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What Would You Make?

Here's the scenario: you are at home and hungry. You have to cook up something scrumptious for you and your boyfriend/girlfriend/ spouse/child/friend, but the ingredients you have on hand are limited.

You have a bunch of fragrant basil, creamy goat cheese, and marinara sauce. Using these products, along with whatever you currently have on hand in your cupboard and refrigerator, what would you make?

To see what I would make,


  1. I would start by finely chopping the basil. Next I would stir it into the marinara sauce.
  2. I would fill an oven-proof appetizer dish with the sauce and plop a large chunk of goat cheese in the middle.
  3. I would bake in the oven for 20 minutes until the cheese is melted and the sauce is bubbling.
  4. Meanwhile I would use whatever bread I have on hand — this week I have regular white sandwich bread — to make croutons. I would do this by cutting it into large one inch crustless cubes and crisping it up in the oven while the cheese and sauce bake.
  5. Finally, I would serve the cheese marinara dip with the croutons and skewers for dipping.

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fjaril fjaril 9 years
I'd cook up the hot turkey sausage I just bought, add just enough sauce to cover with some fresh basil. Let that simmer for a bit. I'd add some of the goat cheese to get nice and melty maybe a touch more sauce. Then toast some ciabatta top with my italian sloppy joe mix and sprinkle with more goat cheese and basil! We're having this for dinner tomorrow, however I don't know the last time I bought a jar of sauce, I just whip up my own ;)
smellen smellen 9 years
i'll be making this type of dish next week for a Tapas Ladies Night. baked goat cheese is a common appetizer found at many tapas restaurants.....YUM!
Marci Marci 9 years
I'm sort of big on the casseroles, so I'd probably make individual ones in Ramekins. I'd saute an onion and a clove of garlic in olive oil in a pot. Then I'd add the marinara sauce and some red wine, salt and pepper, then let it all simmer together for a few minutes. I'd fill each Ramekins about 3/4s with the sauce, put goat cheese on top, sprinkle with bread crumbs, then put a basil leaf on top. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until bubbly.
juliegal juliegal 9 years
pizza.....i have dough in my i would use the marinara w/ basil and spinkle the goat cheese on top or chicken roll ups...chicken cutlets pounded thin spread a bit of sauce on the bottom of the pan....chop up basil and mix w/ goat cheese... spread inside of chicken, roll up, secure w/ a toothpick place in baking dish...coat w/ marinara sauce and cook....@ the end of cooking take some crushed pine nuts and sprinkle across the top and throw in the broiler for aminute for a crunchy crust.... serve alonside a salad...
celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 9 years
many options: pizza; chicken parmesan (goat cheese version); eggplants stacked with cheese, basil and marinara sauce; pasta cooked in the sauce with some added cheese and basil, etc.
HipMom HipMom 9 years
HipMom HipMom 9 years
That's easy, I'd toss some pasta with the marinara and the finally chopped basil and serve it with a salad topped with chunks of goat cheese - except for mine, because I don't like goat cheese or goat milk or anything goat. But my daughters drink goat's milk :-)
ella1978 ella1978 9 years
Hm, some of my favorite ingredients. I love the panini idea. I might add some freshly sliced tomoatoes to that panaini, maybe a little olive oil and pepper. My new idea would be to pull some pasta out of the back of the cupboard, boil and bake the pasta, cheese & sauce & sprinkle the fress basil on top when done. Or I could just make an awesome sauce w/ the fresh basil & top the pasta with the cheese when finished. But I think that my favorite is this... Slice up a roll of French bread, coat lightly with olive oil & the pasta sauce, layer with a slice of the cheese, add the basil on top and broil in the oven for a few minutes till crispy.
skilledatlife4 skilledatlife4 9 years
I would hopefully have some nice crusty bread at home so I would make panini. I would spread a thin layer of marinara, then a layer of basil leaves, then a layer of goat cheese. brush the sides of the bread with evoo and then grill it on a panini press. yum! or, of course i would have flour at home, so I would make a homemade goat cheese basil marinara PIZZA! yum!
animatedpunk animatedpunk 9 years
ummm, that sounds delicious!!! I'll have to try that. I've never cooked with goat cheese before...
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