Jillie’s Pesto Cheese Dip

  • Yield : 6 to 10 servings
  • Prep Time : 20m
  • Ready In : 20m
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  • 2 tablespoons lightly toasted walnut pieces
  • 1 cup tightly packed cleaned basil leaves
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup Basil Pesto
  • Crackers, bagel chips, or tortilla chips, for serving


Step 1

Combine all the ingredients for the Basil Pesto in a blender and process on high speed until smooth, 1 to 2 minutes.

Step 2

Pour into an airtight container and refrigerate until ready to use, up to 3 days.

Step 3

Pesto Cheese Dip:

Step 4

Place the cream cheese on a decorative microwave-proof plate, and microwave, uncovered, on high until it begins to melt slightly, about 15 seconds.

Step 5

Using oven mitts or pot holders, remove the cream cheese from the microwave and spoon the Basil Pesto evenly over it.

Step 6

Return plate to the microwave and cook, uncovered, on high until the pesto is just warm but still thick, 5 to 10 seconds.

Step 7

Remove the dip from the microwave and serve with crackers or chips of your choice.

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