This simple Baked Feta Pasta recipe features a block of feta cheese with cherry tomatoes, roasted to perfection and tossed with pasta. The result is an incredibly delicious salty and cheesy pasta, with a tangy tomato flavor. It's been the biggest rave on TikTok for months and now I'm bringing it straight into your kitchen!
Prep the sauce: Place the feta block in a 9x13-inch casserole dish then surround it with the cherry tomatoes and smashed garlic. Drizzle the olive oil all over the tomatoes and cheese then season with salt, pepper and red pepper flakes. Transfer the casserole dish to the oven and bake for 30 minutes or until the tomatoes have burst and the feta cheese has softened. Increase the heat to 450°F and continue cooking for another 10 to 15 minutes or until the feta cheese is golden brown.
Cook the pasta: Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until al dente, about 13 minutes. Reserve ½ cup to 1 cup of pasta water, then drain the pasta well.
Mix it all together: Use a fork to mash the feta, tomatoes and garlic together. Add the pasta and basil to the casserole dish and toss everything together until the pasta is fully coated in sauce. Add some pasta water if the pasta is too dry, a couple tablespoons at a time. Taste and adjust for seasoning with salt and pepper as needed.
Serve: Serve this pasta while it's hot, garnished with more fresh basil and some freshly grated Parmesan cheese, if preferred.
My biggest tip with this recipe is to use the freshest ingredients possible. There are only a handful of ingredients in this recipe, so go for the fresh stuff, don't use canned tomatoes, or dried basil. Fresh is best!
You can use a scoop of pasta water to help with the creaminess of your sauce, this is useful if your pasta gets too dry.
In order for the cherry tomatoes to get that blistered skin, you want to increase the oven temperature for the last few minutes of baking. This will bring out the sweetness of the tomatoes.
Feel free to add a protein to this dish, such as sausages, chicken, shrimp, salmon, etc.
Pack this dish with other veggies such as spinach, asparagus, broccoli, peppers or even mushrooms.
Transfer any leftover baked feta pasta to an airtight container and store in the fridge for 3-4 days. To reheat, use the microwave, or you can use the stovetop as well. Add the leftovers to a skillet over medium heat with a splash of chicken broth or water. Cook, tossing often, until heated through.
To freeze, let the pasta dish cool completely then transfer it to an airtight container or freezer bag. Store in the freezer for up to 3 months.