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Baked Feta Pasta

Jyoti Behrani
Baked Feta Pasta is a pasta dish made with creamy, tomato-feta cheese based sauce. This luscious, flavorful pasta dish is easy to make, uses handful of ingredients, and comes together in under 30 minutes. 
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Main Course, Main Dish/Entrees
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

INGREDIENTS FOR BAKED FETA PASTA

  • 8 oz. pasta of choice ** recipe uses large shells pasta
  • 8 oz. block feta cheese
  • 2 pints cherry or grape tomatoes; 20-24 oz. approx.
  • 6-8 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1/2 lemon zest + juice (optional)
  • 1/3 cup olive oil; **reserve 1 tbsp. oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon oregano or Italian seasoning; **reserve 1/4 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chili flakes, adjust to taste
  • salt & pepper, adjust to taste
  • Handful of fresh basil chopped; plus more for garnish

Instructions
 

DIRECTIONS FOR BAKED FETA PASTA

  • 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!!

HOW TO COOK PASTA IN INSTANT POT

  • Add pasta and water to the inner pot. Make sure the pasta is covered fully in the water.
    Note: Add enough water to fully cover the pasta. **recipe uses 3 cups of water
  • Close the Instant Pot lid, vent sealed. Turn ON MANUAL / PRESSURE COOK (high) for 4 minutes.
    Note: Reduce the cooking time to “HALF” what is recommended on the box of the pasta, followed by a quick pressure release.
  • Once the Instant Pot beeps, do a quick pressure release. Open the lid.
  • Drain the pasta and keep it aside. Reserve some cooking pasta water for later use.

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Notes

Please refer to the recipe post for the following:
  1. PRO TIPS FOR BEST BAKED FETA PASTA
  2. VARIATIONS TO BAKED FETA PASTA
  3. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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