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Originally made by Finnish food blogger @liemessa in 2019, the baked feta pasta has taken on a life of its own and has even spawned several variations.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.
- 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.
- Baked Feta with Spaghetti Squash
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.
- Sub spinach
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.
- 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.
- Add meat or seafood
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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