Baked Feta Pasta
This is the story about another viral TikTok trend that I kinda sorted wanted to hate…but didn’t. It’s not that I didn’t think the idea sounded delicious. It’s just that the whole thing seemed too simple. Obviously roasting a block of feta with bursting tomatoes is going to be amazing. But is it good enough to break the internet?
My answer, begrudgingly, is yes. It’s genius. But dare I say, not perfect? Below are my thoughts.
- You don’t need to change the oven temperature. The OG recipe calls for baking the feta with the tomatoes at 400° for 30 minutes then kicking up for the last 10 minutes. After 30 minutes in the oven, I found my feta well on its way to a pretty shade of golden on top. To avoid burning additions like garlic and herbs (see my next note), I think it’s best to keep the temperature steady.
- You can play add more than just tomatoes and feta. Quartered shallots will get nice and jammy, and smashed garlic will infuse the olive oil. Like spice? Throw in a ton of crushed red pepper flakes. Got thyme? Add a couple sprigs for an earthy touch.
- Adding pasta water helps. A scoop of pasta water will help stretch your sauce to coat your pasta more smoothly and generously.
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2 pt. cherry or grape tomatoes
1 shallot, quartered
Pinch crushed red pepper flakes
Zest of 1 lemon (optional)
Fresh basil, for garnish