Feta pasta is the newest of TikTok’s viral cooking trends, and many students are eating it up. At a time when going out to eat is not always a safe option, students are flocking to apps like TikTok for easy and tasty recipes they can make from home.
With a short ingredients list and cooking time, this dish is the latest in viral recipes, with some videos from accounts like @cookingwithayeh and @grilledcheesesocial accumulating millions of likes and thousands of shares.
Despite its recent surge in popularity on the video sharing platform, the dish's viral roots can be traced back as far as 2019 when Jenni Häyrinen posted her version of the recipe on her food blog, where it became an instant hit.
First-year Rachel Giles said she was inspired to try the pasta because of its popularity and ease.
“Me and my roommates each claim one night a week to make dinner, and I’d been wanting to try this recipe since it’s been all over my ‘For You Page,’” Giles said. “I decided that’s what I’d make because it looked easy and I practically knew the recipe by heart by this point.”
First-year Eesha Desai said her mom wanted to make the pasta so much, that she came home to help make it.
“My mom has been sending me subliminal messages that she wanted to actually make the pasta,” Desai said.
One of the reasons the pasta went viral was for its simplicity.
“It was so simple because all you do is coat the tomatoes, garlic and cheese in olive oil, add salt, pepper and herbs, then pop it in the oven for 30 minutes, then crank up the heat a bit for about fifteen while you cook the pasta,” Giles said.