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Tomato bisque with goat cheese

So here is finally the updated recipe to make soup instead of pizza sauce 😉

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 cup diced onion (optional)
2 (14-ounces) organic petite tomatoes
1 tablespoon raw organic sugar
1 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 teaspoon pepper
2 dashes red pepper flakes
4 ounces good-quality goat cheese
fresh basil leaves, cut into small pieces (to taste)

Preparation:
1. Put oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. When hot, add garlic and saute until just fragrant (1-2 minutes). Add onion (if using) and continue cooking until soft and translucent (about 5 minutes).
2. Add tomatoes, sugar, salt, chile flakes, and onion mix into blender. Puree until smooth.
3. Return to saucepan. Add goat cheese and basil leaves. Heat slowly, stirring often, until mixture is creamy and most of cheese has melted.
4. Ladle into bowls and serve. Enjoy with grilled cheese.

Tomato bisque with goat cheese and grilled cheese

Tomato bisque with goat cheese and grilled cheese

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Perfect Pizza Sauce (Accidental Find)

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.

Ingredients:
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

Preparation:
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.


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Homemade Pizza

While I really love olives and mushrooms on my pizza, Hans does not like either on pizza. Luckily, I have found other ingredients we both like…and now we can share the joy of making pizza together and being able to consume the super-yummy result together.

Pizza dough
see recipe under: https://ourfunstuff.wordpress.com/2014/01/13/homemade-pizza-dough/

Pizza sauce
see recipe under: https://ourfunstuff.wordpress.com/2014/01/16/perfect-pizza-sauce-accidental-find/

Toppings:
1/2 green pepper, sliced
2-3 tomatoes from the vine, sliced and seeded
fresh basil leaves, cut into thin strips
fresh oregano leaves, cut into small pieces
4 ounces goat cheese, cut into small pieces
top with additional shredded cheese (we like to use mozarella and italian shredded cheese)

Preparation:
1. Roll out the pizza dough. Spread pizza sauce on the dough leaving about 1/2 inch (or for the metric person 2 centimeters) on the edge uncovered.
2. Sprinkle with cheese. Add pepper and tomato slices evenly on the pizza, add the goat cheese, basil, and oregano.
3. Bake in preheated oven at 400 F for 13 minutes (or until it looks done).

Pizza--before baking

Pizza–before baking

Pizza--after baking

Pizza–after baking

Pizza 2_before baking

 

Pizza 2 after baking

Pizza with goat cheese