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It’s always the most ordinary things that goes viral and this week it’s tomato pasta. But with a twist. And you guessed it, we have TikTok to thank for that.

TikTok, what was once a space for weird dance routines and rehearsed pranks that couldn’t be more unbelievable if you’d tried, has since blossomed into an app that blows up the most bizarre combinations. But the last few weeks has blown up a new craze that Generation Z are obsessed with and it’s baked feta tomato pasta.

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We’ve seen everything from cloud bread to dalgona coffee sweep the app, putting Gen Zedders into a frenzy, but this trend of baked feta tomato pasta is something else. But then again, it is always the simplest combinations that can make your mouth water with possibilities.  

The recipe was brought to Gen Zedders attention when @GrilledCheeseSocial shared her personal obsession with the creamy rich sauce that baking a block of feta and some cherry tomatoes together makes. 

The recipe soon swept the viral world by a storm, with @GrilledCheeseSocial’s recipe now boasting over 3million views and 265.5k likes. Since the recipe was uploaded, there are now thousands of other chefs, budding cooks and Gen Zedder’s whipping up the dish on their own channels, in the hope to possibly reach as many views as possible. 

Over on the Discover page of TikTok, the recipe is still trending with the hashtag #FetaPasta, with more than 387million users using the hashtag to join in on the hype. Meanwhile on Instagram, the hashtag has thousands of people joining in too. And it’s even said that feta cheese is sold out of supermarkets across different parts of the world, from Finland to various states in America. It’s a whirlwind of an obsession, a little similar to when @420DoggFace208’s skateboarding video sold out Ocean Spray’s Cranberry Juice.

So let’s get down to the nitty gritty. If you’re wondering what else is inside the popular trending dish, not much. It really is as simple as it sounds. The recipe calls for fresh baby tomatoes covered in olive oil and salt in a roasting dish, add a whole block of feta cheese into the middle of the dish and cover with more olive oil. It then needs to bake in the oven for 30 minutes at 400 fahrenheit – 200 degrees celsius or 180 degrees if it’s a fan oven for us Brits – before whacking it up to 220 degrees celsius (200 degrees in a fan oven) for another ten minutes. 

Once it’s all baked, you’ll need to take it out of the oven and add over chopped garlic, fresh basil and stir. Add in your cooked pasta, mix it all around and voila, it really is that simple. 

Even high profile chefs and bloggers have joined in on the fun, including Jamie Oliver who cooked up a ricotta rendition of the viral recipe which looks just as delicious, and @FeelGoodFoodie, the foodie blogger renowned for her healthy and feel good recipes.

If there are any vegans or non-dairy eaters out there, @TheLittleLondonVegan even did her own take on a veganised version. Although it doesn’t just have the same creamy effect, we’re still certain it tastes delicious. 

So this evening when you’re clocking off work and wondering what to make for dinner, why not give it a go yourself and upload your creation in the wealth of videos darted across TikTok and Instagram?

Recipe according to @GrilledCheeseSocial: 

Serves 4

Ingredients:

– 2x Punnets Of Cherry Tomatoes
– Olive Oil
– Salt
– 1x Block of Feta
– Sprinkle of Red Pepper Flakes
– 2x Cloves Chopped Garlic
– Handful of Fresh Basil
– 500g Pasta of Your Choice

Method: 

1. Preheat the oven to 400 fahrenheit – 200 degrees celsius or 180 degrees if it’s a fan oven for us Brits.
2. Add the cherry tomatoes, salt and olive oil to the roasting pan and stir, before adding the block of feta cheese to the centre and adding a dash more of oil and a sprinkle of red pepper flakes.
3. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes.
4. Turn the heat up to 220 degrees celsius (200 degrees in a fan oven) for another ten minutes.
5. Remove from the heat and add the chopped garlic and fresh basil into the pan and mix all of the ingredients together until it creates a thick, creamy texture.
6. Add in your cooked pasta and stir thoroughly before serving.


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