If You Loved TikTok's Baked Feta Pasta, You'll Want to Try These Other Easy, Cheesy Pasta Dishes

Who needs jarred sauce?

March 09, 2021


Food Network Kitchen’s Baked Brie Pasta, as seen on Food Network.

Photo by: Renee Comet

Renee Comet

By now you’ve probably seen the trending Tik-Tok video of the famous baked feta pasta. If not, you’re missing out! The recipe idea went viral after people saw how easy it was to create such a beautiful dish using simple ingredients like cherry tomatoes and a whole block of feta cheese.

And that got me thinking — what else can we use to make a fuss-free cheesy pasta sauce? There are always those nights when you’re tired of marinara and have run out of other jarred sauces! Luckily, a block of baked feta isn’t the only stand-in for store-bought.

Here are 5 more ways to effortlessly transform pasta night — with cheese.

Baked Brie Pasta (pictured above)

This impressive dish uses restaurant-style elements (like a whole wheel of cheese) for a beautiful presentation and a tasty sauce. Bake the wheel of Brie in the oven with sun-dried tomatoes, wine, red pepper, and garlic until melted and bubbly, while cooking the linguine separately on the stovetop. Once both are done toss the pasta in the cheese wheel so it’s evenly coated with sauce.

Linda Miller Nicholson features Pasta with Piemontese Cheese Sauce, as seen on Food Network Kitchen Live.

Photo by: Brian David Photography

Brian David Photography

For an extra rich pasta, this recipe calls for a full 8 ounces of gooey cheese. Simply melt the cheese in a saucepan with the milk, flour, and butter until smooth. Easy!



Food stylist: Adrienne Anderson Prop stylist: Leslie Siegel,Food stylist: Adrienne AndersonProp stylist: Leslie Siegel

Photo by: Andrew McCaul

Andrew McCaul

Who needs store-bought sauce when you can make your own lightened-up alfredo at home?! Instead of huge amounts of heavy cream and butter, we add low-fat cream cheese into the mix, which guarantees a rich, smooth sauce that will lightly coat the fettucine when you’re ready to toss everything together.

Photo by: Armando Rafael

Armando Rafael

A comfort food classic gets an upgrade with this too-easy-to-be-true recipe. Your multi-cooker will do all the hard work. And, after just a few minutes of waiting, you’ll be indulging in the creamiest, cheesiest Cheddar-coated pasta.

Geoffrey Zakarian makes Pasta with Lemon Herb Yogurt Sauce, as seen on Food Network's The Kitchen

All it takes for a thick and creamy sauce is a combination of yogurt, feta, garlic, and lemon zest. Don’t forget to save a small amount of your pasta cooking water — it helps the sauce come together.

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