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How to Make the Viral TikTok Feta Pasta Recipe | Man of Many

With pasta being the most iconic and celebrated of foods worldwide, the baked feta pasta was a shoo-in for being 2021’s most popular food trend to hit social media airwaves. It’s a breezy recipe for pasta with tomatoes and cheese — probably not worth the hype, but worth the hanker.

What is the Viral TikTok Pasta?

Because it’s easy-peasy ya dud. You would have stumbled across TikTok videos, articles or haphazardly heard people speak favourably of the recipe since it blew up in early February — and you can’t blame them. Every time you cook up a dish, it takes forever and the kitchen is turned upside down. But with the TikTok feta pasta recipe, it’s a small slab of feta cheese, ringed generously with tomatoes, all drizzled with olive oil together, in a roasting dish that’s popped in the oven for 40-45 minutes, and mixed with pasta, fresh basil and any other auxiliary topping.

Why is it so Popular Online?

The ingredients involved in baking this wholesome recipe would most probably be at hand in your fridge or pantry; whole feta cheese, a wealth of cherry tomatoes, olive oil, garlic cloves and salt. And once they’re cooked, mix the feta, garlic and tomatoes and combine with cooked pasta and some fresh herbs. According to MacKenzie Smith’s original recipe, here’s what you need to make TikTok feta pasta:

Baked Feta Pasta Ingredients

The original recipe requires one to bake the feta with the tomatoes at 200°C for a half-hour, then turn it up to 220°C for the last 10-15 minutes. But keep an eye out on the dish to avoid burning the garlic, surface of the feta and herbs.

TikTok Feta Pasta Recipe

  • Using other types of pasta – You could try rigatoni, macaroni, or pretty much any shape.
  • Full fat feta cheese – Don’t get us wrong, low-fat feta will work but the full-fat enhances the flavour.
  • What if you only have crumbled feta? That’s still cool. But just try to keep the feta crumbled piled up in the centre.
  • Can I add something other than tomatoes and feta? Of course, you can you dope. Hint: Shallots/ or smashed garlic coupled with the olive oil will amplify the flavour.
  • Adding some crushed red pepper flakes and a bit of thyme won’t hurt.
  • What if the pasta’s too dry? Then just add a bit of pasta water and stir. That sh*t does wonders for food.
  • A vegan feta pasta recipe? Follow the recipe as is but do not add the vegan feta until the last 5-10 minutes.
  • Dish size matters – Use a small to medium-sized oven baking dish so the tomatoes can cook well.
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