An easy to make pasta with baked feta inspired by current TikTok trends.

Recipe Summary

40 mins
1 hr
20 mins
6 servings


Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  • Combine cherry tomatoes, bell pepper, onion, olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, lemon zest, red pepper flakes, black pepper, Italian seasoning, basil, and sea salt in a 13x9-inch baking dish.

  • Make room in the middle of the pan and add block of feta cheese. Flip in oil, making sure cheese remains intact and becomes well coated.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until the cherry tomatoes begin to blister and split, 40 to 45 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add penne and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 11 minutes. Drain and reserve about 1 cup of the pasta water.

  • Remove feta-tomato mixture from the oven. Mash garlic, tomatoes, onions, and peppers with a heavy spoon and mix with the feta cheese, creating a sauce. Stir in spinach and cooked pasta. The spinach will get cooked from the heat of the pasta sauce and pasta. Add pasta water, a little at a time if needed, to reach desired consistency. Mix well and serve.

Cook's Notes:

Greek feta cheese made from sheep's milk produces a creamier pasta than feta made from cow's milk.

You can use any pasta shape for this dish or substitute spaghetti squash or zoodles for a low-carb option.

Nutrition Facts

497 calories; protein 14.3g; carbohydrates 50.7g; fat 27.8g; cholesterol 33.7mg; sodium 513.1mg. Full Nutrition