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Layered Pesto Cheese Spread

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
  • Makes
    2-1/2 cups


  • 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


  • Line a 3-cup bowl with plastic wrap; set aside.
  • 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.
  • Unmold onto a serving plate. Serve with crackers.
Nutrition Facts
2 tablespoons: 116 calories, 12g fat (6g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 129mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.

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  • BLeach92399
    Sep 22, 2016

    Simple to prepare.. If a large gathering, I recommend you double it. I prepared as written in a 3 c. cereal bowl lined with plastic. Served with Pita crackers. Only change was I added 1/2 c. of pine nuts to the top. Be sure to chill thoroughly before turning out onto your serving platter.. soo yummy!!

  • mandydahlseng
    Jan 18, 2013

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

  • np7333
    Jan 2, 2012

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  • nowlen
    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!

  • cariley
    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.

  • Sandaroo
    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.

  • MrsC05
    Nov 6, 2010

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