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Baked Feta Pasta

Baked feta pasta is all the rage on TikTok making it a viral food trend. I had to try it too and omg I now know why the hype! Creamy baked feta with bursting cherry tomatoes stirred with pasta is insanely delicious and gets done in less than 30 minutes. Have you tried it yet?
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 426kcal

Ingredients

  • 8 oz feta cheese block
  • 16 oz cherry tomatoes or grape tomatoes
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • pinch of salt note – you may not need salt at all, taste first and then add salt if needed
  • Freshly ground pepper – to taste
  • 1 ½ teaspoon red chili flakes
  • 1 small garlic head
  • 8 oz dried pasta any type of pasta will work
  • Handful baby spinach
  • Handful fresh basil leaves
  • 3 tablespoon Parmesan cheese optional

Instructions

  • Pre heat oven at 400ºF/200ºC.
  • Place feta cheese block on a baking dish (large enough to stir in pasta too after its baked).
  • Add cherry tomatoes around feta cheese block.
  • Trim off the ends small garlic head so the cloves inside is exposed slightly. Place the garlic head on the tray. Note: you can use minced garlic or peeled whole garlic cloves instead of using garlic head.
  • Alternatively wrap garlic head in aluminum foil and place it on tray.
  • Sprinkle freshly ground pepper and salt (I would advice to add salt in the end if needed as feta cheese is salty and if you add parmesan cheese the dish will not need any extra salt. So taste test and add salt).
  • Drizzle about ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil on feta cheese block and tomatoes.
  • Add red chili flakes.
  • Gently stir the tomatoes so it’s evenly coated in olive oil and seasoning.
  • Let tomato and feta bake at 400ºF/200ºC for about 20 to 25 minutes or until cherry tomatoes have burst and is nice and juicy.
  • While tomatoes and feta bakes cook pasta in well salted boiling water till it’s just slightly shy of al-dente.
  • Reserve a cup of pasta cooking water.
  • Remove baked tomato and feta cheese from oven.
  • Using a fork or a tooth pick prick the garlic cloves in the middle and pull out, each individual roasted cloves will come out of the head without much effort. Handle garlic carefully, it’ll be very hot. Remove all the cloves and add it back to the baking dish. Discard the peel.
  • Using a spatula or fork gently bread feta cheese, cherry tomatoes and garlic to cream it.
  • Stir it all together to make it a creamy sauce consistency.
  • Add cooked pasta, baby spinach and fresh basil leaves to the baking dish.
  • Note: You can use the baking dish in which feta and tomatoes were baked to stir everything together or use a large empty pot to combine everything!
  • Combine everything while feta cheese is still hot.
  • If pasta is too dry, use some of the pasta cooked water to thin down the sauce.
  • Taste and add salt if needed and pepper if you need extra as per taste.
  • Serve baked feta pasta immediately with parmesan cheese sprinkled on top.

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Notes

  1. Use good quality feta cheese block and good quality EVOO. Taste of the dish depends on the quality of ingredients.
  2. Swap in regular pasta with zoodles, roasted spaghetti squash or chickpea pasta to make it healthy.
  3. You can add protein like chicken, sausage, salmon, shrimp to your pasta dish.
  4. Feel free to cook and add extra veggies like mushrooms, bell peppers, asparagus, zucchini, broccoli. Note if adding veggies, saute it separately in a pan with little olive oil and then stir it to the pasta dish.
  5. Not sure of adding whole garlic head? Use minced garlic or garlic cloves instead.
 
Nutritional Info – Please keep in mind that nutritional information provided is only a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.

Nutrition

Calories: 426kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 720mg | Potassium: 375mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1046IU | Vitamin C: 26mg | Calcium: 347mg | Iron: 2mg