If you’re reading this article, you’ve surely heard of, watched videos of, been served, or answered questions in a Zoom meeting about the baked feta pasta recipe that went viral on TikTok in January, earning blogger MacKenzie Smith more than 3 million views, and sparking the #bakedfetapasta hashtag.
Why this TikTok recipe became such a phenomenon
It’s really the perfect storm of viral food recipes — extremely easy, only a few ingredients, nothing hard to pronounce, it’s all basically made in one pot, and no matter how it actually turns out, you have taken part in the cultural zeitgeist and are now whole again. Also, the effort-impact matrix on this one means you really can’t go wrong.
But what if you took something as easy as tomato feta pasta and added the only other (almost) consensus viral star of our day (marijuana)? Well, you’d have baked feta cheese pasta with weed.
Now that’s a TikTok video we’d like to see!
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Why make edibles
This recipe is so easy that really you could be completely stoned before you start making it and other than getting lost on the way back from the grocery store, you’d probably have a hard time going wrong.
Edibles may require a little more effort than just rolling and smoking a joint, but that work can definitely pay off. Edibles produce a potent, fully immersive high that can course across your whole body for a couple hours. Picture being perfectly baked, much like this dish.
Edibles are also a fun way to share cannabis with friends, and can really be a great incentive for people to come to your dinner party.
Is it perfect for every time you want to use cannabis? Are edibles the ideal solution for daily use? Not for everyone, but there is truly something special about them.
Tips and common mistakes
It may be hard to mess up the baked feta pasta recipe, but there are some common mistakes people make when with any edibles recipe.
First off, make sure to wait at least an hour for the cannabis to kick in. Don’t get frustrated if after 45 minutes you’re still not feeling anything and go and decide to take another dose. You can imagine what happens next.
Your best bet with edibles — and this can be really hard if you’re hungry — is to hold off on seconds. Wait at least an hour before deciding you need more.
Another common mistake is thinking that all you need to do is toss some weed into your food while cooking it, or after it’s served. Not so fast. In order for cannabis to get you high when you eat it, it needs to go through a process known as “decarboxylation.”
For this recipe you’re going to need decarboxylated cannabis and cannabis oil.
What is decarboxylation?
Decarboxylation is a very long word that — in this context — refers to heating up cannabis to activate the compounds in the plant, mainly delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
The science behind decarboxylation may be complicated but the process is simple: Grind up the cannabis you’re using for the recipe, and heat it on a baking sheet in the oven for about 30-45 minutes at around 220-245°F (105-120°C). You can put it in an oven bag if you’re worried about the smell, but it fades not long after you’re done anyway. (Read more about decarboxylation.)
How to make cannabis oil
Cannabinoids like THC and CBD are fat soluble, which means they must be eaten with a fat in order for your body to metabolize them.
This is why so many recipes call for using a fat like olive oil or butter, or a cannabis-infused fat. Cannabis infusions are easy to make and once you have your own batch, anytime you want to fix up some edibles you can just add a splash or a dab to whatever you’re making.
Since baked feta pasta calls for olive oil, you’re going to want to make an infused cannabis olive oil ahead of time and simply use it in place of regular oil.
- 1 cup or around 7-14 grams of ground, decarboxylated cannabis
- 1 cup of olive oil
- Double-boiler, saucepan, or crockpot
- Storage container
Keep in mind that you can always use less cannabis if you’d like to make a more mild infusion. (By that same notion, you can add more weed and kick things up a notch if you’re more experienced with edibles.)
The tools for making cannabis oil are simple: a saucepan, double boiler, or slow cooker, along with a cheesecloth and a container to store that liquid gold. Each method of making cannabis oil follow variations of the same formula: Add the decarboxylated cannabis to the oil and heat it.
With the saucepan method, simply heat the oil and decarboxylated cannabis for about three hours or so at a low heat 130-150°F (55-65°C), though you’ll want to make sure to keep a close eye on things and stir frequently.
If using a double boiler, put water in the bottom pan and add the oil and decarboxylated weed to the top and heat at 130-150°F (55-65°C) for around three hours. In a slow cooker, put the weed and oil in a closed jar and cook in a couple inches of water at 130-150°F (55-65°C), also for around three hours.
Once you’re finished, remove the oil from the heat and let it cool completely. Then strain it through the cheesecloth into a glass container, making sure to give the cheesecloth a couple good squeezes to get out all the oil. Then seal the jar and stash it away somewhere safe and out of the reach of children.
Recipe: Cannabis baked feta pasta
The Feel Good Foodie (that’s the name of the blog, not a description of someone an hour after eating cannabis-infused pasta) has a great recipe for the baked feta pasta, which you just need to tweak a bit.
For the historians in the crowd, the original clip posted by Grilled Cheese Social was actually based on a viral recipe from Finland called #uunifetapasta, arguably the country’s most important export since Nokia.
Preheat the oven to 400°F (204°C) and put the tomatoes in an oven safe dish. Cover the tomatoes in the olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
Put the feta in the middle of the pan and make sure it’s well-coated with the olive oil.
Bake for 35 minutes, until you see the tomatoes burst and the cheese melt.
Add garlic and basil leaves to the tomatoes and feta cheese and mix. Then add the pasta to the baking dish and toss until everything is combined.
Serve while still warm and post to TikTok.