So two things. First, as you can tell, I’ve been focusing a lot on single-serving recipes. Although I am married and often cook dinner for my husband and me, during the day we keep our meals separate. He does his thing for lunch, I do my thing for lunch, and it works out well for our work-from-home schedules. Hence all of these delicious, healthy, single-serving recipes. Second, this recipe is an ode to the popular TikTok baked feta pasta trend. It’s a baked feta pasta for one, cooked in a 10″ cast-iron skillet, and all under 400 calories. Are you ready?
What’s baked feta pasta? Let me fill you in! The baked feta pasta trend did come from TikTok, where apparently the original Finnish blogger caused such a stir that the entire country of Finland ran out of feta cheese because everyone wanted to make it. And when you see the pasta in action, it makes sense! You simply bake a block of feta cheese with tomatoes and garlic with some oil, stir in cooked pasta with some herbs, and you have dinner in less than 30 minutes. Here’s a video of this pasta in action.
As you can see, the original recipe makes a few servings, and I’m not totally into making big dinners with a lot of servings right now—getting pretty sick of leftovers, honestly. So I decided to recently try my own version of it, but keeping it at one serving and really loading it with the veg.
While I used the original cherry tomatoes and garlic in my recipe, I also threw in some asparagus as well. Asparagus and I have been having a moment lately—I’ve been kind of throwing it in everything. Even my egg scramble earlier today. Not kidding.
My version of this baked feta pasta for one keeps it light on the feta pasta, heavy on the veggie, and also uses a chickpea-based pasta. While you can use any type of pasta for this, lately I’ve preferred cooking with Banza pasta to increase my fiber and protein intake in my meal. This type of pasta doesn’t sit heavy in my stomach as other regular white pasta does, so you could say it’s a feel-good pasta that tastes just as good!
Baked Feta Pasta for One
- 10" cast-iron skillet
- 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes
- 4 asparagus spears cut into bite-sized pieces
- 1 garlic clove
- 1 tsp olive oil separated into 1/2 teaspoons
- 2 oz. feta cheese sliced into one thin block
- 1 tsp Italian seasoning
- 1/2 cup dried penne pasta
- 2 basil leaves sliced thin
- Salt & pepper
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Add the cherry tomatoes, asparagus pieces, garlic, and 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil to a 10" cast-iron skillet. Toss to coat.
- Place the block of feta cheese on the skillet. Drizzle the remaining oil on the top of the feta as well as the vegetables. Season with Italian seasoning and an extra dash of salt and pepper.
- Bake in the oven for 25 minutes.
- Meanwhile, water to a medium-sized pot and bring water to a boil. Salt the water and add the pasta. Cook for 8-10 minutes, or per package instructions, then drain.
- Using a spoon, break apart the baked feta cheese in the skillet and mix it around with the vegetables. Make sure to also smear the garlic, or mince it before you mix.
- Toss in the cooked pasta and the chopped basil leaves. Stir to combine, then remove to a bowl and enjoy.
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