Quick and easy! 2 ingredients + 25 minutes = yummy. You may use pre-made pesto from the store, or you can make your own (preferred) using one of the recipes on this site; try the one titled 'Easy Pesto'. A great new way to use all that basil in the garden! Serve with toasted slices of French bread.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
cook:
20 mins
total:
25 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
1 8-inch pan
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • Spread cream cheese evenly in the bottom of an 8-inch round baking dish. Layer pesto evenly over cream cheese.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until bubbling, about 20 minutes.

Cook's Note:

Substitute Neufchatel cheese for the cream cheese, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

402 calories; protein 11.7g 23% DV; carbohydrates 4.2g 1% DV; fat 38.5g 59% DV; cholesterol 74.9mg 25% DV; sodium 483.1mg 19% DV. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (9)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/01/2018
This is the simplest appetizer EVER!!!! Best taste EVER!!!!! I just mix 8 oz cream cheese with 1/2 a tub of Bertolli pesto in the fresh pasta section. Slice a baguette thinly on the diagonal. Put the bowl of pesto in the center of a platter with some knives. Surround with the sliced bread. No fuss app that everyone loves. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
05/18/2020
This was fine, but no magic. 'Could be mixed together, rather than heated, & be just as good. 'Think good pesto doesn't need a co-star. Read More
11 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 8
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
12/31/2017
This is the simplest appetizer EVER!!!! Best taste EVER!!!!! I just mix 8 oz cream cheese with 1/2 a tub of Bertolli pesto in the fresh pasta section. Slice a baguette thinly on the diagonal. Put the bowl of pesto in the center of a platter with some knives. Surround with the sliced bread. No fuss app that everyone loves. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/17/2016
My basil is growing like crazy in my garden so this was a perfect recipe to try. I recommend using the “Easy Pesto” recipe on this website. The only change I made was to bake them in individual dishes for ease in serving. Be forewarned, this is addicting. So good. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/21/2017
I made this for a potluck and received many compliments on it. In addition -- it was really easy to make! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/31/2020
I made a boo boo with this recipe. Had my 2 year old grandson here and saw the ingredients and just started mixing it up. Well it never would mix up right. He went home so I read the instructions and put it in the oven as it says. Turned out super yummy. Easy and I ll never forget how to make it lol. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/07/2019
Went great with pita chips. Added some shredded parmesan to the top. Very good. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
05/21/2016
This was delicious! And so simple! I added a little freshly grated Parmesan on top. Delicious! Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
05/18/2020
This was fine, but no magic. 'Could be mixed together, rather than heated, & be just as good. 'Think good pesto doesn't need a co-star. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
09/08/2020
Perfect as is! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
04/01/2020
An easy and quick way to use up materials from the pantry and fridge! I made this into a pasta versus a dip Read More
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