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Garlic Pasta with Ketchup and Feta – Easy, 30-minute garlic pasta served with ketchup and crumbled feta cheese.

Garlic Pasta with Ketchup and Feta | | Easy, 30-minute garlic pasta served with ketchup and crumbled feta cheese.

Ketchup?! IN PASTA? WTH?!? I know, I know.

WAIT! DON’T RUN! I swear, this is VERY gooooood! I GREW UP ON IT! Please don’t go!

But, first and foremost, HI HI! Happy Sunday! How are you?! How was your 4th? I am still hearing fireworks. My ears are ringing, my head is, too, but mah belly is full and happy! Me like grilled food, a lot!

Also, Kelly Clarkson’s Heartbeat Song is still playing. And it’s on repeat for forever. ♥

Garlic Pasta with Ketchup and Feta | | Easy, 30-minute garlic pasta served with ketchup and crumbled feta cheese.

Second? Ketchup and feta cheese over spaghetti is one of my favorite childhood meals! THIS is what we call, Macedonian-style spaghetti.

Growing up, my mom and grandma used to make pasta from scratch, without the KitchenAid attachments and the fancy drying machines.

The process seemed forever long, and I remember the noodles drying on clothes hangers, or over wire racks, even over the backs of chairs. My mom or grandma would cut them in every width and length, depending on what recipe the noodles were meant to be used for, but pasta with ketchup was definitely a favorite.

Yet, unlike them, I just reach for the box in the pasta aisle and have din din ready in 30 minutes or less. And my ketchup is store bought, too. The feta, as well.

Oh my gosh. You know what? They even made their own feta cheese! Damn! I just realized, those two made everything from scratch!

Clearly, that new disease? Lazyitis? It’s real, and it found me. Or is it Facebookitis? Pinterestitis? Instagramitis… Girrrl, I got ’em all!

Garlic Pasta with Ketchup and Feta | | Easy, 30-minute garlic pasta served with ketchup and crumbled feta cheese.

Regardless, we’re not making pasta from scratch, but I do hope that you will reach for the whole grain pasta – less guilt, ya know?

And my favorite Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil by STAR. Nothing better, I promise.

Garlic Pasta with Ketchup and Feta | | Easy, 30-minute garlic pasta served with ketchup and crumbled feta cheese.

Also, organic ketchup is great! I buy mine at Aldi and it is faaantastic! Less sugar and a whole lot more taste. I can eat it on its own. Well, with fries, but let’s pretend.

One more thing that I want to add – Feta Cheese. REAL Feta is made with sheep’s milk, so please try to find that, too. Tastes way way way better, it’s authentic, and the texture is amazing. Just incredible, really. Macedonian Feta is an excellent choice. Just sayin’. 😀

Garlic Pasta with Ketchup and Feta | | Easy, 30-minute garlic pasta served with ketchup and crumbled feta cheese.

Now that I’ve given you a grocery list, I can only hope that you will go and get all the needed ingredients to make your new favorite meal!

AND thanks for not running away! 😉

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Garlic Pasta with Ketchup and Feta | | Easy, 30-minute garlic pasta served with ketchup and crumbled feta cheese.

Garlic Pasta with Ketchup and Feta

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WW Freestyle: 5
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dinner
Servings: 4
Calories: 343


  • 8- ounces whole grain pasta (preferably spaghetti)
  • 3 tablespoons STAR Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 3 garlic cloves , minced
  • 1/4- cup Ketchup (Use more if you prefer it saucier)
  • 1/3- cup crumbled feta cheese (You can use more or less, depending on your personal preference)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley


  • Bring a large pot of salted water to boil.
  • Cook the pasta according to the directions on the box.
  • Drain and rinse; set aside.
  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Add the garlic and, stirring frequently, cook for 1 minute, or until lightly browned and fragrant.
  • Using tongs, add pasta to the pan and toss and stir until well combined.
  • Add ketchup and stir to combine; continue to cook for 1 minute, or until heated through.
  • Remove from heat and divide evenly onto four dinner plates.
  • Top pasta with crumbled feta cheese and garnish with chopped fresh parsley.
  • Serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts
Garlic Pasta with Ketchup and Feta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 343 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 11mg4%
Sodium 281mg12%
Potassium 178mg5%
Carbohydrates 47g16%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 215IU4%
Vitamin C 2.6mg3%
Calcium 88mg9%
Iron 2.3mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

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13 Responses
  1. Fatima Patel

    I make something similar to this with ketchup, except I would just boil the pasta and after that I drain it before pouring ketchup all over and use a different type of cheese before letting it heat up and melt in a microwave

  2. Melissa

    I just stumbled upon your blog. I grew up eating homemade noodles with ketchup too!! It was passed down from my dad’s Russian German side. I had never heard of anybody else who eats it!

  3. Andi @ The Weary Chef

    I am so intrigued by this dish! I never would have thought of ketchup and feta together, but I take your word for it that it’s good!

  4. Tonia from TheGunnySack

    One of my BFFS used to eat pasta with ketchup when we were teens but she never convinced me to try it! LOL! But this does look delicious!

  5. Nutmeg Nanny

    I have never made my own pasta. This needs to change! Also I would never run away from a recipe that looks this delicious. Who doesn’t love ketchup?

  6. Kelley

    Isn’t it crazy how our older generations made everything from scratch?? I wish I was more observant want I was younger to pick up more tips and tricks from them. And I bet the ketchup in this is amazing! Its just like pasta sauce. ha!

  7. Sara

    I would have never thought to put ketchup with pasta BUT my 2 year old is completely obsessed with ketchup so I’ll be making this for her soon!

  8. Alice

    I absolutely adore this recipe! Aside from the feta cheese, we used to do this with leftover pasta and made “fried” spaghetti as a kid – best lunch ever!

  9. Megan {Country Cleaver}

    I want a whole PILE of this gorgeous pasta!! And I have THREE packages of feta that have to be used – this looks like the prefect reason!

  10. Arman @ thebigmansworld

    Not even kidding you this was my favourite meal as a kid BUT it was totally called Persian spaghetti. or Es-pa-ghe-ti ba ket-chup. (Iranian accent). Gah, this needs to go viral it’s my favourite!!

    oh and Persian Feta. (which apparently the Bulgarians stole from).

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