Baked Goat Cheese Marinara

Rich, creamy, dreamy and full of flavor, you've got to try this Baked Goat Cheese Marinara. And watch out! This appetizer will go fast!

I love cheese. Always have. And with my recent move to the state of Wisconsin, America’s Dairyland, exploring new cheese was inevitable. My favorite grocery store here, Metcalfe’s, is a local establishment that has been around since 1917. As soon as you walk in, you are led to the amazing cheese, artisan crackers and cured sausage and meats section. They always have samples and you can bet there will be a fabulous cheese sample of something you have never tried before. It was here at Metcalfe’s that I tried a 10-year aged cheddar cheese and a fabulous goat milk cheddar cheese. Needless to say, both were amazingly delicious.

I’m thrilled to tell you guys about this More to Make challenge from KitchenAid.  First off, I got to familiarize myself with so many different kinds of goat cheese, hard and soft. And secondly, I got to perfect my homemade marinara sauce recipe. And let me tell you, this spicy, bubbly marinara does not disappoint.  . and I even have some secret ingredients in there. .

Baked Goat Cheese with Homemade Marinara
Recipe type: Appetizer

For the homemade marinara
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • 2-3 fresh sprigs oregano
  • 1-2 fresh sprigs of thyme
  • 1 28-ounce can of crushed tomato sauce
  • 1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon red chili pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
For the baked goat cheese dish
  • 3-4 cups of homemade marinara sauce (above)
  • ½ small eggplant; thinly sliced
  • 1 small zucchini; thinly sliced
  • 3½ ounces soft goat cheese; sliced
For the crostini
  • French Bread Baguette
  • Butter
  • Roasted garlic (optional)
Special equipment suggested
  • Mandolin slicer
  • 2-quart baking dish
  • Dental floss

For the homemade marinara
  1. Heat the olive oil in a medium to large sized saucepan or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the garlic, oregano and thyme sprigs and allow everything to cook in the olive oil for about 2-3 minutes.
  2. Pour in the crushed tomato sauce and diced tomatoes and mix well. Bring to a slight boil, turn the heat down to medium-low and let simmer for about 10-15 minutes. Stirring occasionally.
  3. Visit The Kitchenthusiast for the rest of this recipe card and the full instructions.

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Thank you!

Rich, creamy, dreamy and full of flavor, you've got to try this Baked Goat Cheese Marinara. And watch out! This appetizer will go fast!

Disclosure: I am a regular contributor to KitchenAid’s blog, The Kitchenthusiast, and was compensated for this post. Thank you for reading and for all the support and allowing me to work with brands and products that I truly love and support.


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14 Responses to "Baked Goat Cheese Marinara"

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  1. Miss Kim @ behgopa

    February 3, 2014 at 2:07 am

    That looks really good. I love cheese too. Whenever I make a dish that calls for cheese, I usually like it with globs of extra cheese. Cheesy and spicy, I loves!

    • hipfoodiemom

      February 3, 2014 at 11:27 am

      Thank you!! Me too!!! love it. .

  2. The Hungry Mum

    February 3, 2014 at 2:33 am

    woah, baby! This looks delectable.

    • hipfoodiemom

      February 3, 2014 at 11:27 am

      Thank you so much!!

  3. Karen Hartzell (@InTheKitchenKP)

    February 3, 2014 at 8:05 am

    They have a similar dish at one of our local pizza places! It is amazing! I keep wanting to make it my own so I can eat the whole dish! Your photos look gorgeous too!

    • hipfoodiemom

      February 3, 2014 at 11:28 am

      Thank you so much, Karen! You should try it at home. . so worth it!! :)

  4. Lora @cakeduchess

    February 3, 2014 at 11:37 am

    Give me a loaf of bread and that dish…that’s all I want…today and tomorrow. Love this, Alice!!

    • hipfoodiemom

      February 3, 2014 at 11:40 am

      Thank you Lora!!! I won’t say how much of this I ate by myself. . . cheese is my weakness!

  5. Maria | Pink Patisserie

    February 3, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    That looks so delicious! I just love goat cheese and paired with marinara. Gorgeous!

    • hipfoodiemom

      February 3, 2014 at 5:57 pm

      Thank you so much Maria!

  6. Liz

    February 3, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    I’ve wanted to make this appetizer since I first tasted it years ago…off to read your recipe :)

    • hipfoodiemom

      February 4, 2014 at 6:06 am

      Thank you so much, Liz!! and thanks for the comment on KitchenAid’s site! :) I hope you give it a try!

  7. Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons

    February 5, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    I need this in my life. Today. But I might wait and make it for Oscar night. And I’ll Instagram it again. You’re my official supplier of party-time recipes!

    • hipfoodiemom

      February 5, 2014 at 5:28 pm

      oh my gawd, you are too sweet!! :) Let me know how you like it!


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