How does a 4 ingredient appetizer sound that you can make in just minutes? Sound pretty good, right? If yes, then you you have arrived! This Baked Herb Goat Cheese with Marinara Sauce just might become your favorite quick entertaining appetizer. It’s perfect for the non- cook, all you have to do is put everything is a dish and bake it! Easy peasy!

Herb coated goat cheese in a bowl with marinara sauce

Trust me when I tell you this simple baked goat cheese recipe is one of those dishes that you can keep all the ingredients on hand for when you have those friends or family members (like your mooching brother) who give you little or no notice and, unexpectedly, drop by. Now you have something simple but delicious to throw together to feed the the hungry masses!

Baked herb goat cheese in marinara sauce going in the oven

Warm goat cheese, right out of the oven, is topped with fresh herbs and takes a warm bath in a quality marinara sauce and is served with crusty bread for the ever so important mopping (are you drooling yet?). It’s just 4 ingredients for an appetizer that takes very little time but rewards with big results.

Not a fan of fresh herbs? Top with basil pesto. Pesto is so tasty with goat cheese.

Not a fan of goat cheese? Use Boursin soft creamy cheeses in flavors like basil and chives or garlic and herbs. You really can’t make a bad decision here.

I’m a huge fan of goat cheese. I’ve mixed it with ricotta and topped with braised cherry tomatoes for an easy dip. I’ve even baked it into a Pear and Goat Cheese Quiche (my favorite for brunch).

Ciabatta bread dipped in goat cheese and marinara

The perfect dish for serving baked goat cheese

You can serve in any oven-proof dish of your choosing. I used my 8 X 6-inch  (20 x 15 cm) oval cast iron bowl.

The beauty of this appetizer is that you can customize it any way you so choose. If you can’t find a pre-made round of goat cheese, you can mold and shape whatever goat cheese you like into a round as best you can.

You can also use whatever fresh herbs you like and the same goes with the sauce. I used tomato basil this time, but a spicy arrabbiata would be so good too, if you want a bit of heat to spice things up.

What is the best sauce to serve with goat cheese?

Marinara, tomato basil, arrabbiata, pretty much any tomato-based sauce. If you want to gild the lily, just add some pesto.

Any of your favorite store bought sauce is fine, but if you want to make your own, here’s my Easy Homemade Marinara Sauce.

Slices of ciabatta bread on a board

What is the best bread for dipping?

I love ciabbata. You can toast it in the oven or leave as is, but you must have something for all the mopping. I like to serve a combination of both toasted and un-toasted bread when it comes to entertaining.

Yield: 4

Baked Herb Goat Cheese with Marinara Sauce

Baked herb goat cheese with marinara sauce in a black oval bowl

A round of goat cheese topped with fresh herbs and baked in marinra sauce.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 2 cups (245 grams) of your favorite marinara sauce
  • A 3-inch x 1-inch (8cm x 3cm) 4 ounces (113 grams) round of goat cheese *see note
  • 1 teaspoon mixed fresh herbs, chopped (I used thyme and rosemary)
  • Fresh basil, chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F/190°C.
  2. An oval or round dish, size 8 X 6-inch (20 x 15 cm)
  3. Spread the marinara sauce to an even layer of the dish. Place the goat cheese in the center of the bowl on top of the sauce. Sprinkle with the teaspoon of herbs.
  4. Place the bowl on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Turn on the broiler (oven grill) until the cheese is bubbly.
  5. Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly, top with the fresh basil.


If you can’t find goat cheese already in a round shape, mold and form as best you can your favorite goat cheese into a round shape.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 143Total Fat 8gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 16mgSodium 707mgCarbohydrates 10gFiber 3gSugar 7gProtein 7g

This nutrition calculation is provided by Nutronix that is only a guideline and not intended for any particular diet.