As I was going through the NYT looking for fun science facts to share with my students, I came across a recipe for tomato bisque with fresh goat cheese. I am still not sure whether red pepper flakes (what I used) are much more potent than chile flakes (what recipe asked for)…but the soup turned out superspicy…yummy but way too hot…even after some attempts to make it less spicy. We really like the soup, but better yet…Hans suggested to try it as pizza sauce because it had the perfect amount of spice and its smooth consistency…and it was perfect.
2 tablespoons red pepper flavored olive oil
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 cup diced onion, white or yellow
3 (14 ounce) cans organic diced tomatoes
1-2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
4 ounces goat cheese
1. Put oil in large saucepan over medium-high heat. When it simmers, add garlic until just fragrant (1-2 minutes). Add onion and continue cooking until soft and translucent (about 5 minutes).
2. Add tomatoes, sugar, salt, red pepper flakes, and 1 cup water. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 30 minutes or until flavors have melded. Pour into blender and bland. Add goat cheese and stir until mixture is creamy.
Note: Stores well in the refrigerator in an air-tight container.
In the future: The amount can be reduced if less than 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes is used. Also, with less red pepper flakes, it will make a delicious soup. I will re-post both recipes once I have time to tweak the spice combinations.
Here is finally the soup recipe for tomato bisque with goat cheese: https://ourfunstuff.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=291&action=edit&message=6&postpost=v2
Beneficial health effects:
* Homemade pizza sauce will have fewer ingredients and fewer preservatives. It may also be lower in calories in comparison to store-bought pizza sauce.
* Onions are rich in vitamins A and C, manganese, iron, and phosphorus.
* Tomatoes are rich in vitamins C and E, beta carotene, magnesium, potassium, and calcium.
* Goat cheese is easier on the human digestive system than cheese made from cow milk. Goat cheese is also lower in calories, cholesterol and, fat. In addition, goat milk cheese is a good source of calcium, protein, vitamins A and K, phosphorus, niacin, and thiamin.