Pour marinara into a small baking dish. Place feta on top and sprinkle on crushed red pepper, if using. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until sauce is bubbly and cheese is hot.
Sprinkle fresh basil on top and serve with crostini, sliced baguette, or crackers.
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Can I make this recipe spicy?
Sprinkle a healthy dose of crushed red pepper on top to make this spicy or add chopped spicy peppers to the marinara sauce to bake with the cheese.
How do I make crostini?
Preheat oven to 375ºF and slice a french baguette diagonally. Place french bread slices on a baking sheet, then brush each side with olive oil.Bake for 7-8 minutes, flip, and bake 5-7 minutes longer. The crostini should be golden and toasted. Season with salt and pepper. For extra flavor rub with roasted garlic. For entertaining make crostini ahead of time and freeze. Wrap securely in a freezer bag and squeeze out any excess air.
What is the best kind of feta to use?
A recipe for baked feta starts with a quality block of cheese. My favorite kind to use is the kind sold in brine, which gives it extra moisture and makes the cheese very creamy when baked. Sometimes you can find this at your supermarket deli or in the speciality cheese section.If you can't find feta sold in brine, packaged feta without brine will also work. For either, though, discard any extra liquid with the cheese before using.
Adaptations / modifications
Use store bought or homemade marinara for the tomato sauce.
Add to the tomato sauce to make many different versions! Sun dried or roasted tomatoes, fresh cherry tomatoes, greek olives, onions, and peppers pair well.
Sprinkle on fresh or dried herbs, such as basil, oregano, thyme, or rosemary.