Nothing prevents pasta lovers from experimenting and innovating. All it took was pasta, a little roasted feta and a few cherry tomatoes to shake up social networks! Easy, delicious and ready in 30 minutes flat, baked feta pasta is the new food fad of Internet users that has flooded the Web. Hashtags like #TikTokPasta, #uunifeta and #fetapasta are flowing all over social media. From TikTok to Pinterest to Instagram to Facebook, it’s nearly impossible not to stumble upon the viral recipe. But why such enthusiasm exactly? What is the history of roasted feta pasta? How to prepare them at home? All the answers in our article of the day!
Baked feta pasta: craze, history and preparation
With its challenges and advanced editing features, TikTok has become the favorite application for teenagers during the confinement period. Since its appearance, it has shaken up the codes of virality on the Web. And as expected, dance videos were quickly replaced by cooking videos. As a result, a very special recipe has just flooded the feed of app users. It’s a very simple yet ingenious idea, which people have replicated by pairing pasta with roasted feast and baked tomatoes. The result ? A delicious and comforting dish that we decided to test for you!
While the viral recipe is only now appearing in our culinary section, it first saw the light of day in 2019 when Finnish blogger Jenni Häyrinen posted a roasted feta and baked tomato pasta recipe on her Instagram account. A few minutes after being put online, the meal created a real furor among Finnish Internet users who immediately began to reproduce it on a loop. As a result, many cooking videos with the hashtags #TikTokPasta, #uunifeta and #fetapasta are starting to hit social media, so much so that supermarkets are running out of cottage cheese.
A few days after the publication of the recipe by Jenni Häyrinen, sales of cheese in Finland skyrocket and increase by almost 300%. Figures show that the video has been viewed around 2.7 million times for a population of 5.5 million people in the country. From now on, the day of the publication, therefore February 4, is considered as the Uunifetapasta Day or the official feta pasta day in Finland.
Currently, the phenomenal recipe continues to be emulated by food bloggers around the world, especially after the appearance of TikTok during the first confinement. And if this time there was no shortage of stock in the supermarkets, searches for feta on the Web exploded! But why such enthusiasm exactly? The blogger and creator of the feta pasta isn’t quite sure how the meal appeared on TikTok.
With the global craze created by TikTok, the young woman decided to create her own account on the app in order to publish the original recipe. The idea? To show off in the kitchen? Not at all ! The blogger simply wanted to show everyone that an essential basic ingredient was omitted: red peppers. She also took the opportunity to share a new version of the recipe by replacing the tomatoes with spinach.
However, popularity sometimes comes with its own set of problems. After the smashing success of Finnish pasta, another English-speaking food blogger has made history by questioning the chronology of events. Tiiu Piret is another food video lover who has been posting surprising recipes online for several years. She claims that the invention of baked feta pasta belongs to her. In 2018 (a year before Jenni Häyrinen’s recipe), she published a recipe for spaghetti with prosecco and roasted feta on her blog. Faced with the allegations produced, Jenni Häyrinen says that she never saw the recipe of her colleague before the publication of hers.
After a discussion on the phone, the two food bloggers decided to bury the axes. They also promised to spend less time arguing and more time eating feta.
Here’s how to make the famous feta pasta recipe that flooded TikTok!
Oh, the pasta! We love them because they rhyme with healthy, quick and friendly meals. The only downside? Besides Bolognese sauce and carbonara sauce, we still do not know how to decorate them. So that’s where the baked feta pasta comes in. Original, easy and foolproof, roasted feta pasta is the simplest and most comforting recipe to make right now. The principle of preparation for success? Place a block of feta in a baking dish. Add cherry tomatoes, olive oil, garlic and herbs. Bake until the tomatoes are cooked to perfection. Take out of the oven, add the pasta and voila! Now, here is the complete step-by-step recipe!
- 200g pasta
- 450g cherry tomatoes
- 5 c. olive oil
- 400g feta
- 2-3 garlic cloves
- 1-2 tbsp. teaspoon red pepper flakes
- fresh basilic
- salt and pepper
Start by preheating the oven to 200°C. Next, prepare the sauce by placing the block of feta and the tomatoes in a baking dish. Drizzle with olive oil, add the garlic, red pepper flakes and season. Bake for 20-30 minutes. Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to the instructions on the package. They must be al dente. Finally, remove from the oven and stir well until the feta becomes creamy. Add pasta and fresh basil leaves and mix gently before serving. Enjoy your lunch !
Tips and tricks :
For a successful portion of feta pasta, choosing fresh and seasonal ingredients is a must! When it’s not tomato season, bet on organic canned tomatoes or replace them with mushrooms for a meal with flavors of undergrowth. The winning trio? Pasta-mushrooms-bacon! Leeks and spinach are also very suitable for successful baked feta pasta. In autumn, nothing like feta-pumpkin pasta! Lovers of slimming recipes can swap the pasta for zucchini tagliatelle for a lower-calorie version.
Feta pasta in 3 quick and easy versions
So, after having mastered the base, you can decline and modify the original recipe according to your desires and taste preferences. So you can add red onion, olives, capers, shrimp, salmon or even chicken. Depending on the season, the baked feta pasta is garnished with broccoli, cauliflower or mushrooms. Some don’t even hesitate to replace the pasta with chickpeas, quinoa or bulgur. Anyway, customize the feta pasta recipe as you see fit to satisfy everyone’s tastes and desires!