I love following trends, however I was not 100% convinced of this pasta recipe when I first saw it trending on Tik Tok. I had my doubts, this dish looked way to easy.
Then it started trending my Instagram for you page and I took is as a sign and headed for the fridge. I managed to rustle up the ingredients and got to cooking, or might I say arranging because really I just arranged everything on a baking tray and popped it into the oven – that’s it, 30 minutes later the sauce was done and we were digging in.
The sauce was so creamy and flavourful, and it did not require anything else besides a few extra basil leaves. This dish is perfect for a quick Valentines day dinner or just dinner in general, the kids loved it and they usually hate everyhting – ok this might be me exaggerating but you get what I’m saying.
Baked feta pasta recipe
2 rounds of feta cheese
1 1/2 cups of cherry tomatoes
1/2 a red onion, sliced finely
1/3 cup olive oil
1/2 teaspoon red chilli flakes
3 large garlic cloves
Freshly-cracked black pepper
300 g cooked pasta
1 cup loosely-packed chopped fresh basil
Heat oven to 200°C.
Place the feta in the center of a baking dish. Arrange the tomatoes, red onion and garlic cloves around the feta, then drizzle everything evenly with olive oil. Sprinkle the red chilli flakes and origanum evenly over the feta and tomatoes.
Bake for 30 to 35 minutes.
While the tomatoes and feta are baking, heat a large pot of generously salted water until boiling. Add the pasta to the boiling water and cook until al dente. Reserve 1 cup of the starchy pasta water and set it aside for later, then drain the pasta.
Remove the baking dish from the oven. Add the basil and stir the mixture together until the feta has melted into a creamy sauce. Add in the cooked pasta and gently toss until the pasta is evenly coated. If the sauce seems too dry, add in some of the reserved pasta water a little at a time until it reaches your desired consistency.
Taste and season with extra salt and pepper, if needed. Garnish with extra basil and serve and enjoy!