Fusilli with baked cherry tomatoes, fresh basil and feta cheese

    1 hour

    Baked cherry tomatoes and fresh scallions give us a sweetness that comes to contrast to the mild saltiness of feta cheese, the sharpness of Tabasco® and the freshness of basil. Alternatively, we can use fresh mint instead of basil, and sour mizithra cheese instead of feta cheese. Another tasty idea is to add a clove of minced garlic in the pan with the cherry tomatoes and once cooked add fresh, crisp, wild rocket and black pitted olives. We LOVE pasta because it reminds us of “easy-going” people. They give you the freedom to create without the murmuring.


    Attica, Greece
    3 people made this

    Serves: 6 

    • 600g cherry tomatoes, halved
    • 5 to 6 medium onions, finely chopped
    • 80ml extra virgin olive oil plus 2 tablespoons, divided
    • salt and pepper, to taste
    • 1 tablespoon white sugar
    • 500g fusilli
    • 1 bunch fresh basil, finely chopped
    • 10 drops Tabasco®
    • 250g spicy feta cheese or more, grated

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Ready in:1hr 

    1. Preheat the oven to 210 C / 190 C fan / Gas 6/7.
    2. Put cherry tomatoes and fresh onions in a spacious roasting tin that suits them fine. Add 80ml of olive oil, salt, pepper and sugar. Toss them carefully. Try to keep an even surface so as one cherry tomato does not cover another.
    3. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until cherry tomatoes are soft and have a nice colour. Remove from the oven, taste and season if needed. Keep them hot.
    4. Meanwhile, boil fusilli in salted water according to instructions. When boiled al dente keep a cup of water aside. Strain fusilli and put them again in the pan.
    5. Add remaining olive oil, baked cherry tomatoes, fresh onions, fresh basil, Tabasco®, feta cheese and half of the water that you kept. Toss them nicely so as flavours mix together. Taste and season according to your preference. Add rest of the water if you want a more creamy sauce. Serve immediately in a bowl and sprinkle more feta cheese if you like. Enjoy!

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    I love this recipe, it's easy to make, delicious and reminds me of Greece!  -  11 Feb 2016