Baked Feta Pasta


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

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
1 hr
6 servings


  • 2 pints cherry tomatoes

  • ½ cup sliced red bell pepper

  • ½ cup sliced red onion

  • ½ cup olive oil

  • 4 cloves peeled garlic, or more to taste

  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest

  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes

  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning

  • ½ teaspoon dried basil

  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt

  • 1 (8 ounce) package Cheese, feta

  • 1 (12 ounce) package penne pasta

  • 1 cup baby spinach


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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 (per serving)

497 Calories
28g Fat
51g Carbs
14g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 497
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 28g 36%
Saturated Fat 9g 43%
Cholesterol 34mg 11%
Sodium 513mg 22%
Total Carbohydrate 51g 18%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 14g
Vitamin C 35mg 177%
Calcium 222mg 17%
Iron 4mg 21%
Potassium 437mg 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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