This Baked Feta Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes recipe is inspired by the TikTok famous cherry tomato pasta recipe. It’s easy and delicious!
This greek inspired pasta recipe is hugely trendy right now and with good reason – it’s absolutely amazing and easy to make.
My spin on it adds some fresh ingredients like lemon, more seasoning and olives for a pasta dish that is anything but bland!
The secret to this recipe is baking a gorgeous brick of feta cheese until it is hot and melty to create the most amazing cheese sauce for the pasta.
I watch a lot of food network shows and have seen a similar pasta dish make by tossing it in a whole round of Parmigiano-Reggiano.
That dish has always intrigued me but since it is prohibitively expensive to buy that much Parmigiano-Reggiano, I was really excited to try it with simple feta cheese.
The feta gets so melty and turns into this amazing cheese sauce that just coats everything.
With the herbs mixed in it is really quite tasty, especially when you get a nice forkful with a tomato and olive.
Tips for making the BEST Cherry Tomato Pasta
Use the right sized baking dish – You want to make sure your ingredients are pretty crowded in the baking dish for best results. This ensures that your gorgeous ingredients don’t burn, but instead cook evenly in the oil.
Not enough sauce? – In case your dish is too dry, reserve some of the pasta water from cooking. Add a little back into the finished dish until you get the right consistency.
Feta Pasta Variations
Here are some delicious ways you can customise this pasta dish even further:
Add a protein: Toss in some cooked, sliced Italian sausage or chopped chicken breast to the finished dish.
Add more veggies: Change up the olives for spinach, asparagus, mushrooms or bell peppers.
Make it Keto or low carb: Swap the traditional wheat pasta for Shirataki or Konjac pasta for a delicious keto pasta dinner.
How to Make Baked Feta Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes
For detailed printable recipe instructions, see the recipe card at the bottom of the post.
- Place the feta cheese in the centre of a casserole dish.
- Add the cherry tomatoes, black olives, garlic and onion.
- Cover your ingredients with lemon zest, lemon juice, Greek seasonings, and olive oil.
- Bake in the oven, then toss in cooked pasta to coat.
About the Ingredients for Baked Feta Pasta
Cheese – Full fat block Feta is best here, I would not swap with crumbled feta. Goat cheese would be nice too.
Olives – Black olives are my favourite in this dish, they are a nice and meaty addition.
Tomatoes – Use cherry tomatoes as they are sweeter than grape tomatoes which provides a better balance with the cheese.
Garlic – Fresh garlic only here!
Onion – I used a small onion chopped, but you could experiment with pearl onions placed in whole too.
Lemon – Adds just a hint of fresh tang that really compliments the seasonings.
Seasoning – Greek seasoning and pepper is all you need here. If you can’t find greek seasoning make your own from basil, oregano and dill. I would only add salt at the end as needed.
Oil – Olive oil is your friend, don’t be stingy! Any olive oil will do but I have a preference for a good extra virgin olive oil.
Pasta – I used penne but you can use any pasta you like.
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Baked Feta Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes
200g feta cheese
1/2 cup black olives
2 pints cherry tomatoes
3 cloves garlic, smashed
1 small onion, diced
1 lemon, zested and juiced (approx 2 Tablespoons)
1 Tablespoon Greek seasoning
1 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup olive oil
2 cups pasta, uncooked
Preheat oven to 400F
Place the feta cheese in the centre of a 8” x 16” casserole dish.
Scatter the cherry tomatoes, black olives, garlic and onion around the feta cheese.
Sprinkle on the lemon zest, lemon juice, Greek seasoning and pepper.
Drizzle the whole casserole dish with olive oil and then stir to coat vegetables completely.
Bake for 45-50 minutes, until cherry tomatoes are blistered and feta cheese has started to turn a light brown.
At the 35 min mark, prepare your pasta according to package direction. Drain but do not rinse.
Remove the baked pasta and vegetables from the oven and immediately add in the drained pasta.
Stir to coat the pasta in the feta cheese and cooked vegetables.
Baked Feta Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes
This Baked Feta Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes recipe is inspired by the TikTok famous cherry tomato pasta recipe. It's easy and delicious!
- 200g feta cheese
- 1/2 cup black olives
- 2 pints cherry tomatoes
- 3 cloves garlic, smashed
- 1 small onion, diced
- 1 lemon, zested and juiced (approx 2 Tablespoons)
- 1 Tablespoon Greek seasoning
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 2 cups pasta, uncooked
- Preheat oven to 400F
- Place the feta cheese in the centre of a 8” x 16” casserole dish.
- Scatter the cherry tomatoes, black olives, garlic and onion around the feta cheese.
- Sprinkle on the lemon zest, lemon juice, Greek seasoning and pepper.
- Drizzle the whole casserole dish with olive oil and then stir to coat vegetables completely.
- Bake for 45-50 minutes, until cherry tomatoes are blistered and feta cheese has started to turn a light brown.
- At the 35 min mark, prepare your pasta according to package direction. Drain but do not rinse.
- Remove the baked pasta and vegetables from the oven and immediately add in the drained pasta. Stir to coat the pasta in the feta cheese and cooked vegetables.
- Serve immediately.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 351Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 1155mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 3gSugar: 5gProtein: 8g
Elizabeth Lampman is a coffee-fuelled Mom of 2 girls and lives in Hamilton, Ontario. She enjoys travelling, developing easy recipes, crafting, taking on diy projects, travelling and saving money!