A classic pasta bake is made trendy and healthy with creamy feta cheese and non-starchy vegetables. We combine a medley of our favorite veggies in a baking dish with a block of feta for a tasty twist on a viral pasta recipe.
This veggielicious meal was inspired by the uunifetapasta recipe that went viral on TikTok, originally created by Finnish food blogger Jenni Häyrinen (@liemessa). According to the New York Times, the recipe became so popular that it caused a feta shortage. While feta cheese isn’t typically found in a pasta bake, we think it adds tangy and rich flavor that mozzarella can’t compete with.
We love a baked dinner that comes together with basic ingredients and simple steps. It makes it easy to just throw a meal in the oven while you work on other things around the house! To make this Veggie Feta Pasta Bake recipe, preheat your oven to 400 degrees and prep your veggies. We use a delicious combination of broccoli florets, cherry tomatoes, red onions and sliced zucchini. However, you can add any other non-starchy favorites, such as sliced bell peppers, mushrooms or asparagus. Check out our Grocery Guide for more vegetable ideas that fit into your weight loss plan! >
Add your veggies to a baking dish and place a black of feta cheese in the center. Drizzle the whole baking dish with olive oil and sprinkle with black pepper and oregano. Pop it in the oven for 40 minutes and let it bake to creamy perfection. When it’s finished, stir everything together and add in cooked whole wheat pasta. Toss to combine and enjoy!
Healthy Hacks: Swap in your favorite type of pasta! We love whole wheat for extra fiber you can also give chickpea or lentil pasta a try. Watching your carbohydrates? Use spiralized veggies instead!
This healthy pasta bake recipe makes a total of four servings. One serving contains just 297 calories. A rich and creamy pasta dinner under 300 calories? Count us in! If you’re on a Nutrisystem plan, you can log it in your NuMi app journal as one SmartCarb, two PowerFuels, one Extra and one Vegetable. Click here to quick log this recipe in NuMi! >
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Calories per Serving: 297
On Nutrisystem, Count As: 1 SmartCarb, 2 PowerFuels, 1 Extra and 1 Vegetable
- 1 zucchini, halved and sliced
- 1 cup broccoli florets
- 2 cups cherry tomatoes
- ½ red onion, chopped
- 1 Tbsp. olive oil
- ¼ tsp. black pepper
- 2 tsp. oregano
- 8 oz. feta cheese
- 2 cups whole wheat pasta, cooked
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Place zucchini, broccoli, tomatoes and red onion in a baking dish. Place block of feta in the middle. Drizzle olive oil over the dish. Sprinkle with pepper and oregano.
- Bake for 40 minutes.
- Remove dish from oven. Stir the mixture together. The feta should be soft and creamy.
- Add cooked pasta and toss until well combined.