An Australian home cook has added her own delicious twist to the viral TikTok pasta recipe.
The original viral video sees cherry tomatoes and feta baked in the oven, then the pasta is stirred through with water before it is cooked again to make a simple, delicious meal.
But the TikTok star behind the ‘cookingwithayeh’ channel decided the dish could be done differently – using mushrooms and spinach instead.
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The young woman takes mushrooms, thyme, extra virgin olive oil and red onions and put them in a baking dish with a block of feta cheese.
As with the original video the cheese is placed in the centre of the baking dish – and the whole thing is placed in the oven.
Then once it comes out Ayeh mixes the now soft, melted feta through the rest of the ingredients.
She also adds a few cups of baby spinach to the dish before sprinkling her pasta on top.
She adds water again and then places the dish in the oven again.
When it comes out it looks creamy and delicious, and her face reveals her delight as she takes her first bite.
The video has 229,000 likes and thousands of comments, the young woman also put the whole recipe online.
‘I tried this version and it is so good,’ one woman said.
‘This one looks amazing, I will definitely be trying it,’ said another.
But not everyone was pleased with it – one man criticised the young woman for calling it her own dish.
‘Your baked feta pasta? You mean the same dish overtaking everybody’s FYP? YOUR pasta? It is the same dish as everyone else’s,’ he wrote.
But he was quickly told to ‘cool down’ by other pasta fans.
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‘Time to go outside my dude,’ one person said.
This isn’t the first time the viral pasta has had a makeover mum-of-four Melinda, from Sydney, shared images to the Budget Friendly Meals Australia Facebook group and revealed she included shredded chicken to the dish.
The recipe is easy to make and requires a number of ingredients – a block of feta cheese, cherry tomatoes, garlic, oregano, pasta, chicken breast, chicken stock cubes, olive oil and parsley for garnishing.
Earlier this week television presenter Jules Sebastian also jumped on the food trend that has been so popular, feta cheese reportedly sold out in Finland.
To make the delicious meal, Melinda preheated the oven at 220 degrees Celsius and placed the feta and tomatoes in a baking tray with a drizzle of olive oil.
She then added a sprinkle of Italian herb seasoning, salt and pepper and minced garlic before cooking for 25 minutes.
While the ingredients were baking in the oven, she prepared the pasta.
Once the feta was golden, she used a potato masher to ‘mash’ the cherry tomatoes and feta together.
The pasta was then drained and stirred into the feta mixture along with a cup of pasta water for flavour.
The chicken was cooked in the pressure cooker with stock water, salt and pepper, Italian mixed herbs and Vegeta seasoning for 25 minutes.
The pressure cooker appliance cooks the food at a faster rate compared to a standard oven.
When the meat was ready Melinda used two forks to shred the chicken into pieces to add to the pasta.
Melinda said the meal was a ‘huge hit’ with her young children and highly recommends it to others.
Other home cooks part of the Facebook group who had already tried the popular feta pasta themselves agreed it tastes ‘amazing’.
One woman said she added salmon to the dish while another sprinkled chili flakes and chopped parsley on top.
‘I loved it! But because there’s so many of us [I used] two blocks feta and three punnets tomatoes. I also overdid the garlic but oh so yummy,’ one woman said.
How to make baked feta pasta with shredded chicken
Ingredients for the pasta
Ingredients for the chicken
Preheat oven 200 degrees Celsius fan forced
Add feta and tomatoes to baking dish with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of Italian herb seasoning and salt and pepper
Add minced garlic and cook in the oven for 25 minutes
While the feta is cooking, prepare the pasta
For the chicken, mix the stock cubes in water until dissolved
Add the chicken to the pressure cooker and add in stock, salt and pepper, Italian herb mix and Vegeta
Cook the pasta and chicken for 20 minutes
Drain the pasta
Shred the chicken using two forks
Remove the feta from the oven and ‘mash’ using a potato masher or spoon to mix the cheese with the tomatoes
Add the pasta and chicken to the feta mixture and serve