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Dinner doesn't get much quicker, healthier or tastier than this! Boil any short pasta shape, make the quick and easy sauce while the pasta boils... and that's about it!
Greater London, England, UK
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This was good and I will make it again. Next time I'll crumble the cheese more carefully to avoid big chunks in the dish-27 Aug 2015
Hit this trend out of the park with a few simple tips.
Description: Food Network Kitchen's Baked Feta Pasta. Keywords: Cherry Tomatoes, Feta Cheese, Mezze Rigatoni, Garlic, Basil, Red Pepper
Whether you’re an avid TikTok user or just a casual Instagram consumer, by now you’ve probably seen the baked feta pasta taking the social media world by storm. Finnish food blogger Jenni Hayrinen first created the dish back in 2019 (creating the hashtag #uunifetapasta), but it’s easy to see why this recipe has achieved viral fame: Cherry tomatoes and a whole block of feta are baked until bursting and softened, then tossed with garlic, basil and tender pasta for a beautifully cheesy dish. With so many variations and rave reviews popping up around the web, we decided to give this recipe a try. Here’s what we found to be some key tips and tricks to make this dish an overwhelming success.
A lot of TikTok videos show users making this dish with a whole pound of pasta. Resist the urge to use the whole box and just use 8 to 10 ounces. You want the baked tomato and feta sauce to coat the pasta nicely. Any more pasta will make for a dry dish.
Use a short pasta for this recipe, such as a rigatoni, penne or fusilli instead of long noodle like spaghetti or linguine. Short pasta will easily stir into the hearty sauce and be more enjoyable to eat. We particularly love how the sauce gets stuck inside the nooks and crannies of mezze rigatoni!
Once the pasta is finished boiling and just al dente, reserve some of your pasta water, then drain. A splash of this warm, starchy water will help loosen the sauce if it becomes too thick.
Make sure to buy a good-quality feta for this recipe, particularly because it’s the main ingredient and flavor of this dish! We suggest using a medium or firm Greek feta made only from sheep’s milk. Feta made from cow’s milk tends to be crumblier and more sour in flavor compared to other varieties.
Not only does the olive oil prevent the tomatoes from burning, but it also helps to cook (or confit) the tomatoes, providing a smooth and rich mouthfeel. I promise, you want to use the full 1/2 cup!
We kept it simple with the seasoning, including salt, pepper, garlic and basil. However, feel free to add dried oregano or an Italian seasoning blend before baking for added flavor. However, avoid lemon juice, vinegar or parmesan, as this dish already has intense flavor and acidity.
The balance of salt is very important in this recipe you can go from perfect to overly salted with just a couple extra granules. We suggest adding just a small amount of salt to the cherry tomatoes, then finishing the dish with a pinch of flaky sea salt. This will make your tomatoes and feta shine without over doing it.
The super easy and delicious TikTok Trend: Baked Feta Pasta.
7 oz . ( 200g ) feta (one block)
1/4 cup (60ml) olive oil
18 oz . ( 500g ) cherry tomatoes
1 red onion, chopped
5 – 6 garlic cloves
1/2 tsp . dried oregano
1/4 tsp . red chili flakes
14 oz . ( 400g ) pasta (rigatoni, penne, etc.)
some fresh herbs or basil leaves (optional)
1. Preheat the oven to 390°F (200°C). Wash and dry the tomatoes. Peel and chop the onion, peel the garlic and cut in half if big. Add the tomatoes, chopped onion, garlic, oregano, and chili flakes to an ovenproof skillet or casserole dish. Drizzle about half of the oil over everything and mix to combine. Make space in the center and place the feta block between the tomatoes. Drizzle the feta with the remaining oil and season with salt, pepper, and more oregano and chili flakes to your liking. Bake for 40-45 minutes until the tomatoes are very soft and the feta has a golden brown color on top.
2. While the feta is baking, cook the pasta according to the package instructions. Reserve about 1/2 cup of the pasta water before draining.
3. Take the feta and tomatoes out of the oven and mix everything with a spoon, then add the drained pasta and mix to combine. Gradually add some of the pasta water to thin out the sauce a bit – mix well. Serve with some fresh herbs or basil leaves on top (optional).
Stir tomatoes, onion, olive oil, garlic, and basil together in a bowl.
Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook fusilli in the boiling water, stirring occasionally, until cooked through but firm to the bite, 12 minutes. Drain.
Toss warm pasta with feta cheese and Parmesan cheese in a large bowl. Stir tomato mixture into pasta and season with salt and pepper.
Recipe for pasta with feta cheese and tomatoes with step by step images. Written instructions below the steps with images and in the recipe card later in the post.
The fresh basil, and feta really make this pasta salad a winner in my book!
The sweet, and bold basil flavor paired with the saltiness of the feta cheese and garlicky oil are perfect for those who love flavors that pop!
Allow the flavors to meld in the fridge for 1-24 hours. It allows the bowtie pasta and veggies to absorb all the garlicky goodness the oil and vinegar produce.
Full instructions are included in the recipe below, but here is a brief overview of how to make my version of TikTok’s feta pasta recipe:
Today is our monthly easy and budget friendly recipe day. I feel like coming up with easy but delicious dinners night after night is a challenge so I love this series. I have gotten some really good dinner ideas over the last several months, I’ll link all the posts as a resource for you at the bottom of the post.
When I was deciding what to share this month, one recipe kept popping into my head. It is super easy and has just a few ingredients, and it has been really popular on TikTok and Instagram for just that very reason. So much so, in some cases I have heard it called “Tik Tok Pasta”, so that is the recipe I am sharing (with my modifications of course) for you all today.
I have been making a recipe that is very much like this for years, but my recipe called for the addition of shrimp which takes it to a whole new level. With that definitely elevates this to a “company” recipe, it is really good, even on its own during the week. This was a hit all around in my house, even those who prefer meat dishes to vegetarian ones agreed it was good.
This recipe calls for just a few basic ingredients–a carton of cherry tomatoes (buy the largest one you can find especially if you have big eaters), a block of feta cheese (though you can also make it with goat cheese I hear, I am going to try that next), pasta of your choice and then basic ingredients like fresh garlic, fresh basil, olive oil and freshly ground pepper. The key is (really I think this is true with most cooking) to use best of class ingredients like ripe tomatoes, good quality feta, fresh basil leaves (not dried) and freshly minced garlic (again, not dried).
To make this you just pour some olive oil in a baking dish, then cover with the cherry tomatoes on the bottom. Place the block of feta in the center (it’s ok if you have the crumbled kind, a block just melts better) and then pour a little olive oil and grind some fresh pepper over it. Bake this in a 400 degree oven for 30 minutes.
While it is baking, prepare your pasta. Chop several cloves of garlic and mince some basil. You can also make this with zucchini noodles if you don’t want carbs. If you are adding the shrimp, boil it now so it is ready to be tossed in the final dish.
To finish the dish, crank the heat in your oven up to 450, add the garlic to the feta mixture and toss everything around. Let it all cook for about 10 more minutes and then remove, add some hot cooked pasta to the pot and mix well. Then top it with fresh basil. Serve while still warm! I added with a green salad and some garlic bread, it was a hit all around.
Sweet, juicy heirloom tomatoes lend themselves well to uncooked tomato sauces. In summer, I make quick meals out of chopped ripe tomatoes, pasta and green vegetables.
Advance preparation: The sauce can be assembled several hours ahead. If you want the basil to maintain its vivid color, leave it out until just before serving.
This is the story about another viral TikTok trend that I kinda sorted wanted to hate. but didn't. It's not that I didn't think the idea sounded delicious. It's just that the whole thing seemed too simple. Obviously roasting a block of feta with bursting tomatoes is going to be amazing. But is it good enough to break the internet?
My answer, begrudgingly, is yes. It's genius. But dare I say, not perfect? Below are my thoughts.
Have you made this recipe? Let us know what you think in the comments below.
Editor's Note: We increased the amount of tomatoes in this recipe on February 9, 2021. One pint is all you need, but two is recommended for a fuller, more flavorful sauce.