More often than not, recipes that claim to be easy can still feel a bit intimidating. This is not one of those recipes. As long as you understand the very basics of your oven, you are good to go.
This recipe was first introduced by a Finnish blogger Jenni Heyrinen who calls it uunifetapasta (Finnish for “oven-baked feta pasta”). Some articles on the Internet stated that when this recipe was posted, Finland ran out of feta cheese in their supermarkets for a short while. I find that so remarkable. After all for a blogger/influencer that’s like winning an award.
Baked feta pasta is literally throwing five ingredients being feta, pasta, cherry tomatoes, olive oil & seasonings (salt, black pepper and oregano) into a bake ware. Then after several minutes of baking, smash and combine the ingredients together. That is all the work needed really.
If you have a young adult moving out on their own, this probably is the recipe you want to pack in their farewell gift. One1. they would definitely turn to at some point in life.
Ingredients:- (serves 2)
- 200g cherry tomatoes
- 150g feta cheese
- 220g penne
- 3tbsp olive oil
- salt (according to taste, keep it low as feta is already salty
- black pepper (according to taste)
- red chilli flakes (optional)
- oregano (optional)
- fresh basil leaves (optional)
- Pre-heat the oven at 180°C.
- Cook penne in heavily salted water for 3 minutes. Drain and set aside.
- Put all the ingredients except the pasta (not in any particular order) into an oven-safe baking dish.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes.
- Use a fork or a potato masher to mash everything in the dish.
- Add in the cooked penne. Gently combine the sauce into the pasta.
- Garnish with some fresh basil.
- Server while hot.