Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Baked Pizza Dip

I've been wanting to try this recipe for awhile now, and last night I finally did.  It was really good! 
It was super cheesy, with a nice Italian flavor.  We tried dipping in tortilla chips and breadsticks, and they were both good. 

I made some ravioli to go with it, so we ended up just scooping the dip right on top of the ravioli with a little extra sauce. Yum!

Tomato sauce ingredients:
(I doubled this, and used it with the pasta - it's great by itself.)

2 TBS olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 (14 oz) can chopped tomatoes (I blended mine, because we don't like tomato chunks)
 3 TBS tomato paste
1/2 tsp dried Italian Herb Seasoning
1/2 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 pinch black pepper

Preheat oil in saucepan over medium heat.  Add garlic and cook about 1 minute.  Add remaining ingredients and cook about 5 min, stirring frequently.

Dip ingredients:
1 cup tomato sauce recipe (above) or just use pizza sauce
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1 cup Ricotta cheese
2 cups shredded Mozzarella cheese, divided
1/2 tsp dried Italian Herb Seasoning
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp garlic powder
mini or regular pepperoni (optional)
dried Basil (for top)

Preheat oven to 400 F.  Grease bottom and sides of pie plate or small casserole dish.

Mix together cream cheese, 1/2 cup Mozzarella, Ricotta, seasoning, salt and garlic powder together in large bowl. 

Spread into prepared dish. Spread 1 cup tomato sauce recipe on top, and sprinkle on remaining Mozzarella cheese. Add pepperoni and sprinkle basil on top.

Bake uncovered 25-30 minutes or until bubbly and golden.

2 comments:

april@gingerbread said...

I want that right now....

Rachel Page said...

I've never heard of a pizza dip!...but with all my favorite parts of the pizza (cheeeese!), it sounds awesome.

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