Trending Baked Feta Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes

Serves 4-6

If you’re looking for a simple yet incredible dish that doesn’t require too many ingredients and complicated procedures, then you’ll love this one. Be it on TikTok or Instagram, this baked feta pasta has taken the social media world by storm. Originating from Finland, this hassle-free dish oozing with creamy feta cheese coupled with the tangy touch of cherry tomatoes and fresh herbs is now a family favorite. For pasta lovers and cheese enthusiasts alike, you can have the best of both worlds in this simple but hearty masterpiece.  

Ingredients
  1. 4 cups of cherry tomatoes
  2. 2 garlic cloves minced 
  3. ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  4. 8 oz. block of feta cheese
  5. 1 tsp. sea salt
  6. ¼ tsp. coarsely ground black pepper
  7. 10 oz. mezze rigatoni/cavatappi/any short pasta of your choice
  8. ¼ cup of fresh basil leaves thinly sliced
  9. ¼ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
Steps
  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. 
  2. For this step, you can use either cherry or grape tomatoes. Their small size translates into optimal flavor, and their aesthetics when they burst is just what you are looking for. In a medium-sized bowl mix the tomatoes, olive oil, salt, and black pepper until combined. 
  3. Transfer the bowl’s contents into a baking dish. Place the feta cheese at the center. (It is recommended to use a medium or firm Greek feta made from sheep’s milk. The cow milk variant tends to be crumblier and sour to taste.) Sprinkle it with a dash of black pepper.
  4. Bake for approximately 35-45 mins. or until the tomatoes burst and the cheese melts.
  5. While the tomatoes and feta are in the oven, boil your pasta of choice in a pot of salted boiling water according to package instructions until al dente. This would take you about 13 mins. 
  6. Once the pasta is cooked, set aside ½ cup of the pasta water before draining the remainder. 
  7. Once the tomatoes and feta are out of the oven,  toss in your garlic and red pepper flakes. 
  8. Using the back of a spoon, mash your tomatoes and feta into a creamy and saucy mixture.
  9. Add in your pasta and half of your basil until evenly coated. If your sauce is still too thick for your taste, you can stir a few tablespoons of the pasta water at regular intervals until you achieve desired consistency. Taste and adjust the seasoning according to your preference.
  10. Sprinkle in the remaining basil and a pinch of salt. Serve warm to enjoy the burst of flavors best.

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