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YIELDS:

4 servings

PREP TIME:

0 hours 5 mins

COOK TIME:

0 hours 35 mins

TOTAL TIME:

0 hours 40 mins

ingredients

24 oz. Cherry tomatoes

¼ cup Olive oil + a drizzle on top of the feta

3 chopped garlic cloves

¼ – ½ Tsp. Calabrian Chili Flakes

Salt and pepper to taste

1 block feta cheese (about 8 oz.)

2 Tsps. Dried oregano

Zest of one lemon

8 Oz. Rotelle or Penne Pasta

Fresh basil leaves or fresh oregano

The quantities can vary based on the size of your baking dish or oven proof dutch oven, so just eyeball the ingredients as you cook and use your best judgment.  This recipe is pretty foolproof so don’t be worried amount specific quantities.

DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.

2. Add the tomatoes to a baking dish or dutch oven and top with olive oil, chopped garlic, chili flakes, salt, & pepper. Toss until they’re evenly coated.

3. Put the block of feta in the center of the tomatoes. Drizzle some olive oil onto the feta and top it with the dried oregano and lemon zest.

4. Bake for 30-35 minutes until the tomatoes are roasted and starting to burst open and the feta is soft. While it bakes, boil a large pot of salted water and cook the pasta according to package instructions.

5. Remove the dish or dutch oven from the oven and use a spoon to break up the cheese and stir everything together to create a sauce. Add the cooked pasta, mix and top with torn basil leaves or fresh oregano. Thank you Finland….fabulous!

NOTE: This is one the easiest and most delicious ideas I’ve ever seen on Instagram and/or TikTok. The sensation started in Finland and is officially recognized on February 4 as Uunifetapasta (Baked Feta Pasta) Day! Since I love Feta Cheese (and who doesn’t love pasta), it was a no brainer for me to try it. I combined several ideas from several sources to come up with this version, which includes lemon zest to cut the heavy cheese, basil to freshen up the dish and calabrian chilies because I’m a fan of Bobby Flay’s #1 pepper. I’m sure any type of fresh pepper would work but the original author of this recipe in Finland says you must use chili. So here it is….enjoy.

I should tell you, this is a very rich dish so having it on the side of some grilled shrimp or fish, would really make it a great side dish too.

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