One of my all-time favorite food bloggers, What’s Gaby Cooking, released a new cookbook in the Spring of last year, Eat What You Want, and it’s FULL of delicious recipes, highly recommend!! One of those is a black pepper and honey baked feta, it’s SO good and I’ve been making for a year!! After seeing many variations of this pasta on the internet, I wanted to have my own go at it! It’s too good for how easy it is to make!
I’m not the original creator, I just modified it to work for our family! Let me know if you give it a try!
There isn’t measurements because I don’t measure, ha! Seasoning is subjective so use what feels right! I used a Trader Joe’s butter but usually I’d use Kerrygold. For the chardonnay, I used about a cup.. but again, do what feels right! Yes, kids can eat this! The alcohol burns off in the reduction, the longer it simmers, the more it does. I simmered mine for about 25-30 minutes and you can tell when it evaporates/burns off. My kids loved this meal!
- Sweet Cherry Tomatoes (Your favorite is fine!) I combined teeny tiny tomatoes in mine too!
- Block of Feta (Trader Joe's is very good!)
- Tagliatelle Pasta (My favorite is from Whole Foods)
- 4-6 Tablespoons Quality Butter (Kerrygold is what I use!)
- White Onion
- Fresh Thyme
- Olive Oil
- Red Pepper
- Salt and Pepper
- Turn the oven up to 400 degrees, blot your feta dry and place it in the center of your dish. Add your tomatoes, peeled garlic cloves (to taste, I LOVE garlic and prefer 8-10, you might only want 4), drizzle the whole dish with olive oil (toss if you wish, I didn't), salt and pepper, chili pepper flakes, and a drizzle of honey over the feta. Set your timer for 15 minutes.
- Get started boiling the pasta!
- Toss your butter in a separate pan to start melting while you dice the onion. Toss the onion into the butter and let it cook low and slow to carmelize the onions. After a minute or two, add a cup of white wine, I used Chardonnay. Toss in a few sprigs of fresh thyme if you have it. You'll keep this on low heat and just let simmer.
- Once the timer goes off for the baked feta and tomato confit, turn your oven broiler on and cook for another 6-10 minutes, watch your feta, once it starts browning at the edges you'll want to pull it out.
- Pull the baked feta and tomato confit out of the oven and give it a good stir before adding it to the wine and onion reduction, add your drained pasta and toss with tongs.
- That's it, it comes together fast in under 30 minutes and tastes delicious!