sweet burrata recipes have my heart. While I love using this cheese in savory dishes, it’s kind of like ricotta in the sense that its creaminess can be enjoyed in several different flavor combinations. Drizzle with honey to tie together all of the sweet and indulgent flavors of this summery salad.

Hero Ingredient: Fresh basil is the perfect herbacious addition.

Summer Spaghetti With Tomatoes, Burrata, & Basil

Why We Love It: Mix up your Sunday pasta dinner with this light and refreshing take on traditional Sunday spaghetti. Few things are as compatible as tomatoes, burrata, and basil—with these in hand, it’s hard to go wrong.

Hero Ingredient: As the tomatoes cook down, pouring in just a splash of balsamic gives them a slightly smoky, sweet complexity that deepens the flavor of this entire dish.

Burrata with Pesto & Figs

Why We Love It: Burrata recipes vary—some lean savory, others are sweet, and then there are those that use a few too many ingredients than I have patience for. That’s why I’m including this four-ingredient appetizer in my summer gathering rotation. Because of its few ingredients and minimal prep time, you’ll be able to whip it up with absolute ease. And when it hits the table, I guarantee your guests will let out an audible sigh of admiration. The combo of burrata, pesto, figs, and ciabatta (and a sprinkling of salt) just does something to you.

Hero Ingredient: If you’ve had summer-ripened fresh figs before, then you know: there’s nothing more heavenly.

Burrata Toast With Caramelized Walnuts & Mint-Pomegranate Pesto

Why We Love It: We love toasts of every kind, so you know we can’t pass up the opportunity to whip up a burrata toast with some seriously delicious homemade pesto. The crunch of the walnuts, bite from the pomegranate, and smooth burrata texture all combine effortlessly for an exciting and flavorful experience.

Hero Ingredient: Pomegranate seeds bring a pop of color and a punch of flavor that’s fruity, vibrant, crunchy, and just a little bit sweet.

Green Sauce Pasta

Why We Love It: Looking for a creative and tasty way to get your daily dose of greens without, you know, eating pounds of salad? I feel you, that’s why I lean heavily on this green sauce pasta to cover the bases. It requires just five ingredients and is so vibrant and verdant that you can’t help but go back for seconds. Two bags of spinach in just one batch? This pasta sauce packs it all in.

Hero Ingredient: This is one of my favorite burrata recipes in the game. And because this pasta leans more on the healthier side of things, recipe creator Suruchi Avasthi thought it important to add a little indulgence factor. The grated parmesan was her delicious answer.

Burrata, Fig, & Arugula Salad

Why We Love It: Treat yourself to this delightfully summery salad. It’s one of my favorite burrata recipes because it’s easy to make, convenient, quick, and absolutely beautiful. (Not to mention the fact that it tastes like a dream!)

Hero Ingredient: I always appreciate a little sweetness in my vinaigrette. Here, the honey makes it happen.

Peach, Pesto, and Balsamic Pizza

Why We Love It: There’s something about peaches and burrata that gets me excited to cook during the summer. This pizza has every flavor I could envision in the perfect summer meal. It’s a little bit rich, a little bit tangy, and a little bit sweet.

Hero Ingredient: Peaches on a pizza are a highly underrated topping.

Warm Lentil Salad with Burrata & Basil Oil

Why We Love It: If you’re looking for a comfort dish with burrata, this bowl is for you. Australian restauranteur and food writer Bill Granger shared with us this flavorful recipe that’s derived from locally sourced ingredients and traditional flavors straight from Sydney.

Hero Ingredient: Cooking with lentils will change your life.

Burrata with Caramelized Squash, Pine Nuts, and Golden Raisins

Why We Love It: To me, this dish screams fall with the perfect balance of creaminess and nuttiness. It’s easy to throw this bowl together as a simple, but standout appetizer or side dish on any occasion.

Hero Ingredient: Pine nuts are the perfect crunch.

Burrata Pasta with Tomato Basil Sauce From A Couple Cooks

Why We Love It: I’d be remiss if I didn’t include this rich and delicious pasta in my list of the best burrata recipes. All the sweet and creamy summer flavors you know and love in a single dish. It simply can’t be topped.

Hero Ingredient: Full disclosure: I’m prepared to name burrata the hero ingredient in all of these recipes. But because that would take away the fun, I’ll branch out. Here, the bucatini is key. It’s essentially a thicker spaghetti that’s hollow in the center—in other words, the perfect vehicle for this silky, delicious sauce.

Braised Tomatoes With Burrata from The Modern Proper

Why We Love It: The juxtaposition of these warm, braised tomatoes with burrata’s creamy coolness makes for a delicious appetizer for any meal. Save it to impress your loved ones at your next gathering or treat yourself to a truly tasty and special treat. You deserve it!

Hero Ingredient: A loaf of crusty bread is the perfect vehicle for scooping up these heavenly tomatoes and sopping up all their delicious juices.

Snap Pea Salad With Burrata from Bon Appétit 

Why We Love It: Throw together this light and refreshing salad next time you’re trying to decide what to make for a delicious weekend lunch. It’s a little peppery, a little crunchy, a little tart, and extremely delish.

Hero Ingredient: I love arugula’s bitter, peppery bite. Consider using it as the base for all your summer salads and even topping your pizzas with it for an extra pop of green. Start there, and trust me, you’ll come up with plenty of excuses to add it to… everything.

Caprese Salad Platter from Foodie Crush

Why We Love It: Can’t go wrong with a deconstructed platter, especially when it contains multiple cheese sources that include burrata. It’s a feast for the senses.

Hero Ingredient: There’s a lot going on in this salad/platter hybrid. And while it contains both burrata and marinated mozzarella balls, I have to say: when it comes to flavor, the latter wins out.

Spring Pea Pasta With Burrata from What’s Gaby Cooking

Why We Love It: Looking for another fresh, veggie-heavy pasta recipe? Then look no further than this pea-filled dish. It’ll satisfy that wild burrata craving while also serving as a filling, comforting meal that’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

Hero Ingredient: Nothing delivers fresh flavor like mint. I love that it’s a little lemony and gives a bit of brightness to this pasta, too.

Grilled Beets With Burrata & Poppyseed Vinaigrette from Bon Appétit

Why We Love It: Is there anything better than a beet salad on a hot summer day? If you’re looking for burrata recipes that pair indulgence with nutrient-dense ingredients, this is it. Grilled beets and burrata complement each other beautifully, and the poppyseed vinaigrette is an unexpected addition to this lovely dish.

Hero Ingredient: While I enjoy poppyseeds most in a citrusy-sweet muffin or quick bread, this vinaigrette takes a close second. Scratch that—paired with this sweet, earthy trio of beets, the vinaigrette wins out.

Springtime Mushroom & Asparagus White Burrata Cheese Pizza from Half Baked Harvest

Why We Love It: This burrata pizza recipe is an absolute dream. Seriously, I couldn’t have conjured something better if I tried. It’s a hearty, veggie-forward pizza that aims to please. You can’t go wrong with this one.

Hero Ingredient: The feta’s salty-briny flavor pairing makes for a delicious bite.

Broccoli Rabe, Burrata, & Prosciutto Crostini from Honestly Yum

Why We Love It: Fancy up your toasts with these delicious crostini. Snack on them as an appetizer, or load up a larger piece of your favorite yummy bread and make it a meal.

Hero Ingredient: Broccoli rabe is the broccoli-adjacent veggie you need to start including in all your weekly grocery hauls. It’s a bit more bitter and herby than its shorter-stemmed cousin and is incredibly versatile. Chopped and sautéed with garlic, this recipe makes the most of one of my favorite greens.

Margherita Pizza Dip from Half Baked Harvest

Why We Love It: Sorry, what’s that? A pizza in DIP FORM? You had me at hello. Everything you could want from a classic Margherita pizza in a can’t-stopping-dippin’ dip format. It’s the ultimate recipe hybrid that earns this dish its spot in this best-ever burrata recipes round-up.

Hero Ingredient: *Moment of appreciation for that cheese pull* While there’s plenty of cheese in this recipe that makes it happen, the cream cheese is responsible for that ooey, gooey, creamy texture.

Burrata Berry Salad Recipe From Reluctant Entertainer

Why We Love It: This beautiful dish draws on the gorgeous flavor profiles of all its ingredients to combine and make an inspiring, satisfying, and fanciful meal. It’s positively heavenly. What’s more, burrata’s magic can be found in the fact that it works beautifully as either a savory or sweet confection. So if you’re a fan of a cheesy dish that leans slightly toward the latter, be sure to serve this one up.

Hero Ingredient: With so much to choose from, selecting a hero ingredient for this dish is a tall order. But then you take a bite of the croutons and the crunch just hits.

Peach Panzanella Salad With Burrata and Bacon from Foodie Crush

Why We Love It: The next time you get the itch for a Panzanella, check out this bacon-y, burrata-y option. It’s salty, sweet, creamy, and ultra-satisfying.

Hero Ingredient: The trick is in the golden balsamic vinegar. While the flavor is largely the same as the more commonly-used darker pick, this one lends a sweet, complex flavor that has a nice little crisp bite thrown in.

Artichoke Burrata Pizza With Lemon Basil Pesto from How Sweet Eats

Why We Love It: The smooth flavor of an artichoke combined with the brightness of burrata and tart lemon basil pesto makes for a unique and delectable pizza.

Hero Ingredient: Without fail, I will always sprinkle a healthy amount of red pepper flakes on my pizza. When you’re enjoying something this creamy and decadent, a little spice never hurts.

Fried Burrata Over Romesco Sauce from Spoon Fork Bacon

Why We Love It: This mouthwatering dish is so good, you might just think you’ve been transported to the Italian countryside. (Not the worst scenario.) It’s rustic and homey while still feeling *and tasting* like an elevated eating experience.

Hero Ingredient: When it comes to the best burrata recipes, coating your burrata in a crust of panko breadcrumbs is the ultimate power move. It probably goes without saying but frying your burrata is too.

Zaalouk Toasts with Burrata from Pinch of Yum

Why We Love It: If you’re not familiar with Zaalouk, this recipe will change that. The traditional form is a Moroccan salad made from cooked eggplants and tomatoes along with a variety of spices and garlic. As you could imagine, creamy burrata pairs incredibly well with the smokey tomato flavor that the Zaalouk brings. And the best part? It’s all enjoyed in toast form.

Hero Ingredient: Eggplant recipes might just surprise you.

This post was originally published on May 2, 2018, and has since been updated.