Pre-heat oven to 400 F.
In a baking dish, add cherry tomatoes, and crushed garlic.Note: I used a 9 ” x 13 ” baking dish.
Toss the tomatoes with olive oil, spices – oregano, red chili flakes, salt, and pepper to taste.
Make some space in the center of the baking dish, and place a block of feta cheese. Drizzle reserved 1 tbsp. of olive oil, oregano, and red chili flakes.
Bake at 400 F for 25 minutes. After 25 minutes, turn the oven to the “BROIL” setting and broil it for 3-5 minutes or until the feta cheese is slightly brown.
In the meantime, cook pasta according to the package directions. Reserve 1 cup of cooking liquid for later use.
Remove the tomatoes from the oven. With a help of a spatula or a fork, mash all the cheese, tomatoes, and garlic. Combine everything into a nice sauce.
Toss in cooked pasta, basil, lemon zest (optional), and combine everything. Add cooking pasta water as needed to adjust the consistency of the sauce.
Squeeze in some fresh lemon juice (optional), mix, and cover the baking dish with some foil. Allow the pasta to rest for 5 minutes before serving. This will ensure that the pasta soaks up all the beautiful flavors from the sauce.
Garnish with some more basil, and serve baked feta pasta warm. Bon-Appetit!!