Appetizer | December 29, 2019

Cream Cheese Pesto Dip

Smooth cream cheese, fresh pesto, bright tomato and creamy mozzarella come together in a dip that will bring your guests coming back for more.  Use crackers of chips to dip into they Cream Cheese Pesto Dip.

cream cheese pesto dip on a cheese board surrounded by crackers, grapes, and salami.

What is Cream Cheese Pesto Dip?

This dip is a warm dip that consists of cream cheese, pesto, fresh tomatoes, and shredded cheese.  You bake it in the oven and serve it warm.  You can use chips or crackers as the dippers.

Traditional pesto sauce, with its combination of olive oil, pine nuts, fresh basil, garlic and Parmesan cheese, which makes for a very flavorful dip when combined with the other ingredients.

cream cheese pesto dip on a cheese board surrounded by crackers, grapes, and salami.

What Do I Need To Make Cream Cheese Pesto Dip?

I really love recipes that are simple, have minimal ingredients, but pack a big punch of flavor.  And that is what this cream cheese pesto spread it.  You’ll need:

  • cream cheese
  • pesto
  • Roma tomatoes
  • shredded mozzarella

Ingredients for pesto dip.

How Do I Make This Pesto Dip?

  1. In a casserole dish or cast iron skillet, spread cream cheese.
  2. Layer pesto.
  3. Add diced tomatoes.
  4. Sprinkle with cheese.  Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until bubbly.

How to make pesto dip.

What Kind Of Dish Should It in?

You can use a casserole dish, or a cast iron skillet.  Any oven-proof dish will work.  Here I used a small casserole dish, but I’ve made it in a cast iron skillet many times.  Both presentations are beautiful.

cream cheese pesto dip on a cheese board surrounded by crackers, grapes, and salami.

What Should I Serve Cream Cheese Dip With?

This dip is warm and melty with a burst of flavor.  You can serve it with crackers or chips. Here I’ve plated it with some fresh fruit and meats.  I think it makes for a lovely presentation with a little bit of something for everyone.

cream cheese pesto dip on a cheese board surrounded by crackers, grapes, and salami.

Do You Have Other Dip Recommendations?

Yes!  Check out our

cranberry salsa,

southern dip

spinach artichoke dip

taco dip

cream cheese pesto dip on a cheese board surrounded by crackers, grapes, and salami.

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cream cheese pesto dip on a cheese board surrounded by crackers, grapes, and salami.
Cream Cheese Pesto Spread
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

This cream cheese and pesto spread is utterly delicious and so easy. It's perfect for serving up at parties, movie night or any occasion!

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cream Cheese Dip, Pesto Dip
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 183 kcal
Author: Kadee
Ingredients
  • 16 ounces cream cheese
  • 7 ounces pesto
  • 2 roma tomatoes diced
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Instructions
  1. In a small baking dish, spread cream cheese in the bottom.
  2. Top with pesto and spread evenly.
  3. Sprinkle tomatoes on top of the pesto.
  4. Sprinkle shredded cheese on top of tomatoes.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes, or until shredded cheese is melted.
  6. Serve with crackers or chips.
Nutrition Facts
Cream Cheese Pesto Spread
Amount Per Serving
Calories 183 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 34mg11%
Sodium 303mg13%
Potassium 68mg2%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 885IU18%
Vitamin C 1.7mg2%
Calcium 86mg9%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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