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Baked Feta Pasta (Gluten-Free)

Gluten-Free Baked Feta Pasta is an incredibly creamy, rich, mouth-watering experience! If you’re into pasta, tomatoes, or feta, you’ll go bonkers over this easy pasta recipe!

Baked Feta Pasta with Pesto Sauce - that baked feta recipe from TikTok with a few changes. Rich, creamy, amazing pasta!

Baked Feta Pasta has made waves in the social media world over the last couple of months. Although I’m typically a skeptic when it comes to food trends, I had to give this one a whirl.

And I’m so happy I did, because it went viral for a reason! The pasta is so flavorful and loaded with flavor and the fact that it is so fun and easy to make makes it extra attractive. 

In case you haven’t seen this all over the internet, I’ll tell ya everything you need to know. Cherry tomatoes and feta cheese are baked in a casserole dish with some olive oil, sea salt, black pepper, and garlic. 

Once the feta is nice and gooey and the tomatoes are soft and juicy, this mixture gets stirred and mashed to form a sauce. Cooked pasta noodles are then stirred into the sauce, along with some fresh basil (and olives if you like them!). The result? Bliss.

Baked Feta Pasta with pesto sauce and gluten-free noodles. That pasta recipe from TikTok and Instagram that broke the internet

Baked Feta Pasta Ingredients:

What you need to make baked feta pasta is cherry tomatoes, a block of feta cheese (not to be confused with the feta that comes crumbled in a little tub), olive oil or avocado oil, sea salt, black pepper, garlic, pasta noodles, fresh basil, and red pepper flakes if you like a little heat.

Some people have been adding canned or jarred olives to their baked feta pasta – use any olives you like – black, green, kalamata, etc.

The way I see it, sun-dried tomatoes, capers, and/or artichoke hearts would also be amazing in this pasta. Certainly not mandatory, but bonus points for sure.

What Is Different About THIS Recipe?:

Because I couldn’t possibly make the same exact pasta that came directly from TikTok and Instagram, I changed up a couple of things. 

First, I made it gluten-free (because I eat GF) using brown rice pasta noodles. I also halved the amount of pasta, effectively doubling the amount of sauce to pasta from the original recipe. Which, lemme just tell you right now, was the best decision I’ve made in months. 

I also added pesto sauce, because I truly believe pesto belongs in every nook and cranny. Second best decision I’ve made in months. 😉

One more thing: I use avocado oil because that’s the only oil I cook with, but the original method calls for extra virgin olive oil. If you love the flavor of olive oil, I bet it does great things for the pasta!

Gluten-Free Baked Feta Pasta with cherry tomatoes, garlic, feta cheese and pesto sauce

What Does Baked Feta Pasta Taste Like?

The way we make it in this recipe, the pasta turns out otherworldly creamy, rich, and tangy. Like orders of magnitude creamier than you could imagine. You also get a fresh, delightful herbiness from the fresh basil and even more so from the pesto sauce.

If you prefer your pasta on the lighter end (less creamy/rich/decadent), use 1 pound of pasta instead of 8 ounces to double the pasta and lessen the ratio of sauce to pasta.

I will say, because both feta and cherry tomatoes have a tang to them, the pasta does turn out very tangy. This is something I enjoy, but if you aren’t into very tangy food, consider reducing the amount of cherry tomatoes and/or adding a little cream or gruyere cheese to offset the tanginess.

Baked Feta Pasta with gluten-free pasta noodles and pesto sauce. A changeup from the baked feta pasta from TikTok and Instagram

Can I Add Chicken?:

Heck. YES! Because the recipe is already so easy, I figure you may as well just add rotisserie chicken or leftover chicken that has already been cooked rather than incorporating raw chicken. The next time I make this pasta, I intend to add either rotisserie or roast chicken to get that protein right in there.

How to Make Baked Feta Pasta:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Transfer the cherry tomatoes to a 9-inch or larger casserole dish, and toss them in a couple tablespoons of the avocado oil. Stir in the dried oregano and minced garlic.

Add cherry tomatoes to a casserole dish

Place the block of feta cheese on top of the tomatoes and sprinkle everything with sea salt and pepper. Pour the rest of the avocado oil over everything (note: be sure to pour it over the feta to ensure the feta doesn’t burn while baking).

Add the feta cheese to the casserole dish and drizzle with avocado oil, sea salt, and pepper

Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, or until the tomatoes are very juicy and have burst open.

Bake until the tomatoes burst and are juicy

While the tomatoes and feta are baking, cook the pasta noodles. Once cooked, strain them and set aside until ready to use.

Remove the tomatoes and feta from the oven and use a fork or spoon to mash and stir the feta and tomatoes together, forming a chunky sauce.

Mash the feta and tomatoes with a fork until a creamy sauce forms

Sauce for baked feta pasta

Pour the cooked pasta noodles into the casserole dish with the sauce, along with the fresh basil and pesto sauce. Stir everything together until well-combined. Taste the pasta for flavor and add more sea salt and/or pepper to taste.

Pour the cooked noodles into the casserole dish with the sauce

Baked Feta Pasta with pesto sauce

Serve and enjoy!

Baked Feta Pasta with Pesto Sauce - gluten-free delicious pasta recipe. How to make that baked feta from TikTok and Instagram.

One may want to consider doing a twice baked situation by sprinkling your favorite cheese(es) on top of the pasta and putting the casserole dish bake in the oven to allow it to melt and become extra amazing. I believe I’ll be doing this on my next round in addition to adding chicken!

Big bowl of baked feta pasta

That’s it! This is how you make the baked feta pasta from TikTok and Instagram for your culinary enjoyment. Let me know what you think!

More Pasta Recipes:

Baked Feta Pasta with Pesto Sauce - that baked feta recipe from TikTok with a few changes. Rich, creamy, amazing pasta!

Baked Feta Pasta (Gluten-Free)

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

That Baked Feta Pasta recipe from TikTok and Instagram. This rendition is gluten-free and includes pesto sauce. Insanely creamy and delicious!

Ingredients

  • 2 pints cherry tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup avocado oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp fresh cracked black pepper
  • 8 ounce block feta cheese
  • 1 Tbsp dried oregano
  • 8 ounces gluten-free pasta
  • ¼ cup fresh basil, chopped, or more to taste
  • 1/4 cup pesto sauce

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Transfer the cherry tomatoes to a 9-inch or larger casserole dish, and toss them in a couple tablespoons of the avocado oil. Stir in the dried oregano and minced garlic.
  3. Place the block of feta cheese on top of the tomatoes and sprinkle everything with sea salt and pepper. Pour the rest of the avocado oil over everything (note: be sure to pour it over the feta to ensure the feta doesn’t burn while baking).
  4. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, or until the tomatoes are very juicy and have burst open.
  5. While the tomatoes and feta are baking, cook the pasta noodles. Once cooked, strain them and set aside until ready to use.
  6. Remove the tomatoes and feta from the oven and use a fork or spoon to mash and stir the feta and tomatoes together, forming a chunky sauce.
  7. Pour the cooked pasta noodles into the casserole dish with the sauce, along with the fresh basil and pesto sauce. Stir everything together until well-combined. Taste the pasta for flavor and add more sea salt and/or pepper to taste.
  8. Serve and enjoy!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1 of 6
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 409Total Fat: 23gCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 3gSugar: 5gProtein: 14g
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Jen

Saturday 10th of April 2021

wow wow wow, this was delicious!! I second Brian's suggestion of adding a bell pepper you have sitting around. This one's going into the rotation for sure.

Julia

Tuesday 13th of April 2021

So thrilled you enjoy it, Jen! Now I definitely need to try it with bell pepper!!

brian

Tuesday 6th of April 2021

This was the perfect dish for dinner last night. Went together easily and ended up with fantastic flavor. Makes a good dumping ground for leftover veggies in your fridge. I had some mushrooms and a red bell pepper sitting around so I tossed them in for a roast. Also added a little Aleppo pepper and smoked paprika to the spice mix. Can't wait to eat the leftovers today for lunch

Julia

Wednesday 7th of April 2021

Ooooh I love the idea of adding mushrooms and bell peppers! How genius!! Thanks so much for the feedback, Brian!! xoxo

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