Baked Goat Cheese and Marinara

prep time

15 minutes

cook time

55 minutes

servings

6-8
This creamy, hot dip is inspired by our favorite restaurant appetizer.  Goat cheese is surrounded by old world style marinara sauce and served with crunchy crostini.

ingredients

5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 medium onions, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 (28 ounce) can Tuttorosso® Peeled Plum Italian Style Tomatoes
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
Salt and black pepper to taste
8 ounces goat cheese, at room temperature
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, chiffonade or cut into ribbons

instructions

Marinara Sauce
  • Heat oil in a large sauce pan over medium heat. When heated, add the onions and garlic and cook until tender and browned.
  • Add whole peeled tomatoes with juice, basil, oregano, salt and black pepper. Cover with lid and cook for 10 minutes.
  • Open lid and mash the tomatoes until pieces are still visible.  Cook uncovered for another 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 375o F.
  • In a small baking dish, press the goat cheese to fit the shape of the baking dish.
  • Spoon 2 cups of the Marinara Sauce around the edge of the baking dish, leaving the center of the cheese exposed.Sprinkle with kosher salt.
  • Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until goat cheese is hot and soft and the marinara is bubbly.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool for a few minutes. Then sprinkle with prepared basil leaves.
  • Serve hot with crostini or garlic bread for dipping.
Cook's Note: To chiffonade basil, stack 5 to 6 basil leaves and roll into a cylinder shape, then cut crosswise to create thin ribbons.

* Marinara Sauce can be made up to 2 days ahead for easy preparation of this recipe.

nutrition

  • Calories:
    120
    |
  • Fats:
    7.0
    g
    |
  • Trans Fats:
    0
    g
    |
  • Cholesterol:
    15
    mg
    |
  • Sodium:
    580
    mg
    |
  • Carbohydrate:
    8
    g
    |
  • Fiber:
    2
    g
    |
  • Protein:
    7
    g
    |
  • Vitamin A:
    20
    %
    |
  • Vitamin C:
    15
    %
    |
  • Calcium:
    15
    %
    |
  • Iron:
    15
    %

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