Start writing a post

This variation on the TikTok feta pasta recipe is even better than the original

Yes, the original is good - but how about tinkering with the recipe?

This variation on the TikTok feta pasta recipe is even better than the original

TikTok pasta recipe

Photo by Lucy Gray

I bought the leggings, I painted a geometric pattern on my wall, I tried a middle parting for the first time in 15 years - so inevitably it was time to cook some feta pasta.

For those that don't obsessively scroll through TikTok, a pasta recipe has gone viral over recent weeks. The baked pasta dish supposedly became so popular it caused a feta shortage in Finland. Countless videos of people making the meal have been uploaded, often ending with the creator biting into the pasta in surprised delight at how delicious the simple food is.

Feel Good Foodie on TikTok

Although not all users are fans of the cheesy recipe, with many TikTokers begging for the trend to end, I couldn't resist trying it.

Following the popular recipe above, I thoroughly enjoyed my initial attempt at the tomato-y creamy goodness, so much so I decided to experiment.

I am no chef - far from it - but even I was able to tinker with the simple steps to better suit my tastes. As someone who has struggled with their senses since having Covid-19, I'm very particular in what foods I can truly appreciate - and one of those is goats cheese. For some unknown reason, this distinctly flavoured cheese manages to penetrate my deadened taste buds, so I decided to edit the viral recipe - and even my weak senses loved it.

Not only did I replace the feta with garlic and herb goats cheese, but I also added pancetta, onion, and a generous drizzle of honey. Here's a list of ingredients for your shopping list:


  • Goats cheese
  • Pancetta
  • Red onion
  • Olive oil
  • Honey
  • Tomatoes
  • Pasta
  • Basil
  • Garlic
  • Pasta of your choice

IngredientsPhoto by Lucy Gray

I followed all the same steps as the above TikToks but just made some easy substitutions. Other than that, every step was the same. Here are the steps and the final product.

Step 1: Add tomatoes, olive oil, chopped onion, pancetta, garlic salt and pepper to a baking dish.

Step 2: Add the goats cheese. Add a little more olive oil, and a generous drizzle of honey (and no, my dish was not dirty - just stained from a very stubborn past lasagna).

Tomatoes, olive oil, chopped onion, pancetta, garlic salt and peperPhoto by Lucy Gray

Step 3: Bake at 400 degrees for 35 minutes.

Step 4: Stir the cooked mixture, adding in fresh basil and more salt and pepper.

Cooked mixture with fresh basil and more salt and pepper.Photo by Lucy Gray

Step 5: Add pasta and stir it all in.

Finished productPhoto by Lucy Gray

Have you got something to say? Want to see your writing here? Submit a post to Conversations today.

Study shows the Olympics is most LGBTQIA+ friendly sporting event ever

All eyes are now fixed on Tokyo, where a new record for participation has been set.

Ireen Wust of Netherlands competes in the 1500m Ladies race during Day 4 of the ISU World Speed Skating Championships at Thialf Arena on February 14, 2021 in Heerenveen, Netherlands.

Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

"I feel incredibly proud to say that I am a gay man and also an Olympic champion. When I was younger, I didn't think I'd ever achieve anything because of who I was."

These are words from the new Olympic gold medal winner, Team GB's Tom Daley, after he and partner Matty Lee took first place in synchronised swimming on Monday 26 July.

Keep reading... Show less

The best ways to show people closest to you that they are heard and appreciated

Everyone that is close to us wants to be heard in their relationship. It's for a good reason, too.

Strong relationships rely onl open lines of communication. Being a better communicator may appear daunting, but it's actually only a matter of honing a crucial skill: listening.

It appears to be straightforward. We (mostly) listen to our loved one's queries, opinions, anecdotes, gripes, and helpful suggestions. But how frequently do we actually pay attention?

We often register that they're chatting on the surface, waiting for our time to jump in and say what we want. Something has to be done about it.

Everyone that is close to us wants to be heard in their relationship. It's for a good reason, too.

Keep reading... Show less
#StartTheConversation by joining us on

Join our new platform for free and your post can reach a huge audience on Indy100 and The Independent join