Baked Marinara and Goat Cheese

Baked Marinara and Goat Cheese

Looking for a tasty appetizer that’s sure to please everyone? Check out this tantalizing recipe for Baked Marinara and Goat Cheese! This dip combines simple ingredients like marinara, basil, and goat cheese and will hit the spot when you’re craving Italian flavors.

To make this Baked Marinara and Goat Cheese, you just need to add the ingredients to a baking dish, throw it in the oven and (not so) patiently wait for it to finish! After the dip comes out of the oven, you will be left with a bubbly, cheesy, and melty appetizer that is perfect to pair with toasted bread. This is a recipe that can easily be finished off while you are busy entertaining guests.

Despite it’s simplicity, this recipe is rich in both flavor and nutrition. Thanks to the canned tomato product (marinara sauce), there is a plethora of nutrients like vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, potassium, and lycopene. Both vitamin C and lycopene are antioxidants that function in our body to reduce inflammation and destroy free radicals that can cause disease. Additionally, lycopene has been proven to protect the body against many chronic diseases and even reduce the risk of stroke, which is why canned tomatoes are one superfood you should have in your pantry.

You can also make this recipe all year round, as canned tomatoes are a nutritious and affordable pantry staple. So, what are you waiting for? Give this Baked Marinara and Goat Cheese a try for your next party. And don’t forget to make extra–this dip is so good that it will fly right off the table!

Baked Marinara and Goat Cheese

Baked Marinara and Goat Cheese

Looking for a tasty appetizer that's sure to please everyone? Check out this tantalizing recipe for Baked Marinara and Goat Cheese!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 (8 oz.) log goat cheese, softened
  • 2 cups marinara sauce
  • ½ tsp. kosher salt
  • ½ cup fresh basil, chiffonade

Instructions

    1. Preheat the oven to 375˚F.
    2. Spray a small baking dish with cooking spray. Press the goat cheese to fit the shape of the pan, leaving a 1-inch border around the edge. 
    3. Spoon the marinara sauce along the edge and along the sides of the goat cheese. Make sure to not cover the center of the cheese. Sprinkle salt over top.
    4. Bake it in the oven for 20-25 minutes until the goat cheese is soft and the marinara is bubbling. 
    5. Remove the cheese from the oven and top with fresh basil. Serve with bread and crackers and enjoy!
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    Spicy Dried Plum Marinara with Butternut Squash Noodles

    Spicy Dried Plum Marinara with Butternut Squash Noodles

    Who says pasta is bad for you? Well then, buckle up for best news you’re probably going to hear all day—pasta can actually be healthy! This Spicy Dried Plum Marinara with Butternut Squash Noodles is a deliciously spicy dish that is unique in the sense that it uses spiralized butternut squash as a substitute for regular pasta noodles. This boosts the nutritional value of the entire meal and adds more flavor because of the sweet taste and soft texture of the butternut squash. If you have yet to try butternut squash, this is the perfect time to do so. What better way to incorporate it into your meal than making a pasta dish out of it? This recipe includes tomato sauce and diced tomatoes—two canned tomato products that contain powerful antioxidants, help reduce risks of certain diseases, and act as an anti-inflammatory.

    This dish is packed with vegetables, fruits, and spices that when combined all together provide you with a meal to remember. You can easily whip this up for your family, social gatherings, or your next event—it is guaranteed to be the crowd favorite. Other people who try your dish won’t even realize that this dish is actually providing them with a ton of nutrients. The two main ingredients—butternut squash and canned tomatoes—are both great sources of antioxidants that help to improve health and provide you with the proper vitamins that your body needs for optimal bodily function. Knowing that you are able to eat a flavorful, delicious meal while still obtaining your nutrients for the day will make you feel energized and good about the foods you’re putting into your body. There’s no better way to eat healthy than by throwing in some canned tomato products into a dish, especially a pasta recipe, and enjoying it with your loved ones.

    Get the full recipe for Spicy Dried Plum Marinara with Butternut Squash Noodles by visiting our friends at Produce for Better Health.

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    Pizza Rolls with Homemade Marinara

    Pizza Rolls with Homemade Marinara

    Who doesn’t love pizza? Get your craving satisfied with these delightful Pizza Rolls with Homemade Marinara, perfect for a fun party appetizer or extra special side dish. This super simple recipe uses convenient and affordable ingredients like premade crescent rolls and canned diced tomatoes yet tastes just like a fresh homemade pizza.

    You can feel good about serving these tasty bites with a savory sauce, as canned tomatoes are chock-full of nutrition. Did you know that canned tomatoes actually contain more of some nutrients than fresh? Lycopene, the plant compound that is responsible for giving tomatoes their signature red color, becomes more bioavailable when cooked, translating to more health benefits for you and your family. In order to achieve maximum health benefits associated with lycopene, it is recommended to consume tomato products with a heart healthy fat, such as olive oil or avocado. That’s why we recommend enjoying lycopene and its health benefits through delicious foods such as lasagnacurries, and bolognese

    Get the full recipe for Pizza Rolls with Homemade Marinara by visiting our friends at Pacific Coast Producers.

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    Pan Seared Pork Chops with Bourbon Peach Compote
    Easy Chicken Curry
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    Pasta with Marinara and Roasted Vegetables

    Pasta with Marinara and Roasted Vegetables

     

    Turn to marinara sauce and a cornucopia of vegetables—summer squash, eggplant, bell peppers, and onions—to make this Pasta with Marinara and Roasted Vegetables sing with rustic simplicity.

    Key ingredients for this pasta dish.
    Arrange vegetables on a baking sheet, sprinkle with olive oil and seasonings, and then roast.

    Yield: 4

    Pasta with Marinara and Roasted Vegetables

    Pasta with Marinara and Roasted Vegetables
    Prep Time 15 minutes
    Cook Time 30 minutes
    Total Time 45 minutes

    Ingredients

    • 3 assorted small summer squash (i.e., scallop, yellow, zucchini), sliced
    • 1 small eggplant, sliced
    • ½ red onion, sliced
    • 1 bell pepper (red, yellow, or green), sliced
    • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
    • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
    • 3 cloves garlic, finely diced
    • 2 teaspoons ground oregano
    • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    • Sea salt to taste (optional)
    • 2 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted
    • 12 ounces fresh pasta (may substitute dried pasta)
    • 2 cups marinara sauce
    • ¼ cup fresh basil, chopped

    Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
    2. Arrange summer squash, eggplant, onions, and bell pepper on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and vinegar. Sprinkle with garlic, oregano, black pepper and sea salt. Toss together on pan to distribute ingredients.
    3. Place on top rack of oven and roast for about 30 minutes, until golden brown and tender. When done, remove from oven and set aside.
    4. To toast pine nuts, place them in a small baking dish in the hot oven for about 5 minutes while vegetables are roasting. Remove and set aside.
    5. Meanwhile, bring water to boil in a medium pot. Add pasta and cook to al dente stage (according to package directions). Place in colander and rinse and drain.
    6. Add marinara sauce to pot and heat until bubbling. Remove from heat and add cooked pasta, stirring gently to distribute ingredients.
    7. Divide pasta with marinara sauce among 4 pasta bowls (or plates). Top with roasted vegetables, pinenuts, and fresh basil.

    Nutrition Information:

    Serving Size:

    1

    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 369Total Fat: 14.5gSaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 116mgCarbohydrates: 54gFiber: 10gSugar: 18gProtein: 10g

     

     
    Sausage Marinara with Zucchini & Olives

    Sausage Marinara with Zucchini & Olives

    Sausage Marinara with Zucchini & Olives

    Prep time:  
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    Serves: 6
     
    As a simple, sausage-centric marinara recipe, this dish from Red Gold uses fresh peppers and herbs to add a bit of spice. Sausage Marinara with Zucchini and Olives
    Ingredients
    • 4 ITALIAN SAUSAGE LINKS, SLICED
    • 3 GARLIC CLOVES, MINCED
    • 1 TABLESPOON TUTTOROSSO® TOMATO PASTE
    • 1 (35 OUNCE) CAN TUTTOROSSO® PEELED PLUM ITALIAN STYLE TOMATOES WITH NATURAL BASIL FLAVOR
    • ¼ TEASPOON SUGAR
    • 2 MEDIUM ZUCCHINI, SLICED
    • ¼ CUP SLICED BLACK OLIVES
    • 1 MEDIUM YELLOW BELL PEPPER, COARSELY CHOPPED
    • ¼ CUP GRATED PARMESAN CHEESE
    • PENNE PASTA
     
    Instructions
    1. HEAT A LARGE NONSTICK SKILLET OVER MEDIUM HEAT. ADD SAUSAGE AND COOK FOR 3 TO 5 MINUTES, BROWNING ON ALL SIDES; DRAIN.
    2. STIR IN REMAINING INGREDIENTS EXCEPT CHEESE AND PASTA. REDUCE HEAT TO MEDIUM LOW AND COVER. COOK 10 TO 15 MINUTES, STIRRING OCCASIONALLY, UNTIL SAUSAGE IS NO LONGER PINK.
    3. SPRINKLE WITH CHEESE; COVER AND COOK UNTIL CHEESE IS MELTED. SERVE OVER PENNE PASTA.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     


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