Baked Feta Pasta Recipe

I would be amazed to hear that anyone has not seen the viral Baked Feta Pasta recipe that has been featured around the web and social media in the past month. I know that I saw it a thousand times before grabbing the ingredients and trying it for myself. The result was delicious, and you can make this super easy and delicious dish at home using Simply Artisan Reserve Feta Cheese Crumbles and Freeze Dried Basil.

Preparing a tray of Baked Feta Pasta

There are a lot of variations of this recipe out there but this one is the most basic and original. The original recipe does have you turn up the oven temperature at the end of baking to brown the cheese, however, I found that step unnecessary. The recipe itself was really easy to put together, I would just offer a word of caution when crushing the tomatoes with a fork to be careful of them bursting hot seeds and juices onto your hands.

The best part about this dish is that you can completely customize it with various proteins, vegetables, other cheeses and more! Here are some ideas:

  • Other cheese ideas: Blue Cheese, Brie, Burrata
  • Protein: Add chicken or shrimp to the baking dish in the last 10-15 minutes of baking time
  • Vegetables: Cubed Eggplant, Asparagus, Spinach and Mushrooms

Baked Feta Pasta fresh from the oven

Be cautious with certain proteins and vegetables because they may require different cook times. Be sure to check for doneness with chicken or any meat protein.

If you haven’t tried this recipe yet, give it a try. It’s the easiest thing you’ll make all week and you’ll thank the internet for the inspiration!

Feta Baked Pasta Recipe

Serves 4 | Finish in 50 minutes
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This simple pasta dish requires very little prep and transforms a few simple ingredients into an amazing meal. You can even turn the classic, viral baked feta pasta into a custom meal with your favorite ingredients.

Ingredients

  • 10 oz. Dried Pasta (farfalle, rigantoni, penne, etc)
  •  2 pt. Cherry or Grape Tomatoes
  • ½ c. Olive Oil
  • 3 Garlic Cloves, smashed
  •  8 oz. Litehouse® Simply Artisan Feta Cheese Crumbles
  • Salt
  • Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 tbsp. Litehouse® Freeze Dried Basil

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400° F. In a 13x9 baking dish, add the tomatoes and garlic and drizzle with half of the olive oil. Toss tomatoes to coat and sprinkle with salt. Pour the feta cheese crumbles in the center of the dish on top of the tomatoes, sprinkle with red pepper flakes and drizzle the dish with remaining olive oil. Place into oven and bake for 40 minutes, until tomatoes begin to burst, and the cheese is toasted.
  2.  When 15 minutes remain on the tomatoes, cook pasta according to package instructions in a large pot of salted water. Reserve ½ cup of the pasta water, then drain.
  3.  Remove the tomatoes from the oven and with a fork, carefully smash tomatoes and mix with the baked feta cheese. Add the pasta to the pan and toss to coat, adding reserved pasta water if the pasta seems too dry. Toss with Litehouse® Freeze Dried Basil and serve immediately.

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