ON THE MENU: A Twist on TikTok Pasta

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!



TikTok Pasta With A Twist Recipe


Ingredients:


1 package of the pasta of your choosing


2 pounds of your choice of Italian sausage


1 log of herb-coated goat cheese


2 medium sized boxes of cherry tomatoes


Olive oil, to drizzle


Fresh Basil- Chopped


Garlic- fresh chopped, jarred minced also works perfectly!


Black Pepper


1-2 Jars of Red Sauce


Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. In a large baking dish, NOT a cookie sheet, place the cherry tomatoes, a heavy drizzle of olive oil, fresh garlic, and chopped basil. In the center of the dish, place the log of goat cheese. Place in tphe center rack in the over, and set timer to 20 minutes, but check it before pulling it out. It's not ready until the tomatoes are bubbling and splitting open, which will take 20 minutes or longer depending on your oven.


Once the baking dish is in the oven, you're ready to make the noodles. Heat one jar of sauce and one jar full of water on the stove. Once it's simmering, add pasta. Especially if you're using a fresh pasta, keep it on a medium heat so it cooks evenly without overboiling.


In a small pan, heat a small coating of olive oil on high heat, and get your chicken sausage ready. I usually cut the sausage out of the skin when I'm using chicken sausage for more even, bite size pieces to distribute easily in the sauce. When the oil is heated, turn the heat to medium and add the sausage. Cover with a lid, cook for about three minutes. Turn the sausage so it browns on all sides, and when it's finished, turn off the burner and keep the lid on so no moisture is lost.


When the pasta is finished, drain the noodles, and keep under cool water in the colander. In the pasta pot, heat the 2nd jar of marinara on low heat, and add the sausage. Slowly add the noodles; adding them all at once will create uneven distribution, and you wanna serve this with a little bit of every flavor in every bite!


Remove the baking dish from the oven, and use a masher to crush the tomatoes and combine them with the basil, garlic and cheese before the ingredients can cool. Let it cool once it's combined.


Serve pasta, marinara, and sausage combination with a drizzle of however much of the "TikTok sauce" you'd like, and top with parmesan!


I hope you enjoy this recipe, and that you'll let me know how it went!