Instant Pot Feta Pasta is one of those pasta dishes that everyone will love. The simple pasta paired with the flavor of the feta cheese is what comfort food is all about.
There’s a reason why this Instant Pot Feta Pasta recipe has gone viral on TikTok - and you’re about to find out why.
It’s time to get back to the basics of cooking in the kitchen and letting the flavors and easy ingredients be the star of the show. The simplicity of this TikTok feta pasta proves that a recipe doesn’t have to be complicated to be amazing.
With minimal prep work required, let your Instant Pot create an addictive pasta dish that no one is going to be able to turn away.
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Why This Recipe Works
Everyone who eats pasta knows that there’s a perfect texture to the noodle that can make or break a dish. But when you decide to cook pasta in the Instant Pot, it’s literally pasta perfection every single time.
In less than 10 minutes of cooking time, you’ll be sitting at the table enjoying how simple it was to create this delicious dish. And don’t forget that since you’re able to create this entire Instant Pot Feta Pasta recipe in one pot, clean-up is a breeze as well!
The choice is clear on why you need to make this simple pasta recipe:
- The needed ingredients are easy to find and affordable.
- Every bite is perfectly balanced with the creaminess of the feta cheese.
- The leftovers reheat perfectly and taste fresh!
Pasta- The type of pasta is up to whatever you like. If you want to twirl the pasta on your fork, choose angel hair or spaghetti noodles. If you want to have smaller pieces and bites, choose penne, macaroni, or shells. (or if you’re feeling really wild, mix it up and try them all!)
Feta- The feta cheese is really the star of the show. It’s the perfect balance of saltiness and creaminess and really pairs so well with the noodles and tomatoes. You can find feta cheese at the store in the cheese section.
Cherry Tomatoes- I love using cherry tomatoes because they’re a great size, and they have a tart and sweet taste. Grape tomatoes would also be a great option as well.
Garlic Cloves- It is used in almost all types of recipes. It gives a particular taste and texture to the recipe.
Spices - Add taste and texture to the recipe and help bring out the flavors.
Rosemary- Adding rosemary not only gives warmth to this recipe in terms of flavor, but it’s a lovely smell as well.
How to Make Instant Pot TikTok Feta Pasta
Before beginning any recipe, make sure that you have all the ingredients listed. There’s nothing worse than starting a recipe and not being able to finish it because something is missing.
Step One: Add 1 cup of cherry tomatoes to a heat-safe bowl, and then add 8 ounces of feta cheese.
Step Two: Pour 2 tablespoons of olive oil into the bowl and then add the chopped garlic and shallot.
Step Three: Pour in ½ teaspoon of kosher salt.
Step Four: Add ½ teaspoon of chili flakes.
Step Five: Next, add 1 tablespoon of black pepper.
Step Six: Then add ½ tablespoon of thyme.
Step Seven: Add 10 ounces of uncooked pasta to the bowl.
Step Eight: Pour ½ cup of water over the top of all the added ingredients.
Step Nine: Add a trivet to the bottom of the Instant Pot and then pour in 1 cup of water. Place the glass dish full of ingredients into the Instant Pot.
Step Ten: Add a sprig of rosemary and then place the bowl into the Instant Pot.
Step Eleven: Put on the lid and cook for 8 minutes at high pressure.
Step Twelve: Do a quick pressure release once the time is up, and then take off the lid.
Change up the cheese - While the star of this pasta recipe is the added feta cheese, you can change up the recipe and try using a different cheese and see what you think. Variation in recipes is never a bad idea!
Chop up fresh tomatoes - Smaller tomatoes are great to use, but if you don’t happen to have any on hand, you can cut up larger tomatoes and use those instead.
Vary the seasoning - You can add in other herbs, leave out a few, or mix and match as you see fit.
While feta cheese is pretty good about holding its shape, even when hot, it’s a good idea to not overly stir the pasta once it’s cooked and ready to serve. Just scoop out a serving and set it on the plate so that you don’t risk mushing or mashing up the feta cheese too much.
The tomatoes will actually hold heat longer than any other ingredient in this recipe. This is just a pro tip from me to you in case you have little ones eating this so that they won’t burn their mouths.
How to Serve
Serving this viral pasta recipe is a breeze. You can serve it just like it is, or add some pasta sauce to go with it, too.
Don't forget to top it with some freshly ground black pepper and even some parmesan cheese for flavor.
How to Store
Leftover pasta is delicious. As long as you store them in an airtight container, you should be able to keep them fresh for up to 4 days.
While you can freeze this pasta for up to 3 months, I think it’s best fresh. I don’t really recommend freezing this pasta dish because pasta tends to change the texture a bit once it’s frozen and then thawed. Just plan on eating this recipe fresh during the week that you make it.
How to Reheat
When it comes to reheating this feta pasta recipe, you have options. You can pop it into the microwave for a short time or even use the Instant Pot as well.
The fastest way to reheat is to use the microwave. Just be sure that you’re using a microwave-safe dish.
What goes well with Tiktok pasta?
So many things go well with pasta! You can serve this with a delicious chicken entree, or add a side salad for flavor, too. A nice bread roll or cheesy garlic bread would also be an amazing addition.
What cheese can I use instead of feta for the feta pasta?
Any cheese will work for this simple pasta dish, but if you want something similar to feta cheese, adding ricotta cheese is a great option. It’s going to be creamier and more delicate than feta cheese, but the flavor is crazy good!
Will feta cheese melt?
Feta cheese won’t actually melt, but it will become extra soft and creamy. This is why you have to be careful when serving the pasta so that it doesn’t get smashed up in the process.
As you can tell, this Instant Pot Feta Pasta recipe is not going away anytime soon. It’s the perfect weeknight meal for pasta fans, vegetarians, and anyone who is craving a delicious dinner when there isn’t much time to cook.
What if I don't have an Instant Pot?
Well, you can make this Baked Feta Pasta recipe instead 🙂
More Easy Instant Pot Pasta Recipes
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Instant Pot Feta Pasta
- 1 garlic clove chopped
- 1 shallot chopped
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes
- 8 oz feta
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- ½ tablespoon salt
- ½ tablespoon chili flakes
- 1 tablespoon black pepper
- ½ tablespoon thyme
- 10 oz pasta
- ½ cup water
- 1 rosemary
- 1 cup water -for the instant pot-
- Add tomatoes and feta to a glass bowl that can withstand high heat.
- Next, add the olive oil, garlic, shallot and spices.
- Place a trivet into the bottom of the Instant Pot and pour in 1 cup of water.
- Place the pasta dish with all the ingredinets inside the instant pot and add a sprig of rosemary.
- Put on the Instant Pot lid and cook at high pressure for 8 minutes.
- Do a quick reliease and then open the lid.
- Chop up the onion and garlic into small pieces.
- Don't forget to add the water into the instant pot as this is crucial to prevent burns.
- If you want a citrus flavor, add a squeeze of lemon or a splash of orange juice.