Italian Cream Cheese Dip

Italian Cream Cheese Dip recipe, an easy to make spread topped with pesto, artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers, and mozzarella cheese.
Layered Italian Cream Cheese Dip topped with pesto, artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers, and mozzarella cheese on a plate

This easy and flavorful Layered Italian Cream Cheese Dip takes less than 5 minutes to make! It’s a wonderful cream cheese dip for crackers.

A cream cheese dip is also the perfect recipe to use during the holidays when you need to whip up a quick appetizer for guests or to bring when visiting friends.

Layered Italian Cream Cheese Dip topped with pesto, artichoke hearts, red peppers and mozzarella on a plate

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Whether it’s basketball, football, hockey, or soccer season, this Italian dip is always a welcome sight at any game day party. Either on a small scale or a large scale this cream cheese dip is going to be a hit at any party you attend.

Italian Appetizer

This is an easy cheese dip my family absolutely loves. I make it all the time and leave it on my kitchen counter and in minutes, it’s gone.

Chopped artichoke hearts in a small bowl

Roasted red peppers in a small bowl

Do you ever feel like I do when someone shows up unexpectedly at your door and you don’t have anything to serve them?  I always feel so terrible when this happens.  I think it’s my southern upbringing. My mother told me to never visit a friend empty handed and always ALWAYS have something to serve your guests.

It’s such a great thing to have a wonderful Italian appetizer that we can whip together in less than 10 minutes.

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Pesto in a small bowl

Italian Cream Cheese Dip Recipe

This flavorful Italian Cream Cheese Dip begins with cream cheese.

Bring the cream cheese up to room temperature. This can be accomplished by leaving the block of cream cheese on the kitchen counter for about 15 minutes or so. Bringing the cream cheese to room temperature makes the cream cheese easier to stir.

To the cream cheese add about a tablespoon of packaged italian salad dressing mix and stir it together. Add a little more of the mix if you want to make the Italian flavor stronger, for me about a tablespoon does the job.

Italian dressing mix sprinkled on a cloth napkin

Spread the seasoned cream cheese on a plate and the begin to build the layers. Start with basil pesto, and continue with marinated artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers and cubes of mozzarella cheese.

What To Use For Dipping

Use either sturdy tortilla chips to scoop up the dip, large breadsticks or pieces of crusty French bread.

If you want to serve carrot sticks or other sliced vegetables, shred the mozzarella instead of cutting it into cubes.  It’ll be easier to scoop up with the vegetables.

Three thick slices of mozzarella and seven small sliced cubes of mozzarella on a plate next to a large knife on a red cloth napkin

A blue corn tortilla chip dipped in the Layered Italian Cream Cheese Dip that's topped with pesto, artichoke hearts, red peppers, and mozzarella


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Layered Italian Cream Cheese Dip

Layered Italian Cream Cheese dip, an easy to make spread topped with pesto, artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers and mozzarella cheese. | One Dish Kitchen
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: dip
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 135kcal


  • 1 8-ounce package cream cheese , room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon Italian dressing mix
  • 1/4 cup prepared pesto sauce
  • 1/2 cup chopped artichoke hearts
  • 1/2 cup roasted red peppers
  • 1/2 cup cubed mozzarella cheese
  • tortilla chips or french bread for serving.


  • Mix cream cheese with the Italian dressing mix until well blended.
  • Spread on a large plate or serving platter.
  • Layer the toppings over the cream cheese.
  • Serve with sturdy tortilla chips or french bread.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 135kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 672mg | Potassium: 36mg | Vitamin A: 750IU | Vitamin C: 13.4mg | Calcium: 108mg | Iron: 0.5mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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16 thoughts on “Italian Cream Cheese Dip”

  1. Looks great, all the flavors I love! Can it be made a few hours earlier in the day before serving? I love to make things ahead.

    1. If you would like to make the dip ahead of time, I recommend mixing together the cream cheese and dressing together and refrigerating it. I wouldn’t add the toppings until you are ready to serve it.

  2. Tracey @ The Kitchen is My Playground

    It’s so hard to make sure there’s something guest-worthy on hand … this layered dip is such a great idea for that, Joanie! Thank you for the tip for quick entertaining.

    1. Glad you like the recipe, Tracey. The last thing I want to do when we have friends or family over is take a lot of time in the kitchen, this dip saves me from doing that. Have a great day!

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