Never has feta cheese been such an in-demand product. The famous TikTok feta pasta recipe has been creating a frenzy of excitement as people all over the world share their version of the one-dish wonder.
The only issue is that with the craze spreading like crazy, feta may become scarce (but one genius mum suggested using ricotta instead.) The recipe was created by food blogger and artist Jenni Häyrinen, who originally posted this easy peasy pasta recipe to her Instagram and called it uunifetapasta, or oven baked feta pasta.
The dish is centred around a whole block of feta cheese which is nestled on a bed of cherry tomatoes and then is roasted with some chopped chillis and garlic cloves. Once the tomatoes are suitably blistered, the tomatoes and cheese are mashed together and cooked pasta is added and that’s it. Apparently, the recipe was so popular that it resulted in a shortage of feta in Finland.
Let’s All Cook Baked Feta Pasta
Häyrinen even established International Uunifetapasta Day on 4 Feb where EVERYBODY cooks baked feta pasta on that day.
Baked Feta Pasta Lands On TikTok
Nearly 2 years after the original recipe was published, Häyrinen’s feta pasta recipe is having a revival on TikTok. Many different Tiktokkers have been trying out the recipe and getting massive views. There were many many variations of the recipe, but the secret ingredient (fresh chilli) was pretty much never included in the videos and most often replaced with chilli flakes. Häyrinen couldn’t just stand by and watch her recipe being decimated so she hopped onto the video platform and posted her own version.
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The Aussie Version…All Aldi Ingredients
A local Aussie mum has also shared her version on the Aldi Mums page on Facebook.
“We tried the Tik Tik Pasta. My 12 YO daughter was super excited, I was sceptical. We both loved it and had fun together making it,” she said.
“All ingredients from your local Aldi. Danish Feta, 2 punnets cherry tomatoes, salt, pepper, 2 pinches chilli flakes, basil, 3whole garlic cloves, generous drizzle olive oil bake 40 mins. Add cooked spiral pasta,” she shares.
“Cheap, yummy and fun to make. We are already planning our next version with more ingredients,” she added.
The post attracted hundreds of enthusiastic comments, many saying how delicious the dish is and also sharing their variations.
“We had this the other night too. Soooo yum!”
“Thanks for sharing – made this tonight and we loved it – Just added balsamic and chorizo and fresh basil.”
“Ooh I made this for my family last night and added pulled chicken at the end, will definitely make it again so yummy!”
Of course, there are always those who aren’t a fan.
Some said the dish wasn’t to their taste.
“This dish is soooo underwhelming! I added bacon and onion and still..”
“it was ok I thought it was going to be amazing after all the positive remarks online on other sites beside this one …but I found it average as did everyone else in my family.”
“Made this last week n my whole fam did not like it. Was a weird taste.”
But we think it’s definitely worth giving it a go.
TikTok Baked Feta Pasta Recipe
1 pack feta
2 punnets cherry tomatoes
4 cloves garlic, whole
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon chilli flakes – although the original recipe called for one chopped fresh red chilli
Pepper to taste
1/2 cup olive oil
1 packet of pasta of your choice
Handful chopped basil leaves
Heat oven to 200C
Place cherry tomatoes at the bottom of a baking dish.
Add garlic cloves and then drizzle a quarter of the olive oil over the tomatoes.
Make space in the middle of the dish and place the whole feta block in the centre.
Add chillies on the top of the feta and drizzle the rest of the olive oil all over the ingredients.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
Place in oven for 15 minutes
Then turn up the oven to 220C on grill for 10 minutes.
While the dish is cooking, boil pasta
Once the feta is soft and melty and the tomatoes are blistered, remove from the dish from oven and break up with a fork
Add basil and pasta and stir to combine. Serve.
Have you tried the baked feta cheese pasta dish yet? Tell us in the comments below.
Main Image Via: liemessa / Instagram