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Tomato basil and feta pasta recipe

Tomato basil and feta pasta recipe

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You can't beat the classic combination of olive oil, garlic, onion, tomatoes and basil. Add some pasta and cheese and it's perfect! In fact, you can add peppers or mangetout if you're serving a crowd. This dish is delicious warm or cold as a pasta salad.

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IngredientsServes: 6

  • 280g uncooked fusilli or penne pasta
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves crushed garlic
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 360g chopped tomatoes, fresh or tinned
  • 6 fresh basil leaves, torn
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 225g feta cheese, crumbled
  • salt and pepper to taste

MethodPrep:30min ›Cook:10min ›Ready in:40min

  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
  2. Combine olive oil, garlic, onion, tomatoes and basil; let sit at room temperature.
  3. Toss warm pasta with Parmesan and feta. Stir in tomato mixture and sprinkle on salt and pepper. You can add more Parmesan if desired. Serve immediately.

Parmesan cheese

Parmesan cheese is not truly vegetarian, as it contains animal rennet. To make this dish 100% vegetarian, omit the cheese or find a suitable vegetarian substitute made without animal rennet. In supermarkets look for the 'parmesan style hard cheeses' which are suitable for vegetarians.

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by Jillian

Great recipe! This pasta is good warm or cold. I marinated about 3 cups of cherry tomatoes that I cut in half lengthwise, cut the olive oil down to 1/4 cup, used 1/4 cup of finely chopped red onion and doubled the amount of fresh basil. I added 1/4 tsp. of red pepper flakes, a bit of sugar to cut the acidity of the tomatoes, and a couple splashes of balsamic vinegar. I let everything marinate along with the garlic, salt and pepper for a few hours at room temp. Boiled some penne pasta then tossed it with the feta and parmesan. This was a meal all in itself, but was a great side dish for some grilled italian marinated chicken.-23 Apr 2010

by What a Dish!

I really loved this. It was so good I could hardly stop eating! I used Trader Joe's multi-grain flax spiral pasta, and chose to sautee the onion a few minutes. I left the garlic raw, however, as I enjoy that flavor. I added a little more fresh basil and an extra tomato too. I cut down on the oil by 2 TBS, and added two splashes of red wine vinegar. I loved how the feta tasted with all the ingredients. Great recipe!!-14 Sep 2007

by ROCKY MTN BLOOM

This recipe was excellent with fresh garden tomatoes. I rolled and sliced the basil, and added 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes to the tomato mixture. Since this was more tasty the next day, The next time I let the mixture marinade over night in the fridge, heat just to room temp, and then serve over pasta.-13 Mar 2003


How to Make Your TikTok Baked Feta Pasta Just Right, According to a Recipe Developer

Hit this trend out of the park with a few simple tips.

Description: Food Network Kitchen's Baked Feta Pasta. Keywords: Cherry Tomatoes, Feta Cheese, Mezze Rigatoni, Garlic, Basil, Red Pepper

Whether you’re an avid TikTok user or just a casual Instagram consumer, by now you’ve probably seen the baked feta pasta taking the social media world by storm. Finnish food blogger Jenni Hayrinen first created the dish back in 2019 (creating the hashtag #uunifetapasta), but it’s easy to see why this recipe has achieved viral fame: Cherry tomatoes and a whole block of feta are baked until bursting and softened, then tossed with garlic, basil and tender pasta for a beautifully cheesy dish. With so many variations and rave reviews popping up around the web, we decided to give this recipe a try. Here’s what we found to be some key tips and tricks to make this dish an overwhelming success.

Don’t Over Do It On the Pasta

A lot of TikTok videos show users making this dish with a whole pound of pasta. Resist the urge to use the whole box and just use 8 to 10 ounces. You want the baked tomato and feta sauce to coat the pasta nicely. Any more pasta will make for a dry dish.

Short Pasta Is Preferred

Use a short pasta for this recipe, such as a rigatoni, penne or fusilli instead of long noodle like spaghetti or linguine. Short pasta will easily stir into the hearty sauce and be more enjoyable to eat. We particularly love how the sauce gets stuck inside the nooks and crannies of mezze rigatoni!

Save Your Pasta Water

Once the pasta is finished boiling and just al dente, reserve some of your pasta water, then drain. A splash of this warm, starchy water will help loosen the sauce if it becomes too thick.

Get Good-Quality Feta

Make sure to buy a good-quality feta for this recipe, particularly because it’s the main ingredient and flavor of this dish! We suggest using a medium or firm Greek feta made only from sheep’s milk. Feta made from cow’s milk tends to be crumblier and more sour in flavor compared to other varieties.

Don’t be Afraid of the Amount of Oil

Not only does the olive oil prevent the tomatoes from burning, but it also helps to cook (or confit) the tomatoes, providing a smooth and rich mouthfeel. I promise, you want to use the full 1/2 cup!

Get Creative with Seasoning

We kept it simple with the seasoning, including salt, pepper, garlic and basil. However, feel free to add dried oregano or an Italian seasoning blend before baking for added flavor. However, avoid lemon juice, vinegar or parmesan, as this dish already has intense flavor and acidity.

Don’t Forget to Season with Salt

The balance of salt is very important in this recipe you can go from perfect to overly salted with just a couple extra granules. We suggest adding just a small amount of salt to the cherry tomatoes, then finishing the dish with a pinch of flaky sea salt. This will make your tomatoes and feta shine without over doing it.


Make The Viral Baked Feta Tomato Pasta Tonight

Baked Feta Cheese, roasted tomatoes, garlic, vinegar and spices become a quick and delicious pasta . [+] sauce.

How does a recipe go viral? That’s a question that I don’t know the answer to, but among the variables it has to be easy to make and deliver great flavor. And the Baked Feta Tomato Pasta dish is easy to make and delivers great flavor.

As soon as I saw it on TikTok and Instagram, I knew that I had to try it. It reminded me of a Spanish tapas of baked goat cheese and tomato sauce that I used to get at one of my favorite restaurants in Chicago. They served it with garlic bread, and you mixed the cheese and tomatoes yourself as you slathered the bread with it.

Gimmick or not, how could it not be as delicious as it was easy? I looked in my fridge and I had Greek feta packed in brine, and multi-colored cherry tomatoes so I was in business. I added a healthy glug of elderberry vinegar because I had it, but you could use balsamic. I also drizzled the top of the Feta cheese with olive oil and sprinkled it with Za’atar spice. I used what I had in my pantry and I added my own touch which is what everyone should do with a recipe like this.

I let it bake for about an hour at 400°F until the tomatoes were roasted and the cheese was soft and a little brown around the edges. Meanwhile, I made Farfalle and saved a cup of pasta water just in case the feta cheese needed thinning out. I didn’t really have great expectations. But it was fantastic. This quick and easy pasta was worth the hype—partly because it tastes good, and partly because it is so easy to make—and so hard to mess up. I have made it many times since my first time, and urged my friends and family to make it as well.

This week, I made it again and it reminded me how satisfying it is to have a dish like this on rotation. Add whatever you like or have on hand to the mixture. Pesto would be good, the addition of some briny Greek olives a bonus, use roasted garlic instead of raw, add a generous handful of baby spinach or arugula at the end, use it to transform grilled boneless skinless chicken breasts, make garlic bread and use that instead of pasta to deliver the hot cheesy tomato goodness to your mouth.


How To Make Baked Feta Pasta:

Full instructions are included in the recipe below, but here is a brief overview of how to make my version of TikTok’s feta pasta recipe:

  1. Prep the tomato feta sauce. As shown in the photos above, simply place the block of feta in the center of a 9 x 13-inch baking pan, surround it with cherry tomatoes, drizzle on olive oil and wine (and give all of the ingredients a little jostle to coat them in the oil), season with crushed red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Then bake for about 30-35 minutes, until the tomatoes have burst and are nice and juicy.
  2. Meanwhile, cook the pasta. While the tomatoes and feta are baking, heat your pasta water and then cook the pasta until it is just slightly shy of al dente. (The pasta will finish cooking in the tomato feta sauce.) Be sure to also reserve a cup or so of that hot starchy pasta water before draining the pasta, which you may need to use later.
  3. Put it all together. Then it’s time to combine everything! (You can either do this in the empty pot or, per TikTok, directly in the baking pan itself.) Immediately add the garlic and basil to the tomato-feta mixture and stir until the feta has melted into a creamy sauce. Add in the cooked pasta and spinach and toss until combined, adding in some of that reserved starchy pasta water if needed to thin the sauce. Give it all a taste and season with extra salt and pepper, if needed.
  4. Serve. Then serve up the pasta while it’s nice and hot, sprinkle on lots of freshly-shaved or grated Parmesan cheese, and enjoy!


How to make the roasted tomato and feta pasta from viral TikTok recipe

If you've scrolled food TikTok or Instagram Reels this week, you've definitely seen the latest viral dish: oven-roasted tomatoes with feta cheese, garlic and herbs combined to make one seriously simple pasta dish.

Food blogger Jamie Milne of Everything Delish told "Good Morning America" she had to hop on the trend since it was "taking up my entire For You Page on TikTok."

"I thought to myself, 'this is genius.' I have made feta-inspired pasta dishes in the past, but never thought of baking both the tomatoes and the feta at the same time to create a delicious sauce," she explained.

But, we wanted to know if it was really worth the hype, and according to Milne, "It is DELISH! Very creamy and extremely flavorful."

For home cooks looking to try it out, Milne suggests one small tweak, "adding in lemon zest. Since the feta cheese is salty, the lemon zest helps to balance out the taste."

Other users have also iterated on the dish -- some with different types of tomatoes, others with alternate toppings.

This recipe is a great launching point for other swaps to make it work for what you like to eat. Don't like feta? Try goat cheese. Can't eat dairy? Try a tofu and nutritional yeast mixture.

Check out how she made the meal on TikTok and use her full recipe below to give it a whirl in your own kitchen.

Baked Feta and Roasted Tomato Pasta

Ingredients

1 box of your favorite pasta

8-ounce block of feta cheese

1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon olive oil

Preheat oven to 415 F. Add cherry tomatoes to a baking dish and add 1/4 cup olive oil, chopped garlic, salt and pepper. Mix together. Add the block of feta cheese to the center of the baking dish. Top with 1 tablespoon olive oil and oregano. Add lemon zest. Bake for 25-30 minutes until tomatoes are roasted and feta is soft-melted.

Bring a large pot of salted water to boil and cook pasta according to boxed instructions. Strain pasta and set aside.

Remove tomatoes and feta from oven and using a spoon, add fresh basil. Mix together the tomatoes and cheese to create a sauce. Add in your cooked pasta and mix together until all noodles are evenly coated. Serve and enjoy!

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  • 1/4 Cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large clove garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 2 (14-ounce) cans Italian tomatoes or fresh cherry or plum tomatoes (see notes)
  • 3 large basil leaves plus 1 tablespoon chopped basil, for garnish
  • Kosher salt and fresh-ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 Pound pasta of your choice
  • 2 Tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Step 1: Cook 1 pound of pasta according to package directions, drain and set aside.

Step 2: In a non-reactive skillet over medium-high heat, heat 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil. Add 1 large peeled and crushed garlic and cook until just turning brown.

Step 3: Add 2 (14-ounce) cans Italian tomatoes, 3 whole basil leaves, salt and pepper and cook about 5 minutes, stirring periodically with a wooden spoon, until thickened into a sauce. Crush the tomatoes with the back of the spoon and cook until sauce is thick again.

Step 4: Add cooked pasta to the pan and use tongs to toss together. Serve topped with 1 tablespoon chopped basil and 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese.


Why this recipe works

Simple ingredients &ndash this recipe requires just a handful of simple, everyday ingredients.

Quick &ndash From start to finish this recipe is ready in just over 30 minutes and most of that is simply waiting for the cheese and tomatoes to bake.

Easy &ndash There is not much to this recipe other than placing some ingredients in a dish, letting it bake and stirring it up. You don&rsquot even need to chop anything if you don&rsquot want to!


Easy Weeknight Dinner–Tomato Feta Pasta

Today is our monthly easy and budget friendly recipe day. I feel like coming up with easy but delicious dinners night after night is a challenge so I love this series. I have gotten some really good dinner ideas over the last several months, I’ll link all the posts as a resource for you at the bottom of the post.

When I was deciding what to share this month, one recipe kept popping into my head. It is super easy and has just a few ingredients, and it has been really popular on TikTok and Instagram for just that very reason. So much so, in some cases I have heard it called “Tik Tok Pasta”, so that is the recipe I am sharing (with my modifications of course) for you all today.

I have been making a recipe that is very much like this for years, but my recipe called for the addition of shrimp which takes it to a whole new level. With that definitely elevates this to a “company” recipe, it is really good, even on its own during the week. This was a hit all around in my house, even those who prefer meat dishes to vegetarian ones agreed it was good.

This recipe calls for just a few basic ingredients–a carton of cherry tomatoes (buy the largest one you can find especially if you have big eaters), a block of feta cheese (though you can also make it with goat cheese I hear, I am going to try that next), pasta of your choice and then basic ingredients like fresh garlic, fresh basil, olive oil and freshly ground pepper. The key is (really I think this is true with most cooking) to use best of class ingredients like ripe tomatoes, good quality feta, fresh basil leaves (not dried) and freshly minced garlic (again, not dried).

To make this you just pour some olive oil in a baking dish, then cover with the cherry tomatoes on the bottom. Place the block of feta in the center (it’s ok if you have the crumbled kind, a block just melts better) and then pour a little olive oil and grind some fresh pepper over it. Bake this in a 400 degree oven for 30 minutes.

While it is baking, prepare your pasta. Chop several cloves of garlic and mince some basil. You can also make this with zucchini noodles if you don’t want carbs. If you are adding the shrimp, boil it now so it is ready to be tossed in the final dish.

To finish the dish, crank the heat in your oven up to 450, add the garlic to the feta mixture and toss everything around. Let it all cook for about 10 more minutes and then remove, add some hot cooked pasta to the pot and mix well. Then top it with fresh basil. Serve while still warm! I added with a green salad and some garlic bread, it was a hit all around.


TikTok’s viral baked feta pasta is worth the hype

My initial sentiment toward viral food moments tends to fall between immense skepticism (the tortilla “hack”) and downright disdain (mermaid toast). The latest trend to hit the social media airwaves, baked feta pasta, is an outlier in that I was a believer from the jump. It’s a low-effort recipe for pasta with tomatoes and cheese — what’s not to love?

Though Tiiu Piret posted a version of the dish on her blog in February 2018, fellow Finnish blogger Jenni Hayrinen is credited with making uunifetapasta (Finnish for “oven-baked feta pasta”) go viral in her country after posting her simplified version a year later. “The stores actually ran out of feta cheese here,” Hayrinen told Today.

The baked feta pasta phenomenon came stateside once MacKenzie Smith, the blogger behind Grilled Cheese Social, posted a video to her TikTok of yet another rendition at the end of January (though she posted it to her blog in June 2019). Smith’s single video has gained nearly 3 million views, with the #bakedfetapasta hashtag collectively amassing 52 million views and counting on TikTok.

The premise is simple: Toss a block of feta, tomatoes and a bunch of olive oil together in a pan and throw it in the oven until softened, before mixing it all together with pasta and fresh basil. There are minor differences based on whose recipe you choose to follow. Hayrinen’s version calls for the inclusion of a fresh chile pepper, while Smith opts for more pantry-friendly crushed red pepper flakes. Other differences arise with the garlic (roasted in large chunks with the rest of the sauce ingredients or minced and added fresh at the end) and basil (stirred into the hot pasta and allowed to wilt or carefully placed on top of the pasta just before serving). Whichever path one chooses to take, the destination is bound to be delicious.


How to make the roasted tomato and feta pasta from viral TikTok recipe

Everything Delish tried the latest trend and revealed if it's worth the hype.

Instagram takes aim at TikTok with Reels

If you've scrolled food TikTok or Instagram Reels this week, you've definitely seen the latest viral dish: oven-roasted tomatoes with feta cheese, garlic and herbs combined to make one seriously simple pasta dish.

Food blogger Jamie Milne of Everything Delish told "Good Morning America" she had to hop on the trend since it was "taking up my entire For You Page on TikTok."

"I thought to myself, 'this is genius.' I have made feta-inspired pasta dishes in the past, but never thought of baking both the tomatoes and the feta at the same time to create a delicious sauce," she explained.

But, we wanted to know if it was really worth the hype, and according to Milne, "It is DELISH! Very creamy and extremely flavorful."

For home cooks looking to try it out, Milne suggests one small tweak, "adding in lemon zest. Since the feta cheese is salty, the lemon zest helps to balance out the taste."

Other users have also iterated on the dish -- some with different types of tomatoes, others with alternate toppings.

This recipe is a great launching point for other swaps to make it work for what you like to eat. Don't like feta? Try goat cheese. Can't eat dairy? Try a tofu and nutritional yeast mixture.

Check out how she made the meal on TikTok and use her full recipe below to give it a whirl in your own kitchen.

Baked Feta and Roasted Tomato Pasta

Ingredients
1 box of your favorite pasta
8-ounce block of feta cheese
2 cups cherry tomatoes
1 garlic clove, chopped
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon olive oil
3-4 basil leaves, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon oregano
lemon zest

Preheat oven to 415 F. Add cherry tomatoes to a baking dish and add 1/4 cup olive oil, chopped garlic, salt and pepper. Mix together. Add the block of feta cheese to the center of the baking dish. Top with 1 tablespoon olive oil and oregano. Add lemon zest. Bake for 25-30 minutes until tomatoes are roasted and feta is soft-melted.

Bring a large pot of salted water to boil and cook pasta according to boxed instructions. Strain pasta and set aside.

Remove tomatoes and feta from oven and using a spoon, add fresh basil. Mix together the tomatoes and cheese to create a sauce. Add in your cooked pasta and mix together until all noodles are evenly coated. Serve and enjoy!