All you need is five simple ingredients for this easy, cheesy recipe for Baked Feta Pasta.
Who would’ve thought a simple block of feta cheese could transform into a pasta recipe that just might break the Internet?
If you’ve been dabbling in The TikTok (what us 87-year-olds call it) lately, you’ve likely come across variations of this now-viral recipe by Finnish blogger Jenni Häyrinen. I couldn’t resist giving it my own spin with the addition of white wine and fresh basil.
The setup on this one is simple, and the resulting flavors could not be more vibrant. Simply toss a few handfuls of cherry tomatoes into a baking dish then drizzle in olive oil and add some freshly cracked black pepper.
Give it all a good mix, spread out the tomatoes and then let the star of the show make its debut: a whole entire block of feta cheese. But we’re not done yet!
A drizzle of white wine really takes this dish to the next level, but if you’re not feeling the boozy addition, simply skip the wine.
After a quick bake in the oven, the cheese is softened and the cherry tomatoes are roasted, and their juices join forces with the wine to make one heck of a flavorful sauce.
Mix it all together, stir in your pasta of choice and get your garnish on with plenty of fresh basil. This is truly a one-dish dinner winner with endless customizations. Keep it meat-free or toss in grilled chicken or garlicky shrimp. Not a basil enthusiast? Opt for fresh thyme or oregano.
UPDATE: Due to popular demand (and for those who are not fans of feta), check out Baked Brie Pasta with cherry tomatoes and fresh thyme.
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- 2 cups cherry tomatoes
- 3 Tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 1/2 cup white wine
- 1 (8-oz.) block feta cheese
- 12 oz. uncooked pasta of choice
- Fresh basil, for serving
- Preheat the oven to 400°F.
- In a 13x9-inch baking dish, stir together the cherry tomatoes, 2 tablespoons olive oil and ½ teaspoon black pepper.
- Push the tomatoes to the sides of the dish then place the block of feta cheese in the center. Drizzle the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil on top of the feta.
- Drizzle the white wine all around the feta then bake until the cheese has softened and the tomatoes are roasted, about 30 minutes.
- While the feta is baking, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente, 10 t0 12 minutes. Drain the pasta and set it aside.
- Remove the baking dish from the oven and using a large spoon, mash the feta and stir it together with the tomatoes. Drain the pasta then add it to the baking dish, stirring well to combine.
- Garnish the pasta with the basil and serve.
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This is EXCELLENT!!!
My tweaks: Made a full pound of pasta – used small shells as all the juices collected in the little cups; added some dry spices to the hot mixture = a bit of Oregano and dried Basil, some salt & additional fresh ground pepper.
Served w a big salad & garlic bread — EXCELLENT, EASY & ELEGANT !!!
Thank you, Kelly
You are so welcome, Joan! I’m thrilled you enjoyed the recipe!
So delicious!! Make it so many times And every time we add new stuff like veggies olives and artichokes and it makes it better every time!!
Woohoo! I’m thrilled you’ve been enjoying the recipe, Henry!
I love it, I make it often! I usually add in whatever I have. Tonight is tomatoes, artichoke hearts, kalamata olives, and a few mushrooms. Delicious!
YUM! I’m so glad you’ve been enjoying the recipe, Kathy!
Converted to VEGAN with vegan Feta and left out wine. Very yummy. Only “non vegan” item was olive oil…which I choose to use.
I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe, Kathy!
This is wonderful. Very easy with fabulous results. Thank you for such a simple, great recipe!
You are so welcome, Mary! I’m thrilled you enjoyed it!
It looks really runny when you take it out of the oven, I not only mashed the tomatoes, I used my hand held blender. Then it is a nice consistency. This is really easy and really good.
I’m so thrilled you enjoyed the recipe, Loreen!
I heard so much about this recipe but sadly we didn’t love it. The feta overpowered everything. Needed a different ratio. More tomatoes – less feta. U win some, you lose some!
I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy the recipe, Betsy.
Decided to use goat cheese, I found 4 oz blocks at Target that were with garlic & herbs so I got 2 of those. I prefer the slight extra tang in goat cheese anyway. Had 2 12-oz packages of cherry tomatoes and used all of those, so that was more than the recipe. We used probably 5 tablespoons of oil in total because of the extra tomatoes. Added in sliced fresh garlic per the original TikTok recipe (because garlic!), and added the white wine. Added in some crushed red pepper, cracked black pepper, sprinkle of kosher salt and some Italian mixed seasoning. The goat cheese melted beautifully and we liked it, will make again! We used zitis. I also have cans of tuna in oil we got at Costco and think I’ll try with that. Thanks!
Love your additions, Deb! I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe!
Love this recipe! Added minced garlic to it before baking! Yum!
I’m thrilled you enjoyed the recipe!
Fabulous and as easy as promised. I skipped the black pepper and at the end added some chopped kalamata olives for an extra zing. Given how great it is, I would change it from 6 servings to 4. Thank you!!
Woohoo! I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe, Mary!
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