Recipe Summary

20 mins
40 mins
1 hr
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


Rating: 5 stars
I made it with Herb and Garlic cream cheese one time, delish! Another time I used Boursin Garlic cheese, another hit! I don't add the papers, onions, or lemon things but use vine ripened cherry tomatoes. We have it at least once a week! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This was a fantastic recipe. I followed the instructions to the letter (minus the excess pasta water.) I came out better than I imagined, especially since I am not really a big fan of feta. Delicious! I will bsolutely make this again. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Super easy and yummy. Smells great cooking. The tomatoes are perfect in this pasta. We would definitely add more garlic next time. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Tasted great, but will be SO much better in the summer with sun-ripened cherry tomatoes. The tomatoes were the one ingredient that wasn't awesome but I had "winter" tomatoes Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I changed pasta to gnocchi.... family loved it , I also I used marinated feta in a oil base....more flavour :) it will be a quick yummy GOTO in this household....sorry can't upload a pic.....tried :( Read More