Barilla® Baked Feta Rotini Pasta with Honey, Harissa + Za’atar

By: Abhishek Dekate

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Because you can never have too many versions of the forever popular TikTok baked pasta with feta recipe, our friend Abishek Dekate put a middle-Eastern spin on this fan favourite with the addition of Za’atar, Harissa and an infusion of sweetness with honey. Whipped up in just over half an hour, you’ll wow your dinner guests (or just yourself) at how delicious this is for being so easy to cook.

Pairs well with Ruffino Orvieto Classico.

Taste Profile: This wine's smooth, refreshing flavours balance beautifully with its structure and acidity. Orvieto also offers a unique mineral character that comes from the chalky limestone soil called tufa. The finish is long and fragrant, with hints of almond.

Ingredients 6 Number of Servings

1 box Barilla® Rotini 
2 pints of grape tomatoes  
4 small shallots, peeled and sliced  
2 tbsp olive oil  
1 tsp Harissa blend  
1 tsp Za’atar blend  
2-3 thyme sprigs  
1 block feta cheese  
2 tbsp raw honey 
2-3 garlic cloves, minced  
¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped 
¼ cup parmesan cheese 
salt and pepper, to taste  
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  • Preheat the oven to 425F. 
  • In a large ovenproof skillet or medium baking dish, combine tomatoes, shallots, minced garlic, and most of the olive oil. Season with harissa, za’atar, salt and pepper and toss to combine.  

  • Place feta into the center of the tomato mixture and drizzle top with remaining olive oil and raw honey. Scatter thyme sprigs over tomatoes. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, until tomatoes are bursting and feta is golden on top.  
  • Meanwhile, in a large pot of salted boiling water, cook Barilla Rotini pasta according to the package instructions. Reserve ½ cup of pasta water before draining.  
  • To the baking dish with tomatoes and feta, add the cooked pasta, reserved pasta water and stir until completely combined. Garnish with fresh parsley and parmesan (if desired). Serve.
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