Like the popular TikTok baked tomato feta recipe, but with new spring and summer flavors of strawberries and basil. Serve it with pasta as a cold picnic salad, or room temperature.
Author:Serena Ball, MS, RD
2 pounds of fresh strawberries, stemmed and quartered
1 block (8 oz) of feta cheese
4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, divided
¼ teaspoon of black pepper
1 pound of your favorite pasta noodles
1 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt
1 cup of fresh basil, chopped
2 tablespoons of reduced balsamic vinaigrette, optional
Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Mist a 9 x 13 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
Add cut strawberries into baking dish and drizzle strawberries with 2 tablespoons of olive oil; toss with hands to completely cover strawberries.
Add block of feta to the middle of the dish, no strawberries should be under the feta but all strawberries should surround the feta. Drizzle the last 2 tablespoons of olive oil on top of feta block and sprinkle with pepper. Bake for 40 minutes until feta is a light golden brown and strawberries are soft and bubbling in their juices.
While the feta and strawberries are cooking, boil water for pasta in a large pot. When boiling, stir in the salt.
Cook pasta noodles according to package directions.
Drain pasta noodles when done cooking al dente; saving ¼ to ½ cup of pasta water before draining. The starch from the pasta water helps thicken pasta sauce.
Once strawberries are done, break up feta and mix with strawberries. Add mixed strawberries and feta sauce to pot of noodles and stir together. Add a few tablespoons of pasta water. Finish with chopped basil and give it another couple stirs.
Serve either warm from the pot into bowls or cool for 2-3 hours in the refrigerator to serve as a cold pasta salad and add optional drizzle of reduced balsamic vinaigrette.