woman making a "baked feta pasta" dish

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Why is everyone making this TikTok feta pasta?

The simple dish is a big hit on the app.

Feb 11, 2021, 3:52 pm

Internet Culture

 

Siobhan Ball

A Finnish blogger’s recipe for baked feta and tomato pasta has gone viral on TikTok and may even be causing feta and tomato shortages as people rush to try it.

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Baked feta pasta viral recipe! Inspired by #uunifeta via @liemessa & @tiiupiret #learnontiktok #foodtiktok #foodie

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The story behind the TikTok feta pasta

The recipe is incredibly simple. Season tomatoes and feta with olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper, and oregano, bake it all in the oven, and then mix fresh basil and just cooked pasta into the hot, gooey, caramelized result.

http://www.tiktok.com/@liemessa/video/6923943550111550726?referer_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.hitc.com%2Fen-gb%2F2021%2F02%2F03%2Ftiktoks-baked-feta-pasta-recipe%2F&referer_video_id=6924127493033184518&lang=en&is_copy_url=1&is_from_webapp=v2

The original recipe came from Finnish blogger Jenni Hayrinen in 2019, and apparently caused a shortage of feta cheese in Finnish grocery stores.

@liemessa

Your shopping list & baked feta pasta ingredients I use 🍝🔥🌶 #uunifetapasta #bakedfetapasta #fyp #tiktokfood

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Now the dish has made an international comeback on English-language TikTok, and people love it just as much as the Fins did in 2019.

@pauliina.h1

#duet with @cookingwithayeh Uunifetapasta, gotta love it @liemessa #uunifetapasta #bakedfetapasta #homecooking #learnontiktok

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Variations on the feta pasta dish

There are new variations being made, with standard, logical additions like olives, goat cheese, and pesto.

@feelgoodfoodie

You asked if it was possible to make the baked feta pasta with another cheese, so I tried goat cheese! #fetapasta #tiktokpartner #learnontiktok

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credits to @liemessa for creating the #uunifetapasta 🍝🍅 #fyp

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As well as some slightly horrifying ones, like this one from TikTok user @thehungerdiaries, who decided to sub out the tomatoes for strawberries. While some viewers did think this sounded delicious, most considered this a food crime of the highest order.

The feta pasta is just the latest recipe to go viral on TikTok. Previous trending food items include tea bombs, frog bread, and whipped coffee.

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*First Published: Feb 11, 2021, 3:52 pm