This Baked Feta Pasta recipe has gone viral on TikTok. Let's find out why! It's an amazing, easy pasta dinner with just a few simple ingredients but is full of big flavors.
Roasted ripe cherry tomatoes and salty cheese turn into this wonderfully creamy sauce that makes a delicious pasta dish.
Have you seen the viral recipe for the Baked Feta pasta? Of course, not every viral food moment is worth it's worth the hype and a good idea. But this TikTok feta pasta recipe is!
There's a reason thousands have made this video of people on TikTok. And it'll probably end up in a collection of 2021 viral food moments. When I first saw it, I was instantly hooked. Any low-effort recipe that calls for just a handful of ingredients is worth it in my book.
Why We Love This Baked Feta Pasta Recipe
EASY - Even beginners can master this dish with ease.
INGREDIENTS - It only has a handful of ingredients, most of which you'll probably already have in your fridge and pantry.
QUICK - Prep takes minutes, and the oven does most of the work, freeing up your time.
BIG FLAVOR - This dish bursts with flavor despite its simple list of ingredients.
TRENDY - This recipe is trendy. And who doesn't like to impress friends and family with something special?
Please check the recipe card below for a detailed, printable ingredient list.
This recipe uses simple ingredients that are easy on your wallet and are also quick to prepare. Here you'll need:
CHERRY TOMATOES - These little tomatoes are flavorful and easy to get fresh. Grape tomatoes work well, too.
FETA CHEESE - For this recipe, you'll want block feta cheese. You can find this cheese in every grocery store. Look in the 'fancy cheese section.'
OLIVE OIL - Use good olive oil for this recipe. If you have extra-virgin olive oil, you'll notice the difference.
BASIL - Mmm, basil! Use a whole bunch of it in this recipe. It's really important to use fresh basil. If you only have dried, you'll want to run and get some fresh for this dish.
GARLIC - Freshly smashed cloves of garlic add a wonderful sharp bite to the dish.
RED PEPPER FLAKES - A little heat will make this a recipe you go back to over and over again.
PASTA - You can use any small pasta shape for this dish. Some ideas are penne, rigatoni, farfalle, orecchiette, elbows, or bowtie pasta. Whatever your pasta of choice, make sure to cook the pasta al dente.
Variations and Additions
I love recipes that are great by themselves but leave enough room to add your spin.
OLIVES - A cup of olives would add some saltiness, taste, and texture.
PROTEIN - This meal is completely delicious, but you can add grilled shrimp, grilled chicken, or even roasted salmon.
OTHER CHEESES - I've made this dish many times over the summer. It's simply so easy to make, and it tastes incredible. I've yet to try other cheese. But using a goat or mozzarella cheese log will be amazing.
PASTA - You can easily make this recipe gluten-free. Use your favorite gluten-free pasta. Or, if you're looking for something more wholesome, try making it with whole-wheat pasta instead.
Want to make it vegan? I've never tried this, but you could try this vegan feta cheese alternative. Again, I've never tried this, but I would love to.
TEXTURE - If you want a creamier texture, add a cup of reserved pasta water.
How To Make The Viral Baked Feta Pasta Recipe
Please check the printable recipe card below for more detailed instructions.
- Turn your oven on to 400º Fahrenheit.
- Place feta cheese in the middle of a 9x13 casserole dish, add cherry tomatoes, drizzle everything with olive oil, and sprinkle with seasoning.
- Bake the dish for 40 minutes at 400º Fahrenheit.
- Add the cooked pasta to the casserole dish and stir until well combined.
Recipe Success Tips
DRAIN YOUR PASTA WELL - Remove all excess water to avoid a runny sauce.
USE FRESH BASIL - Opt for fresh basil. It really gives the dish an extra boost of flavor.
STIR THOROUGHLY - Make sure you coat every piece of pasta with the sauce.
TASTE BEFORE SERVING - A quick taste test can guide your final seasoning.
ADD CHICKEN/SHRIMP - Want more protein? No problem! Toss in some grilled or baked chicken pieces or shrimp. It blends well with the creamy feta and adds a hearty touch.
SIDE SALAD - Looking for a light side? A simple Cucumber Salad is all you need. It's refreshing and balances the richness of the pasta.
HOMEMADE BREAD - If you want to go the extra mile, pair this pasta with a slice of freshly baked homemade bread. It's perfect for soaking up any leftover sauce on your plate!
STORE - Place the leftover pasta in an airtight container, seal it tightly, and pop it in the fridge. You can enjoy it again within the next 4 days.
FREEZE - Got too much? No problem! Put the pasta in a freezer-safe container and freeze it. It will stay good for up to 3 months.
REHEAT - When you're ready to revisit this tasty meal, take it out and microwave it. Add a splash of water before microwaving to help it stay moist and yummy.
More Easy Pasta Recipes Perfect For Weeknight Dinners
SHRIMP CARBONARA - Quick and creamy pasta with shrimp in just 20 minutes.
CHEESY CHICKEN PARMESAN - Enjoy a classic Italian dish the simple way.
TIKTOK SPAGHETTI - A playful spin on spaghetti that's as fun to make as it is to eat.
SHRIMP AND MUSHROOM PASTA - Seafood and earthy mushrooms make an unbeatable pair.
LASAGNA ROLL-UPS - Get the lasagna flavor without fussing over layers.
FRENCH ONION PASTA - It's like French onion soup, but in pasta form!
LAZY LASAGNA - Satisfy your lasagna craving without spending all day cooking.
Please take a moment to rate our Baked Feta Recipe!
Baked Feta Pasta
- Preheat the oven to 400º Fahrenheit.
- Place feta cheese in the center of a 9x13 inch casserole dish. Add cherry tomatoes. Drizzle with olive oil and season with red pepper flakes, and cracked salt and pepper. Bake for 40 minutes at 400º Fahrenheit.
- Meanwhile cook the pasta according to the package instructions. Cook pasta al dente. Drain and set aside.*
- Remove baked feta cheese and tomatoes from the oven. Use a fork and smash the tomatoes and mix well with the feta cheese. Add fresh garlic and basil. Mix well. Keep mixing until well combined.
- Add pasta and toss until well coated. Season again with salt and pepper. Serve and enjoy.