I can’t say that I’m super “with it” and on top of today’s trends but did come across a recent TikTok trend where people are baking an entire brick of feta cheese and turning it into pasta.  We tried it at home and not only is it a simple dish to prepare but it’s also delicious!  The result is Baked Feta and Tomato Pasta.

The recipe can be found here.

Start by preheating the oven to 400 degrees F.

Add your tomatoes to a 9×13 baking dish.  Either cherry or grape tomatoes are fine but make sure you have 2 pints.  Then, liberally drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Stir until the tomatoes are fully coated.

Shift the tomatoes there is a large well in the center.  Place the brick of feta in the center.  If you can’t find a brick of feta that’s ok.  You can use crumbled feta but make sure to put it in a pile in the center.  Make sure the tomatoes are surrounding the feta.

Drizzle the top of the feta with a little olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

Bake, uncovered, for 30-35 minutes.  The tomatoes will burst, and the feta will melt during this time.  The feta might look like it’s still a solid brick but once you touch it, you’ll see that it’s melted.

While the tomatoes and feta are baking, bring a large pot of water to a boil.  Cook the pasta according to package instructions.  Reserve ½ cup of the pasta water and drain the rest.  You might not end up needing the pasta water but it’s nice to have on hand in case you want to thin out the sauce a bit.

Once the tomatoes and feta are done baking, remove the baking dish from the oven.  Add the garlic and most of the basil.  Stir to combine.  This is where you will see the feta start to melt and combine with the other yummy ingredients!  It’s a little shocking how easy this “sauce” comes together.

Add the cooked pasta and stir to coat.  You can use any kind of pasta; I just happen to like the cavatappi shape.

You can also add the reserved pasta water at this time for a more liquid-y sauce (but this is completely optional).

Serve warm and garnish with the rest of the chopped basil.

You won’t believe it until you try it – it’s SO SIMPLE!  The tomatoes add a light and refreshing taste and the feta gives the pasta a tangy and rich flavor.  I don’t think we had any leftovers 😊

The recipe can be found here.

Hope you enjoy!

Happy Cooking!

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