Smoked Feta Pasta

Looking into a rectangular foil cooking pan with two blocks of fresh, seasoned feta cheese surrounded by cherry tomatoes.
This recipe is sponsored by Gateway Drum Smokers

A quick and easy side dish, this smoked feta pasta can cook while your meat is resting and there is still heat in the smoker. Both will be ready to eat at the same time as part of a hearty meal. This also makes a great vegetarian meal for those guests who would like one.

The feta adds a tart element compared to other cheese choices, but feel free to experiment with what you have on hand. Halloumi, ricotta salata, and queso fresco would also work well with this recipe. Similarly, the style of pasta used can be swapped out with variations like penne, macaroni, or rigatoni.

Choosing a rub you like is important. This recipe uses Blues Hog Bold and Beefy Seasoning, but you can swap it out for your favorite brand or a homemade one. An Italian herb mix is also a tasty choice for a different spin.

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A block of feta cheese is nestled in cherry tomatoes in a foil baking dish on a grill.
This pasta and cheese dish is filled with bright and tangy flavors and makes a great vegetarian option.
A mixture of rotini spiral pasta, cooked tomatoes, feta cheese, and fresh herbs is in a large rectangular foil pan.
This vegetarian side dish is great alongside barbecued meats at your next cookout.
A close up shot of a block of feta cheese, drizzled with oil and sprinkled with pepper, nestled in cherry tomatoes.
The cheese and tomatoes cook in the residual heat from your smoker or barbecue after your meat is cooked.
A large metal spoon gently smashes a block of cooked and seasoned feta cheese and cherry tomatoes.
Lightly mash the cooked feta cheese and cherry tomatoes, then fold in the cooked pasta.
Looking into a rectangular foil cooking pan with two blocks of fresh, seasoned feta cheese surrounded by cherry tomatoes.
This is a quick and easy side dish to prepare at your next barbecue, filled with fresh, tangy flavors.

Smoked Feta Pasta Recipe

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This recipe is sponsored by Gateway Drum Smokers.
Looking into a rectangular foil cooking pan with two blocks of fresh, seasoned feta cheese surrounded by cherry tomatoes.
A quick and easy side dish, this Smoked Feta Pasta can cook while your meat is resting and there is still heat in the smoker.
Preparation 15 minutes
Cook 20 minutes
Ready in 35 minutes
Servings 8 Servings
CourseLunch
InfluenceGlobal
DifficultySeasoned
MethodSmoke

Ingredients

  • 1 box rotini pasta
  • 14 ounces feta cheese
  • 20 ounces cherry tomatoes
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons Blues Hog Bold & Beefy Seasoning or favorite beef rub
  • 1 tablespoon fresh herbs
  • 2 cups baby spinach

Equipment

Directions

  • Preheat the smoker to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).
  • Cook the pasta as per the packet’s instructions. Drain and put aside until needed.
  • Place in the foil pan the feta in the center then surround it with the cherry tomatoes and garlic cloves. Drizzle with the olive oil and sprinkle with the BBQ seasoning, then the finely diced herbs.
  • Place in the preheated smoker and cook for 30 minutes or until the tomatoes are soft and the cheese is starting to brown on the edges.
  • Remove the foil tray from the smoker and stir to squash the tomatoes and break up the feta. Add the cooked pasta and spinach then fold into the feta mixture. Cover with foil and let rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Nutritional Information

Sodium: 572mgCalcium: 334mgVitamin C: 19mgVitamin A: 1364IUSugar: 5gFiber: 4gPotassium: 408mgCholesterol: 44mgCalories: 426kcalMonounsaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 9gFat: 18gProtein: 16gCarbohydrates: 50gIron: 3mg

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After starting competitive barbecue in 2012 Brad has had a string of successes from the American Royal and Jack Daniels, to Memphis in May to King of the Smoker, these combing to be 3 times KCBS team of the year (2021, 2020, & 2018).

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