Strawberry Basil Feta Bake
You are going to love this recipe from the first aromas – after just 10 minutes in the oven! If you’ve heard of the popular TikTok feta and tomato pasta bake we have transformed this food trend into an easy spring-to-summer pasta. Introducing our Strawberry Basil Feta Pasta. I’m not drooling, you’re drooling!
This is a low-maintenance recipe with under 20 minutes of prep time. And a great one to win anyone over at a pot-luck, backyard BBQ, or simply a family dinner. It’s extremely versatile as you can choose your favorite pasta noodles; calling all bow-tie, penne, and rigatoni lovers! This pasta can also be served as a hot pasta or a cold pasta salad, as these flavors together are just winners. I actually prefer it as a cold pasta salad, but that’s just me! The light and fresh flavors that the strawberries and basil create are too delicious.
BTW, I should introduce myself… My name is Kennedy Profaizer and I’m currently working on my Masters in Dietetics to become a Registered Dietitian. I enjoy cooking, sustainability, and the social media aspect of food and nutrition; so working with Serena and Deanna was the absolute perfect match!
At first, I was very nervous making this. I figured, well, this is going to be fantastic or a complete dud. I’m glad it was not a dud. The sweet juices from the strawberries, mixed with the salty creaminess from the feta and the freshness the basil brings in: ugh I’m obsessed!
Question: If you could be one pasta what would you be? I think I’d be bow-tie, because I like to think I’m very fancy! 😉
- 2 pounds of fresh strawberries, stemmed and quartered
- 1 block (8 oz) of feta cheese
- 4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, divided
- ¼ teaspoon of black pepper
- 1 pound of your favorite pasta noodles
- 1 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt
- 1 cup of fresh basil, chopped
- 2 tablespoons of reduced balsamic vinaigrette, optional
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Mist a 9 x 13 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
- Add cut strawberries into baking dish and drizzle strawberries with 2 tablespoons of olive oil; toss with hands to completely cover strawberries.
- Add block of feta to the middle of the dish, no strawberries should be under the feta but all strawberries should surround the feta. Drizzle the last 2 tablespoons of olive oil on top of feta block and sprinkle with pepper. Bake for 40 minutes until feta is a light golden brown and strawberries are soft and bubbling in their juices.
- While the feta and strawberries are cooking, boil water for pasta in a large pot. When boiling, stir in the salt.
- Cook pasta noodles according to package directions.
- Drain pasta noodles when done cooking al dente; saving ¼ to ½ cup of pasta water before draining. The starch from the pasta water helps thicken pasta sauce.
- Once strawberries are done, break up feta and mix with strawberries. Add mixed strawberries and feta sauce to pot of noodles and stir together. Add a few tablespoons of pasta water. Finish with chopped basil and give it another couple stirs.
- Serve either warm from the pot into bowls or cool for 2-3 hours in the refrigerator to serve as a cold pasta salad and add optional drizzle of reduced balsamic vinaigrette.
Published at Wed, 07 Apr 2021 15:36:53 +0000