Baked feta pasta recipe blows up on TikTok: 'Holy Cow'

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When it comes to TikTok trends, some can be fleeting, while others get so out of hand they risk sparking more negative responses than anything else.

If you haven’t yet heard of the latest food trend to sweep the popular video sharing site, a quick Google of Baked Feta Pasta recipe will show you it’s literally been everywhere, getting so popular supermarkets in Finland reportedly ran out of feta cheese.

TikTok baked feta pasta recipe
Have you tried the baked feta pasta recipe yet? Photos: TikTok

TikTok users in their thousands have been sharing their attempts - and tweaks - to the recipe, which basically sees you use an entire block of feta cheese as the sauce base for a delicious looking pasta dish.

One post by user Feel Good Foodie has received over 4.5M views, with plenty of people raving about the recipe in the comments as well.

“I tried that and HOLY COW it was so good!” was one enthusiastic response.

While another said: “That looks amazing”

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However, it seems some people are also frustrated with either the recipe, or the fact it has become so popular, with some lamenting it’s the “10th time I’ve seen this video today”.

One person even said they didn’t like the look of it at all.

“What makes it worse is that it literally looks unsettling,” they said.

So why were stores specifically in Finland selling out of feta, you might ask? Well, it all has to do with where the recipe originated from.

‘food artist’ Jenni Häyrinen created baked feta pasta
Where the Feta Pasta recipe started. Photo: Instagram

A Finnish ‘food artist’ called Jenni Häyrinen claims to be the original creator of the recipe in 2019, taking to Instagram to stress she was the first person to use and coin #uunifetapasta - baked feta pasta.

She did however admit a fellow food blogger Tiiu Piret had also made a similar recipe around the same time but hers never went viral.

“Recipes are hardly ever totally original: it’s likely that someone has made a similar thing somewhere in the world,” she wrote.

“The point is that not all recipes go viral even if they are similar, #uunifetapasta did for which I am very grateful.”

How to make the TikTok baked feta cheese pasta?

The recipe is easy enough. Here’s all you need:

  • 230g of pasta

  • 4 cups of cherry tomatoes

  • 1x 230g block of feta cheese

  • 1/2 cup of olive oil

  • 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper

  • 2 garlic cloves

  • 1/4 cup of basil

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