Baked Goat Cheese in Classic Marinara Baked Goat Cheese in Classic Marinara

Photography: Maya Visnyei | Food styling: Michael Elliott/ | Prop styling: Renée Drexler/Geary House

A great cheesy dipping sauce is an essential dish at holiday parties. Serve up this flavourful dip at your next soirée for guaranteed compliments. 

  • Prep time 10 minutes
  • Total time 50 minutes
  • Portion size 16 servings


Classic Marinara:


Position racks in top and bottom thirds of oven; preheat to 400°F. 

Classic Marinara: In saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add garlic; cook until fragrant, 1 minute. Stir in tomatoes, basil, sugar, salt, pepper and hot pepper flakes (if using); bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer until slightly thickened, 20 to 25 minutes. Discard garlic and basil.

Crostini: Meanwhile, on 2 baking sheets, arrange baguette slices in single layer. In small bowl, stir together oil, salt and pepper; lightly brush over both sides of baguette slices. Bake, flipping baguette slices and rotating pans halfway through, until golden, about 10 minutes.

Spread Classic Marinara in shallow 1 L baking dish. Coarsely crumble goat cheese over top. Bake in top third of oven until cheese is warm and sauce is bubbling, about 10 minutes. Broil until top is browned, about 2 minutes.

Sprinkle with basil leaves; serve with Crostini.

Test Kitchen Tip: This simple marinara sauce is all about the best tomato flavour. Use the highest-quality canned tomatoes you can find.

Nutritional facts PER 3 TBSP + 2 CROSTINI: about

  • Fibre 1 g
  • Sodium 371 mg
  • Sugars 3 g
  • Protein 7 g
  • Calories 187
  • Total fat 11 g
  • Potassium 168 mg
  • Cholesterol 15 mg
  • Saturated fat 5 g
  • Total carbohydrate 14 g


  • Iron 8
  • Folate 13
  • Calcium 8
  • Vitamin A 9
  • Vitamin C 9
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Baked Goat Cheese in Classic Marinara