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SMOKY BAKED FETA PASTA

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Certainly! Here's a detailed recipe for Smoky Baked Feta Pasta: 

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Smoky Baked Feta Pasta Ingredients: – 1 block (7-8 ounces) feta cheese – 2 cups cherry tomatoe – 4 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed – 1/4 cup olive oil – 1 teaspoon smoked paprika – 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional, for a bit of heat)

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– Salt and pepper to taste – 10 ounces pasta (such as penne, fusilli, or your favorite shape) – 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped – 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped – Zest of 1 lemon – Freshly grated Parmesan cheese (optional, for serving)

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Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Prepare the Baking Dish: In a baking dish, place the block of feta cheese in the center. Surround it with the cherry tomatoes and smashed garlic cloves.– 

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Season: Drizzle the olive oil over the feta and tomatoes. Sprinkle the smoked paprika, red pepper flakes (if using), salt, and pepper evenly over the top. 

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Bake: Bake in the preheated oven for 30-35 minutes, or until the tomatoes have burst and are slightly charred, and the feta is soft and golden brown on top. Cook the Pasta: While the feta and tomatoes are baking, cook the pasta according to the package instructions until al dente. Reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta water, then drain the pasta.– 

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Mix the Sauce: Once the feta and tomatoes are done baking, remove the dish from the oven. Use a fork to mash the feta and tomatoes together, creating a creamy sauce. Add some of the reserved pasta water if the sauce needs to be thinned out. 

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Herb Variations: Swap out basil and parsley for other fresh herbs like oregano or thyme for a different flavor profile. Enjoy this smoky, creamy, and delicious pasta dish!

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