BAKED FETA PASTA

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Baked feta pasta is a simple recipe made by oven roasting a block of feta cheese with cherry tomatoes to create a salty and cheesy sauce!

For a simple weeknight pasta dish that is complain free and delightful, you need to look at this heated feta pasta with blasting cherry tomatoes. The dish is basically uninvolved, and all the enchantment occurs in the broiler. Made with simply a small bunch of fixings, it’s no big surprise this dish turned into a web sensation in Finland and is presently called Tik Tok Pasta!

TIPS FOR MAKING BAKED FETA PASTA

  • Use the freshest ingredients possible. With such minimal ingredients, I highly recommend using fresh cherry tomatoes (not canned diced tomatoes), fresh basil, and fresh minced garlic. And extra virgin olive oil makes all the difference here – it’s essentially what makes up the sauce!
  • Save the pasta water. Whenever I cook pasta, I like to save ½ a cup of pasta water just in case the pasta dish comes out dry. I didn’t use it here, but you can certainly add it if you feel the baked feta pasta needs more sauce. And in general, it will help the sauce be more smooth and creamy.
  • Crowd the baking dish with the cherry tomatoes. The rule with roasting cherry tomatoes is if you want them saucy, crowed the pan; if you want them dry roasted, place in a single layer to allow for air circulation. We want saucy here, and I found than an 8″x11″ baking dish works perfectly!
  • Increase the heat for blistered tomatoes. You can set the oven to broil for 2 minutes at the end or turn the temperature to 450°F during the last 5 minutes of cooking.
  • Try it on the stovetop. You can cook this on the stovetop over medium-low heat like I did in this Instagram video. It takes only 10 minutes and pretty similar results.
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Baked feta pasta is a simple recipe made by oven roasting a block of feta cheese with cherry tomatoes to create a salty and cheesy sauce!

  • COURSE Dinner, Entree, Pastas
  • CALORIES 429
  • PREP TIME 5 mins
  • COOK TIME 35 mins
  • TOTAL TIME 40 mins

INGREDIENTS

  • 8 ounces dried cavatappi pasta or pasta of choice
  • 2 pints cherry tomatoes
  • 8- ounce block feta cheese
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • ¼ cup packed chopped fresh basil plus more for serving

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Place the cherry tomatoes in an oven-safe baking dish. Pour the olive oil on top, and season with salt and pepper. Toss until well combined.
  2. Place the feta block in the middle of the baking dish surrounded by the cherry tomatoes, and flip a couple times to coat it with the olive oil and seasoning.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 35 minutes, until the cherry tomatoes burst, and the feta cheese melts.
  4. While the tomatoes and feta are baking, cook the pasta in a pot of salted water according to package instructions until al dente. Drain, reserving ½ cup of the cooking liquid in case you’d like to toss it in.
  5. Immediately add the garlic and basil leaves to the cooked tomatoes and feta and toss everything to combine.
  6. Transfer the cooked pasta to the baking dish and toss to combine. Garnish with more fresh basil and serve warm.
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NOTES

  • Recipe: I learned about this recipe idea from Grilled Cheese Social, and this is based on her version.
  • Storage: Store any leftovers in an airtight container. They will last about 3-4 days in the fridge.
  • Substitutes: For best results, follow the recipe as is. However here are some common substitutes that would work well in this recipe.
  • Instead of cavatappi pasta, you can use any pasta or make it with gluten-free pasta
  • Instead of cherry tomatoes, you can use regular whole tomatoes or even canned diced tomatoes, but cherry tomatoes have the best flavor here.
  • Nutritional Data: Please note that the nutrition label provided is an estimate based on an online nutrition calculator. It will vary based on the specific ingredients you use.

NUTRITION

Calories: 429kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 539mg | Potassium: 457mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 932IU | Vitamin C: 36mg | Calcium: 214mg | Iron: 2mg

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