5 alternatives to the viral feta pasta that are better than the original

If TikTok had a Hall of Fame, the baked feta pasta would be the first thing to go in it. There’s just something about the classed up comfort food that struck a nerve in people. Who knew so few ingredients could have such a big cultural impact?

Originally made by Finnish food blogger @liemessa in 2019, the baked feta pasta has taken on a life of its own and has even spawned several variations. From vegan-friendly to keto-approved, here are 5 variations on the viral baked feta pasta that are healthier and maybe even better than the original. 

  1. Veganize it

If you want to partake in the viral pasta but prefer a vegan-friendly version without animal byproducts, you’re in luck. You can easily sub the feta for a plant-based cheese or make your own vegan cheese out of nuts and/or tofu—like in this TikTok recipe—if you’ve got the time and patience.

  1. Baked Feta with Spaghetti Squash
@feelgoodfoodie

If you’re looking for a low carb version of bakedfetapasta, try this recipe with spaghetti squash! So good! #tiktokpartner #learnontiktok #fetapasta

♬ original sound – Feel Good Foodie

This one’s a low-carb take on the old classic. Just swap the pasta for spaghetti squash and you’re in business. You can even use the spaghetti squash shell as a bowl for some funky presentation. 

  1. Sub spinach
@liemessa

Spinach – feta pasta 💚🔥 Inspired by @spinachandbacon who was inspired by my baked feta pasta ❤️ #bakedfetapasta #uunifetapasta #fetapasta #fyp

♬ Zorba the Greek – Mikis Theodorakis

Baked feta pasta originator, @liemessa, said this variation was inspired by the Spinach and Bacon food blog. The recipe swaps out the cherry tomatoes for spinach to make the dish feel reminiscent of a Greek feta and spinach pie, also known as a spanakopita. 

  1. Sub burrata

If feta isn’t your thing, this recipe works just as well with other cheeses. Burrata is a less salty version but still just as creamy. 

  1. Add meat or seafood
@jennnnaaayy

Omg this is amazing! #FetaPasta and I cooked up 2 chicken breasts and shredded it, put it in at the end. ✨Sooo Good!✨ #Pasta #Chicken #Dinner #Trend

♬ original sound – Jen ✌🏼

For some, a dish is simply not complete without meat. Chicken, shrimp, and bacon all seem to be popular additions to the viral baked feta pasta. It’s a great way to add a little extra flavor and protein at the same time. 

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