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Layered Pesto & Sun Dried Tomato Cream Cheese Spread

Pesto cream cheese spread with sun dried tomatoes levels up your cheese and cracker game. You can throw together this delicious dip in just a couple minutes of active prep time. It's layered appearance makes it look impressive, making it the perfect appetizer recipe for any party.
Prep Time10 mins
Chill Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 231kcal


  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1/4 cup butter softened
  • 3 1/2 oz basil pesto sauce
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3/4 cup oil packed sun dried tomatoes finely chopped


  • Line a medium glass bowl with plastic wrap, one that holds roughly three cups, leaving excess wrap overlapping the bowls edges. Set aside
  • Add the cream cheese and butter to a medium mixing bowl, and using a hand mixer cream them together until smooth.
  • In a separate bowl, stir together the pesto and Parmesan cheese until evenly incorporated.
  • Layer half of the cream cheese mixture into the bottom of the bowl, using a spoon or spatula to gently spread out evenly.
  • Spread half the pesto evenly out over top, followed by the sun dried tomatoes. Repeat the layers.
  • Cover with the excess plastic wrap to seal, and refrigerate for at least an hour but up to four hours.
  • When ready to serve, carefully use the plastic wrap to remove the cheese mold from the bowl. Set it upside down (the larger end) onto a serving plate and carefully remove the plastic wrap. Discard the wrap.
  • Serve with assorted crackers or pretzels of choice.


Calories: 231kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 333mg | Potassium: 201mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 968IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 89mg | Iron: 1mg