Have you tried your hand at making that delicious, creamy and easy Feta Baked Pasta that has taken TikTok by storm?
While it may look easy, our resident chefs and bakers here at Kenwood have tried their hand at creating their very own versions of the dish and found ways to bring this dish to the next level.
Blend To Create A Smooth Sauce
TikTok users have reported getting better results from this recipe by pouring the sauce into a blender (first make sure your blender can handle hot liquids!) and whizzing into a smooth, silky sauce. Do this at the end of Step 7 with the help of Kenwood Blend-X Compact Blender.
Add Colour and Texture
Throw in some sauteed mushrooms, green beans, spinach, onions or bell peppers for extra vitamins, crunch and colour.
Beat the Food Coma
Try whole-grain or buckwheat pasta for an earthier taste, lower calories and higher fibre content. These pastas take longer to digest so you won’t need a nap right after dinner.
Make It Vegan and Lactose-Free
Replace the cheese with firm tofu and a rich nut or seed spread, like cashew cream or tahini. Before Step 2, simply blend the tofu, cashews/seed spread with nutritional yeast and garlic powder in a food processor – such as the Kenwood Multi Pro – for a thick cheese-like paste. Bake with the tomatoes and stir to combine.
Otherwise, vegan feta cheese can also be used.
Use Tube or Shell-shaped Pastas
Pasta shapes like conchiglie, lumache, penne, rigatoni, macaroni and paccheri work best with this heavy, creamy sauce. The curves and little hollows on the noodles offer plenty of surface area for the sauce to cling to, ensuring you get all the cheesy goodness in every mouthful.
Adjust Amount of Tomatoes for Flavour Intensity
Increase the amount of tomatoes by 50 per cent for a more intense tomato flavour, or keep to the recommended amount for a lighter-tasting sauce. Cherry tomatoes are also preferred for this recipe as they are sweeter, but you can use heirloom tomatoes if you prefer.