Easy and quick, this delicious Vegan Baked Feta Pasta is the perfect weeknight dinner. It’s cheesy and gooey with my homemade vegan feta yet bright with fresh grape or cherry tomatoes, garlic, fresh basil, and tangy kalamata olives.
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Hey Internet, at the time I’m writing this, baked feta pasta is going NUTS on the internet. But we don’t do nuts here… or dairy…
So you know I had to make my own.
Sorry for the terrible joke. While we’re at it, the only nut here is me. :p
Anyway, this vegan baked feta pasta is totally delicious. And while you can use store bought vegan feta, I think you know by now I used my homemade vegan feta that happens to be nut/oil/gluten-free and crazy delicious as it is infused with herbs and a ton of flavor.
But before I jump into my delicious version of this recipe, I have to pay tribute. The viral Tik Tok video is NOT the original creator of this recipe, it’s actually Grilled Cheese Social’s recipe from 2019! You can find their original recipe here.
However, we are vegan so we changed up the recipe quite a bit so we could bring you today’s recipe. We just always do our best here at Zardyplants to acknowledge where recipes come from, no matter how trendy they may be.
So, moving on. Let’s talk about this delicious recipe.
It makes a fabulously easy dinner. All we’re going to do is bake the feta with some cherry or grape tomatoes in the oven while we boil some pasta on the stovetop.
After the feta does its thang, we get to do something really fun: smash the feta, tomatoes, and garlic with a fork or the back of a spoon and mix it all together! Be careful not to injure yourself with tomato guts, lol.
This pasta is sooooo creamy and cheesy you won’t believe it’s vegan!
Alright, let’s move into what you’ll need.
What You’ll Need
The first thing ya gotta have is some vegan feta. I recommend my homemade recipe as it’s healthy, delicious, and easy, but you can also use store bought vegan feta as well.
A popular brand in the US is called Violife, though in my opinion it doesn’t have much flavor. I’ve heard from other folks it tastes more like goat cheese, so maybe be prepared to season it?
Next you’ll also need some tomatoes. If you can’t have them you could use a quick cooking veggie like broccoli, but it won’t give off much liquid so you’ll need to add a bit more of that.
Speaking of which, most of the feta pasta remakes out there (and the original) use oil and you know me, I’m not about that life.
So I used a vegan white wine. If you’re looking for vegan wine in your area, check out Barnivore. It’s a great resource for finding vegan alcohol (many wines are not vegan because of the processing, not necessarily the grapes themselves).
Instead of wine, you could use vegetable broth. Or, of course you can use oil if you like, I’d just use a few tablespoons rather than a cup of wine or broth.
The only other thing we’re going to toss in there at first are a few garlic cloves. They’ll get soft and a little sweet and roasty in the oven, and you’ll be able to smash them and mix them in after baking. Feel free to omit if you can’t have garlic.
Obviously you’ll need to make your pasta of choice. Use gluten-free to make this whole dish gluten-free. Use whatever type of pasta you want. I chose toscani because it’s fun.
To finish off the flavors at the end, I tossed in some sliced pitted kalamata olives as we had a Greek & Italian theme going on and a bunch of fresh basil leaves off my slowly-dying-in-the-freezing-windowsill basil plant. Wah, it’s so hard to grow plants in a dark and cold apartment!
That’s literally it! I love how simple this recipe is.
You could add seasonings if you want, but since my homemade vegan feta is well seasoned and herbed, it wasn’t necessary for me. My husband said it was like a flavor explosion!
Tips for Making Vegan Baked Feta Pasta
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit (205 degrees Celsius).
- Grab a 9 x 13 (or similar) baking dish and add your rinsed cherry or grape tomatoes to the bottom. Pour the white wine or vegetable broth on top.
- Plunk the vegan feta block on top. If using a store bought vegan cheese, feel free to season. If using my homemade vegan feta you probably don’t need any extra seasoning.
- Take your peeled garlic cloves and sprinkle them around the vegan feta block. If they’re large, slice them in half first.
- Bake the feta & tomatoes for about 30 - 35 minutes until it has lightly brown and the tomatoes have blistered.
- While that’s baking, cook 12 oz pasta (about 3 dry cups) on the stovetop according to package instructions. Drain when finished.
- Slice the olives while you wait. Also, if your basil leaves are large you can chop them, or chiffonade them which means you can roll up a few leaves stacked on top of each other and thinly slice them. My basil leaves were small so I left them whole.
- When the feta is done baking, remove the dish from the oven. Use a fork or the back of a wooden spoon to first pop all of the blistered tomatoes, mash the garlic a bit (you may choose to remove it and mash it in a small bowl if you want to really mash it up, but I left a few little chunks), and then mash the feta. Stir the whole thing around until well mixed, then add in your drained pasta and mix well again.
- Now sprinkle in your olives, stir lightly, and sprinkle the basil on top. Done! Serve up and enjoy.
- Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
More Easy Vegan Pasta Recipes
I probably love pasta more than anything--sorry Mr. Zardyplants, aka Paul.
Here’s some of my fave pasta dishes right now--if you loved this vegan baked feta pasta I bet you’ll like these:
- Vegan Tuna Casserole Bake
- Vegan White Cheddar Mac Bake with Mushroom Bacon
- Tahini Pasta with Broccolini
- Chickpea Florentine (one pot)
- Savory Coconut Pasta
- Vegan Vodka Sauce (with pasta)
- Vegan Manicotti
- Pasta Puttanesca (one pot)
- Vegan Hamburger Helper
- Vegan Goulash (American/Chili Mac Style)
As always, I hope you love this recipe--I know I do, and Mr. Zardyplants does too. He gave me very high praise each time I made it… and that makes me so happy. :)
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