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Baked Feta Pasta

This tangy and flavorful baked feta pasta is an easy weeknight pasta dish that takes no work at all! Just add a block of feta, some juicy cherry tomatoes, spinach, and seasonings to a baking dish and pop it in the oven. Stir in your pasta and you’ve created the most mouthwateringly creamy pasta that the whole family will love!

a large baking dish full of baked feta pasta with cherry tomatoes and spinach scattered throughout

Why You’ll Love This TikTok Baked Feta Pasta

Whether it’s a casserole, lasagna rolls, or baked mac and cheese, I love the ease of compiling everything in a dish and then popping it in the oven to fill the house with its yummy aroma.

Today’s baked feta pasta was borne from a TikTok that went viral a while ago. I’ve been making a similar dish for my feta-obsessed family, so I figured I should share my version too! It’s such an easy pasta recipe to throw together which makes it perfect for busy weeknights.

There’s so much salty cheesy goodness wrapped around the pasta, and small bursts of cherry tomatoes throughout each bite. It’s deliciously seasoned, has some sneaky spinach, and all you have to do is bake the sauce and then add pasta!

Key Ingredients for Pasta with Feta and Cherry Tomatoes

garlic, olive oil, feta cheese, cherry tomatoes, fusilli pasta, oregano, salt, black pepper, and spinach all set out to make baked feta pasta
  • Fusilli – You can use another pasta, but I recommend one that is smaller and shaped so that the cheese mixture gets trapped in each bite. 
  • Feta Cheese – a whole block, not pre-crumbled.
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Olive Oil
  • Vegetables – Garlic and spinach.
  • Seasonings – Dried oregano, black pepper, and sea salt.

Find the full printable recipe with specific measurements below.

How to Make This Pasta Bake

Step 1: Preheat and Prep

Preheat your oven to 400F and set an 8×11-inch baking dish to the side. 

Step 2: Cook Pasta

Cook the fusilli pasta according to the package directions until al dente. Drain and set aside.

Hint: Save pasta water in case you need it later.

a pot full of cooked pasta

Step 3: Combine Other Ingredients

Place the cherry tomatoes in the oven-safe baking dish and add olive oil, tossing well. Add the feta block in the middle of the baking dish, drizzle with olive oil, and season with salt, oregano, and pepper.

uncooked cherry tomatoes and a block of feta cheese in a white baking dish

Step 4: Bake

Bake the cheese mixture for 30-35 minutes until the tomatoes burst and the feta melts. 

the baked feta and cherry tomatoes in a baking dish

Step 5: Stir

Stir everything together until the tomatoes and feta combine into a creamy sauce.

Hint: If the sauce is too thick, this is where you can add a little bit of pasta water – one tablespoon at a time – until you reach your desired consistency.

Step 6: Add Veggies

Add spinach and minced garlic to the sauce and mix well.

the melted feta cheese with cherry tomatoes and spinach

Step 7: Add Pasta

Add cooked pasta to the sauce and toss well to combine.

cooked pasta on top of the feta cheese sauce and veggies

FAQs

Can I make this dish with other types of cheese?

Yes, you can make this recipe with other cheese. I’d recommend something softer like goat cheese or ricotta, but you can of course experience with whatever you want!

What is the best pasta for pasta bake?

The best pasta for a pasta bake or even just a chunky sauce, is something like fusilli, penne, shells, rigatoni, or, bow tie. The smaller pieces with shapes and ridges are perfect for holding onto the sauce and distributing all of the flavors in each bite. 

Why is my feta not melting in the oven?

Feta has a lower water content than a lot of cheese so it takes longer to melt. A block of cheese will also melt better than crumbled cheese because it’s less processed. If you follow the instructions for this feta pasta exactly it should melt perfectly fine, but you can always add a little bit of reserved pasta water to thin the cheesy sauce and help with melting once you remove it from the oven. 

Can I make feta pasta on the stove?

You sure can! Just follow all of the instructions as written, except instead of letting the sauce bake, you’ll heat it and stir everything together on the stovetop. 

How long does baked feta pasta last? 

This pasta is best enjoyed immediately, but if you have leftovers you can keep them in an airtight container in the fridge for about three days.  

Variations on Baked Feta Pasta

  • Stir cooked sausage into your pasta bake when you add the pasta.
  • No tomatoes are necessary if you don’t like them and would rather include sliced bell pepper or spinach.
  • Speaking off, things like broccoli and leafy greens would be great in this dish!
  • If you don’t have cherry tomatoes, you can use canned tomatoes.
  • Fold in some cooked shredded chicken for added protein.
  • Use an a different pasta shape like penne or bow tie.
  • Follow the recipe for the concept, but use a different cheese or flavor palate. For example, you can use mozzarella and stir in basil, sausage, or bacon, to create a pizza-themed pasta.
baked feta pasta with spinach and cherry tomatoes in a bowl with a spoon

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baked feta pasta with spinach and cherry tomatoes in a bowl with a spoon

Baked Feta Pasta

This tangy and flavorful baked feta pasta is an easy weeknight pasta dish that takes no work at all! Just add a block of feta, some juicy cherry tomatoes, spinach, and seasonings to a baking dish and pop it in the oven. Stir in your pasta and you’ve created the most mouthwateringly creamy pasta that the whole family will love!
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Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Diet: Vegetarian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 38 minutes
Servings6 servings
Calories: 337kcal

Ingredients

  • 8 oz fusilli uncooked
  • 1 block feta cheese 8 ounces
  • 1 pound cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup spinach fresh
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

Instructions

  • Prepare 8×11-inch baking dish. Preheat the oven to 400F.
  • Cook the fusilli pasta according to the package directions until al dente. Drain and set aside.
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  • Place cherry tomatoes in an oven-safe baking dish and add olive oil, toss well. Add feta block in the middle of the baking dish, drizzle with olive oil, and season with salt, oregano, and pepper.
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  • Bake for 30-35 minutes until the tomatoes burst and the feta melts. 
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  • Stir everything together until the tomatoes and feta combine into a creamy sauce.
  • Add spinach and minced garlic to the sauce, and mix well.
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  • Add cooked pasta, toss to combine.
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Notes

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave, stirring at 30 second intervals. 

Nutrition

Calories: 337kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 541mg | Potassium: 310mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1001IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 213mg | Iron: 2mg
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