Spicy, Lemony Baked Feta Pasta
- SERVES: 4—6
- PREP: 10 minutes
- TOTAL TIME: 40 minutes
Inspired by the viral TikTok pasta dish but with a lusciously cheesy, spicy twist!
Even before Cravings got a TikTok, I had seen the viral baked feta pasta recipe EVERYWHERE. Originated by Finnish blogger Jenni Häyrinen as "uunifetapasta," it is a one-pan wonder, roasting tomatoes with a whole block of feta cheese until the cheese is melted and bubbly and the tomatoes can be smashed into a sauce. Even though I'm not normally a huge fan of feta, I had to make my own version—that was spicier! The kick comes from Thai bird chiles. There's lemon zest and juice to complement the tanginess of the feta, and a nice crunch from toasted pine nuts. It's a twist on my spicy, lemony roasted tomato pasta, and you can use any pasta shape you like!
pounds cherry tomatoes
(8-oz.) block feta
cup olive oil, divided
teaspoon kosher salt
teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
pound bow tie pasta (or pasta of your choice)
cloves garlic, crushed
teaspoon finely minced Thai bird or other fresh hot chiles (seeded, if you like) plus more for garnish
cup lightly toasted pine nuts
tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
finely grated zest and juice of 1 lemon (1 ½ teaspoons zest, 2–3 tablespoons juice)
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