Updated: Feb 23, 2021
Take this trend to the next level for a delicious dinner
So we've all seen this TikTok pasta thing, right? Between you and me, I don't even have a TikTok account, and I've heard of this!
The original recipe for this dish, originating in Finland, consists of baking a block of feta in some olive oil and cherry tomatoes, mashing it all up, and serving the delicious mixture over some noodles.
Being the experimenter that I am, and being the kind of person that needs some sort of meat protein in her pasta sauce, I decided to mix it up!
A Few Tweaks
I'm just gonna talk real quick specifically about the changes I made, before we get to the recipe, just in case you already know the original and are only here for the changes! The full recipe will be posted below, and I won't keep you if that's where you're headed.
The first, most significant change I made was to use a log of herbed goat cheese instead of a block of feta. For one thing, I think goat cheese is a much richer flavor, achieved using much less cheese. It also breaks down to a slightly creamier texture, and it tastes soooo good with the tomatoes.
Next, I use a 2:1 tomato-cheese ratio; in other words, for one log of cheese, I use two of the medium sized containers of cherry tomatoes. I put the cheese, tomatoes, and olive oil in a baking dish, then I top it with a little black pepper, fresh chopped basil, and minced garlic.
The second tweak I made was how I made the pasta. I used fresh parsley garlic herb fettuccine, and I cooked it in my favorite store-bought marinara (my favorite is the Trader Joe's brand marinara, but any red sauce you prefer will work- if you're more of a bad-ass than I am, you can make your own!). On a separate pan, I cooked two pounds of chicken basil and sundried tomato sausage, and when the pasta was done, I added a little more marinara and the sausage to it. I served the pasta with half a ladle of the "TikTok sauce" on top, and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese. I'm a spicy food fan, so not pictured is the tablespoon of red chili flakes I put on top immediately after the picture was taken!