January 06, 2022

Roasted Cherry Tomatoes with Feta Cheese - Pasta Sauce

 Feta Tomato Pasta with roasted tomatoes, feta cheese served over pasta 
If you follow me on Instagram, then you saw I was using up leftover milk to make homemade feta cheese this week.  Yesterday I saw a package of frozen cherry tomatoes in the deep freezer waiting for some attention.  A sauce was born.
Now, apparently there was a 'thing' online on social media (TikToc) during Covid quarantines the past 18 months that everyone was making called feta pasta or feta tomato pasta or something like that.  I have no idea because I don't care about social media much at all and rarely even use Instagram except to try to remember to post a few food photos every day or two... or three.  Or a week.   

So I've never in my life seen or heard of this except I saw one tiny blurb on a story post on Instagram a few weeks ago and it caught my eye because I LOVE FETA CHEESE.  Like... eat an an entire container of it plain, with my fingers, right out of the brine love it.
I mentally noted they used cherry tomatoes (meh) and a block of feta, olive oil and salt and pepper.  
That's what was thinking about when I saw one of my little blocks of homemade feta and the food sealed package of cherry tomatoes I had froze a couple months ago before they went bad from not being used.
We are low carb so the 'pasta' I used in this dish was low carb macaroni and Palmini spaghetti mixed together because it's the only two low carb pastas we had in the pantry at the time.  I finished the meal by using some keto buns to turn into cheesy garlic bread.

Oh my.  It was good.  Very good.

Feta and Roasted Tomato Pasta Sauce

2 pints cherry tomatoes
1 small block feta cheese (about 6-8 ounces)
Olive oil (I used avocado oil)
Salt and fresh cracked black pepper
Fresh minced garlic
Dried red pepper flakes
Dried basil or fresh basil
Pasta of choice (we use low carb and keto pastas)

In a cast iron skillet I used about 1/3 cup oil, added the cherry tomatoes and roasted them in a 400 degree oven until they were starting to crinkle but weren't yet brown.  At that point add the block of feta cheese to center and return to the oven to roast until the tomatoes start to turn golden brown on the edges.

Add a dollop of fresh, minced or chopped garlic and salt and pepper to the feta, return to the oven for a few minutes to roast the garlic a bit.  Then sprinkle the rest of the spices on top and mash the tomatoes with the back of a spoon as well as smashing the cheese, all together to form a sauce.  I debated using a stick blender to blend it a little more but I liked the rustic sauce as it was.   

Boil and drain your pasta, top with the sauce and serve with your favorite garlic bread and a side salad.

feta pasta sauce, roasted tomates, feta cheese
Adding the feta cheese and returning it to the oven

 Feta Tomato Pasta with roasted tomatoes, feta cheese served over pasta




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