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Baked Feta Pasta with Tomatoes

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Mediterranean
Keyword baked feta pasta, feta pasta, feta pasta tiktok
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 640kcal
Author Joe Boyle

Ingredients

  • 28 to 32 oz. grape or cherry tomatoes, (2 pints)
  • 8 oz. feta cheese in block form
  • 1/2 cup Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 8 oz. small-sized pasta, like penne, rigatoni, cappelletti,
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 1 to 2 tsp. Italian seasoning or other herbs as desired

Instructions

  • Pre-heat oven to 400°.
  • Use an oven-safe large casserole dish like a 9" by 13" size and place the block of feta cheese in the middle. Add the grape tomatoes to surround the feta. Then pour the olive oil over the tomatoes and a bit over the cheese. Toss the tomatoes by hand to evenly coat with the oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and any other herb desired for flavor.
  • Place in the oven and bake for 35 minutes so that the tomatoes and cheese start to brown slightly. Leave in the oven for 5 or 10 more minutes if they haven't browned.
  • While the casserole is baking, cook the pasta to al dente according to package instructions. Drain and reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta water. Return the pasta to the cooking pot and cover to keep warm.
  • Once the feta and tomatoes are slightly browned, remove them from the oven and add the minced garlic and chopped basil. Use a spoon to break up the feta cheese and stir and toss to combine the ingredients. Then add the pasta and keep tossing until everything is mixed together. Add a bit of the pasta water to make a creamy sauce from the feta and tomatoes.
  • Garnish with more chopped basil and serve warm.

Notes

  1. This recipe is very versatile and different herbs can be added for flavor. A little experimenting is encouraged. Additional pepper or red pepper flakes would spark it up a bit. Chopped onion or shallots mixed with the tomatoes could add some flavor. For more garlic flavor, perhaps add some granulated garlic.
  2. Leftovers can be stored covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in a microwave, adding a little water to loosen it up and make it creamy.

Nutrition

Calories: 640kcal