Butternut Feta Pasta Bake
That baked feta pasta is having a real moment after going viral on TikTok. And honestly, we are kind of kicking ourselves for not posting our own version of the baked feta pasta earlier, because we’ve had this guy half written on the site since before Christmas, seriously!
But we’re not here to grumble about how the cool kids beat us to it, we’re here to give credit where credit is due, the woman to really make the baked feta pasta go viral is MacKenzie Smith AKA @grilledcheesesocial. Her recipe for baked feta pasta was our OG inspiration. So thank you MacKenzie for bringing this to the world!
For our take, we swapped the tomatoes for a jar of Not Just Pasta Sauce, and added sweet butternut squash which plays real nice with that briny block of feta.
So next time you want a creamy, tomatoey pasta that’s gooey, and comforting and takes very little work, try our baked feta pasta with butternut. Whether you want to jump on the bandwagon and post it on social media is totally up to you.
Need to restock on NJPS to get cooking? You can order not just pasta sauce HERE
1 block feta cheese (8 oz) cut into ½ inch squares
butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into 1-inch cubes (about 4 cups chopped).
Salt and pepper
1 lb dried sturdy pasta like rotini
1/2 cup oz chopped fresh basil
red pepper flakes, to serve
Preheat the oven to 450 and place a rack in the middle position. Place the block of feta in the middle of a 9x13 baking dish and surround with sauce and butternut squash. Drizzle the entire surface with the oil, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper.
Place in the oven for 30 minutes until browned and bubbly. Meanwhile cook your pasta in salted water until al dente, reserving 1 cup of pasta water. Drain and put back into the pot.
Once the squash is tender, carefully stir the cheese into the sauce, working your spoon around the pan to fully incorporate. Transfer to the pot with the pasta and stir to evenly coat, adding the cup of pasta water until fully coated and glossy. Transfer back to the baking dish and drizzle with olive oil and top with torn basil, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper.