You can make it with a variety of pasta shapes, but what about spaghetti squash? Instead of feta, maybe goat cheese? Olives to replace the tomatoes? That's what makes it so popular—the fact that you can easily swap out one ingredient for another. No matter how you use it, feta is a registered dietitian-approved pick: "Having a little cheese is healthy because of the vitamin D, calcium, and protein," says Desiree Nielsen, RD.
There are already many new iterations of the viral dish. For starters, Yumna Jawad of Feed Good Foodie switched up her original baked feta pasta recipe by adding olives, tomatoes, feta, onions and turned it into a dip. Below, you'll find four more of our favorite baked feta recipes.
The best baked feta recipes
1. Baked feta with tomatoes and chickpeas
This bake feta recipe gets a major protein boost by using chickpeas instead of pasta. Just bake them right along with the feta and cherry tomatoes, then stir it all up when it's time to enjoy.
Get the recipe: Baked feta with tomatoes and chickpeas
2. Vegan baked feta pasta
Get the recipe: Vegan baked feta pasta
3. Baked feta mushroom pasta
If you're not a huge fan of tomatoes, no problem. This baked feta recipe uses a mix of mushrooms, onion, garlic, spinach, and pine nuts.
Get the recipe: Baked feta mushroom pasta
4. Spaghetti squash with baked feta
There's no pasta in this dish. Instead, the recipe pairs spaghetti squash with cherry tomatoes, feta, and basil for a nutrient-rich, high-fiber meal.
Get the recipe: Spaghetti squash with baked feta
How to eat pasta every day, according to a dietitian:
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