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Feta Pasta (TikTok Recipe)

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Baked Feta Pasta is an easy pasta recipe that’s perfect for weeknight dinners. It’s made with tender pasta noodles tossed in melted feta cheese, baked cherry tomatoes, and a blend of savory spices.

You can’t go wrong with a great pasta recipe that’s packed with fresh flavors. This baked feta pasta is one of those dishes. Some of our other favorite pasta recipes are roasted garlic and olive oil spaghetti, creamy mushroom broccoli pasta, and rigatoni caprese pasta.

Pile of feta pasta with tomatoes on a serving plate.

Feta Pasta Recipe:

I love all things pasta. If you’ve been following either of the blogs for more than a few months, you’ve probably noticed a trend. Every 6 to 8 weeks, I publish a post with a pasta recipe.

Pasta is a dish that is so versatile and so comforting. The types of noodles are endless. The sauce varieties are endless, and the cheese and add-in options are endless. What’s not to love?

That brings me to this amazing feta pasta recipe. You may have seen a similar recipe thanks to the viral post on Tik Tok. The original recipe is from the blog, Liemessa. Since then, this Tik Tok feta pasta recipe has been recreated multiple times with different variations.

Our feta pasta is bursting with fresh tomato flavor and has the perfect balance of savory and salty flavors from the cheese. It’s light, flavorful, and so delicious! This will be a family favorite in no time.

How to Make Baked Feta Pasta:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400ºF.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, garlic, Italian herbs, salt and pepper. Set aside.
  3. Place a block of feta cheese in the center of a 9 x 13-inch baking dish, and scatter the tomatoes around the cheese.
  4. Drizzle the olive oil mixture over the cheese and tomatoes.
  5. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes until the cheese is lightly browned and the tomatoes begin to shrivel and burst.
  6. Remove from the oven, and stir the ingredients. Smash the tomatoes as you stir.
  7. Add cooked pasta to the cheese and tomatoes, and stir to combine.
Collage showing how to make feta pasta.

Feta Pasta Tips and Variations:

  • Noodles: We prefer some type of short noodle for baked feta pasta. Penne, rigatoni, ziti, rotini, cavatappi, or mostaccioli are great options. Long noodles, like spaghetti, were used in the original recipe. Use your favorite!
  • Tomatoes: Cherry tomatoes yield an amazing flavor and hold up well to baking, so we love to use that variety in baked feta pasta. San marzano tomatoes would be another option to try. They have a fantastic flavor and cook nicely. Small tomatoes on the vine would also work well. Fresh tomatoes are going to work best in this recipe and provide the optimum flavor.
  • Cheese: Block feta cheese is the way to go here. Crumbled feta is not going to yield the same result, because it’s not going to melt the same as the block version. My personal preference is to use feta cheese made from cow’s milk. There are some varieties made from goat’s milk, but in my opinion, it’s a little too strong for this recipe.
  • Garnish: Add some extra crumbled feta and fresh basil on top of the finished pasta just before serving. Some diced tomatoes would also be a great touch.
  • Keep Some Pasta Water: Hang onto about 1/4 cup of pasta water. If the finished pasta seems a little dry, add some of the pasta water to loosen it up. The amount of moisture in the dish will depend on how much moisture is released by the tomatoes.
  • Add-Ins: Toss in some bite-sized asparagus, brussel sprouts, or your other favorite hearty vegetables and bake them along with the cheese and tomatoes. After the pasta cooks, stir in some leftover chicken (rotisserie chicken is great!) to add some protein to the baked feta pasta.
Top down view of a rectangle baking dish with feta tomato pasta.

Storage Recommendations:

Room Temperature: This pasta dish should not be stored at room temperature.

Refrigerator: Baked feta pasta should be stored in an airtight container and stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Freezer: We do not recommend freezing this pasta.

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Top down view of feta pasta on a round plate.

Feta Pasta

Yield: About 7 Cups
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Baked Feta Pasta is an easy pasta recipe that's perfect for weeknight dinners. It's made with tender pasta noodles tossed in melted feta cheese, baked cherry tomatoes, and a blend of savory spices.

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup of olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely minced
  • 1 teaspoon of freshly ground Italian herbs
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • ½ teaspoon of ground black pepper
  • 1 (8 ounce) block feta cheese
  • 2 (20 ounce) containers cherry tomatoes
  • 8 ounces short pasta noodles, cooked

Instructions

  1. You'll need cooked pasta noodles for this recipe along with 1/4 cup of reserved pasta water. To save time, the pasta can be cooked while the cheese and tomatoes are baking.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400ºF.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, garlic, Italian herbs, salt and pepper. Set aside.
  4. Place the block of feta cheese in the center of a 9 x 13-inch baking dish. Scatter the tomatoes around the cheese. Drizzle the olive oil mixture over the cheese and tomatoes.
  5. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes until the cheese starts to turn a light, golden color and the tomatoes begin to pop.
  6. Remove from the oven, and stir the cheese and tomatoes together. Smash the tomatoes as you stir.
  7. Add the cooked pasta noodles, and stir to combine. If the pasta mixture is dry, pour in a little of the reserved pasta water to loosen the noodles and sauce.
  8. Serve hot with extra feta crumbles and fresh basil. Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Notes

*The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and a serving size of 1 ¾ cup of feta pasta. Actual calories will vary.

*This dish serves between 4 to 6 people. The calories listed are meant for 4 servings.

*For more information, tips, and answers to frequently asked questions, please refer to the post.

*Photos/recipe courtesy of Karla Rae Photography.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1.75 cups
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 415Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 50mgSodium: 803mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 5gSugar: 10gProtein: 14g

*The calories are an estimate and are based on the ingredients and serving size listed. The calories can vary depending on the brand of product purchased.

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