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Layered Pesto Cheese Spread Recipe

Layered Pesto Cheese Spread Recipe

Guests won't be able to pass up this unique spread. In fact, the pesto and cheese combination will have them coming back for more! —Denise Hruz, Germantown, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling YIELD:20 servings


  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 jar (3-1/2 ounces) prepared pesto
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes
  • Assorted crackers or baked pita chips


  • 1. Line a 3-cup bowl with plastic wrap; set aside.
  • 2. In a small bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until smooth. In another bowl, combine pesto and Parmesan cheese. Layer half of the cream cheese mixture, pesto mixture and sun-dried tomatoes in prepared bowl. Repeat layers. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  • 3. Unmold onto a serving plate. Serve with crackers. Yield: 2-1/2 cups.

Nutritional Facts

2 tablespoons (calculated without crackers or pita chips) equals 116 calories, 12 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 27 mg cholesterol, 129 mg sodium, 1 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.

Reviews for Layered Pesto Cheese Spread

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Reviewed Jan. 18, 2013

"Very easy to make- a huge hit at a football party. Great with pita chips."

Reviewed Jun. 11, 2011

"This is now a family favorite! We make a few at a time, and put them in the freezer, so that we we need to take something to a party, we grab it and a bag of pita chips, ane we are ready to go!"

Reviewed Feb. 5, 2011

"Yummy appetizer, especially if you use homemade pesto. Sometimes I prepare the cheese base, spread on a platter adn top with cocktail sauce and cooked shrimp."

Reviewed Nov. 29, 2010

"I actually lost the original recipe, so was going on memory - made it with only the sundried tomatoes, pesto & cream cheese - everyone loved it as is, but will definitely try it the way it was meant to be next time."

Reviewed Nov. 6, 2010

"Simple to prepare and delicious. I substituted sun-dried tomato pesto for the tomatoes. Gone in a flash!"

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Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.