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Baked Feta Pasta


Description

Easy baked feta pasta is a quick pasta recipe with a few simple ingredients. Feta cheese and tomatoes bake in the oven and then are mixed to create a pasta sauce. Add cooked pasta and herbs, and you get an easy dinner that is full of fresh flavors.


Ingredients

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  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 (8-oz) block feta cheese
  • 20 ounces cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, roughly chopped
  • 8 ounces cavatappi pasta

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. Pour the olive oil into a 9×13″ baking dish. Place the block of feta cheese in the middle and turn it a few times to coat it in the oil. Place the cherry tomatoes in a single layer around the cheese. Gently shake the pan to coat the tomatoes in the pan.
  3. Sprinkle the Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper all over the cheese and tomatoes.
  4. Bake the feta and tomatoes for 30 to 35 minutes or until the tomatoes have started to burst open.
  5. While the feta bakes, boil the pasta following the package instructions. Reserve 1/2 cup of the starchy pasta water before draining the pasta.
  6. When the feta and tomatoes are done baking, add the basil and garlic to the pan. Stir the cheese and tomatoes. The cheese should be soft enough so when you gently press it with a spatula it breaks down and mixes well with the tomatoes.
  7. Add the cooked pasta and stir to combine with the other ingredients.  If you feel the dish needs a little more liquid add a little reserved pasta water so the dish is creamier.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Calories: 421
  • Sugar: 5.1g
  • Sodium: 458.1mg
  • Fat: 27.5g
  • Saturated Fat: 8.5g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 17.7g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 34.3g
  • Fiber: 2.5g
  • Protein: 11.3g
  • Cholesterol: 33.7mg