I caved in, I signed up, I joined the squad, I got excited and made the Tik Tok / Uunifetapasta dish. I’ve always been a fan of anything from Finland – Marimekko designs are fun, Finnair is a great airline – and this is a dish that may just make you excited as well.
I was first introduced to it through my lovely friend Lorraine’s site Not Quite Nigella and then I started to see on social media other friends were cooking this really easy dish.
Uunifetapasta – Finnish for Baked Feta Pasta was first made by a blogger from Finland and posted on Tik Tok. It was such a hit there are stories of how Finnish shops and supermarkets ran out of feta in the following days!
There must have been something Finnish in the air the night I made this as there was a show on TV about the building of Helsinki’s railway station, which I have fond memories of visiting. The stone statue men holding spherical lanterns guarding the station are a highlight, they’re simple, they’re almost gothic, the whole building is futuristic Art Deco as it was built before Art Deco came into style. Oh how I miss international travel!
Which brings me back to this meal. It is simplistic and beautiful, in both construction and flavours and, before you stir it, it’s almost art deco like as well.
I made a simple version, three kinds of cherry tomatoes, red onion, baby spinach and basil, but you can add all sorts of things, salmon or prawns or chorizo. My choice of herb was lemon-thyme as that was what I had on hand.
Give Uunifetapasta a try, it’s so easy and so delicious, not yourself or anyone will leave it, it will be ‘Finnished’. (Yes, I really did just use that pun!)
– 3 tubs of cherry tomatoes (I used red, yellow and Kumatos)
– 1 packet Greek feta (you can use Danish if preferred)
– 1 red onion
– Olive oil
– Baby Spinach
– Cracked pepper
– Herbs of choice (Lemon-thyme, thyme, parsley etc)
– 250gm pasta of choice (I’m a fan of spirals, but you could use whatever)Place tomatoes in a baking dish with feta in the middle. Slather with olive oil and cracked black pepper. Bake for 30 minutes, cook pasta until al-dente, stir through with basil and baby spinach and top with grated parmesan.
– Grated Parmesan (I used Grana Padano)
Uunifetapasta was made by Matty Somewhere at home.
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