If You Love Baked Feta Pasta, You Need to Try This Swap

Sorry, cherry tomatoes — you’ve been replaced.

February 25, 2021
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By now, we’ve all seen (and probably tried) the TikTok-famous Baked Feta Pasta. The recipe caught on in a major way this winter — and for good reason! The dish is visually stunning, easy to make and full of comforting, cheesy goodness. It’s the ideal meal for a chilly winter night, and one we definitely won’t turn down.

However, if you’re anything like us, you’re probably ready to put the cold months behind you and embrace spring (after all, it’s just around the corner!). And that’s where TikTok user @thehungerdiaries comes in. With just one simple swap, she puts a springy refresh on the trendy dish — and highlights your favorite berry, too.

Here’s how she did it: Instead of nestling the feta in a bed of cherry tomatoes, she used fresh strawberries and added a splash of balsamic vinegar. Just like tomatoes, strawberries release tons of juices as they cook, which combine with the cheese to form a rich, luscious sauce. And, with a liberal sprinkle of basil, you’ll have a sauce that hits all the right notes: sweet, salty and singing with fresh flavor.

Though you can serve the strawberry baked feta with whatever you like, we love how @thehungerdiaries used a green, spinach-based pasta. The colors are just the ticket to cure the last of the winter blues. Bring on the berries!

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