This is a yummy, creamy version of standard pesto that makes a great spread for get togethers. Tastes great with pita chips or sourdough bread! Sun dried tomatoes may be mixed in for a zesty tang. Add crunch by coating the finished spread with almonds.

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Ingredients

20
Original recipe yields 20 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place cream cheese and pesto in a food processor or blender. Blend until smooth. Mix in the chives and cilantro. Continue blending until smooth. Transfer to a mold lined with plastic wrap. Cover and chill in the refrigerator 1 hour, or until firm.

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Nutrition Facts

90 calories; 8.9 g total fat; 25 mg cholesterol; 84 mg sodium. 0.8 g carbohydrates; 2.1 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
01/30/2004
This is soooo good! It's a million times better than what you get in a store. I added some sun dried tomatoes to it and wow! I dipped anything from carrots celery crackers & bread and it was fab. Why haven't more people tried it? Maybe they will now that there's a review. It was so easy by the way there's no excuse not to make it. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
06/12/2007
It was just okay I wasn't super impressed with this dip. I made it for a party and it wss not a big hit. Read More
(5)
18 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 11
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
01/30/2004
This is soooo good! It's a million times better than what you get in a store. I added some sun dried tomatoes to it and wow! I dipped anything from carrots celery crackers & bread and it was fab. Why haven't more people tried it? Maybe they will now that there's a review. It was so easy by the way there's no excuse not to make it. Read More
(28)
Rating: 5 stars
01/30/2004
This is soooo good! It's a million times better than what you get in a store. I added some sun dried tomatoes to it and wow! I dipped anything from carrots celery crackers & bread and it was fab. Why haven't more people tried it? Maybe they will now that there's a review. It was so easy by the way there's no excuse not to make it. Read More
(28)
Rating: 4 stars
06/25/2011
With basil so prolific in my garden this was perfect to use the basil pesto I've already made with it. Since the pesto is already so flavorful and green I didn't bother with either the chives or the cilantro. Actually I know I wouldn't have liked the cilantro in here anyway as I find the flavors conflicting. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/28/2004
Fantastic and very very quick and easy. I used fresh parsley because I didn't have cilantro available and it was wonderful. I'll definitely make this again and again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/16/2007
Amazing and SIMPLE. I used a little more pesto (probably about 1.5 tablespoons more than the recipe called for) and it was delicious. Takes no time at all and I also used the 1/3 less fat Philly cream cheese and still great. We used it as a vegetable dip and I used the rest on Triscuits. More people should try this! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/18/2005
Quick & easy. Although I did not like this everyone else at the party loved it...even the picky kids. I think next time I'll skip the garlic. Thanks. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/07/2004
Wow! Fantastic! This is very easy and very tasty. I need an appetizer for a potluck and this is perfect. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/10/2010
This was better than I expected. I didn't even use the cilantro or chives(didn't have any). I used a homemade parsley pesto with toasted walnits and fresh grated asiago. A wondeful dip to use up garden parsley and random frozen nuts. Served this with garden veggie crackers and baby carrots. Will make this again for sure. My only suggestion would be to thin it out with a teeny bit of milk (I always do with cream cheese spreads) Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
06/11/2007
It was just okay I wasn't super impressed with this dip. I made it for a party and it wss not a big hit. Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
01/03/2011
I'm asked to make this dip for every family get together. I use the cheaper powdered pesto and like it much better that way! This is a tasty spread with bagel chips or toasted peta bread Read More
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