2pints grape or cherry tomatoes(two 10-oz containers)
8-10ozfeta cheese(see notes below on what kind to use)
1tablespoonItalian seasoningor use dried oregano
1teaspoonred pepper flakesor less if you don't like spice
½teaspoonground black pepper
For the pasta:
10ozuncooked spaghetti(a little more than half the box)
Water to cover the pasta
Fresh basil leaves for garnish
Bake the feta:
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Place the brick of feta cheese and the tomatoes in a 13 x 9 inch baking pan. Drizzle with olive oil, add the minced garlic Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, and black pepper.
Bake at 400F for 30 minutes. The tomatoes will release their juices, and the feta will get super soft and almost crumbly.
Cook the pasta while the feta is baking:
Cook pasta on the stove-top according to the package directions, or make it in the Instant Pot:
Break the spaghetti in half. Layer the spaghetti crisscrossed in the Instant Pot in a small batches. Add water to cover most of the spaghetti, but not all of it. DO NOT STIR, but gently press the spaghetti into the water so it gets wet. It's OK if it is not completely covered by water. Sprinkle salt all around.
Close the lid, set the valve to sealing, and cook on high pressure for 6 minutes. Manually do a quick release to release the pressure, then carefully drain the pasta water.
Make the feta pasta:
Stir the tomatoes and the feta together in the baking pan to make a sauce. It won't be a super smooth creamy sauce, but it will be so delicious! Combine with the drained pasta, stir, and garnish with fresh basil to serve.
What kind of feta to use:Try it with my vegan feta cheese recipe, or use a Violife Just Like Feta block. The texture of the sauce made Violife feta cheese will be completely melted, almost invisible (but still delicious!), while the homemade feta cheese will make a thicker, chunkier sauce. If using my feta recipe, use a little more than half of the batch. If using store-bought cheese, use the whole block.Try both and see which one you prefer! Either way it will taste delicious, it just might have a different texture!