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Tomato and Feta Pasta recipe

Tomato and Feta Pasta recipe

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This vegetarian pasta can be eaten hot or cold as a salad. Simple and utterly delicious.

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IngredientsServes: 8

  • 450g farfalle pasta
  • 2 spring onions, chopped
  • 175g feta cheese, crumbled
  • 125ml balsamic vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 360g chopped fresh tomato

MethodPrep:10min ›Cook:10min ›Ready in:20min

  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to the boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain and place in ice water until cool.
  2. Toss pasta with onion, feta, balsamic, olive oil and tomato. Serve immediately or chill 1 to 2 hours in refrigerator.

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Reviews & ratingsAverage global rating:(226)

Reviews in English (157)

by christy

I really enjoy making and eating this pasta salad. I do have some alterations I reccomend though. I always add some coarse ground garlic salt, ground black pepper and basil. Now that it's summer, I've been adding a bit of fresh basil, but usually I use dried. Both are good. I use halved grape tomatoes instead of diced big tomatoes. I also grill a couple of chicken breasts, marinated in italian dressing, and cube them into the salad. I like to toast some pine nuts and toss them in just before serving too. I always make this dish the night before I plan to serve it. It makes a HUGE difference. If it comes out a bit too dry for you, just increase the vinegar and oil. I add a couple Tablespoons of water to my balsamic vinegar, because it's slightly strong for me, but my mother loves it before I add the water. Great recipe for picnics and luncheons! It looks pretty served over a bed of baby spinach and a few fresh basil leaves on top-10 May 2006

by RogueOnion8

My roommate and I LOVED this pasta salad. I made a few changes to the recipe. As suggested by other reviewers I used a 16 oz. can of diced tomatoes instead of fresh and I added two tablespoons of dried oregano plus two tablespoons of dried basil. I used basil and tomato feta cheese. It turned out amazing! Don't forget to add a touch of salt. If you enjoy Feta cheese and Balsamic Vinegar then you will love this tricky concoction. Very unique recipe.-07 Jul 2004


Baked Feta Pasta - TIKTOK ORIGINAL

This Baked Feta Pasta (Tiktok Original!) is one of those dishes that's ridiculously easy. I shared this feta tomato pasta recipe in 2019 after hearing about Finnish Blogger, Liemessa's, viral dish. I wanted to share an English version of her recipe which then went viral on my instagram and now tiktok! To make it, simply fill a baking dish with feta, tomatoes, olive oil, salt and pepper and bake. Toss with fresh garlic, cooked pasta, and basil and you've got dinner handled!

And. if you want the viral tiktok baked feta pasta recipe but no tomatoes, try my baked feta pasta with butternut squash, sage and hot honey or even this spring themed baked goat cheese pasta with asparagus, peas and herbs!


Baked Feta Pasta

This is the story about another viral TikTok trend that I kinda sorted wanted to hate. but didn't. It's not that I didn't think the idea sounded delicious. It's just that the whole thing seemed too simple. Obviously roasting a block of feta with bursting tomatoes is going to be amazing. But is it good enough to break the internet?

My answer, begrudgingly, is yes. It's genius. But dare I say, not perfect? Below are my thoughts.

  1. You don't need to change the oven temperature. The OG recipe calls for baking the feta with the tomatoes at 200ºC for 30 minutes then kicking up for the last 10 minutes. After 30 minutes in the oven, I found my feta well on its way to a pretty shade of golden on top. To avoid burning additions like garlic and herbs (see my next note), I think it's best to keep the temperature steady.
  2. You can play add more than just tomatoes and feta. Quartered shallots will get nice and jammy, and smashed garlic will infuse the olive oil. Like spice? Throw in a ton of chilli flakes. Got thyme? Add a couple sprigs for an earthy touch.
  3. Adding pasta water helps. A scoop of pasta water will help stretch your sauce to coat your pasta more smoothly and generously.

Want to try more viral TikTok recipes? Pesto eggs are currently going WILD on TikTok, plus here are some more TikTok recipes.


Cheese Alternatives

There are some people that really don’t like the strong taste of Feta cheese and these people want alternatives. If that’s you, this list will be helpful.

  1. Half Cream Cheese and half Feta Cheese
  2. Half Parmesan Cheese and half Feta Cheese
  3. Half Cream Cheese and any other flavored cheese of your choice.
  4. Diary Free Cheese of your choice.

The Parmesan Cheese and Feta combine is delightful! I prefer the full feta cheese option as my first choice though.

Here are a few photos we took while making this dish! You will find the printable recipe card at the very bottom of this post.

You can watch the TikTok video we did here:


How to Make Mediterranean Baked Feta Pasta

One reason recipes like this go viral is definitely the easiness factor! We all want to feel like we can actually accomplish the dish, right? And this one actually is as easy as it looks! Just cook the pasta and bake the other ingredients.

  1. Prep the Oven and Macaroni. Preheat the oven to 425˚F, and also boil the macaroni in a large pot according to the package directions.
  2. Bake the Feta. While the macaroni cooks, place the block of feta in the center of a large baking dish. Arrange the grape tomatoes, red pepper strips, and olives around the feta. Season with oregano, thyme, salt, and pepper drizzle with oil. Gently mix to coat and bake for 25-30 minutes.
  3. Mix the “Sauce.” Remove the dish from the oven the tomatoes should be soft. Using the back of a spoon, press the feta until creamy, and gently stir everything together until combined. Stir in the basil and parsley.
  4. Add the Pasta to the Sauce. Drain the macaroni well, and then add to the feta-sauce. Stir gently to combine. Taste for salt and add more if needed. Garnish with basil and parsley. Serve.


6 Easy Ways to Upgrade the Baked Feta Pasta Everyone’s Making

Chances are you’ve already got all these ingredients in your pantry.

By now we have all seen the viral baked feta pasta videos sweeping the nation. And if for some reason you have not, as with many recipe hacks, it is a little bit of genius. A block of feta, some olive oil, whole grape or cherry tomatoes, salt and pepper, some chili flake if you like heat or garlic if you lean that direction. Bake until the tomatoes have burst and the cheese is soft, mix together, and toss in cooked pasta. It&aposs super easy, delicious, and a perfect no-brainer dinner to get on the table.

But sometimes with a viral recipe like this, especially one that then inspires its own versions, some key things can get lost in translation. For example, most of the videos do not specify Greek or Bulgarian sheep&aposs milk feta, both of which will break down into much creamier sauce than American cow&aposs milk versions, which tend to be grittier and often saltier. Not an unpleasant flavor, just something to be aware of. And most do not remind you that as with any pasta, the addition of a couple tablespoons of the pasta cooking water will help emulsify the sauce and make it cling to the pasta better.

There are now different versions hitting the internet, using different cheeses, adding different vegetables, roasting the garlic versus adding raw at the end, basil or no basil. And it is certainly worth experimenting with your own versions.

For me, I love a recipe that is as easy to improve as it is to make in the original. Because the only thing better than a viral recipe that is delicious, is one that you can take to the next level by just adding a bonus ingredient, especially if that ingredient is already in your pantry! Here are 6 great ways to upgrade your original viral feta pasta!


Baked Feta Pasta With Cherry Tomatoes

When it comes to pasta, I usually either make my favorite 20 Minute Pasta Carbonara or One Pot Creamy Tomato Spinach Chicken Pasta. Simple, straightforward recipes that result in delicious dishes. But Feta pasta?

Coming from Bulgaria, close to Greece, where Feta cheese is a staple in the National cuisine, I had to try this recipe.

I hope Italians don’t make a big deal out of this version.

What most people don’t tell you is that the Original Creator of this Baked Feta Pasta is a Finnish blogger – Liemessa.

She simply bakes a block of feta with tomatoes to create a salty, tangy and flavorful sauce, that is combined with al dente pasta, spices and fresh basil.

The pasta is customizable, feel free to add extra spices, use more tomatoes to produce extra sauce and use your favorite type of pasta – from Spaghetti to Fusilli or Farfalle.

Kids like this pasta, since it reminds them of the taste of my homemade tomato red pepper spread – Lutenitsa, paired with Feta.


Slow Cooker Feta and Tomato Pasta

Have you seen the viral Tik Tok Feta and Tomato Pasta? Try my slow cooker version which has cream cheese and loads of other flavors.

Who doesn&rsquot love an easy pasta dish? I love chicken parmesan pasta when I&rsquom not making this!

I may be too old to be on Tik Tok but I do love checking out the viral recipes. This feta tomato recipe is based on an oven version I saw on Tik Tok.

The recipe starts with grape tomatoes with plenty of seasonings. A block of feta cheese is placed in the center. The tomatoes and seasonings make a homemade tomato sauce for this dish. My twist on this recipe is adding cream cheese for I didn&rsquot think feta was enough to make a sauce for this dish.


Baked Feta Pasta

Although I’m not really on TikTok, I have heard about this pasta a lot and wanted to give it a try myself. I have to say that although I usually make pasta with meat sauce and love to serve it with feta cheese, this recipe is much easier. Given how easy this recipe is, I was really impressed with the end result, the flavors are so incredibly delicious.

The sauce is salty and tangy and so delicious that it really creates a party in your mouth. Every bite is irresistible, it’s creamy, cheesy, garlicky, and my version has a bit of a kick to it from the red pepper flakes. This recipe is also very versatile, you can add any protein to it, you can make it even creamier by adding a splash of heavy cream, or you can even add more veggies, such as spinach, broccoli or asparagus.


The Magic Ingredient

All the ingredients in this Baked Feta Pasta are delicious and important. However, one ingredient takes this recipe to the next level – pasta water. Now, I know you’re thinking, “You mean that stuff I pour down the drain?” YEP. You need to start saving a little bit of that magic stuff before you drain the pasta. Have you ever had a sauce that just won’t stick to your noodles? Pasta water is the answer! It is salty and starchy and it helps the sauce thicken and cling to the noodles. I usually save about a cup of pasta water and then once I combine the sauce and noodles, I just add a little pasta water at a time until I reach the desired consistency. Try it, you will believe it when you see it.