Quick and Easy Pesto Cheese Dip

LAST UPDATED: Nov 18, 2019 | PUBLISHED: Nov 01, 2019 | By: Julie Blanner

This pesto cheese dip is so easy and quick to make, it’s the perfect appetizer for the holidays, game days or general entertaining. You need just three ingredients for this simple recipe that’s perfect for a crowd. Full of flavor, you can serve this as a hot dip or make it ahead of time.

White oval baking dish on marble surface, filled with pesto cheese dip and cherry tomatoes on top, spoon and crostini to the side.

Updated with new photos and tips November 2019. Originally posted December 2008.

This festive pesto dip recipe with introduced to me years ago by a friend. If you even remotely like pesto you will love this festive cheese dip! It takes just five minutes hands-on time to prepare and is so incredibly delicious and pretty! I love pesto so much- that basil flavor is so fragrant and delicious at any time of year. 

So often during the holidays we’re looking for a last minute appetizer to bring. Something simple like a goat cheese log that’s easy, looks beautiful and gone within minutes {success!}

This festive pesto dip is the perfect recipe for holiday get-togethers. It’s always a crowd pleaser.

Marble surface, single slice of crostini topped with pesto cheese dip and a cherry tomato, spreader on top.

To Make This Easy Pesto Cheese Dip Recipe, You Will Need:

Just 3 ingredients to make this crowd pleasing dip!

  • Cream Cheese – I always prefer full fat cream cheese but you do you! 
  • Pesto – Store bought – use your favorite brand.
  • Grape Tomatoes – Fresh and preferably organic.

White oval baking dish on marble surface, filled with pesto dip and cherry tomatoes on top, spoon and crostini to the side.

How to Make Pesto Cheese Dip

This hot dip appetizer is so quick to put together!

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spread softened cream cheese in base of small casserole dish.White oval baking dish with cream cheese inside on a kitchen counter.
  3. Top with a thin layer of pesto.White oval baking dish, pesto spread inside, placed on a marble surface.
  4. Half tomatoes & place on top.White oval baking dish on marble surface, filled with pesto dip and cherry tomatoes on top.
  5. Bake 20 minutes. 

White oval baking dish on marble surface, filled with pesto dip and cherry tomatoes on top, spoon to the side.

What to Serve With This Quick Pesto Dip

Serve this dip with all of your usual accouterments:

  • Sliced baguette
  • Pita Chips
  • Crudite
  • Croutons
  • Toasted Bread
  • Tortilla chips

Give me all the pesto everything! Have you ever made my pesto chicken? You have to try it- such an easy weeknight dinner option! And don’t forget my pesto aioli, the ultimate sauce for dipping! 

The three ingredients to make the Pesto Cheese Dip

Can You Make This Appetizer Ahead Of Time?

I like this pesto cheese dip served warm, a few minutes out of the oven, but it can also be made as a bake and take. You can also prep the dish earlier in the day and cover it in the fridge to pop into the oven just before serving. If you serve this dip cold, let it warm to room temperature so that it’s easily spreadable.

White oval baking dish on marble surface, filled with easy appetizer dip and cherry tomatoes on top, spoon and crostini to the side.

Cream Cheese and Pesto Make A Perfect Appetizer Dip

I love how full of flavor this dip is with so little effort! It’s fresh and bright whilst being creamy and indulgent all at the same time! The cream cheese provides a perfect balance for the pesto and it’s topped off with those juicy tomatoes. It’s another one of my favorite 5 minute make ahead appetizers! One bite and it will be yours too!

Marble surface, single slice of crostini topped with pesto cheese dip and a cherry tomato.

Easy Appetizers to Feed A Crowd

When you’re entertaining, you don’t want to spend more time in the kitchen than with your guests, so this dip is a great option to add to your menu. This recipe makes enough for 12 servings and it’s easily doubled if you are hosting more people.

To see how easy this Pesto Dip Recipe is, watch the video below.

White oval baking dish on marble surface, filled with easy appetizer dip and cherry tomatoes on top, spoon and crostini to the side.

Top Tips to Make This 3 Ingredient Dip

  • You can use a low fat cream cheese if you wish, to lower fat and calories content.
  • Use a good quality pesto that has a great flavor, or make your own!
  • If you plan on serving it straight away, let it cool for five minutes before serving.
  • If you are making it ahead of time, let it cool to room temperature and then cover and store in the fridge.

Marble surface, single slice of crostini topped with pesto cheese dip and a cherry tomato.

Be Sure To Try These Other Dip Recipes!

White oval baking dish on marble surface, filled with easy appetizer dip and cherry tomatoes on top, spoon and crostini to the side.

You’ll also love this Pesto CheeseballPesto Aioli and Pesto Chicken!

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White oval baking dish on marble surface, filled with easy appetizer dip and cherry tomatoes on top, spoon and crostini to the side.

Pesto Cheese Dip

An easy and delicious appetizer dip that feeds a crowd!
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 64kcal

Ingredients

  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1 small jar pesto
  • plum tomatoes

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Spread softened cream cheese in base of small casserole dish.
  • Top with a thin layer of pesto.
  • Half tomatoes & place on top.
  • Bake 20 minutes. Serve with pita chips or sliced baguette.

Notes

  • You can use a low fat cream cheese if you wish, to lower fat and calories content.
  • Use a good quality pesto that has a great flavor, or make your own!
  • If you plan on serving it straight away, let it cool for 5 minutes before serving.
  • If you are making it ahead of time, let it cool to room temperature and then cover and store in the fridge.

Nutrition

Calories: 64kcal | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 61mg | Potassium: 26mg | Vitamin A: 255IU | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 0.1mg
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