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Baking dish of baked feta pasta with spoon inside for serving
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Baked Feta Pasta

Baked feta pasta is a simple recipe made by oven roasting a block of feta cheese with cherry tomatoes to create a salty and cheesy sauce!
Course Dinner, Entree, Pastas
Cuisine Mediterranean
Diet Vegetarian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 429kcal
Author Yumna Jawad

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces dried cavatappi pasta or pasta of choice
  • 2 pints cherry tomatoes
  • 8- ounce block feta cheese
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • ¼ cup packed chopped fresh basil plus more for serving

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Place the cherry tomatoes in an oven-safe baking dish. Pour the olive oil on top, and season with salt and pepper. Toss until well combined.
  • Place the feta block in the middle of the baking dish surrounded by the cherry tomatoes, and flip a couple times to coat it with the olive oil and seasoning.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 35 minutes, until the cherry tomatoes burst, and the feta cheese melts.
  • While the tomatoes and feta are baking, cook the pasta in a pot of salted water according to package instructions until al dente. Drain, reserving ½ cup of the cooking liquid in case you'd like to toss it in.
  • Immediately add the garlic and basil leaves to the cooked tomatoes and feta and toss everything to combine.
  • Transfer the cooked pasta to the baking dish and toss to combine. Garnish with more fresh basil and serve warm.

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Notes

Recipe: I learned about this recipe idea from Grilled Cheese Social, and this is based on her version.
Storage: Store any leftovers in an airtight container. They will last about 3-4 days in the fridge.
Substitutes: For best results, follow the recipe as is. However here are some common substitutes that would work well in this recipe.
  • Instead of cavatappi pasta, you can use any pasta or make it with gluten-free pasta
  • Instead of cherry tomatoes, you can use regular whole tomatoes or even canned diced tomatoes, but cherry tomatoes have the best flavor here.

Nutrition

Calories: 429kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 539mg | Potassium: 457mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 932IU | Vitamin C: 36mg | Calcium: 214mg | Iron: 2mg