1/2cupextra virgin olive oil4 oz, you can 1/3 cup if you want to use less
8ozblock feta cheese
8ozpastaof choice, I used elbow macaroni pasta
1/3cupfresh basilchopped + more to serve
Pre-heat oven to 400 F degrees. To a baking dish (mine is 3 qt 12.5" x 8.25"), add cherry or grape tomatoes, followed by sliced red pepper, onion and garlic.
Add 1/4 cup olive oil. Then add all the seasonings- Italian seasoning, dried oregano, red chili flakes, salt and black pepper.
Mix it all together and then create some space in the center of the baking dish and place a block of feta cheese. Drizzle the block of feta with the remaining 1/4 cup olive oil.Bake at 400 F degrees for 35 minutes. Meanwhile boil the pasta according to instructions on the package and set aside.
Take the baking dish out of the oven. The tomatoes would have burst by now releasing all the beautiful flavor and the cheese will be super melt-y.Take a spatula and mash the cheese and mix everything together. Mash the garlic cloves.
Add in the boiled pasta and mix until it's all well combined. Stir in 1/3 cup of chopped fresh basil and mix. Top with more fresh basil and serve the baked feta pasta warm!