Jillie's Pesto Cheese Dip

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 20 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Yield: 6 to 10 servings
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Basil Pesto: 

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

Pesto Cheese Dip:

8 ounces cream cheese

1/4 cup Basil Pesto

Crackers, bagel chips, or tortilla chips, for serving


  1. Combine all the ingredients for the Basil Pesto in a blender and process on high speed until smooth, 1 to 2 minutes.
  2. Pour into an airtight container and refrigerate until ready to use, up to 3 days.
  3. Pesto Cheese Dip:
  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.
  5. Using oven mitts or pot holders, remove the cream cheese from the microwave and spoon the Basil Pesto evenly over it.
  6. Return plate to the microwave and cook, uncovered, on high until the pesto is just warm but still thick, 5 to 10 seconds.
  7. Remove the dip from the microwave and serve with crackers or chips of your choice.