Baked Feta Tomato Pasta

A Viral TikTok Recipe Revolutionizes Pasta!

I’ve never clicked on TikTok but this recipe raced onto most media sites for its sheer genius. Because it is so groundbreaking I’m expanding my recipe categories with a new offering: “EVR” which means, “Effort Versus Reward.” When a recipe hits 4-stars and is easy to make— it goes into the EVR department: that means the recipe will change the way you cook.

A sauce is created in the oven

SERVES 3 – 4

INGREDIENTS: Choosing real sheep’s milk feta in block form is the best way to test this recipe

Cavatappi is like elbow macaroni with twist, providing an exciting new mouthfeel
  • pasta – 8 oz, I enjoy cavatappi, any macaroni works
  • feta – 8 oz, whole piece
  • tomatoes, cherry – 2 pints
  • olive oil, 1/2 cup
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • garlic, fresh – 2 tsp, minced
  • basil, fresh – 1/2 cup, chopped, [or parsley, oregano to taste]

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PROTEIN [optional] – add cooked beans, rotisserie chicken, tuna, etc at room temperature

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees, and start a pot of water with enough salt so it tastes like the ocean
  2. In a casserole add the feta and surround with the tomatoes and pour olive oil on top. Stir around and flip the feta to coat in oil
  3. Season with salt and pepper and bake for 35 minutes
  4. Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to package instructions, making sure it is just al denté. Drain, but reserve 1/2 cup pasta water
  5. Prep the garlic and basil
  6. Take the casserole out of the oven and immediately stir in the garlic and basil while breaking up the feta to create a creamy sauce
  7. Add in the pasta and blend well, adding reserved pasta water it not creamy enough
  8. If adding cooked protein, do so at step 8.
  9. Serve and enjoy
A most excellent dish. It’s almost like a new Mac n Cheese dish

I will be testing other veggies, as the cheese is the master element with the pasta

Recipe adapted

4 thoughts on “Baked Feta Tomato Pasta

  1. My next attempt will make it more Grecian with thin slices of lemon added before baking, then replacing basil with fresh oregano—maybe add some cooked white beans at the end.

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  2. Fits my go-to criteria: fast , easy and tasty! Incredibly cheesy and tomato-ey. Added some pre-cooked Aidell’s chicken meatballs to casserole with about 10 minutes left to warm them, and a pinch of red pepper flakes for some kick. Wonderful addition to our past arsenal.

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    1. I’m going to have fun stretching and shaping this dish into many new entrees, Mike. I already saw a Tomato-Feta Soup that purees into a lovely Greek dish. I love that one gal in Scandanavia develops a recipe and it goes around the world with so much love and interest!

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