Baked Feta Pasta Recipe (with vegan option)
A block of feta cheese, cherry tomatoes, and olive oil are combined in this easy baked feta pasta recipe. Delicious, and oh so simple!
Wondering about the pasta recipe with feta cheese and cherry tomatoes that’s gone crazy viral on TikTok and other places? If you don’t believe it’s popular, try finding a block of feta at the market. It may be more challenging than you’d imagine.
Here’s your chance to try it and find out why everyone’s so excited! You’ll love the easy combination of flavorful creamy feta, sweet roasted cherry tomatoes, good olive oil, and fresh basil, served on your favorite pasta.
The really fun part is that the feta and tomatoes are simply baked together with a good coating of olive oil. Mash it all together, sprinkle with basil and mix in your favorite pasta. So easy and so delicious!
About this easy pasta sauce recipe
This TikTok recipe has gone viral because it’s fun to make with amazing results. As always, keep reading for the full printable recipe. Here’s a quick run through of the recipe:
What you need
- Tomatoes: Choose cherry or grape tomatoes, which caramelize so well when roasted whole. Regular tomatoes may be too juicy and the skins can be tough. No tomato is completely off limits, though.
- Feta Cheese: You may be more accustomed to feta crumbles but, if possible, choose block feta. Full fat is best. Vegan feta cheese (such as Violife) is a good choice, too.
- Olive Oil: A high quality extra virgin olive oil is ideal as it’s a major component of the sauce.
- Garlic: Garlic adds so much flavor to this easy pasta dish.
- Pasta: Choose your favorite pasta for this dish. I like to use a short pasta that has lots of ridges and crevices to catch all the cheesy sauce. Try a whole wheat pasta or a gluten-free pasta, like Banza.
- Fresh Basil: What’s pasta without basil? Don’t have fresh? Substitute a teaspoon of dried basil. Or try fresh oregano or thyme.
- Salt and Pepper: For seasoning the pasta dish, to taste.
How to make it
Get your oven preheating and find a nice big glass baking dish. 9×13-inches works well. Get the pasta cooking, rinse the tomatoes, unwrap the feta, and you’re ready to get started.
Position the block of feta right in the center of the baking dish. Arrange the tomatoes around it, in a single layer as much as possible. Sprinkle on minced garlic, then drizzle olive oil over it all.
Bake until the feta is soft and the tomatoes are browned and roasted. (The photo below depicts vegan feta. If you use a block of traditional feta, it might stay more formed, but it will still get soft and melty and should easily mix with the pasta.)
Mash the feta and tomatoes together, creating a sauce.
Stir in the cooked pasta. Use some pasta water to thin the sauce if it seems too thick.
Sprinkle with salt and pepper, to taste, and fresh basil. Enjoy!
Yes, you’ll find that it melts beautifully in this oven baked recipe.
There are lots of recipes for feta cheese beyond adding it to salads like Kale Quinoa Salad with walnuts, cranberries, and feta. I love this Whipped Feta Dip with lemon and dill or Herbed Feta Dip. Feta Stuffed Chicken Breasts with sun-dried tomatoes and kale are fabulous eating. One of my favorite wraps is this Roasted Vegetable Wrap with feta and pesto.
While feta does contain a lot of sodium, it can be part of a healthy diet. Eating feta cheese is good for your bones (lots of calcium). It has live bacteria that are good for your gut health, and contains fatty acids (CLA) that can be beneficial (Healthline).
How to make this pasta sauce your own
- Can’t find a block of feta? Don’t despair, you can make this recipe with crumbled feta. Make a little pyramid of cheese in the center of the baking dish. Bake as directed.
- Make it with chicken if you like. Stir in cooked shredded chicken with the pasta.
- Spice it up with crushed red pepper flakes, to taste.
- Instead of mincing the garlic, roast whole cloves with the tomatoes and cheese. Mash into the sauce. Or substitute a half teaspoon of garlic powder for milder garlic flavor.
- Drizzle in some good-quality balsamic vinegar or balsamic glaze for a new twist on this recipe!
Make Ahead Ideas
Since there’s very little prep involved in this recipe, there’s not a lot you can do ahead of time. Just make sure you have everything you need!
Storage & Reheating Suggestions
Leftover pasta can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days. You’ll find that the pasta gets quite a bit drier. Add a little water or milk to loosen the sauce. Reheat in a pan on the stove until heated through, or in the microwave on high, 30 second intervals, stirring often.
If you have a lot of feta pasta left over, stir in a little milk or water, add some wilted spinach, or finely chopped kale, or lightly steamed chopped broccoli. Put everything into a greased casserole dish, top with sliced cherry tomatoes or shredded cheese, and bake at 350°F for 20 minutes or until heated through. Serve as a main course or as a side.
More easy pasta recipes
I have lots more easy pasta recipes for you, cooked in your Instant Pot and on the stove. Try:
- Instant Pot Crack Chicken Pasta – cheesy ranch perfection
- Instant Pot Mac and Cheese with Broccoli
- Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Pasta
- Taco Pasta
- Pizza Pasta – 1 pan, 6 ingredients, 20 minutes
- Creamy Chicken Spaghetti – one pan, endless variations!
- Gnocchi with Kale & Sun-Dried Tomatoes
- 2 pints cherry or grape tomatoes
- 8 ounces block full-fat feta cheese (or a vegan feta cheese such as Violife)
- ¼ cup high-quality olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 8 ounces pasta, cooked according to package instructions (or a gluten-free pasta such as Banza)
- Fresh basil, for topping (5-6 large leaves, minced)
- Salt and freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
- In a large pot of boiling water, cook pasta, as directed on package. Drain, reserving 1 cup of pasta water.
- Preheat oven to 400°F. Place the feta in the middle of a large baking dish or pan and arrange the tomatoes around it in a single layer. Sprinkle the minced garlic over the feta and tomatoes and drizzle the olive oil over the top.
- Transfer the baking dish to the oven and bake for 30 minutes or until the cherry tomatoes are very soft and the feta is soft. Remove from the oven, mash the feta and tomatoes together, and stir to combine.
- Transfer the pasta to the dish and gently stir to combine. If sauce is too thick, add pasta water gradually, stirring, until sauce is desired consistency.
- Sprinkle with salt and pepper, to taste, and top with fresh basil to serve.
- If desired, stir in crushed red pepper flakes, to taste, before baking. Additional herbs such as thyme or oregano can be added.
- If you prefer, instead of mincing the garlic, add whole cloves to the pan to roast with the tomatoes, mashing them with the sauce. Or mix in 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder for a milder garlic flavor.
- If you like, stir in cooked shredded chicken with the pasta.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1 of 4
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 455Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 50mgSodium: 667mgCarbohydrates: 44gFiber: 4gSugar: 21gProtein: 13g
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