I am Greek, and one of my favorite things is feta. I eat it all the time, so I always have it in my fridge because I order cases of Organic Valley Feta online. It is literally the best feta you will find, if you haven’t tried it yet, then do yourself a favor and get it next time you’re at the store. But, sometimes I forget it’s in our garage fridge, and Delaney found like 5 bricks in there the other day, all that were expiring soon.
So, it’s been feta for every meal lately. And, I made this Baked Feta Pasta one night to use feta but also because this is such an easy dinner recipe. Guys, seriously, this recipe is so easy and it’s so delicious! This Baked Feta Pasta recipe only requires a few simple ingredients. It starts with baking the feta in olive oil and garlic and oregano, along with some cherry tomatoes and spinach. While that is baking, cook noodles, and once it comes out of the oven you stir them together. It is a super easy dinner, one that would be great for a dinner party as you don’t really have to do much. If you’ve made my Butter Parmesan Pasta recipe before, this one is even easier!
This is a vegetarian recipe, but if you want to add meat to it you totally can. Since it’s just Delaney and me, we ate this the first night without adding anything to it and then for leftovers we added Applegate Organic Chicken Feta Sausages, and it was really good! I just heated those up in the air fryer. You could also add chicken or Italian sausage as well and those would also be amazing.
Tips for Making the Best Baked Feta Pasta
• I used organic casarecce noodles for this recipe, as Delaney pointed out that he thought the cheese would stick more into the small twists of these noodles. He was not wrong. But, you can also just use a penne noodle or even a bow tie if you want.
• Use the best organic feta cheese! My favorite is Organic Valley Feta but if you have a favorite, then use that one. But, you must use a block of feta, you cannot use crumbled feta for this. And, you should never buy crumbled feta anyways as it has additives in it that are unnecessary. As my dad would say, “True Greeks do not ever buy crumbled feta!”
• Make sure to look for visual signs that your feta is baked and the tomatoes are bursting. All ovens are a little different, and if you feel you need more time, then add a couple more minutes. You want this to be baked at a high heat so it melts when you break it and stir in the pasta.
• Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Why go organic?
You may be wondering why I push organic ingredients for everything, even savory and healthy dishes. Organic ingredients go beyond just health and wellness, and contribute so much to the taste and flavor of a recipe. So, if you think that you’re making something healthy and buying fruits, veggies, or meats so maybe you don’t need to spend the extra to go organic here – let me sway your thinking.
Organic ingredients are made in a more pure way, therefore using no additives, no GMOs, and minimal ingredients. This really allows the true ingredients to shine – and because of that their flavor shines through. Therefore, organic ingredients are more flavorful than their non organic counterparts. So, just because it’s already a healthy recipe, or you’re already buying good for you ingredients – it doesn’t mean you can skip organic! Trust me here, and make the switch. Your body and your taste buds will thank you!
So, I highly recommend that you buy the best organic ingredients for this recipe! You can also shop my Amazon Storefront for all my favorite organic ingredients here. Tip – hover over each ingredient to see the name. And if you want to learn more about organic foods and the difference, read my post here on Food Labels and What They Mean.
Baked Feta PastaDifficulty: Easy
This Baked Feta Pasta is an easy dinner recipe that you’ll love! If you’re looking for more protein, you can easily add in chicken or sausage too!
1/2 cup organic extra virgin olive oil
2 organic garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon organic oregano
8 ounce block organic feta
1 pint organic cherry tomatoes, halved
3 cups organic spinach
1 pound organic casarecce noodles
salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat the oven to 400°F.
- In a small bowl, add the olive oil, garlic, and oregano and whisk together. Add to a 9 x 13-inch baking pan.
- Add the block of feta in the middle of the baking pan. Add the cherry tomatoes and 2 cups of the spinach around the feat and stir to coat completely in the olive oil.
- Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until the tomatoes start to burst and cheese looks melty.
- While the feta is baking, cook noodles per the instructions on the box.
- Remove the feta from the oven, and add in the cooked noodles and the remaining 1 cup of spinach. Stir to combine completely, breaking the feta and letting it coat the noodles. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve immediately.
- Gluten Free — Use gluten free pasta.
- High Altitude — Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until tomatoes burst and the feta is melty. Follow the recipe of recipe as noted.
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