We don’t have a tik tok account, but I’ve seen this trend posted everywhere and figure I would give it a shot. While it’s super easy, we where not sold on it. It’s like the feta took on a more tart flavor like a goat cheese once it baked. I’ve seen several other versions since this came out so I would be interested to give the others a try. I think we liked it better as a dip with crusty bread than over pasta. I also realize the recipe called for a block of feta, however my grocery order subbed crumbled which will work just as well.

Baked Feta Pasta
(Adapted from Tik Tok)

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2 pt. cherry or grape tomatoes
1 shallot, quartered
3 cloves garlic, smashed (optional)
1/2 c. extra virgin olive oil, divided
Kosher salt
Crushed red pepper flakes
1 (8-oz.) block feta
3 sprigs thyme
10 oz. pasta

Preheat oven to 400°. In a large ovenproof skillet or medium baking dish, combine tomatoes, shallot, garlic, and most of the olive oil. Season with salt and red pepper flakes and toss to combine.

Place feta into center of tomato mixture and drizzle top with remaining olive oil. Scatter thyme over tomatoes. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, until tomatoes are bursting and feta is golden on top.

Meanwhile, in a large pot of salted boiling water, cook pasta according to package instructions.

Reserve ½ cup pasta water before draining.

To skillet with tomatoes and feta, add cooked pasta and reserved pasta water to skillet and stir until completely combined. Garnish with basil before serving.

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