This Baked Feta Pasta is all over TikTok and it definitely lives up to the hype. Full of savory tomatoes and creamy cheese, you’ll want to make this dinner recipe again and again.
You can never go wrong with Italian-inspired meals, especially a good, hearty pasta. We love using fresh, garden tomatoes for our spaghetti sauce and will often make homemade canned spaghetti sauce when we have an abundance of tomatoes so we can enjoy the bright, fresh flavor all year long.
Baked Feta Pasta
This Baked Feta Pasta comes together in less than an hour and tastes like something you would order at a restaurant! The block of feta cooks down into a creamy sauce and the tomatoes are roasted to perfection. Once you add spinach, basil, garlic, and pancetta to the mix, you have a really unforgettable dish. I love serving this over rigatoni pasta because the sauce fills up the inside of the pasta, but you can serve it with any pasta shape you have on hand.
A TikTok Sensation
This Baked Feta Pasta recipe originated on TikTok! A blogger from Finland posted the original recipe it and it went super viral in her country. It became a stateside sensation once TikTok user @grilledcheesesocial posted the recipe on her page. It got over three million views! When I first made this recipe, I had to go to three different grocery stores to get a block of feta! Some viral food trends fall short of their big reputation, but this one truly lives up to the hype! It is so yummy and unlike any other pasta I have tried. I have made it so many times now and I have put my own spin on it!
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.
Other Pasta Recipes to Try
If you love this Baked Feta Pasta as much as we do, try some of our other pleasing pasta recipes!
- Creamy Bowtie Asparagus Pasta
- Chicken Artichoke Pasta
- Creamy Cajun Shrimp Pasta
- Tomato and Basil Pasta
- One-Pot Creamy Garlic Noodles
How to Make Baked Feta Pasta
- 5 ounces pancetta
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 8 ounce feta cheese in a block
- 12 ounces heirloom cherry tomatoes
- 2 tablespoons olive oil extra virgin
- red pepper flakes to taste
- salt and pepper to taste
- parsley to taste
- 1 pound pasta noodles
- 1 cup pasta water reserved from boiling pasta water
- 1 cup spinach chopped
- 5-6 basil leaves chopped
- 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
- Heat an oven safe skillet over medium heat. Add the pancetta and cook through. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant.
- Move the pancetta and garlic to the sides of the pan leaving a hole in the middle. Place the feta block in the center. Place the tomatoes all around the block of feta. Sprinkle olive oil, red pepper flakes, salt, pepper, and parsley over the feta and tomatoes.
- Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.
- While the feta is baking, cook your pasta. Reserve one cup of pasta water before draining. Remove the skillet from the oven and stir the contents around, breaking the feta up and crushing the tomatoes. Add the cup of pasta water, spinach, basil, and parmesan cheese. Stir well.
- Add pasta to the sauce and stir to combine. Serve immediately.
- Oven safe skillet