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Slow-Cooker Marinara Sauce with Mozzarella Cheese Dip

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  • 5 min prep time
  • 2 hr 35 min total time
  • 4 ingredients
  • 24 servings
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Instead of making mozzarella sticks with marinara dipping sauce, stir the cheese into the sauce for a hot and a hearty appetizer.

2
cups chunky marinara sauce
8
ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, cubed
2
tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves
2
loaves (10 ounces each) baguette-style French bread, cut into 96 slices (about 1/2 inch thick), toasted

Steps

  • 1 Pour marinara sauce into 1 1/2-quart slow cooker.
  • 2 Cover and cook on Low heat setting about 2 hours or until hot.
  • 3 Stir in cheese and basil. Cover and cook on Low heat setting 30 minutes or until cheese is just starting to melt. Serve with baguette slices.
  • 1 Pour marinara sauce into 1 1/2-quart slow cooker.
  • 2 Cover and cook on Low heat setting about 2 hours or until hot.
  • 3 Stir in cheese and basil. Cover and cook on Low heat setting 30 minutes or until cheese is just starting to melt. Serve with baguette slices.

Expert Tips

For an adventurous change of flavor, try using goat cheese instead of the fresh mozzarella.

Garnish the warm appetizer with fresh basil leaves.

Fresh mozzarella is not the same as the regular mozzarella that we usually purchase. It has a mild flavor and much softer texture than its more common relative. You'll usually find the fresh variety in the deli or specialty cheese area of the store.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
110
(
Calories from Fat
25),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
3g
3%
(Saturated Fat
1g,
1%
),
Cholesterol
5mg
5%;
Sodium
290mg
290%;
Total Carbohydrate
16g
16%
(Dietary Fiber
1g
1%
),
Protein
5g
5%
;
% Daily Value*:
Iron
2%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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