Baked Feta Tomato Fettuccine is my take on the latest viral dish from TikTok. Grape tomatoes and feta cheese are baked and then tossed with fettuccine pasta for a hearty, flavorful pasta dish sure to please the whole family.
Baked Feta Pasta is the new "it" dish, going viral on Tiktok and practically everyone is making it. But what about those of us who don't like feta cheese? Yes...it's true, there is a cheese I dislike. Which is feta cheese.
The reason I don't like feta (or goat cheese, actually) is because of the dry, crumbly texture. But good news my feta-disliking fans, this dish is neither! It's rich and creamy with the perfect amount of briny flavor from the feta cheese.
What is baked feta tomato fettuccine?
Baked Feta Tomato Fettuccine is my take on the TikTok Baked Feta Cheese Pasta dish. Move over 15 second dances, pasta is taking over! In this version, I baked crumbled feta cheese (because there's likely a shortage of block feta EVERYWHERE due to this recipe) with grape tomatoes, seasoned heartily with olive oil, Italian seasoning, crushed red pepper, garlic, salt and pepper. The gooey baked goodness is then mixed with cooked fettuccine noodles and topped with fresh basil.
🥘 Ingredients for this recipe
- fettuccine pasta
- grape tomatoes
- feta cheese, crumbled or in a block
- olive oil
- crushed red pepper
- Italian seasoning
- fresh basil
- salt and pepper
🔪Instructions for this recipe
- First, bake the feta cheese and tomatoes. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Toss tomatoes with olive oil, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Transfer to a baking dish. Stir in the garlic and crushed red pepper. Place the feta cheese in the center, drizzle with more olive oil, sprinkle some salt and pepper on top and bake.
- Then boil the pasta. Salt some water, boil the fettuccine until cooked through, save some pasta water, drain the rest and set aside.
- Next, mix it all together. Stir the pasta into the feta/tomato dish, adding reserved pasta water as needed to make a creamy sauce. Divide onto plates and sprinkle with fresh basil. Add additional salt and pepper to taste.
The great thing about this recipe is how simple it is, but it can easily be adjusted to your tastes by swapping out some ingredients or adding in more.
- Fettuccine Pasta can be replaced with your favorite pasta. Linguine or spaghetti work great or if you're feeling more of a macaroni style; you can use elbows, penne, farfalle, fusilli, etc. Or, go low carb and use a roasted spaghetti squash!
- Grape Tomatoes add in a second pint of tomatoes for some more veggie goodness! Onions, shallots and even zucchini would make a great addition to this dish.
- Feta Cheese is best in the block because it becomes golden and delicious easier, but if all you can find is crumbled, just pile it up in the center of the baking dish. Some people have used vegan feta cheese too. Goat cheese is similar to feta and would likely work the same, but a ricotta could be delicious too!
- Seasonings and herbs are pretty interchangeable in this dish. If you don't have Italian seasoning, skip it or use parsley or oregano instead. Thyme would be a great addition too. Don't like spice? Don't add the crushed red pepper!
- If you don't want to make this as a pasta dish, you can serve double up the amount of feta and once baked and mixed together, serve it as an appetizer with bread!
- Chicken Parmesan or a grilled chicken breast would be delicious with this pasta dish!
- Crumble up some ground sausage to make this a complete meal.
- Or, the ever classic and perfect go-to - a side salad!
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February's Improv Cooking Challenge ingredients are pasta and tomatoes. What better of a dish to make than this one, right? Check out what the other bloggers have made.
- Cameroon Chicken & Tomato Stew with CousCous from Pandemonium Noshery
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- Pasta with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes and Pepper Sauce by Magical Ingredients
- TicTok Feta Cheese and Tomato Pasta from Our Good Life
- Mediterranean Chicken and Orzo from A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Indian Style Pink Sauce Pasta from Sneha's Recipe
Baked Feta Tomato Fettuccine
- 5 oz feta cheese crumbled or block
- 1 pint grape tomatoes
- 2 tablespoon garlic minced
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
- 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 8 oz fettuccine
- ¼ cup fresh basil chopped
- salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Toss grape tomatoes with olive oil, garlic, Italian seasoning, crushed red pepper, salt and pepper in an 8x8 baking dish. Spread the tomatoes to the side and add the feta in the center. Splash with more olive oil, salt and pepper.
- Bake for 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile, bring a pot of salted water to a boil and cook fettuccine according to package directions. Drain, reserving 1 cup of pasta water, and set aside.
- Stir fettuccine into the tomato mixture, adding pasta water as needed to create a creamy sauce.
- Divide onto plates and top with fresh basil.
- Pasta: replace fettuccine with your favorite pasta (spaghetti, elbows, etc.)
- Tomatoes: add in a second pint of tomatoes or even onion or zucchini to this dish.
- Feta Cheese: the block is best but if you can't find it, crumbled will work. Just mold it into a pile. Goat cheese or vegan feta cheese would also work.
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