Queso de Cabra

Queso de Cabra

Ingredients:

8 ounces goat cheese

1 1/2 cups marinara sauce (see below for recipe or use store bought)

Fresh basil

Fresh bread

Olive oil

Method:

*Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Slice the goat cheese into a 1/2-inch slice and lay in a baking dish. Spoon marinara sauce into the baking dish until to the top of the cheese. Bake for 20-25 minutes uncovered until the cheese is hot and bubbly. Serve with fresh, warm bread (I served with ciabatta, a baguette is also nice) drizzled lightly with olive oil and fresh basil. Easy!

Marinara Sauce

Ingredients:

1 medium yellow onion--chopped

1 bell pepper--chopped

1/2 jalapeno--chopped

2 cloves garlic--minced

2 carrots--grated

3 tablespoons tomato paste

1 28 oz can plum tomatoes

1/4 cup red wine

1 dry bay leaf

1 teaspoon dried oregano

3 tablespoons fresh parsley--chopped

2 tablespoons fresh basil--chopped

Olive oil

salt/pepper

pinch sugar

Method:

*Add a few tablespoons of olive oil to large pot over medium heat. Add onions, bell pepper, jalapeno, and carrots. Saute approximately 1o minutes or until vegetables start to soften. Add garlic, oregano, bay leafs, large pinch of salt, black pepper. Cook until garlic is soft. Add tomato paste. Cook 2 minutes. Add plum tomatoes (squish in your hand as you add them...it's very therapeutic!) to the pot with the juices, along with your red wine. Drop the heat to medium low and let simmer at least 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. At the end of simmering, add fresh herbs and a drizzle of olive oil. Adjust seasoning and serve.

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