What is the Viral TikTok Pasta Trend?
Does this photo look familiar? I'm sure this recipe has floated across your many social media feeds (and maybe even some mainstream news channels) over the past several weeks. This easy tomato and feta pasta recipe was made famous by Finnish blogger Jennirinen Häy. To say that it has gone viral since then is an understatement. The dish is being made so frequently that there has been a run on solid block feta cheese - I went to 3 stores and struck out! Though the original name for the recipe was simply "baked feta pasta" it is now being referred to simply as "Tiktok Pasta".
What is the Recipe for TikTok Pasta?
This dish couldn't be more simple. Mix two whole pints of sweet cherry tomatoes with olive oil and some seasonings, nestle a block of feta cheese in the middle, and bake in a hot oven until the cheese has browned and the tomatoes are wrinkly. Then the tomatoes are smashed with the back of a spoon and the whole thing is mixed together into a sauce. Finally, cooked pasta gets thrown into the mix, and you're done.
Sounds simple. Sounds tasty. I had to try it!
What Kind Of Ingredients Do I Need For TikTok Pasta?
- Cherry tomatoes: Make sure they are cherry tomatoes and not grape tomatoes. Cherry tomatoes are sweeter and less acidic.
- Olive Oil: The original TikTok doesn't specify an amount, but you want the tomatoes to have a good hefty coating of oil. Between ¼ and ⅓ of a cup seems to be the agreement. I did not measure, but gave the tomatoes several good glugs - probably closer to ¼ cup.
- Feta Cheese: You want to use the solid block feta packaged in brine, and not the crumbles. Sheep's milk feta is suggested for a milder, creamier experience, but be prepared to pay $9-10 for a 7oz block of sheep's milk feta. Because of this recipe, there's been a run on block feta and many places are sold out. You can substitute a block of queso fresco (NOT queso blanco) and I discovered it will work just as well... because I could NOT find feta.
- Seasonings: You can play around a little here. The original recipe calls for a little salt and pepper, fresh minced garlic, and freshly-chopped basil. But I've seen versions that add a pinch of oregano, baby spinach instead of basil, etc. Experiment!
- Pasta: Literally anything, though with the chunkiness of the sauce I think it works best with "short" pasta shapes like macaroni, rotini, penne, etc. I'd been wanting to try the chickpea pastas that have been floating around lately, so I used Barilla Chickpea Rotini and it was awesome!
Most versions of the recipe recommend saving some of the pasta water if you need to loosen up the sauce. I saved about a cup of it and did need to drizzle some in to keep things nice and juicy, but I didn't need much.
All in all, it's fun to jump on the bandwagon and try out these random food trends that end up being crazy popular, but this pasta was definitely worth the hype. The sweetness from the cherry tomatoes kept the dish from being too acidic and was a good pairing for the soft, mild cheese. And it was just so stinkin' easy to make that there was really no reason not to give it a try. Enjoy!
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